Aalto Science Institute

Aalto Science Institute AScI internship programme

The Aalto Science Institute internship programme offers undergraduate and master's students employment opportunities to participate first-hand in topical research, to interact with the premier research groups at Aalto University, and to network in an international environment. In support of AScI's role in internationalisation, the internships are open to students from all countries.

The online application for the 2021 summer internships closed on 31.01.2021

Notes to applicants (Update 09.03.2021)

  1. (09.03) An email was sent to all unsuccessful applicants.
  2. (23.02) The research groups are progressing well in the recruiting. AScI will send a general email to all unsuccessful candidates in early March. Until that time, not all recruitment info is available and so no extra information can be obtained by email requests. Thanks for your patience.
  3. An email was sent on 03.02 acknowledging your application.
  4. Late referee letters will be accepted (but note the review of applications started on 03.02).
  5. We recieved almost 1100 applications. So please excuse brief and slow email replies.



COVID-19 impact on the AScI internship (updated 28.03.2020.)

How to apply to the AScI internship programme

Positions are potentially available in all schools within Aalto university. They are the schools of Science, Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Business, and Arts, Design and Architecture. The majority of the positions are in the schools of science and engineering. The positions usually last for twelve weeks in the period June to August, which is the maximum length of AScI contract.

The students are employed as research assistants directly by the departments and research groups, and the exact timing of the employment should be agreed upon with the hosting department.

Applicants must read through the programme web pages before contacting AScI.

AScI application and selection schedule

In the selection of students, priority is given to students who have not studied or worked at Aalto, international and exchange students at Aalto, and to students coming from Aalto partner universities.

Application schedule

Positions published and applications opened


Deadline for applications


Student selection and interviews


Invitation letters from Departments

mid March

Internship, Get to know Finland course, AScI seminar

June-August 2021 (12 weeks)


Activities for AScI students (if permitted by the pandemic situation)

  • "Get to know Finland" course. This course is offered only in June.
  • Regular Friday lunch social gatherings
  • AScI seminar. In August, AScI will organise a joint event for students in the programme. The participants will present the scientific results of their summer work for supervisors, resident AScI academics, and other students.


All positions are located on the Aalto University Otaniemi campus in Espoo, Finland.


Students will be employed as research assistants by their hosting department. The salary is sufficient to cover living costs, including accommodation. The salary is determined based on experience and qualifications according to the salary system of Aalto University. The minimum salary is 1700 €/ month.


Aalto University Student Union (AYY) offers housing through AYY HOUSING.

Important information:

  • Apartments and rooms are located on the Otaniemi campus area (and other locations in Espoo and Helsinki).
  • Rental contracts can only be made for fixed term for three months: 1st June- 31st August and it cannot be terminated.
  • Rooms are not furnished. Furniture can easily be rented from a private service provider.

Moving to Finland to make solar panels from trees

Maryam Esmaeilzadeh tells us about her AScI Internship and how it’s led to a PhD place in Finland

Story about a summer 2020 intern.
Maryam Esmaeilzadeh stood infront of the CHEM department
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