Aalto International Talent Program


Aalto International Talent Program for mentors

Did you know that 25 % of our master's students and close to 40 % of our doctoral students are international? Reach this untapped potential and join us in our endeavour to make our international graduates stay in Finland.

The registration for mentor companies for the 2023 season has closed.
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What is Aalto International Talent Program?

Aalto International Talent Program is a group mentoring and networking initiative bringing Finnish companies, industry experts and Aalto alumni together with our international students.

The Program runs during the spring term from January to March.

Why join as a company?

Join the Program to connect with international students.

•Attract and pre-screen Aalto talent

•Share insights about your business and careers

•Get visibility and enhance your employer brand

What's in it for individual mentors?

For individuals taking up a mentor's role, the Program offers a chance to

  • Develop mentoring, coaching and interpersonal skills
  • Get inspired and learn about international students' perspectives
  • Expand professional network

For alumni

The Program offers a rewarding way to give back with time.

  • Engage in a meaningful activity
  • Reconnect with Aalto community while representing your company
  • Help international students to find their way to Finnish working life and society

Many of our mentoring groups have been led by Aalto alumni.

Mentoring is inspiring and fun

Aalto alumni, Director, Application and Marketing, Reetta Strengell and Director, IP Management Virpi Tognetty, Kemira

What does the Program entail?

The next round will be organized in January-March 2023. You will mentor a group of 6-10 students matching your desired student profile.

  1. Sign up by Fri 7th October 2022
  2. Select your mentees after the student applications close (mid-November)
  3. Attend mentor company briefing session Thu 8 December 2022, 16:00-17:00 (online)
  4. Attend kick-off event Thu 12th January 2023, 17:00-19:00 (online, TBC)
  5. Run three group mentoring sessions in January-March 2023
  6. Organize an onsite visit in March 2023

We will provide you with a set of example topics and suggested schedule for the sessions. You will decide on the final schedule and agenda together with students.

Topics covered may include

  • Company presentation
  • Work culture in Finland and in your organization
  • Recruitment practices in Finland and in your organization
  • Other career or field-related topics and activities (e.g. R&D activities, mock interviews, personal feedback to students on CV's/portfolio/LinkedIn profile, alumni career stories)

How to join?

For more detailed information on the Program and how to join, please don't hesistate to contact Program Manager Kaisa Paasivirta k[email protected].

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 Kaisa Paasivirta

Kaisa Paasivirta

Manager, International Talent Program

Read more about Aalto International Talent Program

Reetta Strengell

'Mentoring is inspiring and fun' - Aalto International Talent Program offers a meaningful way to support international students

This year the group mentoring initiative brought together over 180 international students and 17 companies.

Pekka Lundmark

Pekka Lundmark hopes to see more international talent in Finland

Nokia's president & CEO Pekka Lundmark gave a speech at Aalto University International Talent program's kick-off event on January 24th.


Aalto International Talent Programme 2021 concluded – 'an excellent form of collaboration for ABB'

The programme is an initiative bringing together Aalto University's international students and Finnish companies.


Aalto International Talent Programme kicked off remotely

Aalto International Talent Programme is an initiative bringing together Aalto University’s international students and Finnish companies.

Manila Kodali

Students and companies happy with collaboration within Aalto International Talent Programme

The Aalto International Talent Programme pilot came to an end in May. The programme supports international degree students' employment and careers.

Aalto-yliopisto / Manila ja Anna-Leena keskustelemassa keskenään / photo: Kaisa Paasivirta

Aalto International Talent Programme brings together international students and companies

Aalto International Talent Programme is organized by Aalto University Career Services. The programme supports the employment international degree students.

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