Karol Lukaszewski came to Finland to study Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at Aalto University. His journey in Rovio Entertainment started in May 2021 with a position of Performance Marketing Trainee. The traineeship period lasted for 4 months, but the journey continues as he was soon offered a permanent full-time Performance Marketing Specialist position.
Hire an international student from the Aalto University School of Business for an internship
There is a shocking shortage of competent employees in many fields in Finland, so employers compete for university students not only once their graduate but also during their studies. The Aalto University School of Business attracts talented foreign students who are looking to get in touch with the world of work in Finland and who, on the other hand, offer a solution to the labour shortage.
Act now and hire an international student from the Aalto University School of Business for an internship!
Hiring an international student as an intern offers an easy and risk-free way for your company to try out international recruitment. It does not require all processes to be translated into English but provides an opportunity to see how a multilingual work community would work. Several small and medium-sized companies have already hired our international students for internships.
Why hire an international School of Business student for an internship?
- By hiring an international student, your company becomes more diverse and gains new, innovative perspectives that, according to research, promote the competitiveness and success of companies both in the foreign market and in an increasingly international Finland. According to a study conducted by Business Finland, increasing the share of international employees also increases the company's turnover.
- An international student will not only bring their competence to the company table but also knowledge of their country of origin, which can promote the development of business in new market areas, as studies have shown.
- In addition, small and medium-sized enterprises, non-profit organisations and state organisations can receive a subsidy from the Aalto University School of Business for the salary costs of an international student, if necessary.
International students at the School of Business
Did you know that slightly more than 10% of our bachelor's and master's students have come from abroad to study in Finland?
At the bachelor's level, our students study on two campuses.
- In the International Business programme on our Mikkeli Campus
- In the Economics programme on the Otaniemi Campus in Espoo
Hundreds of international students study at the master's level in Otaniemi. The Information and Service Management programme, which includes experts working at the interface between business and technology, is the most popular among them.
- Business Analytics
- Creative Sustainability
- Entrepreneurship and Innovative Management
- Global Management
- Information and Service Management
- International Design Business Management
- Management and International Business
- People Management and Organizational Development
- Strategic Management in a Changing World
According to our career surveys, small and medium-sized companies employ just over one third of our international students. Large companies employ them slightly more than the SME sector, and they have also found jobs at the university, in non-profit organisations or have their own company. IT/telecom has been the most common employer's main sector, and the main task has been related to data analytics. However, there are many sectors and tasks, and they have found employment in such areas as consultancy, business development, service design or investments.
According to our career survey, our international students who have found it harder to find a job in Finland around graduation have found the lack of Finnish language learning, work experience and networks to be the main factors hampering employment.
Read more about the School of Business Graduates in Working Life.
Source: Placement survey of Aalto University School of Business
How to recruit an international student from Aalto University
Aalto University has its own job portal, Aalto JobTeaser, where employers can advertise jobs, internships and thesis assignments suitable for Aalto students. We publish adverts that match the level of the university degree and the content of the study field. An internship must also be a paid position for it to the published, and the salary for a full-time internship must at least meet the work requirement of Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland) (including a monthly salary of at least EUR 1 331 in 2023).
Employers can submit job, thesis and placement advertisements free of charge in the JobTeaser service.
You will find instructions for using JobTeaser and our terms of publication on this page: Aalto JobTeaser- Recruit a student
When submitting an advertisement, please, mark it as suitable for international students by adding Tag: No Finnish needed. We kindly also remind you to check the language of the advertisement and the recruitment process: Is it accessible to non-Finnish speakers?
International House Helsinki provides free advice to employers and organisations on issues related to international labour force. Read more at https://ihhelsinki.fi/.
Work in Finland International Recruitment Advice Service for Employers is a “one-stop shop” for employers based in Finland who want to recruit international talent. Read more https://www.workinfinland.com/en/employers/.
School of Business financial internship support
Small and medium-sized enterprises (fewer than 250 employees), non-profit organisations and state organisations in Finland can apply for a subsidy from the School of Business for the salary costs of an international student if necessary.
We provide subsidies only for paid internships in the fields of business and economics in Finland. The salary for a full-time internship must at least meet the work requirement of Kela (the Social Insurance Institution of Finland) (including a monthly salary of at least EUR 1 331 in 2023). The employer pays the student's salary for all internship months and invoices the School of Business for the internship subsidy after the internship period.
If the internship subsidy is a precondition for hiring a trainee, the School of Business may, if necessary, support the placement with an internship subsidy of no more than EUR 1,800. Support is available within the financial budget. There are conditions concerning both the student and the employer. If you do not need internship subsidy, you can offer an internship by submitting an advertisement to JobTeaser.
Familiarise yourself with the internship criteria and what to do if you want to utilise the subsidy.
Criteria for placement with internship subsidy
- The internship employer must be a small or medium-sized company (less than 250 employees), a state organisation in Finland, a Finnish embassy or permanent representation abroad, or a non-profit organisation in Finland.
- Placements can be offered to international undergraduate students at the School of Business (bachelor's and master's level) studying in the above-mentioned degree programmes. Please note that the internship subsidy for small and medium-sized enterprises is not intended for recruiting Finnish School of Business students. This internship subsidy cannot be used to hire students from other fields of Aalto University.
- We provide subsidies only for paid internships in the fields of business. The salary must be at least in accordance with the limit of work that meets the Social Insurance Institution of Finland's employment condition (monthly salary at least EUR 1331 in 2023) in order to be eligible for a internship subsidy.
- The minimum duration of the placement is 2 months and the maximum is 6 months.
- The placement may be full-time or part-time. The internship subsidy is €1,800 (min. 3 months of full-time placement or 24 weeks of part-time minimum 20 h/week placement) or €1,200 (min. 2 months of full-time placement or 12 weeks of part-time minimum 20 h/week placement). The placement may be longer than 3 months, but the maximum amount of the subsidy is EUR 1,800. The placement is not subject to VAT.
- The employer of the placement undertakes to be responsible for the orientation and supervision of the student throughout the placement. A further prerequisite for paying the training subsidy is that the employer and the trainee together complete the student's placement target plan / learning contract. The student submits the plan to the school within one month of the start of the placement.
- In a calendar year, an internship employer may only hire one student of the Aalto University School of Business through this internship programme.
- The internship subsidy must always be agreed on well in advance with the School of Business before the placement begins. The internship subsidy is not available for placements that have already started or have already ended.
The employer pays the student's salary for all internship months and invoices the School of Business for the internship subsidy after the internship period.
An internship subsidy agreement is concluded between the employer and the School of Business before the placement begins.
The employer of the placement concludes a fixed-term employment relationship with the student for the duration of the placement and a written employment contract is drawn up as proof of the employment relationship between the employer and the student. Aalto University does not offer a ready-made employment contract template.
We reserve the right to make changes.
These are the instructions if you want to take advantage of the possibility of an internship subsidy
- Internship offers within the scope of the supported placement will be sent in English via Aalto JobTeaser for employers form. Please, use Aalto's own form. Please, read our terms and conditions before submitting the advertisement.
- Add the following text to the beginning of the notification: This internship requires Aalto University School of Business's internship support. Students, please see more information from https://www.aalto.fi/en/other-studies/biz-internships-in-finland and apply for an internship voucher before you apply for this internship.
- The placement salary, the start and end dates of the placement and whether the placement is full-time or part-time (hours) must be clearly mentioned in the advertisement.
- The advertisement must clearly state the placement assignments. The assignments must be related to fields of business.
- Finnish language skills may not be required for the placement.
- Important: Please, mark the advertisement with the tag "No Finnish needed".
- We will look through the advertisement once it arrives at the Aalto JobTeaser service. We are in contact with you, so, please, enter the name and email address of the contact person responsible for the internship. We reserve the right to accept or reject an advertisement requiring internship subsidy.
- When the position is open to students, the interested students will apply the internship voucher from the School of Business and, after receiving it, will normally apply for the position directly in accordance with your instructions. When the student is selected for your position, the student will provide the School of Business with the details of their placement, after which we will contact you in connection with concluding the internship support agreement.
A supported internship at a higher education institution is a useful experience not only for the student but also for the employer - at best, the intern brings fresh perspectives and new ideas to the workplace. The tasks of the placement must be such that the student can utilise the knowledge and skills acquired in their studies, learn new things and develop working life skills and professional competence.
An example of a successful placement.
Phuong Nguyen started her marketing internship at EFLA Oy as a third-year International Business student in Häme University of Applied Sciences, and has been working there ever since. Currently she works as a Sales & Marketing Manager at EFLA Oy and is also pursuing her Master’s degree in People Management and Organizational Development at Aalto University School of Business.
Many foreign students want to stay and work in Finland
Offering an internship to international talent is a good gateway to multiculturalism in a company
More information from Aalto University School of Business Career Services
Through us you'll reach business students in various ways. We, for example, publish employers' job adverts, mediate recruitment messages and organize career events & fairs.
Internships are an efficient channel for recruitment, through which employers get valuable work contribution and information on the education at Aalto University. By hiring an intern, your organisation will gain the latest industry views and fresh ideas.
We have a long tradition of co-operation with our alumni and the corporate world. We offer multiple forms of collaboration to our alumni, companies and other organizations as well as the public sector.