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Why ITP is the best choice for your summer

Are you thinking about applying to the Information Technology Program (ITP) this year? That’s awesome! We are Verneri, Saana and Erika, the new ITP coordinators. We have all previously experienced ITP as students, so we know how it feels like applying. You probably have a lot of questions right now, but don’t worry, we’re here to answer them!
ITP students enjoying coffee on campus

Quick recap of ITP

Information Technology Program (ITP) is an annual Aalto University summer minor program of 24 ECTS. It combines business, design, and technology and hosts students from various fields and countries, making it both international and multidisciplinary. At the core of the three-month program are business projects done in collaboration with real companies.

There are 3 specialization tracks with their respective coordinators: Information and Service Business (ISB), Digital and Intelligent Ecosystems (DIE) and Strategy and Experience Design (SED).

ITP 2021 Application form

ITP coordinators support you during the summer

This is what we do as coordinators:

  • Find interesting project partners and challenges for the students to tackle
  • Form balanced and versatile project teams based on the interests and skills of the students
  • Support and help the project teams during the summer
  • Provide feedback and grade the business projects
  • Organize fun activities to help you get to know your fellow students!

Our reasons for attending ITP

ITP coordinators are always alumni of the program, and we definitely recommend applying based on our own experiences. But why did we originally apply to ITP?

ITP coordinators 2021, Verneri, Saana and Erika

'I wanted to gain experience in practical consultancy work, and learn more about the current trend of disruptive innovation enabled by new digital business models and data analytics methods.'

Verneri, DIE Coordinator

'My aim was to incorporate more visual design and creativity into my marketing studies, and ITP covered relevant design aspects of digital services. I also wanted to spend my summer doing something useful.'

Saana, SED Coordinator

'I wanted to broaden my skill set, gain a fresh perspective, and balance my analytical ISM studies with more creative design knowledge. Also, after the spring spent in isolation, I wanted to get a sense of community.'

Erika, ISB Coordinator

So now that you are familiar with us and what we do, we will answer some burning questions about the program.

'Why should I choose ITP instead of working in the summer?'

ITP is a laid-back mixture of studying and hands-on business projects. It gives you personal learning experiences, social life, and project experience comparable to a summer job, while still being applicable for student allowance.

On top of that, ITP offers you:

  • Networks. Through ITP you can build valuable company and alumni networks.
  • Career opportunities. The topics covered and the skills learned provide you with a new job opportunities.
  • Smart study planning. When you complete your minor in the summer, you can graduate faster or free up time for a part-time job during the academic year.
  • Alternatives for exchange. In case your planned exchange got cancelled, ITP is a perfect alternative to get the needed minor done in a similarly multi-cultural environment.

'OK, sounds useful, but can it actually be fun?'

Definitely! Studying in the summer may sound dull, but ITP is far from that.

A regular ITP day looks like this:

  1. Lecture in the morning – remote or onsite, your choice
  2. Lunch break outside in the sun with your fellow students
  3. Project work in the afternoon with your team

As a team, you can very freely decide to work however you want to – for example, work longer on some days and then other days take the afternoon off to enjoy the summer.

ITP Students enjoying a summer picnic

ITP spirit and free-time activities

Last summer, the official ITP events were cancelled due to the pandemic. However, everyone was so active and willing to get to know each other that we managed to maintain the ITP spirit nevertheless.

The students took the lead and organized a range of activities such as BBQ hangouts and volleyball games, and during the afternoons we had coffee breaks together and played card games. Even the fully-online students got together for casual remote hangouts to get to know each other better.

We really hope we’ll be able to host live events and activities this year, but if not, we will make sure a supportive community remains.

'Do I need to be a tech guru to attend?'

Nope. Some students come from a more technical background, but there are no prerequisites of IT skills. Diverse representation of skills and interests brings valuable versatility which comes in handy in the project work. Also, even students with existing tech skills will learn new, interesting perspectives to IT.

'How is ITP prepared for Covid-19?'

We are prepared for several possible scenarios depending on the pandemic situation. We’ve learned a lot from last year, and we definitely believe this summer’s ITP will be better than it has been ever before!

Most likely, ITP will be held in a hybrid-learning model, meaning that students can decide whether they prefer to attend online or at the campus. This preference will also be taken into account when the business project teams are formed. Of course, this is all subject to change and we will adhere to instructions and guidelines from healthcare officials as the pandemic situation evolves – safety first!

Excited already!?

Hope so, cause we can't wait to start planning the best ITP summer 2021 for you!

We recommend ITP for anyone interested in having a productive summer, developing their skills and deepening their knowledge related to business, technology or design. Challenge-based learning and the intense, hands-on business project differentiate ITP from typical university studies.

Don’t hesitate – apply now. Prepare yourself for the digital future.

We coordinators look forward to receiving your application and meeting you in May. In case you have any questions or concerns related to anything at all, feel free to contact any of us at any time.

 Verneri Suomela

Verneri Suomela

Project Coordinator 2021 (DIE)
 Saana Rauvala

Saana Rauvala

Project Coordinator 2021 (SED)
 Erika Natunen

Erika Natunen

Project Coordinator 2021 (ISB)

Apply now!

Students walking down a nature path.

ITP 2021 Application form (external link)

Apply to Information Technology Program before 1.4.2021!

Students sitting in a park having a picnic

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