Complete an Internship Abroad

Depending on the practices of your faculty, you may be able to complete the internship included in the study programme abroad or have the internship in a foreign country approved as part of the internationalisation module. Your degree programme is in charge of approving the internship location and recognising the period as part of your studies. More information is available from your internship contact person!

Applying for an internship position abroad

Applying for an international internship position often requires an active approach in learning about the conventions and practices of the destination country. In other words, start preparing well in advance!

  • For example, you can find out about contacts within your own degree programme or faculty, and about experiences from previous years.
  • Participate in events organised by various parties, where people who have interned abroad talk about their experiences. These events provide an excellent opportunity to ask questions and gain information.
  • Bear in mind that job application cultures differ between countries. It is a good idea to learn about the application practices of the desired country beforehand in the context of applying for a job or internship abroad. Foreign students currently studying in Finland and your own prior contacts in the target country may yield valuable information on the operating models.

Information sources on and paths to internship abroad

  • The travel report database contains experiences of students who have left for internships abroad from the University of Tampere in previous years. You can search the accounts based on country or exchange programme, for example (e.g. independent arrangement/internship, Erasmus internship, CIMO internship).
  • Through the Erasmus internship programme you can gain access to European countries. With some exceptions, the Erasmus internship can be completed in a company or public organisation.
  • The university’s travel grant for independently secured internship positions can be applied for by bachelor’s and master’s degree students going abroad for an internship period of at least three months. Check your eligibility to receive the travel grant well in advance.
  • The internship grant provided by the faculty can be used for an internship abroad if the employer is Finnish. Always check the suitability of the internship position with the internship contact person of your faculty or degree programme before contacting the employer. The internship contact person can also provide you with more information on your faculty’s grant application schedule. The grant provided by the faculty can be used for internships at the Finnish embassies of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs abroad, for example.
  • More information on seeking employment on an international level can be found on the website of the Aarresaari network of career and employment services, among other locations.
  • When travelling abroad for an internship, you should find out the details of your insurance coverage, for example – also read the Instructions for students leaving for foreign exchange  page!
  • The website of the Finnish National Agency for Education’s internationalisation services contains a wealth of information on the agency’s own internship programmes and other opportunities for travelling abroad.
  • You can also look for an internship position independently through job seeking channels and your own networks. Tips for looking for employment in Europe are provided through theEURES service, which is available online and at your local Employment and Economic Development Office (TE office).