Internship Practices at the Faculties

Faculty of Communication Sciences

At the Faculty of Communication Sciences, the positioning of the internship and whether or not it is regarded as mandatory varies between degree programmes. It is possible to receive an internship grant from the University or the Erasmus programme for an internship period included in the degree studies. You can also complete an internship and gain the related credits without an internship grant.

The Faculty’s internship course units in the curriculum guide

Please read the general policies regarding the University’s internship grant with care!

More information about Erasmus exchange and other possibilities for internship abroad

Applying for an internship grant from the Faculty

Internship grant applications are primarily submitted between December and January for the next calendar year. The application period for the 2018 internship grant was 1 December 2017–10 January 2018. This application period is used by the following international degree programmes:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Internet and Game Studies
  • Media Education

The Human-Technology Interaction programme adheres to the application period and practices of the Degree Programme in Computer Sciences with regard to the internship grants for 2018. Please see further information under Faculty of Natural Sciences below.

The practices of applying for and granting internship grants vary between degree programmes. Application notice for the internship grants will be published on the Student’s Desktop before the beginning of the application period each year.

You do not need to have an internship place secured when you apply for the grant.

For further information, please contact the internship contact person for your degree programme.

Faculty of Education

For further information, please contact coordinator of international education Sari Hyttinen.

Faculty of Management

These internship instructions concern the students of Master's Degree Programme in Leadership for Change and Nordic Master Programme in Innovative Governance and Public Management.

Internship goals

The internship offers the chance for students to gain practical experience of working life. The purpose of the internship is to familiarise the student with a variety of tasks, identify different working life skills, and develop the ability to apply skills learned at university. During the internship, the student will learn about the work placement organisation, become acquainted with the organizational culture and management strategies, as well as the daily operational activities of the organization.

Internship practices may differ in different Master’s degree programmes. To get the up to date information on internship practices in your programme, please contact your internship contact person.

Students who already have suitable work experience have a possibility to apply for substitution for a (compulsory) internship with prior experience.

Internship requirements

  1. The internship should be broadly related to the student’s field of study
  2. The student must write a written report upon completion of the internship
  3. The internship must last for a minimum of 3 months

The internship should be carried out full-time for a period of at least three months, however it might also be possible to complete the internship part-time. Before starting the internship, the student should contact the internship supervisor of the study programme to ensure the suitability of the placement.

Including the internship in the studies

The internship is an optional part of the programmes. The students can also include an Erasmus Work Placement, which is can be either 5 or 10 ECTS in their degree. If the Erasmus Internship is suitably aligned with the study programme and the student’s goals, it is possible to gain 10 credits for the placement.

It may be possible to substitute the internship with work experience gained elsewhere during the studies. However, this can only be done once, and only if the work experience is relevant to the degree programme. The internships are not transferable to another degree programme.

Financial aid for internship in Faculty of Management

The internship grant can be applied online, the electronical form (E-lomake) will be activated in the beginning of the application period. The grant can only be applied by the students of the Faculty of Management.

The application period will begin in January 2019. The student does not need to have an internship position before applying for the grant. The decisions on the grants were made in February 2019 earliest. All the applicants will be informed.

Students with mandatory internship as a part of their studies have priority to receive the grant. Students are entitled to the grant only once.

If a student has been issued the grant but he/she is not able to use it, the student has to cancel the grant at once. This way the grant can be passed on to the next student on the waiting list.

For more information, please contact the administrative internship contact person of your Master’s Degree Programme.

The university does not award grants for all types of internships. Please make sure, you have read the university’s general policies regarding internships and grants.

Completing the Internship Module (10 ECTS)

1) Before starting your internship, contact the internship supervisor in your study programme
The student should be in contact with the internship supervisor (academic contact person) to ensure that the chosen internship is suitable for inclusion in the programme. It is better to get in touch with the supervisor sooner rather than later, especially if you are unsure of the suitability of the placement and timing for your studies.

2) Goal Setting
Prior to the internship, the student should consider their own goals for the internship

a) Finnish language speakers should complete the Tavoitepeli game online.

The results from the game should be returned to the supervisor via email before the start of the internship. You can send it, for example, when you notify the supervisor that you are starting the internship. After the internship, you should include the completed Tavoitepeli as an appendix of the Internship Report.

b) Those who do not read Finnish well enough should read: “Work placement periods in university studies”.

Specifically, students should familiarize themselves with the ‘learning outcomes of the internship’ section (pages 18–20). The students should fill out the attached form, in which they pay attention to the five most important learning objectives relevant for them and reflect upon how they hope to achieve these goals. The LFC students should return the document to the supervisor via email before the start of the internship. NORDIG student can return the document to the Internship Moodle area. After the internship, a completed form should be included as an appendix of the Internship Report.

3) Write the Internship Report
Students should write an 8­–10 page report on the internship. The purpose of the internship report is twofold. Firstly, the student evaluates the importance of the internship in relation to their completed studies. Secondly, the university receives feedback on the successes of the internship.

The Internship report should include:

  • A short overview of the organisation and work community
  • A description of your work tasks and duties
  • An assessment of how your university studies prepared you for the internship
  • An evaluation of the realisation of the goals you had set before the internship
  • A discussion of the literature (see below) on how the internship developed your skills. When writing the report, you should use academic sources and cite them properly. You should use and reference at least one of the following materials in your report:
  • Virtanen, Anne - Penttilä, Johanna (2012) “Harjoittelut kasvualustoina yliopisto-opiskelijoiden osaamisen konkretisoitumiselle ja uusien taitojen oppimiselle”, Kasvatus 3/2012, s. 268–278. http://elektra.helsinki.fi/se/k/0022-927-x/43/3/harjoitt.pdf
  • University of Oulu (2016) “Work placement periods in university studies”. Available at: http://jultika.oulu.fi/files/isbn9789526215150.pdf.
  • Additionally, consider the following questions in your report:
    • Did the internship influence your future studies?
    • Where do you see yourself in two years’ time? Consider both working life and studies
    • What lessons can you learn from the internship?
    • What kind of observations did you make of the organisation?
      • What sort of effect(s) did you have at the organisation during your placement?
      • Could the findings be used to improve the organisation in the future?

4) Write a summary and upload it to Moodle

The student should prepare a one-page summary of the internship report and upload it to Moodle. The aim of the summary is to convey the student’s experiences) during their placement to other students. The Moodle page can be found by searching for “Faculty of Management Interships” and the course key is “Internship”.

5) Return the report, summary, and employment certificate
In addition to the report and summary, the student must also submit the certificate of employment to the supervisor as soon as possible after the completion of the internship. The employment certificate or work statement is obtained from the employer.

The credits for the internship will only be registered when the employment certificate is returned, the summary is published on Moodle, and the internship report has been approved. In the transcript, the name of the organization will also be included. Do not delay, it is best to apply for the credits immediately after the internship has finished

Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences

As a student of the Master's Degree Programme in Biomedical Technology, you have the opportunity to do a period of guided employment in a position related to your field of study in one of research groups of the faculty. Students are selected based on applications, and the application time is open once a year.
For further information, please contact study coordinator Riitta Aallos, riitta.aallos@uta.fi.

Faculty of Natural Sciences

As a student of the Degree Programme in Mathematics and Statistics, you can include an internship period in your studies. An internship is a period of guided employment in a position related to your field of study.

As a student of the Degree Programme in Computer Sciences, you can include an intermediate studies-level internship in the master’s degree module for other studies. Internships are voluntary and enable you to practically apply your skills in computer sciences.

The Faculty’s internship course units in the curriculum guide

Internship grant

A specific internship grant fund is earmarked annually for degree students in Mathematics and Statistics and Computer Sciences to participate in voluntary practical training related to their studies. In 2017, both degree programmes distributed €1,800/person to eleven students.

Internship grants can be applied for as specified in the application notice published on the Student’s Desktop. The application periods usually take place between December and January. The internship grant is intended to cover a part of the student’s pay, which is why the grants are distributed before the busiest period of internship applications. You can also complete an internship and gain the related credits without an internship grant.

You should also take the time to study the University’s general policies on internship grants carefully!

Topical information

  • Additional period for applying financial internship support 2018 is open 27.9. - 7.10.2018. Apply by filling in the eForm. The decision will be made on week 41.
  • Application period for internship grants for 2018 was 1.12.2017-15.1.2018. The decision was made on week 5.

Internship grant criteria

Precedence is given to students who had not had a prior opportunity to accumulate work experience in their respective fields. Financial aid can only be granted to a degree programme’s own students (students who are completing a bachelor’s and master’s degree or a master’s degree only). Part of the internship grant fund is reserved for the degree programme’s international degree students (including Human-Technology Interaction).

In addition to the above, the following criteria were applied in grant distribution:

  • phase of studies,
  • amount of studies completed in one’s own degree programme,
  • degree studies in total,
  • academic performance
  • the possibility of linking the internship credits to the degree (master’s degree studies in TIE, master’s programme/specialisation must be selected) – the recommended time for the internship for bachelor’s and master’s degree students is the third or fourth year of studies.

Applying for an internship position and completing an internship

You must secure your internship position independently and agree upon the practicalities with the internship contact person and employer. You must also ensure the suitability of the internship position with the contact person beforehand in the event that the position is not clearly aimed at students of your field.

Separate instructions are available on the internship agreement and matters related to the internship grant and pay. In addition to the work tasks involved, completing an internship period includes the preparation of reports in the manner agreed upon with the contact person.

You can also complete an internship without a grant, in which case the employer must cover the full amount of your pay. This is considered to be a “normal” job, which can be eligible for credits towards the internship course unit if certain conditions are met.

Available internship positions are listed on the Workit.net website, for example.

More information on internships is also available on the Internship pages of the Study Guide.

Internship abroad

You can also complete an internship abroad within Europe (Erasmus internship) or elsewhere. The University of Tampere provides financial aid for international internships. For further information, see the Internship Abroad page of the Study Guide.

Internship contact persons

More information on internships can be obtained from internship contact persons.

Faculty of Social Sciences

Internships in the international master’s degree programmes of the Faculty of Social Sciences (SOC) are either a compulsory or a voluntary part of the degree. The practices and requirements for the content and length vary - when you are planning to include an internship to your degree studies, please contact your programme coordinator.

Internship course unit descriptions in each programme:
MDP in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare
MDP in Gender Studies
MDP in Global and Transnational Sociology
MDP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
MDP in Public and Global Health
MDP in Public Choice

Financing your internship 

If you are planning to apply for an internship that requires other financing than the salary paid by your employer, or if the employer requires additional funding from the university, you may be eligible to apply for example: 

1) Financial aid from the Faculty (to a Finnish employer)
2) Erasmus work placement grant (for work placements in Europe, excl. Finland)
3) university's travel grant for work placements (for work placements abroad)

1) Applying for financial aid from the Faculty

Please note that the information below DOES NOT apply to MDP in Public and Global Health!

Financial aid has been issued annually for a certain number of internships. In 2018, funding was issued  for 19 internships of the SOC international master's students, 1800 euros per internship.  The amount of funding/year is decided by the Rector.

The online application round for internship grants is annually in December - January. You will be notified about the application round via Students' Desktop and in the programme Moodle groups.

All the students planning to work with the internship grant during the year 2019, must apply for the grant during the application round. You do not need to have an internship place secured when applying.


1.1) Who is eligible for the financial aid? What kind of internship can be financed?

The financial aid must be applied for during the general online application round. Eligible is an applicant who is a degree student of a SOC international degree programme and has not used the university financial aid for any internship before.

The content of the intended internship must meet the programme requirements and the general policies regarding internship must be followed.

Financial aid, or the internship grant, can only be paid for internships under a Finnish employer and it is meant to cover a part of the salary paid by the employer. Financial aid cannot be issued for non-paid internships. The employer receiving the financial aid agrees to pay the intern a minimum monthly salary, also stipulated in the general policies regarding internships.

Contact for financial aid application round: coordinator of international education, Anna Wansén-Kaseva
Contact for internship practices: programme coordinators

 

Internship in Master's Degree Programme in Public and Global Health

During the second year of the degree programme students have the opportunity to participate in an internship or work placement. The place and nature of the internship or work placement should be relevant to the programme and may be in Finland or in an international setting.

As a rule, it is the responsibility of the student wishing to complete an internship or work placement to identify and apply to a host organisations which match their interests and career goals. The faculty will assist the student with the practical arrangements and may be able to help identify potential internship hosts.

During the internship, the student will be introduced to working life and will be able to utilize the skills and knowledge of their study program in practice. The experience gained will aid the student in evaluating their own abilities and the impact that has on post-graduate working life.

For further information, please see the course description in the Curriculum or contact Catarina Ståhle-Nieminen, Catarina.Stahle-Nieminen@staff.uta.fi.