The eligibility criteria for the University’s traineeship funding can on the page Traineeship funding and salary.
How does the University subsidy work?
The subsidy is intended to support students who have not completed their traineeship to find a position. The subsidy is not paid to the student, but to the employer to cover part of the salary costs incurred to the employer from hiring the student. At the end of the traineeship, the employer can invoice the university for the subsidy in accordance with the traineeship agreement concluded between the university and the employer. The subsidy per student is € 1800.
What is the duration of the funded traineeship?
The minimum duration of a funded traineeship is always a period corresponding with at least two months of full-time employment. The maximum duration of a traineeship is six months of full-time employment and, for a part-time traineeship, an amount of work corresponding to six months.
Can the traineeship be completed in part-time employment?
Yes, the traineeship can be completed as part-time work. Ensure that the traineeship meets the required minimum duration set for traineeships. If the minimum duration of the traineeship is two months of full-time work, this also applies to traineeships completed as part-time work. The easiest solution is to extend the overall duration of the traineeship. For example, a part-time traineeship with 50% of regular working hours must last at least four months if the minimum duration of the traineeship has been set at two months.
Can I do my master’s thesis as a part of the funded traineeship?
Duties related to a master’s thesis do not meet the criteria of a funded traineeship. A funded traineeship cannot include the writing of the thesis, which must be completed independently.
Can I receive the University funding for my traineeship if my employer pays me no salary?
No, you cannot. The requirement for the University’s traineeship subsidy is that the employer pays the student at least the monthly salary corresponding to the minimum wage as defined by Kela, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland (€ 1,283 per month in 2022). The subsidy is not paid to the student, but to the employer, who can invoice the University for the subsidy at the end of the traineeship. The subsidy is meant to cover part of the salary costs incurred to the employer from hiring the student.
For traineeships completed abroad without pay, students can apply for an Erasmus grant or a travel grant for international traineeships.