VTT Summer of Changemakers – join our trainee programme!

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology or passionate about business and people? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time? Together, we can turn these challenges into a hopeful future.

Join us - let’s make science work for hope!

We annually offer truly meaningful summer traineeships, where you get to challenge yourself and build your career in a cross-disciplinary community of over 2100 brilliant minds from over 55 different nationalities. At VTT, we turn global challenges – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – into sustainable growth with the latest and best tools of science and technology.

What is like to work with us solving the biggest challenges of our time? Check from the video what kind of experiences Aymara, Daniil, Eric and Isabella had from their summer traineeships and what kind of change did they drive.

Why should you join us?

With us, you’ll enjoy:

  • Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organisation, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science and technology.
  • Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, your skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field.
  • Meaningful projects, real responsibility. With us, you get to take on meaningful tasks and create innovative solutions working as part of our team.
  • Support for your learning and development. As a scientific expert organisation, we put a lot of emphasis on learning and development, and support our people in reaching their full potential.

For summer 2023 our traineeship application period is closed. Please follow our open positions for possible trainee opportunities! All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and full-time. The duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date and length of the traineeship can be discussed. 

If you are moving from abroad to work at VTT for your summer traineeship, we provide the relevant relocation support services such as an immigration support service, registrations with Finnish authorities, tax card application and opening a bank account. We employ talent from all over the world and our staff is made up of over 50 different nationalities.

VTT is participating in the Responsible Summer Job  (Vastuullinen kesäduuni) campaign also next year. By participating to the campaign, we commit to the six principles of good summer work (good applicant experience, meaningful work, orientation and guidance, fairness and equity, reasonable pay, written employment contract and certificate).

Our last summer’s trainees rated their overall impression of summer job experience at 3.63 / 4 in Responsible Summer Job survey. Our trainees experienced that they were treated as equals with other employees with a grade of 3.89 / 4. Many of the summer trainees would also recommend VTT as a summer job, with a grade of 3.84 / 4.

Story behind VTT Summer of Changemakers

The world needs a change. And you can make an impact.

New science and technology gives us unprecendented tools to face our challenges:

  • Carbon neutrality
  • Productivity leap
  • Societal resilience
  • Quantum leap
  • Advanced materials
  • Superior digital systems
  • Synthetic biology

Join a community of world-class problem solvers tackling the greatest challenges of our time.