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!

Every year we offer truly meaningful summer traineeships where you can challenge yourself and build your career in a multidisciplinary community of over 2300 brilliant minds from more than 55 different nationalities. At VTT, we transform 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. 

We offer summer traineeships in all our three business areas: Carbon neutral solutions, Sustainable products and materials, and Digital technologies. You can apply for multiple categories based on your study field, competence, and interest.

All the open summer trainee positions will be published on this page at the beginning of the application period.

What is it like to work with us in solving the biggest challenges of our time? Check out the video to see what kind of experiences Aymara, Daniil, Eric and Isabella have had on their summer traineeships and what kind of change they made.

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.

The application period for 2024 summer traineeships is closed. Please follow our open positions for other possible traineeship 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 duration can be discussed. Read more about our recruitment process here.

If you are moving from abroad to work at VTT for your summer traineeship, we will provide you with the necessary relocation support, such as immigration assistance, registration with the Finnish authorities, applying for a tax card and opening a bank account. We employ talent from all over the world and our staff consists of more than 55 different nationalities.

VTT is a Responsible Workplace

We aim to build the world's most meaningful place to work, and a respectful working community is a basic prerequisite for this. As a part of this journey, VTT is a member of the Oikotie Responsible Workplace community. By being a member of the community, we commit to the Principles of Responsible Workplace and Summer Jobs.

Each year, we execute a survey to find out about our summer trainees' experiences with their summer jobs at VTT. Below are highlights of last summer's Responsible Summer Job survey results.

Responsible Employer's Summer Jobs Oikotie

The atmosphere in my workplace is good


I am treated equally with other employees in my summer job


I would recommend VTT as an employer to a friend

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.