Hanken International Talent™

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The #HankenHIT initiative builds bridges between Hanken international master's students and the Finnish society. It offers a variety of exciting ways to enrich your experience during your studies, integrate in Finland and expand your local network and develop your career path. Our international students have secured full time jobs via HankenHIT co-operation.

International Master's student - Hanken International Talent™ is for you!

Hanken International Talent™ is a talent management programme which helps you to build your network in Finland and supports you in making meaningful connections to potential employers during your master's studies.

Hanken HIT™targets three areas of development:

  • Social capital & business environment: build various professional and social networks, discover Finnish business culture and Finnish business environment. 
  • Personal growth: with a mentor, set your objectives, learn to recognize your strengths and make yourself relevant to the Finnish job market.
  • Professional development: solve company challenges via various employer-student cooperations and explore different career options.

Join Hanken International Talent™ and help us shape Finland’s global future!

To learn more drop an email to corporaterelations@hanken.fi

Are you a company representive? Check out the Hanken HITsite for companies here: hanken.fi/hankenhit

Hanken International Talent™ is a part of a #TalentBoost ecosystem, a larger inter-university and inter-city cooperation project “International talents accelerating growth” which helps universities and cities to build exposure of Helsinki region as an employer city brand and maximize exposure of international talents to their potential employers.

Hanken community supports you throughout your studies to explore Finnish working life and kick-start your career in Finland:

Advanced internship on Master's level

You can include a 5 or 10 ECTS internship to your Master's degree at Hanken. The advanced internship on MSc level requires 8 weeks of work to attain 5 credits and 16 weeks of work for 10 credits.

An internship at MSc level is always implemented within your major and can be done either in Finland or abroad. On MSc level you can perform the 5 or 10 credits also by combining shorter periods of internship and in different companies.

You can read more about the internships here.

Sudina Shresth had an internship at NEFCO throigh Hanken International Talent.

Grant for the internship

Hanken offers you the opportunity to apply for a grant for your internship period. You can apply for a grant in the Mobility Online portal twice a year. Keep in mind that the requirements to receive credits and a grant differ, i.e. the internship has to be in one take and at one company if you wish to receive a grant and the internship need to take place within May-August. You can read more about the requirements here.

Virtual Internships -programme

Hanken is piloting a collaboration with a company called Virtual Internships that offers a remote internship programme for students. The Virtual Internships -programme includes an 8 week remote internship in company based in Finland (or abroad if you prefer) accompanied by coaching and employability themed lectures.

The programme will be arranged on May-July 2022 and the application time is open until the 13th of March 2022. Read more about the programme and how to register here.


During the past years, our students have had different one-on-one collaborations with Hanken International Talent™ Companies. The students have got an insight on the company and the field in question and at the same time found connections and networks within Finnish working life. The Hanken HIT™ Companies have offered the student one or several of the following collaborations:

  • Mentoring
  • Internship
  • Summer job
  • Thesis project

Hear about the previous collaborations with our students and HIT Companies:

Tri Nguyen got a mentor from Wärtsilä who helped him to develope his competencies and gain a better understanding about working in FInland.

Fazer and KPMG:


 Ernst & Young:



While studying at Hanken, you get direct exposure to Finnish businesses already in the classroom for example through guest lecturers and real-life cases. These courses are just a few examples:

Transformative Service Strategies: Project Course (Marketing)
Professor Kristina Heinonen:

"In this course students learn to analyze service based business transformation and its role in changing existing business practices to new service-centered methods to enable agility and receptiveness to rapidly-changing market demands. Transformation starts from accepting the primacy of customers in markets. The course is designed as a real-life case challenge with the objective to help a case firm to develop a service-driven business building on customer insight."

Business Consulting (Entrepreneurship and Management)
Associate Professor Tom Lahti;

"In this course, the students learn what working in consulting is all about. They run a company that does consulting assignments for real life clients. Their responsibilities involve planning and selling a project, creative problem solving and reporting to a client. The goal is to develop their entrepreneurial skills and attitudes."

Intellectual Property Strategy for Business (Intellectual Property Law)
Professor Nari Lee:

"Through this course, we will explore all areas of intellectual property issues in practical business settings and learn how various doctrines in intellectual property law you have learned so far would fit into business practices. Highlighting the importance of strategic thinking, the course will begin with a general discussion on the core aspects where IP become crucial strategic importance to businesses. A series of lectures featuring various industry practitioners and visiting professors will be arranged, focusing on specific business models and cases in commercialization. Based on fact patterns of selected business case study, students will learn to identify relevant intellectual property rights and apply various doctrines in intellectual property laws to practices."

Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation II (Accounting)
Assistant professor Dennis Sundvik:

“In this course students learn to use financial statement data for the underlying purpose of business analysis and fundamental valuation. The focus is not only on building a solid understanding of the latest theoretical approaches to analysis and valuation but also placing students in a confident position to apply these. A case competition in collaboration with a company partner is also incorporated in the course where students may learn about the world of consulting in general and how to conduct business valuations in M&A deals in particular.”

Project Course in Corporate Social Responsibility and Humanitarian Logistics
Associate professor Martin Fougère:

“In this course, students work on questions related to corporate social responsibility and/or humanitarian logistics by using, analysing and solving real-world problems provided by case organizations. In groups of three to four persons, the students work on a project for an organization – which may be a company, an NGO, or a hybrid organization dealing with sustainability or humanitarian issues. During the project period, they gather valuable working experience and knowledge about a specific issue in relation to corporate social responsibility and/or humanitarian logistics.”


Hanken's Career Services offers a wide variety of career events for all Hanken students. The events vary from CV/LinkedIn check-ins to working breakfasts and career fairs, like the annual Hanken Network Day. As a Hanken Master´s student you get Career services newsletter notifying you about the upcoming events. You can read more about the events here.

By becoming part of the Hanken HIT network you also get invitations to career events especially designed for international students interested in pursuing a career in Finland.

Annual Hanken Network Day brings together Hanken students and Hanken partner companies.

Also the Student Union of Hanken School of Economics, SHS, offers many career related events. You find all the events at the Student Union's web site . Check out for example the offering of the student unions Business Committee and Masters' Committee:

"The Business Committee offers career-related events and content for students. We organise the career fair Hanken Network Day together with Hanken, and a series of breakfast events called Company of the Week. We aim to help Hanken students establish close contacts with companies and their representatives early and regularly. You can also find career-related blog posts and job advertisements at the student unions web site. Most of our events and content are in English." Emilia Donner, President of SHS Business Committee

"The Masters' Committee acts as tutors for the new Master's students and promotes the social integration of masters students. We offer events to connect the students with the corporate world and to improve their professional skills - from cases to virtual job interview preparation. All of our events are held in English." Ramona Teinilä, President of SHS Masters' Committee

Mentorship is a tool for both personal and professional development. Mentoring means that experienced people are acting as a mentor and a sounding board for those who still have less experience of working life. By participating in the mentoring program, you get a chance to grow your network and get new, interesting contacts.

Read more about the mentorship programme here

Markus Wartiovaara, Director of Hanken Business Lab:

”For those entrepreneurially minded and wishing to work in entrepreneurial companies, Hanken Business Lab provides a unique platform to integrate into the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Finland and internationally. In order to learn more visit our Lab's web site"

Hanken Business Lab

You can include 134 hours (5 ECTS) of Voluntary work to your Master´s studies at Hanken. Read more about the voluntary work course here.

Erkko professor Gyöngyi Kovács:

“Hanken students are strongly encouraged to apply their knowledge from their studies to voluntary work, and conduct professional tasks in society that relate to their major, and business studies. All such work to help people in society can be considered for the course Voluntary Work, so students learn how volunteering benefits societies and companies from both the practical and scientific viewpoints.”

Voluntary work experience of Dung Tran at 180 Degrees Consulting Helsinki


Are you interested in improving your working life skills? Check out The Finnish Business School Graduates association (Suomen Ekonomit) course offered to Hanken students:

Working Life Skills for Experts and Team Leaders (5169-E)
Special Advisor Ted Apter, Suomen Ekonomit:

”During this course you gain beneficial skills, which you can make good use of already in the beginning of your career. You learn the tricks of successful salary negotiations, employment contracts and recruiting. You gain information of the Finnish labour market model, unemployment system and lay-offs. You also receive key information on how to distinguish yourself and succeed in job search.”

More information about the course is given on the web page of Suomen Ekonomit, The Finnish Business School Graduates association. The course will be counted in your degree as studies in English language.

Sign up in Weboodi . The course goes in period 2 & 4 during the academic year 2021-2022.

Nordic Organisations in Contemporary Business World (22036)
Assistant professor Linda Tallberg:

"In this course, students learn about Nordic business culture, organizations and society including issues related to Nordic values; leadership and negotiation styles; as well as historical, political and socio-economic aspects of Nordic organizations. The goal is to critically examine the Nordic business and organizational environment, both from a theoretical perspective as well as from practitioners working in the region." 

This course is also offered as a short intensive Summer course called Introduction to Nordic Business Cultures (22018), which gives you flexibility in choosing when to incorporate courses in local business culture to your studies. Please note that the courses are on the Bachelor's level and can be included in your Master´s degree as a part of your free elective courses.

Are you interested in learning the local language(s)? Hanken offers language courses in Swedish and Finnish on different levels. If you have never studied Swedish/Finnish before, you are welcome to join the beginners' courses, which are offered for Hanken's international Master's degree students and exchange students.


Hanken HIT Company Collaborators thoughtout the years: