Internship - an opportunity

An internship is a part of your career planning and is about getting in contact with the working life, that is, step 4 in your career planning process.

Hanken encourages especially Master's students to complete an internship abroad. To support students in their search for international internship positions, internship ads are continuously published on Career Service’s job board. On top of that you can find many interesting international internship opportunities in the Highered career portal.

For more information on what is required of your internship, reporting on the intership to recieve credits and the course coordinator please see WebOodi.

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Internship on the Bachelor level

Internships at Hanken can be conducted abroad (8 ECTS) at bachelor level and it can constitute your mandatory semester abroad. Hanken does however recommend that your mandatory semester abroad is completed as exchange studies rather than an internship.

If you conduct your internship on the bachelor level and as your obligatory stay abroad, the internship should last 12 weeks (84 days) in one take.

Advanced internship on Master level

The advanced internship on MSc level will as of August 2018 demand 8 weeks of work to attain 5 credits and 16 weeks of work for 10 credits. If you are completing your internship during the summer of 2018 (or earlier), and you wish to attain 8 credits for 12 weeks of work, you need to submit your internship report to the examiner by September 1st, at the latest. The credits will be registered completed on July 31st, and need to be registered on your transcript of records as soon as possible as the new term has already begun.

All internship reports submitted after September 1st will be connected to the "new" 5 or 10 credit course and must fullfill the "new" requirements for examination. Contact your examiner (found in WebOodi).

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. 

Grant for 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. You can read more about the requirements here.

Your internship has to last a minimum of 84 days on Bachelor's level and 60 days on Master's level in order for you to be eligible to get an internship grant. You can do a longer internship, but the max amount of granted weeks is 12. 

Please note that funding is limited and vouchers are granted as long as there are grant funds available. When granting vouchers, Hanken prioritises internships that constitute an integrated, obligatory part of the bachelor studies.

More information on internship grants, how to apply and the steps that need to be taken after having received a grant can be found here.

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Student Experience

My internship spanned a total of 14 weeks. Due to the fact that the internship didn't play the role as substituting another employee, I was given the opportunity to undertake projects and tasks at my own will. As a result, I chose difficult and challenging projects which forced me to combine both theoretical knowledge I had already learnt at Hanken as well as other external knowledge from books/online sources.

The internship and its tasks resulted in me independently producing the following:
- A data handler for the accounting department to use when consolidating and analyzing salary data.
- An interactive template to use when valuating leasing contracts due to IFRS 16.

Outside of this, I also participated in several minor administration tasks, such as weekly reporting, invoice handling, producing reporting templates etc.

All in all, I am very grateful for the challenging opportunities that I chose to work with at Ålö Ab. In addition to this, I had the pleasure to work with some of the nicest people I have ever met. I strongly recommend students to apply for internships during their time at Hanken. Be warned, however, as the competition for internships is equal the height of Burj Khalifa - sky-high.

ps. Swedes have a tendency to speak up even though the other person isn't finished talking. For a Finn, this might come off as disrespectful/unprofessional, but please take it lightly - they have no intention of offending you!

Best of luck,
Student T

Where do I find my internship?

It is you who are responsible to find your own internship. It is good to be a bit critical and think carefully about where you actually want to work. Many students have found their internship via contacts or i.e. a previous summer job. 

You can for example start by having a look at the Career Services job board or our international Highered career portal here: