The purpose of an internship is to introduce students to the typical tasks of their field as well as to offer them the opportunity to establish a good relationship with prospective employers while still being full-time students. Internships are primarily included in advanced studies.

An internship is pursued by first discussing it with the departmental coordinator. Both a suitable position and an internship plan must be approved by the departmental coordinator of the discipline in question. In order for the internship to be approved, information on the duration, internship supervisor, duties, and dates of the internship must be included in the plan. After completing the internship, students write a report and submit it to the departmental coordinator.

An internship included in a degree can be worth a maximum of 6 ECTS credits, equalling three months of work (8 h per day).

Possible ways of pursuing an internship include:

Funded internship

Students can receive funding for an internship from HELA. The application period (prior to the beginning of the internship) takes place every year during January and February, after the departmental coordinators have given out information on the matter via subject associations’ mailing lists and on the notice board in the Historica building. The Department grants funding primarily for positions organized by students themselves. Students are eligible for this funding only once during their studies. The funding is paid directly to the employer and it cannot be applied for after the internship.
The procedure for seeking a funded internship position is as follows:

  1. Students find and contact an employer regarding a position that meets the above criteria.
  2. Students and the organization responsible for the internship discuss the hopes for and limitations of the internship. The length and dates of the internship period, as well as the potential salary, can also be negotiated. At this point, the contract is not binding, as the student cannot be sure whether the application will be accepted or not. However, it is advised that the terms and conditions of the internship be agreed upon already at this stage, in order to secure the position if the application is accepted.
  3. Students submit an informal application to the Department, stating the position and the period in which the internship would be pursued, the results of the discussions with the prospective employer, the possible salary, the name of the internship supervisor, and other grounds affecting the granting of the funding. The application is submitted to the departmental coordinator.
  4. The interns are chosen by the Department on the grounds of the applications submitted by the deadline. The current stage and suitability of the applicant’s studies, as well as the employer’s suitability and the willingness to participate in salary payment are all central to the choice. In the end, students’ success in their studies may also affect the decision. Funding is primarily granted to students who lack work experience in their field. Thus, funding is not granted to students who have completed an internship as a part of studies in other (minor) subjects, e.g. in museology or subject teachers’ pedagogical studies. No enclosed transcript of academic records is needed, since all study-related matters are checked by the Department.
  5. After the application deadline is closed, students are informed on the decision as soon as possible, after which they must contact the prospective employer immediately. Finally, an internship contract regarding payment of wages and other matters is made between the Department, the intern, and the employer.


Independent internship

When it is most convenient for the student, students can pursue an independent internship as a part of their studies. In practice, the procedure is as follows:

  1. Think about the positions that would benefit your career plans the most, and discuss the internship with your HOPS supervisor and departmental coordinator.
  2. Contact the prospective employer and agree upon the internship (tasks, the internship supervisor, duration, possible salary, working hours, insurance, etc.). Make a written contract!
  3. Deliver a copy of the internship contract or plan to the departmental coordinator, stating the matters listed above.
  4. Pursue the internship.
  5. After the completion of the internship period, in order to receive the credits, deliver a copy of the certificate of employment and the internship report (describing the position and tasks, and, above all, what you learned and gained from the internship) to the departmental coordinator.

Notice that you are personally responsible for salary negotiations when seeking an independent internship position. You do not have to complete an internship without getting paid for it, so stand up for your rights!

Internship in HELA research projects

Research projects in which students can practice their working life competences are nearly always being carried out at the Department of History and Ethnology. For instance, Organizational Evolution and Dynamics is a project involving cooperation with the private sector.
Information on the research projects is distributed via subjects associations’ mailing lists. Students apply to each project accordingly. Working in research projects improves students’ project and research skills.