Companies and organisations

HelsinkiUNI International Talent Programme’s participating companies and organizations can be found below. In each profile, you can learn more about the organization, what each organization is looking for in its student mentees, and which degree programmes they consider a good fit.

Applicants are encouraged to choose two suitable mentors when applying, of which one is prioritized.  In the application form, the applicant will be asked to motivate his or her choices.  By indicating two options,  the applicant has a better chance of being admitted to HITP.

You are free to choose for example  two city thematic groups, or you can pick one city thematic group and another different organization. Just check that your programme is listed and keep in mind you have to prioritize.

The City of Helsinki

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The City of Helsinki is Finland’s capital and the biggest employer in Finland with 38 000 employees. The City offers a wide variety of thematic mentorship groups for students from all participating programmes.

The thematic mentorship groups offered by the City of Helsinki can be found below:

The International Affairs (Russia Focus) thematic group

Helsinki’s vision is to be the most functional city in the world. Thus, it seeks to create the best conditions for urban life for its residents and for visitors. To reach the strategic goals, comprehensive internationalisation is required. The International Affairs Unit of the City of Helsinki coordinates the city’s international engagement and activities. The focus areas for international engagement are described in the City of Helsinki’s focus areas for international engagement (PDF).

In 2020-21 the focus area of the City of Helsinki’s International Affairs Unit in the HITP mentoring programme will be in cooperation with Russia and Russian cities. There is no avoiding the fact that Helsinki must consider Russia and its cities as a special case in its international relations. Helsinki’s cooperation with Russia is of great importance for the whole Finland.

The mentees will be given a general overview of the coordination of international affairs in the City of Helsinki, especially activities with Russia. After the mentoring programme the mentees will have a better understanding of cooperation with the Russian public sector (cities), main focus areas, operational activities, relevant networks, as well as challenges.

Expectations from the successful candidate include good interaction and communication skills, willingness and ability to work independently and a preparedness to learn new things and skills. Interest in Russia and Russian Studies are considered an asset.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

      • Russian Studies
      • Intercultural Encounters
      • European and Nordic Studies
      • Global Politics and Communication
      • Urban Studies and Planning
      • Contemporary Societies
      • Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma, opintosuunta Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri  sekä
        Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma.

The Urban Environment thematic group

The Urban Environment thematic group is aimed for talents interested in urban planning.  The group is formed by the Urban environment division of the city and the Urban Academy partnership network. The aim is to provide a broad synopsis into the work of the urban planning sector in Helsinki. In addition in this theme group, we will discuss what kind of skills and attitude are required when working with research-based urban development and planning. Urban Academy will cover topics such as managing a network-based organization and models for interaction.

This thematic group will provide students with the opportunity to get acquainted with the urban planning sector of the city of Helsinki, including  relevant topics of urban planning. The mentorship group will also increase students’ interest for collaborative ways of working in urban planning and development. The city also employs several summer interns and thesis workers every year so this is a great opportunity to hear about these positions.

Students applying to this thematic group should have experience or an interest in urban planning, GIS, CAD, landscape planning, transportation engineering, human cities, and combating climate change. Those who are interested in research-based urban development and multi-actor collaboration are also encouraged to apply.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Urban Studies and Planning

The Communication thematic group

The communication and marketing mentoring group is aimed for talents interested in public sector marketing and communication. It focuses on exhibiting how the city plans, executes and measures its Marcom activities. During the meetings, you get to see how Helsinki runs its websites and social media channels, content production, PR, brand management, decision-making communication, international marketing and communication, etc.
In addition, this group will discuss what kind of skills and attitude are required when working in public sector marketing and communication team.

Helsinki Marketing is a marketing company owned by the City of Helsinki tasked with promoting Helsinki’s international recognition and appeal in collaboration with local companies, communities and residents. The cornerstones of the operations are digital solutions and sustainability. The strategic aim of the company is to promote Helsinki as one of the most interesting cities in the world – a city for good living where future solutions are created – through bold marketing initiatives. This in turn helps attract visitors, experts and investments to Helsinki.

Through this thematic group, students will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the communication and marketing function within the City of Helsinki. The City of Helsinki and Helsinki Marketing also wish to broaden their network among international students and highlight the job and trainee opportunities the communication and marketing function offers.

The communication theme group is interested in mentoring students with interests and skills in marketing & communication, leadership, language, digital development, and  sustainable development.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Intercultural Encounters
    • European and Nordic Studies
    • Global Politics and Communication
    • Contemporary Societies
    • Data Science
    • Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma, opintosuunta Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri sekä
      Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma.

Immigration and Multicultural Affairs thematic group

The Labour Force and Immigration unit is responsible for speeding up the employment, attracting and retaining international talent and coordinating the city of Helsinki’s immigration affairs. The unit consists of four teams, which are Youth Services, Service for Adults, Employment Affairs and Migration Affairs.

The Migration Affairs -team is responsible for coordinating immigration affairs and for developing services that support the settlement, integration and employment of internationals in Helsinki. The team works in close cooperation with NGOs, companies and other stakeholders.

The Migration team wants to offer students a chance to familiarize themselves with the different aspects of immigration affairs within the city of Helsinki. During the mentoring period, the students get a chance to get acquainted with immigration services in Helsinki and to learn, for example, about the competencies required to work in the field. In addition, the students are introduced to different practices that support diversity at the workplace. The city strives to consider diversity in all recruiting, training, management, personnel development and rewarding.

Your study program is not essential, as the Labour Force and Immigration unit employs people with different educational backgrounds. This thematic group is interested in applicants with a genuine interest in questions related to immigration and immigration policy in Finland.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Russian Studies
    • Intercultural Encounters
    • European and Nordic Studies
    • Global Politics and Communication
    • Urban Studies and Planning
    • Contemporary Societies
    • Changing Education
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science
    • Translational Medicine
    • Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma, opintosuunta Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri sekä
      Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma.

Entrepreneurship Thematic Group

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The Entrepreneurship thematic group organized by Helsinki Think Company  is focused on the possibilities of entrepreneurship. During the five meetings, participants will be familiarized with different topics around entrepreneurship such as ideation and practical matters. The thematic group is organized together with NewCo (City of Helsinki entrepeneurship info). There will be visits to the Nordics leading  start-up campus Maria 01 and Aaltoes Entrepeneurship Society.

Helsinki Think Company wants to show people that they have many options to use their skills and expertise in work-life. The society encourages people to take ownership of their actions and knowledge and use it on making a change in society.

Helsinki Think Company believes in multidisciplinarity and learning by doing. Therefore this mentorship group welcomes students from various backgrounds and with different skills.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Russian Studies
    • Intercultural Encounters
    • European and Nordic Studies
    • Global Politics and Communication
    • Urban Studies and Planning
    • Contemporary Societies
    • Changing Education
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science
    • Translational Medicine
    • Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma, opintosuunta Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri sekä
      Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma.

Finnish National Agency for Education

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The Finnish National Agency for Education is a national development agency working under the Ministry of Education and Culture. The Finnish National Agency for Education prepares the national core curricula for general education and early childhood education, and the requirements for vocational and competence-based qualifications. We support international cooperation between educational institutions through different nationally and internationally financed funding programmes, and provide anticipation data on long-term labour, education and skills needs. Additionally, the agency e.g. maintains the Studyinfo.fi website with information on study programmes leading to a degree in Finland, and is in charge of the recognition of foreign qualifications.

This mentorship group will provide information on the Finnish education system as well as on the diverse tasks the Agency does and how it cooperates with other actors in the field. The group will also guide and support students with their career plans by giving necessary information as well as collectively sharing experiences and perspectives related to career planning and working life in general.

Students interested in joining this mentorship group should be interested in the tasks of the Finnish National Agency for Education and, especially, in the development and internationalisation of education.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Changing Education
    • Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma, opintosuunta Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri sekä
      Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma.

Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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The Finnish Institute of International Affairs is a research institute whose mission is to produce high quality, topical information on international relations and the EU. The Institute realizes its aims by conducting research as well as by organizing domestic and international seminars and publishing reports on its research and current international issues. The Institute also publishes a journal, Ulkopolitiikka (Finnish Journal of Foreign Affairs), and maintains a specialized library.

The purpose of the research carried out by the Institute is to produce focused information of a high standard for use by the academic community and decision-makers, and in public debate. The Institute maintains active international contacts in its activities and its researchers participate in public debate by writing articles for newspapers, periodicals and specialist journals. They also take part in seminars, conferences and similar events both at home and abroad. Furthermore, the researchers lend their expertise to various media. Similarly to universities, the Institute does not have a common view on issues related to its field of research and each researcher comments on topical issues in the news media based his or her own expertise and research.

The Institute was established by the Parliament of Finland in its centennial plenum in June 2006 and the Parliament also provides the Institute’s basic funding. The Institute is autonomous in its research activities and is governed by a nine-member board, assisted by an advisory council and a scientific advisory council.

Students applying to this mentorship group should demonstrate skills in research and analysis in international and European politics as well as communication skills such as social media.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Russian Studies
    • Intercultural Encounters
    • European and Nordic Studies
    • Global Politics and Communication
    • Contemporary Societies
    • Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma, opintosuunta Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri sekä
      Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma.

Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

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The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) is a multidisciplinary research and specialist organization that focuses on well-being at work, research, advisory services and training. FIOH operates under the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health as an independent legal entity with around 500 employees.

FIOH aims to improve Finnish work life on the level of individual workers, workplaces, organizations, and society at large through applied research and developmental projects, market-priced services for private and public organizations, training for occupational health and safety specialists, employers and workers, specialist advisory services for the government, and disseminating information to the general public.

Through HITP, FIOH is interested in developing ties with international students who have an interest in improving working life through working on areas that are important to FIOH.  Students will also become familiar with FIOH and its activities.

FIOH is interested in students who can work both independently and have skills and interest in contributing to the work of multidisciplinary groups. FIOH is particularly interested in students who have interest/experience in some of the following:
– international mobility
– ethnic relations and migration
– diversity
– intercultural encounters and intercultural interaction
– intercultural competence
– modern machine learning
– research methods
– computational and statistical methods
– development and use of computer science in research and applications

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Intercultural Encounters
    • Contemporary Societies
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science

Finland-Russia Society

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The Finland-Russia Society has long traditions in Finnish-Russian cooperation. The Society works on a very wide field of Finnish-Russian relationships. The Society’s main target is to bring people together to build new connections between these two countries.

The Finland-Russia Society has more than 150 local organizations all around Finland and nearly 10 000 active voluntary members. The Society maintains many kinds of connections with Russian cultural organizations and civil society as well as with local, regional and federal authorities.

The Finland-Russia Society maintains rich cooperation with Russian partners and many perspectives about cooperation with Russia and other countries in Europe.

Students interested in this mentorship group should possess knowledge about Russia as a society as well as optional Russian language skills.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Russian Studies
    • Kotimaisten kielten ja kirjallisuuksien kandiohjelma, opintosuunta Suomen kieli ja kulttuuri sekä
      Suomen kielen ja suomalais-ugrilaisten kielten ja kulttuurien maisteriohjelma.

Nordic Culture Point

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Nordic Culture Point is an institution of the Nordic Council of Ministers which works to support Nordic co-operation within the area of culture and to increase awareness of Nordic culture in Finland. Our vision is that everyone should be able to participate in socio-cultural life on equal terms.

Nordic Culture Point has three different elements – the management of funding programmes, a library, and cultural events. Our key target groups are: practitioners of art and culture in the Nordic and Baltic regions; Finns who are interested in culture and society; and Finnish schools, daycare centres, and universities.

When talking about international cooperation, the Nordic cooperation is often overlooked. What makes the Nordic countries stronger together internationally, both in times of crisis and in times of eager normality? Nordic Culture Point offers an insight in the official Nordic cooperation’s raison d’être in general, as well as in the role of the Nordic cultural cooperation and the institution’s main activities and expertise.

Nordic Culture Point is interested in mentoring international students whose backgrounds and interests include culture and cultural policy, equality, inclusion and diversity, intercultural communication, and Nordic studies.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • European and Nordic Studies
    • Intercultural Encounters
    • Global Politics and Communication

Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto)

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The Family Federation of Finland, Väestöliitto, is a non-governmental organisation in the field of social welfare and health. The organisation’s work aims at promoting well-being and human rights; it represents the entire population courageously according to its values. The organisation’s approach centers around problem prevention and socially innovative solutions.

Väestöliitto was founded in 1941, and it includes 35 member organisations. The organisation’s work is funded by various national and international funding agencies as well as the revenue from its business.

With Väestöliitto, international students will get to know a Finnish NGO working in the social welfare field, either as a potential employer or an organization with whom students’ future employers could cooperate.

As Väestöliito is interested in mentoring students from a wide variety of backgrounds, students interested in this mentorship group should possess the organisation’s interests and values:
– Working with people and for people
– Trust
– Collaboration
– Tolerance
– Fairness and justice

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Intercultural Encounters
    • European and Nordic Studies
    • Global Politics and Communication
    • Urban Studies and Planning
    • Contemporary Societies
    • Changing Education

Crown CRO

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Crown CRO is a privately owned CRO with Finnish roots and a global network, established in 2005. Crown CRO specializes in customer-oriented, competitive, and flexible services for clinical trials and regulatory affairs in Europe and the United States, serving the pharmaceutical, biotech, functional food, and medical device industries as well as contract research organizations. Its headquarters are located in Finland, and Crown CRO also has offices and employees working in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Crown CRO is an international family of over 100 employees from different educational, cultural and ethnical backgrounds. Crown CRO believes in diversity, inclusion and human capital; this is what makes it strong in its professionalism and prepared for the ever-changing world around us.

Crown CRO is always looking for opportunities to collaborate, discover new talent, broaden our expertise, and to strengthen its presence in the field so that it can serve its customers better and to make the world a healthier place.

This organisation provides services that cover a broad array of required skills. Crown CRO’s core service – operating and managing clinical trials – requires the close cooperation of professionals with skills ranging from expertise in life sciences, pharmacy, health care, clinical trial regulations, data management, statistics and biostatistics, medical language services, medical writing, medical monitoring, pharmacovigilance and quality assurance. However, the organisation also relies on multiple supportive functions, which require skills such as financial and budgetary management, marketing, and communications.

On a more general level, Crown CRO is interested in strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Analytical and critical thinking, as well as strong, cross-disciplinary communication skills are also highly appreciated.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Translational Medicine
    • Global Politics and Communication
    • Changing Education
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science

Helsinki Games Capital & Neogames FinlandLogo for Helsinki Games Capital.Logo for Neogames Finland.

Helsinki Games Capital (HGC) is an organisation that supports the capital area game industry’s community, operations and culture. Its director Gabriele Aimone has himself moved to Finland and settled in the new society.

Neogames Finland is the hub of the Finnish game industry. Its mission is to coordinate and support the growth and development of the Finnish game industry and its ecosystem and it brings together all the players from different sectors.

Helsinki Games Capital and Neogames Finland are interested in helping students to understand the Finnish gaming industry in depth. It’s important for HGC and Neogames to paint a thorough picture of the culture, the landscape and the strength of this sector.

Though HGC and Neogames are primarily interested in working with students from Computer and Data science, these organizations welcome anyone with interest in a possible gaming career to join.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Computer Science
    • Data Science

Forum Virium Helsinki

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Forum Virium Helsinki (FVH) is the City of Helsinki innovation company, non-profit and fully owned by the city. It co-creates urban futures with companies, universities, other public sector organizations and Helsinki residents.

FVH is looking for talent interested in focusing on data driven urban planning and management of the cities. In the thematic group FVH will demonstrate the challenges and opportunities related to data collection, data management and analysis while building the basis for the digital twin of the city.

FVH is interested in students with skills in data engineering, data analysis, big data, AI, open source software development, urban planning and user driven innovation. Preferably students being able to apply these skills in the context of smart city, eg. smart mobility, energy efficiency, IoT, MyData.

Students from the following degree programmes may apply:

    • Urban Studies and Planning
    • Computer Science
    • Data Science