Who is eligible to apply?

You may apply if you are an international  MA degree student or an international doctoral researcher at the University of Helsinki

Can Finnish students apply?

Finnish students may apply if they have completed their undergraduate degrees abroad or otherwise fit the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment’s definition of international talent. Please contact us for further questions.

Is UNITalent a traineeship programme?

No, UNITalent is a forum for information sharing and networking.

How is my application rated?

The host organization that you applied to make the final decision, based  on the application letters which include motivational statements. Study their profiles in JobTeaser for more information.

Will the host company/organization offer a traineeship or a job at the end of the programme?

Neither the host company/organization nor you commit to anything else than taking part in the 3 month- long proramme.

If an opportunity for other kind of collaboration, e.g. a traineeship, a job or a thesis project, arises as a result of the programme, the agreement on such collaboration is between you and the host company/organization. It is a separate process to the programme, although we would be happy to hear of such an outcome!

I am unable to participate in UNITalent. Are there other programmes available to me?

Yes! The University of Helsinki’s Career Services offers a variety of services, including a group mentoring programme offered in Finnish, Swedish, and English. You can find more information about the events, programmes, and resources offered by Career Services on the Work and Career page under Instructions for Students.

Note that also several other mentoring programmes are available to you in the Helsinki region.

How many groups can I apply to?

You may apply to two different groups.

What do I commit to when applying?

You commit to actively taking part in the events:  introduction, kick-off, group meetings,  career workshop, closing event.

In what language is UNITalent?

All events and group meetings will be conducted in English

I can’t be in Helsinki for the duration of the programme. Can I still apply?

Yes, but be sure you apply to a group that will only convene online and make sure you can commit to the schedule

Will the meetings be face-to-face or online?

UNITalent is organized in a hybrid form. The organizations decide if meetings are held on the premises or online (depending on the location of the host organization) Make sure the mode of meetings suits you, read the profiles thoroughy!


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a message at careerservices(at)helsinki.fi.