Welcome to the School of Science's Practical training home pages!
Here you can find the Practical training (1-10 cr) instructions for the following Master's programmes:
- Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences (SCI majors)
- Master's Programme in Engineering Physics
- Master's Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management
- Master's Programme in Information Networks
- Master's Programme in Life Science Technologies (SCI majors)
- Master's Programme in Mathematics and Operations Research
The purpose of getting work experience is to develop and deepen the knowledge and skills gained during studies. Having work experience also helps in picturing the job opportunities after graduation and creating connections to working life.
Getting work experience from abroad is a way of familiarizing oneself with the field of technology in an international environment, getting to know the local culture, and networking within the working community. Working in a country outside Finland will teach you to work in a foreign culture and improve your language skills. Working in a multicultural environment and living abroad will develop your preparedness for working life in a way that working in Finland does not.
You can either find a position through an exchange programme or find one yourself. More information: Other Internship Opportunities (log in as Aalto User)
You can get 1-10 ECTS from work experience related to your field of study which can be included in the elective studies. You are responsible for acquiring an internship or a job yourself. As a rule it is not possible to get credits for working at Aalto University. Career Services maintains Aalto CareerWeb page that contains information e.g. on jobs and internships.
Before starting the job you need to make sure the work place has an instructor who is familiar with your duties and knows what is expected of your position.
Submitting the application:
Please submit your application with the appendices in the assignment folder as a one pdf document by following the instuctions below.
How are the credits counted?
- Two weeks of working full-time (40h/week) equals one ECTS.
- Part-time job: one ECTS equals 80 hours of work.
- Half credits are not granted.
- It is not possible to combine separate periods of employment: they are all handled separately. Each period of employment requires a separate application.
What documents are needed?
To get credits from your work experience, fill in the form and submit all the required documents to the folder below.
- Practical training application
- Report on your work experience
- A certificate from your employer. The certificate must state the duration of the employment period, if it was a part- or full-time position, and a list of your duties. In the case of a part-time job, the weekly hours must be specified.
The credits will be registered within one month from receiving the application.
Report on your work experience
The purpose of the report is to tie your work experience into your studies. The report can be free-form, but it needs to reflect on the following:
- What skills did your duties require?
- How did you benefit from the knowledge and skills gained during your studies?
- What new skills did you acquire?
- What development areas you now find in your skills based on your work experience (e.g. skills related to the substance of your field, communication skills, language skills)?
- How are you planning to develop these areas during your studies?
- How was the work experience relevant to your plans for the future (which direction you want to develop professionally, what do you want to achieve in your career, what kinds of matters and duties you find interesting)?
- What ideas for development do you have concerning your work duties in light of the things you have studied so far?
The report can be 1-2 pages (A4).
Feedback on the report is utilized also in the degree programme’s feedback process.
- Work experience is not mandatory but very much recommended.
- Work experience is included in the elective studies.
- Work experience has to be related to the programme's studies. Therefore you should have started your Master's programme's major courses before relfecting the learning experience in the report.
- Work experience must have been obtained during your Master´s programme study right. Aalto Bachelor's students can obtain their Master's level practical training already during their Bachelor's studies, as far as the work experience is suitable level and related to the studies of Master's programme in question.
- The credits will be registered with course codes SCI.trai (Training) or SCI.itra (International Training).
Computer, Communication and Information Sciences: Anna Häkkinen (firstname.lastname@example.org, 050 569 9264) or Paula Nyman (email@example.com, 050 401 2490)
Engineering Physics: Johanna Bovellán (firstname.lastname@example.org, 050 511 3169)
Industrial Engineering and Management: Anne Johansson (email@example.com, 050 560 9502)
Information Networks: Anne Johansson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 050 560 9502)
Life Science Technologies: Päivi Koivunen (email@example.com, 050 590 2456)
Mathematics and Operations Research: Johanna Bovellán (firstname.lastname@example.org, 050 511 3169)