Traineeships

Oulu University of Applied Sciences usually does not offer or help students to obtain traineeships except in the fields of health and social care, and based on bilateral or inter-institutional agreements covering traineeships at Oamk or third parties. We encourage students from other fields to approach companies or possible organisations directly – as part of your learning experience. Kindly note that currently traineeships cannot be guaranteed due to Covid-19. Please consult the field-specific information below to search for and obtain traineeships:

  • All Fields (except Health & Social Care)

    A word of caution

    Basic Finnish language skills are almost a must when searching and applying for a traineeship in companies or public organisations.

    Of course, companies are also looking for trainees from abroad and cherish English (or other) language and professional skills.

    Be pro-active and perseverant when searching for a traineeship. Use your networking skills and tools at hand. Present your skills and suitability for a traineeship in a convincing and realistic way - this is much respected by Finnish companies.

    As of 2022-23, Oamk can help in acquiring a traineeship at Oamk or a third party, enroll trainees and allocate mentoring/adivising resources from Oamk normally only in the frame of existing bilateral agreements for taineeships, or Erasmus+ inter-institutional agreements for Erasmus+ SMT (Student Mobilities for Traineeships).

    Steps to take

    1) Search for a possible traineeship by means of databases. Consult the Oulu Region Company Database:

    www.businessoulu.com/en/company-database/search.html

    Here’s the company database for Finland (use Google Translate and search with field-specific terms):
    synergia.yrittajat.fi/Yritykset/Yrityshaku/

    We also recommend to check with international associations for possible traineeship positions. e.g. AIESECIAESTE.

    If you are currently an exchange student at Oamk, you may also access our student intranet Oiva and look for vacant traineeships. Feel also free to network with teachers and RDI project staff at Oamk - it is always good to ask :-)

    2) When contacting companies, please

    • use their job recruitment or practical training portals and/or
    • send an open application with a targeted and creative letter of intent (cover letter) and short up-to-date CV including your personal information, academic/professional skill profile, and possible references.
    • If possible, you may also include a transcript of records with your academic study results, and a portfolio showing and giving proof of your professional expertise.

    3) Once you’ve made your application, we recommend to follow-up on it by phone and email, or – if appropriate – by making an appointment and paying a visit to the HRM staff.

    4) If you manage to get a practical training position, don’t ever start it without having a proper written practical training agreement including the conditions of the traineeship and work tasks, aims, supervision and possible payment!

    5) Take care of grant payment and taxation matters here in Finland, if applicable.

    6) Contact your home university, if you can get a grant for your traineeship. If possible, enquire about this already before searching and applying for a traineeship in the Oulu region.

    7) In case you find a suitable practical training position in the Oulu region, and if you are a student from Oamk's partner univerity and we have a bilateral or Ertasmus+ inter-institutional agreement for traineeships, we may help you in getting accommodation and enrol you as an exchange student, as this will guarantee you the usual student benefits. Please note that this has to be decided case by case and considering our departments' resourcing for mentoring/supervising trainees at third parties. Also, usually Oamk can host trainees only during the academic terms. Normally, your home university should also nominate you in time for a traineeship at Oamk or via Oamk, and you should submit your application by the given deadline.

    If you are planning to come as an Erasmus+ trainee, please check our Erasmus+ documentation at Oamk with information on roles and responsibilities and instructions for devising the learning agreement. If you are coming in the frame of a bilateral agreement, please use the documents from your home university. If possible, email us the learning agreement prefilled on the template of your home university as a Word file so that we can devise it along with your application and admission.

    For further information, contact incoming.students#oamk.fi (korvaa # -> @).

    All the best for your efforts!

     

  • Health & Social Care

    Please note that practical training, especially, full traineeships, cannot be guaranteed due to Covid-19, and seats are limited in any case across fields of health and social care.

    Small-scale practical training

    In principle, we can only offer small-scale practical training courses in our fields of health and social care and third parties such as hospitals etc. These courses are offered only with a limited amount of seats, and these are primarily targeted at our partner universities' students wishing to come for a study exchange. Most of these courses are limited to a specific workload/scope (e.g. 6 ECTS cr / 4 weeks) depending on the field. You can only apply and pursue these practical training courses along with other professionally relevant courses from our field-specific programmes running during regular terms or special mobility periods. Enquiries about a study exchange in combination with a suitable practical training course should be directed to incoming.students@oamk.fi, and nominations should be submitted via our nomination form (Get nominated).

    Full traineeships

    In addition to small-scale practical training courses offered in the frame of a study exchange, we have a very limited amount of seats and workload/scope for full traineeships at/via Oamk or third parties such as hospitals etc. Traineeships are targeted primarily at higher education students, and secondarily (and only in nursing) also at vocational education/training students from partner universities holding a bilateral/inter-institutional agreement covering traineeship mobilities:

    • If you are a nursing student from a higher education institution, you may apply for a 2-/3-month traineeship in Oulu and/or Oulainen.
    • If you are a nursing student from a vocational education/training institution, you may apply for a 1-/2-month traineeship in Oulainen.
    • If you are a student in another field of health and social care (apart from optometry) from a higher education institution, you may apply for a 2-/3-month traineeship.

    Kindly note that we can offer traineeships at/via Oamk only during our academic terms or special mobility periods. We prefer traineeships to commence at the outset of the aforementioned times, so that you can take part in the regular orientation programme. If we can offer a traineeship - exceptionally - in the middle of our terms, we expect you to take part in a kickoff meeting with academic staff (supervisor/mentor) and administrative staff from Oamk.

    Based on your application (see more below), we will try to arrange for a traineeship at/via Oamk and tailor it in terms of content/topic and duration. Please note that admission depends on the availability of a suitable traineeship and our departments' resourcing for supervising/mentoring trainees at Oamk or at third parties. We prioritise higher education students before vocational education/training students, and applications based on bilateral or inter-institutional agreements covering traineeship mobilities.

    Admission results will be communicated within approx. 1 month after the application deadline. Trainees are supervised/mentored at Oamk or via Oamk on the part of third parties. Traineeships consist of a programme-specific practical training course with a limited ECTS cr scope as well as supportive courses (outside of the traineeship hours) that have been timetabled for our terms or special mobility periods.

    Oamk uses the following course to enrol trainees as exchange students at Oamk, and to provide supervision/mentoring recources on the part of our departments. The workload/scope of the practical training course can be adjusted depending on the duration of the traineeship:

    We offer the following supportive and professionally relevant courses for trainees in all fields of health and social care. Kindly note that as an Erasmus+ trainee you can pursue only such supportive courses that are offered outside (!) of the traineeship hours. All of the courses below can be pursued and have been proven useful to get a good overall traineeship experience at/via Oamk:

    You or staff from your home university can enquire about a traineeship at any time, and we will also provide contacts with acadmic staff or consult them, of course. Eventually, however, you should apply for a traineeship during our nomination and application periods, see more hereafter:

    Application and eligibility

    Practical training courses and full traineeships in health and social care must be applied to via MoveON according to our deadlines, for autumn (1st semester) by 30 April, and for spring (2nd semester) by 15 October. Late applications won't be accepted! Enquiries should be directed to incoming.students@oamk.fi, and nominations should be submitted via our nomination form (Get nominated).

    In your application, please choose appropriate fields (see below!) and mention these and possible topics in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    • If you are planning to apply as an Erasmus+ trainee, please check our Erasmus+ traineeship documentation with information on roles and responsibilities and instructions for devising the learning agreement. If possible, email us the learning agreement prefilled on the template of your home university as a Word file so that we can devise it along with your application and admission.
    • If you are planning to apply as a trainee from a partner university in the frame of a bilateral agreement or as a visiting student/free mover, please use the document required by your home university, but also check the Erasmus+ traineeship documentation with information on roles and responsibilities. If possible, email us the learning agreement prefilled on the template of your home university as a Word file so that we can devise it along with your application and admission.

    Admission results will be communicated within approx. 1 month after the application deadline. If you have been admitted as a trainee, we also provide student benefits such as meal subsidy and help with accommodation, if applicable.

    Admitted trainees in health and social care (apart from optometry) must meet our vaccination requirements. All students admitted in health and social care must have full Covid-19 vaccination coverage with a vaccine or combination of vaccines approved by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL). We will email a checklist after admission, and you must then be prepared to show relevant documentation to your practical training provider. All trainees must meet our insurance requirements, also these of third parties, if applicable. In addition, exchange students and trainees pursuing activities involving patients, customers, children or vulnerable adults must meet also safety requirements according to Finnish legislation.

    Nursing (Oulu)

    In your application, please choose three (3) fields and mention these in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    •  Acute Care
    • Intensive Care
    • Mental Health Nursing
    • Pediatric Nursing
    • Surgical Nursing
    • Internal Disease Nursing
    • Home Care
    • Elderly Nursing
    • Obstetric and Gynecological Nursing
    • Outpatient Care
    Nursing (Oulainen)

    In your application, please choose appropriate fields and mention these in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    • Oulaskangas Hospital (accident and emergency department, surgical ward, medical ward (internal and pulmonary diseases), possibly operating theatre
    • Health Care Centre Oulainen (accident and emergency department, possibly inpatient wards)
    • Possibly elderly care homes and rehabilitation units
    Other fields in Oulu

    In your application, please choose the appropriate field and mention your interests and relevant skills in your motivation letter in the order of your preference, so we can better look for possible places.

    • Biomedical Laboratory Science
    • Optometry
    • Radiography and Radiation Therapy
    • Dental Health Care
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Physiotherapy
    • Social Services
       
  • Professional Teacher Education

    Please note that currently teaching practice cannot be guaranteed due to Covid-19!

    Our School of Professional Teacher Education offers a short-term teaching practice (4 ECTS cr) within its exchange study programme during our regular terms. This makes it possible for you to also pursue supportive studies at the same time and network with our students and staff.

    Full traineeships can be also enquired, but these are very limited in terms of seats, duration and workload.

    Enquiries should be directed at Mr Bastian Fähnrich at incoming.students@oamk.fi and also Mr Esa Virkkula at esa.virkkula@oamk.fi. Nominations should be submitted via our nomination form (Get nominated).

    Applications for traineeships in professional teacher education must be applied to via MoveON according to our deadlines, for autumn (1st semester) by 30 April, and for spring (2nd semester) by 15 October. Late applications won't be accepted!

    Admitted exchange students and trainees in professional teacher education must meet our insurance requirements and also these of third parties, if applicable. In addition, exchange students and trainees pursuing activities involving children or vulnerable adults must meet also safety requirements according to Finnish legislation.

    If you have been admitted as an Erasmus+ trainee, please check our Erasmus+ documentation at Oamk with information on roles and responsibilities and instructions for devising the learning agreement. If you are coming in the frame of a bilateral agreement, please use the documents from your home university. If possible, email us the learning agreement prefilled on the template of your home university as a Word file so that we can devise it along with your application and admission.

    For further information, contact incoming.students@oamk.fi.