What is Vaisala?
Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement. We contribute toward better quality of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for chosen weather-related and industrial markets. As an employer, Vaisala offers its staff the opportunity for long-term professional development in a company that operates in a responsible way.
Can I choose the projects I will work on?
The contents of the project will be primarily determined through Vaisala's business needs, but all fresh and innovative ideas from the program participants are highly valued.
Where will the interns be located?
Giant Leap interns will be working in our head office in Vantaa, Finland and in our US head office in Louisville, Colorado. Applicants must have a work permit for Finland or US depending on intern's location, as Vaisala does not provide sponsorship for immigration in the context of this program.
What kind of educational background should I have to be eligible to the program?
Motivation, proactiveness and intellectual curiosity are the most important selection criteria for us. However, if a project involves deeper scientific, technical or financial skills and knowledge, then students with that kind of background are preferred.
How many interns do you hire?
We will hire up to 20 students, based on actual business needs.
Does Vaisala offer long-term career prospects?
Many of our employees began their careers at Vaisala as interns. An internship program is a good way of getting to know the company, its customers and business. We do not, however, automatically offer our interns permanent employment.
What are the selection events like?
The selection events will involve individual interviews with the project owner and HR, as well as discussions around the program and projects. Candidates will also be given an introductory presentation of Vaisala and our activities and customers.
Do you reimburse travel and accommodation expenses related to the interviews?
Vaisala will reimburse travel costs inside Finland or US (bus or rail, flights are not reimbursed). Accommodation costs are not covered.
When should I apply?
The application period for Giant Leap 2017 is open until February 5 for projects based in Finland and until February 28 for projects in the US. Send your application via our recruitment portal.
When can I start working?
The program starts in May-June, depending on the selected interns' schedules.
Does Vaisala offer traditional summer jobs?
Yes, we do. The Vaisala Giant Leap internship program complements the traditional summer jobs we offer every summer. The application period for traditional summer jobs is open from January 1 to March 31 each year.