Giant Leap Internship Program

What is Giant Leap?

Is your ideal summer job made of meaningful opportunities? Would you like to kick-start your career in an innovative and international environment? We at Vaisala offer you a highly valued internship program that our previous generations of Giant Leapers describe as memorable, challenging and just a splendid experience in general. Do your future self a favor and apply to Giant Leap!​

Giant Leap is Vaisala's internship program for 3+ year students in a university or polytechnic. We'll hire up to 20 students for a period of three months over the summer to our head office in Vantaa Finland and our US head office in Louisville, Colorado. As a Giant Leap intern, you'll work either individually, in pairs or together with experienced Vaisala employees on real-life projects that have genuine business relevance. 

Challenging but also rewarding, the program is designed for students with a variety of skills, qualities and educational backgrounds. To us, motivation and intellectual curiosity are more important than specific achievements or your line of studies. We don’t expect you to have all the answers but we hope you have lots of questions. Whether you're a future software guru, product development expert, business development wizard, world-class industrial designer  or anything in between, we might be just the right fit for each other.

Be sure to follow us on  Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop of the recruitment process and learn more about Giant Leap activities during the summer.

What We Offer?

Each year we handpick exciting real business challenges for our Giant Leapers to manage. Our unique approach helps you to improve your skills and gain special insight into our mission of creating observations for a better world. The highlight of your three-month #myvaisalasummer will be presenting the outcomes of your project to our board of executives.​

For summer 2017 summer, we had projects related to the following topics:

  • Market study and strategic marketing projects in our weather business area
  • Software and IT development projects related to sensor simulator on Linux and opens source software license management
  • Production and manufacturing development projects related to supplier requirements, collaborative robots and inventory accuracy improvement
  • Product / concept development projects in R&D both in our weather and industrial instrument side (examples: solar measurement experiment and prototype design for a specific measurement instrument)
  • Human resource development project related to learning and development concept creation
Please note that the list is not comprehensive - you will find more information on the projects on Facebook during the application period.

With us you'll gain meaningful and valuable work experience in an international company that is the market leader in its field. You'll also learn a lot about teamwork, international cooperation and Vaisala's business, and get to work with professional and enthusiastic people in an environment that encourages innovation, individual responsibility and fair play.

How to Apply?

​​​Vaisala Giant Leap is designed for 3+ year students in a university or polytechnic. We expect you to actively pursue your degree, but otherwise motivation, intellectual curiosity and proactiveness are more important to us than specific qualities, achievements or backgrounds.

There are, however, some qualities we look for in an ideal candidate:

  • proactive, demonstrating intellectual curiosity
  • highly motivated by and interested in Vaisala's business and customers
  • actively pursuing a university level degree (university / polytechnic)
  • legally eligible to work in Finland or US depending on intern's location
  • fluent in both spoken and written English
  • looking for a meaningful and challenging opportunity to work in an international company

Every year we will hire up to 20 interns to work in various challenging and meaningful development projects in in Helsinki, Finland and Boulder, Colorado in the US.

The application period for Giant Leap 2018 will start on January 11th 2018. In the meanwhile, be sure to follow us on Facebook to get the latest news!

Giant Leap FAQ

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.

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.

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.

Meet Our Interns and Alumni

What do the Giant Leap Interns from previous years have to say about the program? Find out by watching and reading their stories!

Meet Us at Events

We visited the Contact Forum

You can meet us in different student and summer job fairs throughout the year. Here we visited the Contact Forum in Helsinki.