Giant Leap Internship Program

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What is Giant Leap?

Giant Leap is a project-based internship program offering a great chance to develop professional skills for students. The program is globally organized across Vaisala offices every summer. As a Giant Leap intern, you'll get your own development project to lead, organize and execute with the support of experienced Vaisala experts.

What do we offer?

  • Challenging and meaningful projects: You will have a chance to put your skills and knowledge into use in solving purposeful challenges within your very own project, while also receiving help and support from our seasoned experts.
  • Learning & Development opportunity: Specialized training and workshop are organized to support your internship journey and accomplish the project. You will also have a chance to enhance your professional skills through on-the-job learning.
  • Mentorship & team support: We strongly believe that working together and having a good team spirit are key ingredients in achieving the best results. As a Giant Leaper, you will get a mentor to support and give you guidance to ensure you get all the necessary help you need as part of team Vaisala.
  • Experience Life in Vaisala: You will have a chance to meet and connect with Vaisala professionals from our diverse teams, and participate in summer activities with other Giant Leap Interns and trainees.


The Giant Leap Program will offer projects in the following fields:

Research and Development

Work on the enhancement of the company products by figuring out their possible issues and potential advancement.

Software Development

Be involved in the improvement of different software platforms to solve company issues.

Operations Development

Find out potential solutions to enhance the good quality of customer order fufillment.

Business and Sales Development

Plan and conduct strategic activities to maintain and expand relationships with current and potential customers.

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Eligibility for the Giant Leap program?

  • A 3+ year student actively pursuing a degree in a university or polytechnic school.
  • A curious person who is eager to learn more and interested in solving meaningful challenges.
  • A team player who doesn’t hesitate to ask questions
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English

Hiring and selection process

(*the process will be different according to office location)

Apply for the program

The application period normally starts in January and it will be varied slightly depending on the location of the office.

HR Interview

In the HR interview, our Talent Acquisition Partner will discuss with you more about your work background motivation, as well as share with you the company information.

Interview with Hiring Manager

You will have a chance to discuss with Hiring Manager about the project that you apply for, and to see if you are ready to accept the challenge

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Giant Leap FAQ

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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, our office in Espoo, Finland, our US office in Boston or in our France office in Saclay. Applicants must have a valid work permit for Finland, US or France depending on the location of the project they are applying to. Vaisala does not provide sponsorship for relocation 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. After a successful internship, you may have the opportunity to continue your career at Vaisala. We do not, however, automatically offer our interns permanent employment after the internship.

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.

When should I apply?

The application period for Giant Leap 2022 runs from January 3rd until February 6th, 2022.

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 in the beginning of the year, see our open positions page for more information.

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