Are you the one we are looking for?


Our program is targeted for 3+ year-students in a university or a university of applied sciences who are interested in widening their perspective by working abroad. We have open internships at UPM's locations in Austria, China, Germany, UK and Uruguay and for non-Finnish students in Finland
As a UPM intern you'll have a great opportunity to work in a truly international company. Traineeship is an excellent way to learn to know UPM and a stepping-stone for a potential career with us. Last year most of our trainees had their own project work or a study related to the operations in the site.
The UPM Bioforce trainee program was initiated in 2011 when UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen established a fund on his 50th anniversary to support international exchange of the Paper Engineers’ Association’s (PI) student members.

Ideal candidate

If you can identify yourself from the list below you might be the person we are looking for.    
• 3+ years of studies in a relevant area (in a university or university of applied sciences)
• proactive, curious for development and renewal
• fluent in both spoken and written English. Other language requirements are defined below.
• a student member of  PI, Paper Engineers’ Association in Finland (application should be  submitted by the mid of March)  

What do we offer?   

In addition to the intern salary, your round-trip travel costs to your traineeship location will be covered. The receiving UPM mill will help in finding accommodation. However, the costs of the accommodation will be on trainees own responsibility. The practicalities will be discussed during the selection process. After returning the internship report each student is offered a scholarship from the fund.  

The internships will start in May/ June and their duration is about 2 - 3 months.


Locations 2015

Austria: UPM Steyrermühl Paper mill
- process operation 
- knowledge in German language is an asset
Germany: UPM Nordland Paper mill
- process operation 
- knowledge in German language is an asset
Germany: UPM Schongau Paper mill
- process operation 
- knowledge in German language is an asset
People’s Republic of China: UPM Changshu Paper mill
- process operation
United Kingdom: UPM Caledonian Paper mill
- process operation 
Uruguay: UPM Fray Bentos Pulp mill
- process operation 
- knowledge in Spanish language is an asset


Feedback from previous years’ students:

The working environment of the Fray Bentos pulp mill is a modern and pleasant. All in all, the experience has been very valuable and educational.” A student working in UPM Uruguay.
All in all, my understanding of the everyday life at a paper mill improved during the two and half months more than in my past summer jobs. This experience has increased my occupational confidence and I am grateful for this possibility.”  A student working in UPM Germany
“I was treated as any other colleague, so in that sense I got a very positive image of the working atmosphere. All in all my summer in China was an unforgettable experience, I would not change a single second of.” A student working in UPM China.
You can read the full reports here>>

How and when to apply?  

The application period to The UPM Bioforce trainee has ended on 28 February. Thank you for your  applications!

UPM will interview the candidates Mid-March and the final selections are made by end of March at the latest. All applicants are contacted by email or phone when the selections have been made.

The UPM Bioforce trainee positions in Finland for foreign students will be opened during April-May.


Where to get more information?

In case you have additional questions about the application process, call our Contact Centre tel 020 414 6600.
Learn more about UPM and the application process - The Biofore company at  and PI