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 for Finnish students 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 will be defined when the positions are opened.

• a student member of  PI, Paper Engineers’ Association in Finland* (application should be submitted latest by the end of March).  

* This concerns only Finnish students.

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 in Austria, China, Germany, UK and Uruguay will start in May/ June and in Finland in July/August their duration is about 2 - 3 months. 

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 to have possibility to it.”  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.


How and when to apply?

The application period 2015 for Finnish students will start in January 2015 and for non-Finnish students during spring 2015.

Where to get more information?

In case you have additional questions about the application process, call our Contact Centre tel 020 414 6600.