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 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.

Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Positions for non-Finnish students are available in:

Lappeenranta (about 220 km Northeast from Helsinki): Research & Development
- Technology review on selected processes to produce fuels or other side products from waste water and waste water treatment
sludge. The focus of the work will be literature study.

Rauma Mill, (about 215 km Northwest from Helsinki): Paper Manufacturing
- Optimisation of disc filters with different paper grades/various kraft content. Target is to secure filtrate quality in all conditions.

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.

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 start is negotiable, preferably August or September and 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?

Send your application (including motivation letter and CV) through our pages: The application period for positions in Finland is until 9.6.2014.
The interviews by UPM will take place during June and the final selections are made by the end of June. All applicants are contacted by email or phone when the selections have been made.

Where to get more information?

In case you have additional questions about application process, call our Contact Centre tel +358 20 414 6600 or email to

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