UPM Graduate Programme

Kickstart your career by joining UPM on our path towards a more sustainable tomorrow.


Join us on the path towards a future beyond fossils!

Our story began with paper and it has taken us to where we are today: in the heart of bioeconomy, innovating for a future beyond fossils. As a global bioforest industry giant, we are strongly positioned in the forest biomass sourcing chain and therefore in a unique position to advance a circular economy. Biofore is our core strategy and the driving force behind everything we do. It integrates bio and forest industries to create alternatives for non-renewable materials, profitably and responsibly. We are inspired by the limitless opportunities of bioeconomy and constantly innovating for new renewable and responsible solutions. There is a more sustainable tomorrow in the making and UPM Graduate Programme is a part of this endeavour.

The energy and motivation you get when realizing you’re actively contributing to a world that runs without extracting fossils is difficult to put in words.
Camiel, 2021 UPM Graduate

Application time for UPM Graduate Programme 2023 has now ended

with some exceptions, due to Chinese New Year celebrations. 


Recruitment is carried out in cooperation with MPS Enterprises.


What’s in it for you

The UPM Graduate Programme gives your career an exciting start with many opportunities for future development. During the 12-month internship you gain international work experience and develop your skills to a new level. We hope you continue your career with us after the programme.

The UPM Graduate Programme offers a bit more than your basic trainee programme. It includes face-to-face and virtual learning days to keep you well informed and up-to-date on all that is important. All participants will also have their own development plan and a personal mentor. Experienced and inspiring UPM manager mentors provide coaching for the trainees throughout the programme.

You will work in one of the unique positions in China, Finland, Germany, Scotland and the US. We have positions available in production engineering, maintenance, strategy, sales, supply chain and IT, to name some.  The positions offer a fast-paced, exciting, international working environment and a unique opportunity to learn from our professionals.

The candidates will apply directly for a specific role. All of the positions begin latest by September. We will build each trainee a unique journey consisting of positions in home country and abroad. Please note that assignments abroad are organised if the pandemic situation allows safe travelling. 

The UPM Graduate Programme is a paid internship.

Are you a match?

You have recently graduated or have a couple of years of work experience and want to kickstart your career with a year of intense learning. You are fluent in English as well as in the local language of the base position. You have an energetic, open attitude and a positive outlook. Most importantly, you share our values - Renew with courage, Trust and be trusted and Achieving together - and want to be a part of our global UPM team. You are also willing to work as a UPM Employee Advocate and be the face of our young professionals. 


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