​​​​​​​​​​​​​​UPM Bioforce traineeship

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The UPM Bioforce trainee programme is an opportunity to develop and challenge yourself in an international working environment abroad. Be a part of our team in Kymi paper mill or our Research Center in Lappeenranta and come back stronger than ever with great life experiences and a bunch of new skills and contacts. The traineeship is also an excellent way to get to know UPM and the career opportunities we have to offer.

According to our experience the students do very well in their internships and bring a great deal of new energy and concrete results to their working community. So please do not hesitate to apply.

The applicant should have

• 3+ years of studies in a university or university of applied sciences in a relevant field  (e.g. Chemical Technology, Chemical Engineering, Forest Product Technoloy, Materials Technology, Bioproduct Technology) 
• A proactive attitude, curious for development and renewal
• Fluency in both spoken and written English.
• The traineeship is aimed at students studying outside Finland. 

During the 2-4 month internship, Bioforce trainees will be given a project in the site. The project is related to the local operations. Also because of this, the program is targeted especially for students with three or more than three years of studies.

You will receive an intern salary, and round-trip travel tickets are provided to the destination. The details will be discussed further in the interviews.


A UPM Bioforce summer at Nordland paper mill in Germany

Jukka Pohjonen, a student of material technology at Tampere University of Technology, took part in the UPM Bioforce Graduate Programme in the summer of 2016. A suitable post was found at UPM Nordland paper mill in Germany. Pohjonen left Finland in late May and returned home in early September. His goals for the summer included active training of both German and English and the careful examination of the differences between Finnish and German working culture. His work assignments were related to research and development and quality control. The summer turned out to be rewarding: Pohjonen developed his language skills successfully, got to know the inner workings of the extensive Nordland mill area and also found the subject for his master’s thesis.

Destinations in 2016 

The Northern Europe Research Center in Lappeenranta (about 220 km northeast from Helsinki):
As a Bioforce trainee at the Northern Europe Research Center in Lappeenranta you will be part of our Analytical services and method development team. The main task will be to develop an analytical (chemistry) method that will be taken into use in our laboratories, the method development will consist of literature research work, practical laboratory work and testing, in addition to
the method validation.

Our ideal candidate should have a strong background preferably in analytical chemistry, have some previous laboratory work experience, be fluent in English and have good IT skills.

Kymi Mill in Kouvola, (about 150 km northeast from Helsinki):
1-2 positions will be available at our Kymi Mill in Kouvola. The project will be on paper or pulp production, but the exact focus area will be decided based on the chosen trainee’s skills as well as our needs. Please let us know your ideas in your application!

How and when to apply?

The application period to The UPM Bioforce traineeship 2016 has ended. 

Where to get more information?

If you have any further questions about the application process, call our Contact Centre on tel. +358 20 414 6600 or email ContactHR@upm.com.


A Brazilian view on pulp, white nights and coffee breaks in Lappeenranta

Arthur Rocha Palmeira from Brazil worked at UPM Lappeenranta Research Centre in the summer of 2016 through a student trainee exchange programme between the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association (ABTCP) and the Finnish Paper Engineer’s association (PI). What did he think of the Finnish summer, Lappeenranta and working at UPM?

It was late December 2015 when I first heard about the Student Exchange Programme. I was conducting a project of process simulation about pulp production in Brazil and thought that a summer at a pulp and paper company in Finland, a country recognized for its innovation and leadership in the industry, would be a great opportunity to enhance my knowledge on the subject. In addition, I was very excited to experience living in a different culture. I didn’t think twice about applying for the programme!