VTT Summer of Changemakers: Trainee, Incubation and Acceleration

Let’s make science work for hope next summer! – VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships

Let’s face it, 2020 was a mess. But this summer, we can make a change for the better. Join a community of world-class problem solvers, tackling the greatest challenges of our time. Together, we can turn these challenging times into a hopeful future. Apply now for the VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships.

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you all about science and technology or passionate about business and people? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time?

VTT Summer of Changemakers 2021 is looking for you. We offer over 30 truly meaningful summer traineeships, where you get to challenge yourself and build your career in a community of brilliant minds. We are one of Europe’s leading research organisations. We turn global challenges – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – into sustainable growth with the latest and best tools of science and technology. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to be the next Trainee, Incubation and Acceleration?

As part of the VTT Strategy, the Incubation and Acceleration team includes the internal deep tech incubator VTT LaunchPad and the external accelerator EIT Food Accelerator Network (EIT FAN). The EIT FAN acceleration program focuses on the European Nordic Food and Agro tech startups, and VTT is running the Nordic node in Helsinki (EIT FAN, Helsinki) covering the Nordics, Baltics and Poland from the start of 2020. 

As the Trainee - Incubation and Acceleration, your main responsibility will be to help the EIT FAN Nordic program lead with the practical arrangements and social media presence of the four-month accelerator program that takes place over the summer of 2021.

What would your responsibilities include?

  • Specific event related arrangements, such as booking meetings with people and reserving spaces or online events
  • Documenting the events (taking photos / screen shots, videos, etc.) and maintaining an active and positive social media presence
  • Helping the startups with arrangements related to their participation in the program, such as meetings, travel arrangements and other practicalities, such as collecting receipts of their cash expenses

Who we are looking for?

To succeed in the position, you have following background and skills:

  • Previous experience of helping to arrange events with other people in a paid job, in a student union or in a hobby organization
  • We are not looking for any specific study background. However, it could be a bonus, if your studies are related to entrepreneurship or food or agro tech
  • We are looking for enthusiastic social media content creation and presence. We also expect you to be skillful at engaging people to get the job done, creative at solving problems and able to use our digital tools (Office 365: Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams)
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Finnish

The ideal VTT Changemaker is a curious mind, who is eager to develop and take on new challenges. We appreciate ambition and willingness to learn over having all the answers or skills ready when you start. You are also a team player with strong collaboration skills who wants to drive positive impact in the world.

Why should you join us?

We promise meaningful projects, where you get to take on real responsibility helping our community thrive as part of our Incubation and Acceleration team. You’ll be supported and encouraged every step of the way by your team, learning from the top experts in your field. And you’ll get to discover our community of over 2000 experts representing more than 40 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.

All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and the duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date can be discussed. Positions are filled as soon as we find the right candidate.

Please read more of VTT Summer of Changemakers from here: https://www.vttresearch.com/en/summer-changemakers

Interested and want to hear more?

For more information about the position, you can contact Paolo Borella, EIT FAN Program Manager, +358404808333.                                            

Come, curious minds and clever changemakers! Prepare your CV and cover letter, and send in your application by 7th February. Let’s change the world for the better next summer.

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Employment type: Full-time, Fixed-term (summer traineeship)


VTT is one of Europe's leading research organisations, a visionary innovation partner for businesses and society. We bring hope to the world by turning the greatest challenges of our time into sustainable growth with cutting-edge science and technology. We employ a community of over 2000 world-class problem-solvers across fields of science and business. Our turnover and other operating income 258 M€. You can familialise yourself with VTT's research infra from here.

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