VTT Summer of Changemakers: Design Trainee

Do you want to start changing the world for the better next summer? Are you passionate about science and technology? Do you believe that design can also play a strong role in helping bring sustainable innovation to life? Would you like to develop your skills and use them to tackle the greatest challenges of our time? VTT might be just the place for you. Apply now for VTT Summer of Changemakers 2023 traineeships. Together, we can turn these challenges into a hopeful future.

VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us are curiosity, a passion for learning and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2100 brilliant minds from 50 different nationalities is focused on creating impact through science-based innovation. Now, we are looking for passionate changemakers – you – to join us as summer trainees.

Do you want to be our next Design Trainee in our VTT Design team? Join us - and let’s make science work for hope next summer! 

VTT's Design team offers a chance to be part of something special. We work in close collaboration with VTT clients, partners, and researchers across a variety of topics and industries. Our objective is to bring human-centric design tools, skills, and culture to the world of research and science. Through collaborative ways of working, we drive positive impact on people, businesses, and society.  

This is a unique opportunity to start your design career by working on the biggest global challenges, together with truly world-class researchers, scientists, and engineers.

As a trainee at VTT Design, you will be joining more senior designers in the ongoing project work, ranging from sustainable industries to smart cities and beyond. In addition, you will be taking part in our offering development tasks – bringing fresh thinking and new ideas from your background and studies.

What would your responsibilities as a Design Trainee include?

  • Collaborating with VTT designers and researchers, supporting ongoing project work
  • Supporting the development of tools and concretizing novel, multidisciplinary approaches for design in research
  • Supporting design-making approaches and making them visible to VTT’ers and to our external stakeholders. 

Who we are looking for?

For this position, we are looking for a person with a genuine interest in science and technology and the role they can play in solving major global challenges. You have a passion for design and the ambition to take your skills into new challenges and contexts. In addition, you are willing and able to understand and work with complex, sometimes deeply technical problems – in collaboration with experts. 

We are looking for a person with the following attributes

  • Experience in relevant, design-related studies (ongoing or recently finished)
  • Solid understanding of design theories and practices
  • Excellent verbal, written, and visual communication skills
  • Experience in co-creation and workshop facilitation 
  • Professional working fluency in English (Finnish language skills also a plus). 

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.

What would we offer you?

  • Impactful work for the future. As a leading applied research organisation, we are on a mission to bring exponential hope to the world by joining together people, businesses, science and technology. We tackle the biggest challenges of our time – from climate change and resource sufficiency to industrial renewal and smart healthcare – and turn them into sustainable growth. Read more about our strategy – the path of exponential hope.
  • Career opportunities, top-level mentors. At VTT, your skills are appreciated and supported with the opportunity to learn from the top experts in their field. You’ll get to discover our community of over 2100 experts representing more than 50 nationalities working across cutting-edge fields of science and technology.
  • Meaningful projects, real responsibility. With us, you get to take on meaningful projects and create innovative scientific and technical solutions as part of our Design team. We treat all employees as equals and give you real responsibility from the start. VTT is a caring employer that supports your growth and work–life balance and offers a range of well-being services.
  • The tools to do the job. We provide our designers with design industry-standard hardware and software for the job including Apple computers, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Miro plus other tools such as InVision, Sketch, Figma, etc. as needed. 

What is like to work with us solving the biggest challenges of our time? Check from the video what kind of experiences Aymara, Daniil, Eric and Isabella had from their summer traineeships and what kind of change did they drive.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Come, curious minds and clever changemakers! Prepare your CV and cover letter, and send in your application with your transcript of records via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 5 February 2023. Let’s change the world for the better next summer.

All VTT Summer of Changemakers traineeships are paid and the duration is usually between 3 and 6 months. The exact starting date and length of the traineeship can be discussed. We will process applications as they come in, and fill in the position 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 further information, please contact Niall Shakeshaft, niall.shakeshaft@vtt.fi

We look forward to hearing from you!

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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 2100 world-class problem-solvers across fields of science and business. You can familialise yourself with VTT's research infra from here.

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