Internship applications are now open

Connect your personal aspirations with the common good. 

Internship program for societal transformation

Starting in Autumn 2021 or Spring 2022


Social scientists, economists, designers, philosophers, social psychologists, engineers… Demos Helsinki is a globally operating independent think tank bringing together specialists from different fields. We work with curious governmentscitiescompaniesuniversities, and other partners sharing the ethos that only together can we fight for a fair, sustainable, and joyful next era. Research and consultancy operations, along with the Untitled initiative, form Demos Helsinki’s work.

Demos Helsinki is now recruiting interns for a 3-month-long paid internship beginning between October 2021 and June 2022. The location by default will be in Helsinki. Due to the complexities of international legislation, taxation, and social security systems, we are unfortunately not able to accept applicants that are not able to work from Finland – but we’ve had several interns who moved to Finland to do the internship and that’s been wonderful. The application is open until Tuesday 31st August 2021, 9:59 am (EEST).

In our internship program, you will experience firsthand what it means to work collaboratively to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. Based on your background and goals, you will be able to take part in research and consulting projects, building and strengthening client relationships, crafting impact-driven communications, and forming unlikely partnerships.


Your tasks may include

Depending on your background, interests, and goals you will be able to focus on some of the following:

  • Contributing to projects as an equal and active part of the team, e.g., research, analysis, background study, workshops, and participating in client meetings
  • Assisting in sales and project development processes, e.g., making project proposals to clients and funders
  • Project management & internal development tasks
  • Communications & digital marketing tasks
  • Organizing events & webinars

To work at Demos Helsinki is to put grand ideas into practice. We co-create these ideas with our partners, so you will be a part of that process. In our internship program, you will learn how to challenge yourself to learn about complex issues by facing them in action. We encourage and allow our interns to take accountability for their own thoughts and execution. To foster this collectively, we always help one another and take part in creating a culture of kindness at the office, especially when working remotely.


See what our interns have to say and learn about their experiences at Demos Helsinki.


Requirements and skills

  • You are interested in the world around us and you have a passion for learning
  • You are able to work in collaborative environments
  • You are a self-starter
  • You have some experience in project and research methods and/or good project management skills
  • You know how to showcase and utilize the skills you have attained in your field of studies
  • You are an undergraduate or graduate student at a university or a university of applied sciences, either in Finland or abroad, during the entirety of your internship. If you study at an international university or vocational school where your study program restricts you from taking on an internship position during your studies, you are eligible to apply if you have graduated during the current or previous academic term. Ph.D. students are not qualified to apply.
  • Involvement in extracurricular activities is considered an advantage.

Our team is composed of individuals with academic backgrounds across many disciplines, from the humanities to science, engineering, and business. Whatever your background, if you are a curious thinker, passionate about imagining transformation in the world, you will be a great fit. We celebrate proactivity, self-steering, and problem-solving skills, and the capability to learn new things as well as thinking about the bigger picture.


Demos Helsinki as a workplace

At Demos Helsinki, we work with a wide range of themes. Our team structures are fluid, making it possible for our people to flexibly move and cooperate within and across our projects. The best way to get an overview of the themes is to go through our impact model.

Our projects currently touch upon technology governancecarbon-neutral infrastructuretransformative policy-makingsustainable lifestyleseconomic impacts of climate changethe economy of wellbeingpeople-first smart citiesreimagination and experimentation. Beyond individual assignments we are also involved with many research projects, for instance, international projects funded by the EU Framework Programmes and the Strategic Research Council’s projects in Finland.

Read more about what it’s like to work at Demos Helsinki here.


Duration of the internship

The duration of the internship is three months. If you study outside Finland, the length, timing, and other details of the internship can be discussed to fit your studies. Depending on your availability, the internship may begin sometime between October 2021 and June 2022, and we hope that you will express all possible options for you to complete your internship in the application form.



Regarding the global COVID-19 situation, we are following the Finnish authorities’ guidelines and work remotely as a default; however, our offices in Helsinki are also currently open for work for a limited number of people. We have also successfully completed remote onboarding while making sure we offer as much support as we can during this time. Should the situation change for the better, we expect to begin working from our offices. For this reason, we kindly ask you to closely consider the period of time for your availability to partake in the internship program, so as to make sure you can fully commit to it regardless of the internship taking place from home or at the office. You can also express any specifics concerning your situation on the application form.

The application process

We will choose several interns in this application process. The compensation for the internship is €1,500 per month. We have non-Finnish interns working with us regularly. Based on this experience, we can help with practicalities related to potentially moving and working in Finland. We will share useful information and tips we have compiled throughout the years.

The call for interns is open until Tuesday 31 August 2021, 9:59 am (EEST).

Demos Helsinki promotes equality in working life. We have an anonymous application process in the first phase of the intern selection. You apply for the internship by filling out the application form, but the details that are irrelevant for the preliminary selection (e.g., name, age, and city) are temporarily hidden when we go through the applications. The anonymous application process ensures that the preliminary selection is influenced only by information that is relevant to the process.

Our office and all workspaces are accessible.


Demos Helsinki promotes equality in working life. We have an anonymous application process all the way until selected applicants are invited to the remote workshop day.


With the current timeline and schedule, the interviews will be held online on Tuesday 14 September 2021, between 9 am-4 pm (EEST). The remote workshop day comprises an individual interview as well as a small group task. Interviews are held either before or after the group task, so you are not expected to attend the whole day. You will later be informed of your individual schedule. When applying, please remember to reserve this date already beforehand and be prepared for the interview. We will inform all applicants of their status in the application process by Thursday 9 September 2021, at the latest.


Application form

Click the link to apply!

Please fill in the application form carefully. We appreciate clear and concise answers. The application form includes a mandatory preliminary assignment which is an essential part of the process and will be evaluated.


Questions & Contact

For additional information please contact Elisa Marjava (coming back from holiday on Monday 2 August) /


Meet our interns

Read what our interns over the years have to say about their experience at Demos Helsinki.

“Demos Helsinki is unlike any other internship experience. The think tank is built on trust and, as an intern, you work with a high-level of autonomy right from the start.” – Myles, Intern in 2019



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