First year of the SECCLO programme concludes with a summer school and an internship. The summer school and internship take place after the common studies at Aalto University and before the specialisation studies at the exit university.

Summer internship (2-5 ECTS)

Between the first and second academic year, students will complete an internship in European industry or research institution. During the internship, the student will work in a real R&D environment or expert organization as members of a project team. The duration of the internship is at least one month, maximum three months. A 10-week internship that meets the program requirements results in 5 ECTS, which are included into Aalto first year curriculum. Aalto together with the other SECCLO consortium member universities will supervise the process to ensure that all students find a placement for the internship and that the internship projects and work contracts are aligned with the program goals and schedule. The organization, which provides the internship placement will assign a local supervisor who will act as the student’s mentor on developing technical and career skills. During the internship, each student will also have a named contact person from the program’s academic staff. The students keep an online learning diary of their internship and write a reflective report. Students whose internship is shorter than 10 weeks and who still need credits for the first year will be given a special assignment, i.e. an individual research or software engineering project, to completed.

The learning goals of the internship are the following:

  • Students will gain experience of working in an R&D environment or expert organization in Europe
  • Students will develop personal contacts in European industry and research institutions
  • Students will become familiar with several career paths options available to them
  • Students will learn how to apply for a job in industry, including preparing an application letter and professional CV, and taking part in an internship interview

SECCLO associate members, companies and research organizations are invited to offer internship positions for the students. Please send the information about internship positions to