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Record number of TUT students get summer internships at CERN

As many as nine TUT students were selected for a summer internship at the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN. The interns are in for an interesting international experience.
TUT students are on their way to CERN for three months of summer internships and valuable international experiences.
TUT students are on their way to CERN for three months of summer internships and valuable international experiences.

CERN operates the world’s largest particle physics research centre in Switzerland. Every year, the CERN laboratory is visited by approximately 10,000 researchers and students. In the past years, an average of 3–4 TUT students have been accepted to three-month summer internships through the Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) programme. This year, a record-breaking nine TUT students got internships at CERN: Henry Aapro, Samu Ahola, Sami Haavisto, Jenni Kaipainen, Niko Leskinen, Mikael Myllymäki, Henna Silvennoinen, Mira Tengvall, and Antero Töysä.

“The HIP programme has 15 internship positions at CERN, and nine of these positions were filled by TUT students. This is a wonderful result for TUT,” rejoices Juha Herrala from Research Development Services, TUT’s contact person at HIP.

Interns anticipate international experiences

Natural Sciences student Henna Silvennoinen got a summer job at the Education and Open Data project.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit CERN. It will be cool to see all the international collaboration and variety of projects there. It’s great to be a part of that group,” says Silvennoinen.

Third-year Industrial Management student Samu Ahola starts in his internship in CERN’s technology programme in mid-May.

“My job isn’t computational but mostly softer stuff, such as commercialisation of research results or data transfer research. Professor Saku Mäkinen from TUT will be my team leader,” Ahola explains. 

Ahola is interested in research work and describes his summer post as an “ideal position”. He is certain the summer job will be a wonderful international experience.

CERN summer internship in the HIP programme is an easy way for students to seek international internship positions. Students have to arrange their own accommodation, but everything else is taken care of by HIP. The applications for HIP’s next internship positions will open in January 2018.

The Helsinki Institute of Physics (HIP) is a national physics research institute that is operated jointly by the Tampere University of Technology, the University of Helsinki, Aalto University, the University of Jyväskylä, and the Lappeenranta University of Technology.  HIP is responsible for Finnish collaboration with the European Organization for Nuclear Research CERN.

News submitted by: Riku Haapaniemi
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