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Training and working abroad

Trainee programmes

CIMO provides international trainee opportunities for Finnish higher education students and recent graduates. The training placements are intended to support the students’ degree studies and to enhance their professional skills. Traineeships vary usually from 3–6 months and come with a CIMO grant.

Practical training placements are available in, for example, Finnish organisations abroad, departments of Finnish language and culture in universities outside Finland, organisations for expatriate Finns and development organisations as well as sports organisations. They are also offered in foreign companies and organisations outside the European Union.

Government officials’ exchange scheme opens up international opportunities to civil servants

Government officials’ exchange schemes facilitate the civil servants’ international mobility and professional development. The schemes are funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Nordic Council of Ministers.

CIMO may support individual civil servants on short-term secondments in their own administrative field abroad. Assistance is also available for continuing professional development in, for example, the École Nationale d’Administration in France (ENA, a graduate school of administration) or at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA).

CIMO is also the Finnish coordinator of the government officials’ exchange scheme funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers. In this scheme, state employees are encouraged to learn about the administration and legislation of other Nordic countries. The aim is also to increase collaboration among the Nordic civil service community.