Public institutions invite students with non-native Estonian for the internship


The Integration Foundation is inviting students with non-native Estonian to apply for the internship it is offering this autumn in cooperation with ministries and other state agencies. To participate in the internship programme, you will need to fill in the application form by 25 September. 

‘Our internship programme is a unique springboard for students who have become proficient in Estonian and want to contribute to the development of the country by working in the public sector. Students will gain valuable experience that can lead to the jobs they want. In turn, the work of state agencies will be enriched with the experience of people with a mother tongue other than Estonian,’ said Katrin Maiste, Head of Labour Market Services of the Integration Foundation. 

This year, the Integration Foundation is launching the internship programme for the fourth time. Between October and December, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Research, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, the Chancellery of the Riigikogu, the Police and Border Guard Board, the Language Board, the Labour Inspectorate, the Land Board, the Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre and the Integration Foundation have set up more than 30 internship placements for students.  

Students can apply for an internship in different fields and complete it in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu, Jõhvi or Narva. Applicants must speak good Estonian, have interest in the field and be prepared for fruitful cooperation.  

‘Students can apply for an internship no later than on 25 September 2023. To do this, the applicant should fill in the form on the website of the foundation, which also includes a justification of interest. We will forward the applications received in time to the officials who have offered the work placements, so that they can select their interns and make the necessary arrangements,’ explained Katrin Maiste.  

Detailed information on the internships and how to apply for them is available on the website of the Integration Foundation (link). Participation in the internship programme will start with an information day, which will be organised by the Integration Foundation in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance on 29 September 2023 in Tallinn (link).  

Background information: 

  • The Integration Foundation launched the internship programme in 2020 in cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance. As a result of the first open call for applications, 13 students completed the internship programme. Several dozen of students took part in the internship programme by today. 

  • The Integration Foundation implements the internship programme with the resources of the European Union’s Cohesion and Internal Security Funds for 2021–2027 and within the framework of project No. 2021-2027.4.07.23-0005 under Regulation No. 80 of the Minister of Culture of 15 March 2023 ‘Conditions for granting support for the implementation of activities supporting integration, including adaptation, in Estonian society’.