Internships / Trainee programs
Should you consider an internship / a trainee program (en praktik)?
One way to enter the job market is to intern at a Swedish firm / institution to have a first Swedish experience and acquire local connections.
Although you might consider yourself too experienced, too old, or overqualified to become an intern (en praktikant), be aware that this is how many, many SDCN members with similar professional backgrounds got their start in the Swedish job market. Of course, going from unpaid internship to unpaid internship is not a career plan but an internship can be a strategic opportunity to develop skills and connections toward your dream job.
For the majority of internships, you need to be registered with Arbetsförmedligen (which provides the necessary insurance for the employer). You may qualify for a small stipend (about 4 000 SEK / month) through Försäkringskassan.
How to get an internship.
- You will find job posts advertising internships and “trainee program” on the same channels where you look for employment. Some internships can lead to employment, others are three or four-months contracts with no possibility of employment afterwards. This is usually made clear in the job post but, if not, clarify with the potential employer.
- Jobbsprånget is a four-month internship program run by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering (IVA) and designed for newcomers with a university degree in certain fields. The idea is to connect you with a Swedish employer who is in need of specific skills.
If you want to apply for Jobbsprånget, you must fulfill three conditions:
- Have a degree (bachelor, master or higher) in Engineering, Architecture, Science or Business/Finance
- Be proficient in English (written and oral) – your level of English may be tested prior to internship
- Be registered with Arbetsförmedlingen
There are two applications period: 16 July – 16 August and 16 December – 16 January, so plan little bit ahead.
For more information about internship positions and application process, check the Jobbsprånget website.
- Arbetspraktik: Arbetsförmedlingen also offers general internships called Arbetspraktik where you have to find your own internship. You can find more information and different options on their website and can download the information in Swedish (SDCN-Fakta om arbetspraktik) or in English: SDCN-Labour market training programme, You need to talk to your case officer at Arbetsförmedlingen to be issued the paperwork.
Useful websites to look for internships (in Swedish):
This document was compiled by volunteer members of SDCN for informational purposes, to help expat partners kick-start their life in Stockholm. We welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted November 16, 2018