Student cooperation

Students developing the worklife

At Xamk there are around 12 500 students whose expertise can be utilized by businesses and other organizations in various ways.

Forms of student cooperation can, for example, include:

– Work-life projects
– Theses
– Student recruitment

Don’t hesitate to contact us, so we can discuss of the best way to carry out your assignment!

Below you can learn more about the different forms of student cooperation.

The client benefits from new perspectives, and the students gain valuable practical experience.

Laura Häkkinen
Alumni- and Business Relations Coordinator
+358 50 468 8082

Work-life projects


Student recruitment


Work-life projects

  • Work-life projects are implemented under supervision or independently as part of a course.
  • The course duration is approximately 2 months.
  • At the beginning of the course, the client is asked to present the project and provide feedback to the students on the implementation during and at the end of the course.
  • The client receives the results and development suggestions for their organization’s use as agreed.
  • Projects involve learning through ideation, experiments, and practical execution.


  • A thesis is a research or development task that allows the client to investigate and improve their own operations.
  • The topic of the thesis can be tailored to meet the client’s needs.
  • The thesis corresponds to approximately 400 hours of work.
  • The student’s thesis is supervised by a university of applied sciences teacher. Together with the client, they agree on aspects such as the scope of work, schedule, reporting method, and use of the research results.

Student recruitment

  • The responsibility for supervising internships lies with the employer. The duration of the internship is on average 2-3 months per year, and it can be completed in parts.
  • Employers can post internship and job opportunities directly at Xamk Duuni.
  • Internship positions for future professionals in the social and healthcare fields can also be posted on the Jobiili platform.
  • Internships can be carried out in domestic or international companies, public organizations, or other suitable entities such as various associations or organizations.
  • Ideally, a student’s path progresses with the same company: work-life project –> internship –> thesis –> employment at the company.


The purpose of the fund is to grant scholarships to successful or distinguished Xamk students. 

Xamk’s Worklife Boom as a meeting place for working life and students

This work life -themed event brings companies, students, Xamk staff and our alumni together on each campus in January.

Event dates and times:

Kotka campus January at 9:00-14:00

Kouvola campus January at 9:00-14:00, Paja Gallery

Mikkeli campus January at 9:00-14:00, D-lobby

Savonlinna campus January at 9:00-14:00, Kaari

FAQ of student collaboration

Yes! We organize the Xamk Worklife Boom (Työelämäpäivät) -event tour on every campus every January. You can sign up for the event mailing list and find out more about prices and other details on the event page.

We gladly welcome a wide range of assignments from working life. Feel free to contact us, and let’s discuss it together!

In principle, student collaboration included in the studies is free of charge. However, some implementations might incur minor costs, such as material expenses. Any potential costs are always discussed and agreed upon in advance on a case-by-case basis.

The client can choose to pay a reward to a student for meeting goals in a thesis or an independently executed project through the Xamk scholarship fund. The amount of any potential reward is to be agreed upon between the client and the student.

For more information about the Xamk Scholarship Fund, visit:

Contact us regarding student collaboration

Xentre – yrittäjyyden ja innovaatioiden yksikkö
Laura Häkkinen
Alumni and Business Relations

How may we help?

Do you want to develop innovations, strengthen your staff’s expertise, or collaborate with our students? We can help! Fill out our online form and take the first step towards collaboration!