You're thinking of applying to the Industrial Master's Programme? That's good to hear! Consider the following:
Read more about the program here.
|Application to the program||
At this stage, you apply to up to two partner companies.
|Occupying internship positions||
Contact is established between partner companies and applicants, after which you can send the partner companies what is necessary for applying (CV, etc.). The partner companies then commence with their internal application procedures (interviews, etc.).
By the time this stage is over, final agreements must have been struck, and the university must be made aware of them.
|Signing internship agreements and start of the program||
We will sign internship contracts according to the the agreements. As soon as your studies are over, you can begin with the internship – the exact date will be agreed upon as needed.
A three-way development interview will take place in August, during which we will share our thoughts, and mutually agree whether we want to proceed with the collaboration.
The program lasts for a year: it begins once the second semester ends (in June) and ends with the defense of your master's thesis.
The internship totals to 1248 hours, which averages ~24 hours per week. This encompasses both everyday internships assignments, as well as writing the master's thesis.
How to allocate time between the internship, the rest of the studies and other life?
You can expect to commit ~24 hours a week, on average, on the internship. The precise working arrangement is agreed upon once the collaboration is underway, according to the expectations and needs of both yourself and the partnering company.
How much scholarship will I be receiving?
The scholarship increases in time: €660-€900 per month.
May I receive or apply for other scholarships during participation?
The IMP scholarship may not be received simultaneously with other scholarships; it's a prerequisite for you to waive other scholarships when signing an internship agreement. The only exceptions are need-based study allowances, travel stipends, and the Ülo Kaasiku scholarship.
Who will be supervising me?
You will have at least one supervisor from the company, who will be responsible for your on-boarding, and with whom you will be formulating your internships assignments, objectives and how you will receive feedback.
You will also be supported by an academic supervisor from the institute, whose main purpose is to help you and your supervisor from the company frame your master's thesis in such a way that it would create value for the partner company, and conform to the academic requirements of master's theses, on the other hand. You yourself are responsible for finding the academic supervisor (the program manager will help you, though), and this is something you must start working on once the autumn semester begins. Some internship positions – mainly those of companies in the manufacturing industry – have an academic supervisor pre-assigned and they will help you make sense of your internship from the get-go.
In addition to the supervisors, you have the support of the program manager who helps with all organizational and administrative matters.
Are my wishes taken into account when determining a topic for the master's thesis?
Yes, certainly. The exact topic for the thesis will be determined by yourself in collaboration with your supervisors. You can get a hunch on the potential topics beforehand by reading the descriptions of the internship positions.
What if I won't finish my thesis on time?
You ought to defend your thesis on time, in June. For compelling reasons, you can postpone your defense until August, but bear in mind that you won't receive any scholarship for the extension.
Do I have to sign any contracts?
Yes, if you reach an agreement with a partner company, then you must sign a three-way contract with the company and the institute, before you can commence with the internship.
What does the contract entail?
The contract determines the rights and obligations of both yourself and the partner company, and the obligations of the university. Among other things, the duration and extent of the internship, the routine of paying scholarships, matters related to the intellectual property, duration and forfeit of the contract are settled on.
How are rights to intellectual property regulated?
It is assumed that you waive any economic rights that you have on your thesis and other copyrights that arise during your internship. Those will be granted to the partner company.
May I do additional work outside the program when participating?
The program assumes quite serious commitment, so don't take it as a given that you can do great many things besides studying.
Certainly no one can or will forbid you from doing paid work in another field. You may not, however, work for anybody that competes with the partner company.
May I go abroad as part of the Erasmus when participating?
Again, the program assumes commitment. If you want to join Erasmus, then the program is not suitable for you. You are expected to cooperate closely with the partner company throughout the program.
What if I don't meet the expectations of the partner company? Or if the company and internship don't meet my expectations?
This is an internship program, so you don't have to worry about not knowing everything all at once. You are expected to be responsible and be ready to contribute to self-development. Most partner companies think long-term, and hope that you will become their employee once the program is over.
To alleviate risks, a trial period of about a month and a half is in place, which ends with a development interview in August. We will then reach a three-way agreement whether we wish to continue with the collaboration. If not, you can continue your studies as part of the "regular" curriculum.
Should anything happen after the trial period, we will do our utmost to find a constructive solution. If nothing helps, we will terminate the contract and part our ways as friends.
Does participation in the program cover the obligatory practice module of my curriculum?
Yes, participation will cover the 18 ECTS worth of obligatory practice (students of Software Engineering can pass their practice courses in TalTech).
Does participation entail any other changes to the curriculum?
You will participate in a seminar (3 ECTS) specific to the program, which will count as an elective course. Taking other elective and optional courses must be discussed with partner companies – perhaps they find that taking a specific course would do you good during your internship.
We also encourage integrating your internship with the courses you take in the university, when possible: you could align a substantive course assignments with the work you do during the internship, for example.