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AYY is looking for international affairs specialist!

We are looking for international affairs specialist to join our advocacy team!
Opiskelijat istumassa ja juttelemassa ulkona

International affairs specialist works in the Student Union’s advocacy team and in close cooperation with the annually changing Student Union Board. In this position, you will be able to develop Aalto University and promote student rights. The Student Union engages in advocacy both locally in the Aalto community and in society at large together with other organisations.

The specialist participates in the university’s various working groups, coordinates advocacy work related to international students and promotes internationality at the university and the student union. In 2021, Aalto University will implement its new strategy and participate in the activities of various international university networks. The specialist will work on language accessibility and promote the integration of international students. Duties include organising the reception of new international students and related advocacy work. The specialist organises tutor training for international students together with the specialist in charge of new students. 

In addition to these themes, the work includes student counselling and providing training for AYY’s own community on international themes. In addition, the specialist prepares advocacy material and decision-making related to one’s area of responsibility. Working in the student union and with the university requires a passion for development, independent approach and initiative, effective implementation of decisions and strategic eye. All our specialists also communicate about their areas of responsibility. The work can also focus on content that matches the skills and interests of the selected person.


  • Higher education studies
  • Skills to work in a multicultural work community
  • Prioritisation skills and initiative
  • Good command of Finnish
  • Excellent command of English
  • Excellent interaction and negotiation skills
  • Experience in communications
  • Ability to understand the big picture and pick up new skills
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to work with students and provide training on international themes

Beneficial in the position:

  • Experience in working with the university, student union or associations
  • Experience in training and facilitation
  • Command of Swedish and other language skills
  • Knowledge of processes involved in international mobility

We provide:

  • Versatile and challenging position where you can put your own ideas into action and develop your skills
  • Support of a skilled team in an enthusiastic work community
  • Good opportunities to educate yourself alongside work
  • Flexible working hours

The employment relationship is permanent and full-time (37.5 hours/week). The salary is determined by a collective agreement of the student unions (salary category III, plus any education and experience allowances). AYY’s office is located in Otaniemi, Espoo, along with good transport connections.

Interviews will be most likely held in week 2 in 2021, and the work will begin as soon as possible. During the application process, we will contact the referrers of the selected applicants. Please add the contact details of your referrers to your CV or application already at the application stage.

Applications with CVs must be submitted by 6 Jan 2021 to rekrytointi(at) We will let you know that your application has been received. You can find our privacy statement regarding recruitment here: 

For further information, you may contact Advocacy and Communications Manager Laura Luoto (laura.luoto(a), 040 575 9092) 21.-23.12.2020 from 12 noon to 4 pm.

Aalto University Student Union AYY is an advocacy and service organisation for nearly 15,000 students. In total, AYY employs approximately 50 people and has dozens of volunteers and organisations. AYY is a young and innovative operator in the student union field, where you can implement your own ideas and create something new. As a work environment, AYY is modern and very flexible.

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