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Environment and Sustainability

2024 Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech)

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Host Organization:   Tallinn University of Technology

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Organization Profile: Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) is the only flagship in engineering and IT science and education in Estonia, providing higher education at all levels in engineering and technology, information technology, economics, science, and maritime. TalTech’s mission is to be a promoter of science, technology, and innovation and a leading provider of engineering and economic education in Estonia. The Tallinn University of Technology is one of the most recognized and largest universities in Estonia with more than 2,000 employees, including 1,200 teachers and research staff. Taltech has students, lecturers, scientists and experts from all continents (from 100 different countries in total), and it has the highest number of foreign students and lecturers compared to other Estonian universities.

City:   Tallinn

Internship format:   In-person

Internship Department:  FinEst Centre for Smart Cities

Project description: The intern is expected to join the continuous process of matching long- term city challenges (e.g. urbanization, climate change) with ideas on how to solve them in the urban environment via research and innovation actions that we call pilots. If successful, those pilots aim to transform European cities of becoming climate-neutral and smart by 2030.
The FinEst Centre is preparing a new round of smart city pilots ( 2023) where each pilot project should involve one Estonian municipality and out foreign one. The Centre is also participating in several pan-European projects that conduct, for example, climate- neutral pilots in various European Cities (e.g. and twin-city pilots on urban data integration ( The total combined volume of those piloting programmes exceeds 100 million dollars.

This is a dynamic role having the potential tasks (depending on the interest/ availability):

• Assist in evaluation of cutting-edge pilot projects before they will be tested out in the urban environments – engage with experts with a goal to coordinate the evaluation process.
• Help in setting up international cross-sectoral teams of urban developers and researchers – e.g. facilitate meetings.
• Identify best practices to inspire and inform replication and scale-up in cities.
• Gather and analyze data – dependent on the skills and project needs, perform qualitative (e.g. setup interviews, analyze interview data) and/or quantitative data (statistical analyses).

The FinEst Centre has a flat and open working culture where the intern would be welcomed as an equal colleague.

We will also involve researchers that have recently visited Stanford as Global Digital Governance Fellows from TalTech in 2022 (Anna-Maria Osula, Jaan Raik and Anu Masso) and 2023 (Ingrid Pappel and Ralf- Martin Soe).

Number of Opening(s):    1

Work Hours and Internship Start/End Dates: (Monday to Friday, June 24 –August 16, 2024):   Five days approximately 37 hours a week. Flexible hours 

Work Attire:  Casual

Local language:  Estonian

Local language level needed:  Not required

Additional desired intern qualifications:  As this is a research and innovation center with higher degree of freedom, a self-motivated and independent intern would be preferred.

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