Traineeships at Karolinska Institutet

Many students ask about the possibility of carrying out a traineeship or internship at Karolinska Institutet (KI).


The Education Support office does not assist you with finding a clinical placement at the hospital or in any labs at Karolinska Institutet.

You can contact departments directly to enquire about a traineeship consisting of research/project work at one of the departments at KI. A traineeship period must not include participation in core courses at KI. It is the department and the research group that decides whether or not to accept a person for an internship/traineeship position.

Please note that as a traineeship student (that is not officially nominated by your university within an agreement to carry out an internship at KI) you:

  • will not be registered as a student at KI (you will not be entitled to student discounts on local travel SL)
  • will not be entitled to service and support intended for exchange students (Swedish language course, introduction days, etc.). For accommodation please see KI Housing.
  • there will be no university transcript of records (ECTS) issued

The department at Karolinska Institutet (KI) which you have been accepted to will have the full responsibility for you on the same conditions as any employer. If accepted for a traineeship at a department at Karolinska Institutet you will be covered by the group insurance Student IN insurance. Please note that if you do a traineeship at the Karolinska Hospital, you are not insured by KI.

Unfortunately the Education Support Office at Karolinska Institutet cannot help you as a freemover in finding placements in hospitals or clinics - we only accept exchange students within established exchange agreements. If you have any further questions, please contact directly the department where you are interested in doing your intership.

Student coming through an Erasmus+ agreement

If you arrange an Erasmus+ traineeship directly with a department or research group you are regarded a freemover.

A few study programmes at Karolinska Institutet have Erasmus+ agreements covering traineeship. If you are a student from a partner university and they nominate you for exchange within the agreement you can turn to the international coordinators at the Education Support Office for assistance.

Exchange agreements 2022-23