Vocational traineeships – your training opportunities at GIZ

Are you interested in a vocational traineeship at GIZ? Then why not join our company?

GIZ attaches great importance to providing vocational training to committed young people. After all, well-qualified staff are crucial to our work. We are seeking suitable young professionals who meet our company requirements and whose personal and professional development we can support.

You can complete a vocational traineeship or a sandwich course in various company departments in Eschborn, Berlin or Bonn. It is also possible to receive training at more than one location and to undertake foreign assignments. Further information and details of the requirements are set out below in the descriptions of the different career profiles.

GIZ welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

You can study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for good reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members.

Further Information

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Business Administration

Are you interested in how the world of business administration works? Are you keen to pursue a practically focused course of study and lay the best foundations for your future? Are you seeking to enjoy an interesting and varied career?

Then this is the course for you. The sandwich courses for a bachelor’s degree allow you to learn the basics of business administration that you will need to carry out tasks in any area of the company in future. The range of specialisations and elective compulsory modules enable you to choose the areas of business administration on which you wish to focus.

You can then apply and build on what you have learned directly in a practical setting at GIZ. If you are keen to start your career at an early stage and study a fascinating subject, why not apply now?

The theoretical phase

Through your studies at the vocational college, you will acquire the knowledge you need in the fields of accounting, business administration, written communication and sociology for your work at GIZ. These classes will prepare you for the intermediate examination, as well as for the final written and practical examination.

Training location: Bonn, Germany
University: 
Trier University of Applied Sciences
Degree programme: 
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Classroom-based training: 
Alternating periods of theory and practice. The practical phase takes place outside term time (usually lasting 2.5 months).
Further information: 
https://www.hochschule-trier.de/

Training location: Eschborn, Germany
University: 
Hessische Berufsakademie (University of Cooperative Education) Studienzentrum Frankfurt am Main
Degree programme: 
Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with specialisation options (Finance & Controlling, Project Management or Marketing)
Classroom-based training: 
Alternating periods of theory and practice – generally 14 weeks of practical experience and 10 weeks of theory.
Further information: 
http://www.hessische-ba.de/

Training location: Eschborn, Germany
University: 
Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) in Mannheim
Degree programme: 
Bachelor of Arts in International Business or Services Marketing
Classroom-based training: 
Alternating periods of theory and practice – generally 12 weeks of practical experience and 12 weeks of theory.
Further information: 
https://www.dhbw-mannheim.de/

The workplace-based practical phase

For everyone who wants more – the dual training system allows you to combine the theoretical content of a business administration degree course with practical day-to-day experience in our interesting field of work. Following an induction period, you will complete assignments each lasting several months in different divisions at GIZ. Your personal interests will preferably inform the choice of divisions. These may include human resources, controlling, procurement, contract management, health, as well as the regional divisions. You will be able to undertake assignments throughout Germany and at one of GIZ’s field offices.

Requirements

  • a good or very good overall grade in your general university entrance qualification (good results in maths);
  • ability to express yourself well both orally and in writing;
  • perseverance and a focus on performance and results;
  • very good English language skills; knowledge of another foreign language is desirable;
  • initial commercial experience (through an internship, for example) would be ideal.

What we offer

  • a multi-cultural working environment;
  • seminars/training courses;
  • scope for creativity and own initiative in your work;
  • a range of social security benefits;
  • the option of training placements at more than one location and a foreign assignment;
  • you can study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for good reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members;
  • special leave for the purposes of completing the dissertation for your bachelor’s degree.

Assignment period

Training period begins: in August or October of each year.
Duration of training period: 3 years.

Click here to apply online.

Office communication specialist trainee, with a focus on office management or specialised office work

Do you enjoy organisational and planning tasks? Do you have strong communication skills? Office communication specialists organise and process office management tasks. They also carry out commercial activities in areas such as order processing, procurement, accounting, marketing and personnel administration. If this sounds attractive to you, then please do not hesitate to apply.

The theoretical phase

Through your studies at the vocational college, you will acquire the knowledge you need in the fields of accounting, economics, social studies, written communication and sociology for your work at GIZ. These classes will prepare you for the intermediate examination, as well as for the final written and practical examination.

Training location: Bonn, Germany
School: Deutzer Freiheit Köln
Classroom-based training: approx. 12 weeks every 4 months
Further information: http://berufskolleg-deutzer-freiheit.de/

Training location: Berlin, Germany
School: Oberstufenzentrum Büro II
Classroom-based training: approx. 1 week every 3 weeks
Further information: http://www.oszbuerozwei.de/

Training location: Eschborn, Germany
School: Konrad Adenauer Schule in Kriftel
Classroom-based training: approx. 2 – 5 weeks every 8 weeks (varies)
Further information: http://www.kas-kriftel.net/kas/j25/

The workplace-based practical phase

Following an induction period, you will complete assignments each lasting several months in different divisions at GIZ. Your personal interests will preferably inform the choice of divisions. These may include human resources, controlling, procurement, contract management, health, as well as the regional divisions. Assignments throughout Germany or foreign assignments are possible.

Requirements

  • good results in your school leaving examinations (mittlere reife, commercial college, German Abitur or equivalent);
  • a good head for figures;
  • business fluency in German;
  • a sound command of English;
  • good spoken and written communication skills.

What we offer

  • a multi-cultural working environment;
  • seminars/training courses;
  • scope for creativity and own initiative in your work;
  • a range of social security benefits;
  • the option of training placements at more than one location and a foreign assignment;
  • special leave to prepare for examinations;
  • you can study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for good reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members.

Assignment period

Training period begins: in August of each year.
Duration of training period: 2.5 to 3 years (depending on school leaving certificate).

Click here to apply online. (Link)

IT specialist trainee – systems integration

Are you interested in working with a range of IT systems? Do you enjoy using a variety of software? Our IT specialists in the systems integration field are in-house service providers who help resolve IT issues for our staff. By reviewing and analysing these problems, they identify solutions and ensure that our employees can carry out their work without disruption. If this sounds interesting to you, then please do not hesitate to apply.

The theoretical phase

Through your studies at the vocational college, you will acquire the knowledge you need for your work at GIZ. The topics covered include information and telecommunications technology products and markets, establishing and supporting systems solutions, and systems development. These classes will prepare you for the intermediate examination, as well as for the final written and practical examination.

Training location: Bonn, Germany
School: Heinrich-Hertz-Berufskolleg
Classroom-based training: twice a week
Further information: http://www.hhbk.de/

Training location: Eschborn, Germany
School: Brühlwiesenschule Hofheim
Classroom-based training: units of approx. 3 weeks each
Further information: http://www.bws-hofheim.de/

The workplace-based practical phase

Following an induction period, you will complete assignments each lasting several months in different information-processing units and in one of GIZ’s project operating divisions. Here you will learn about the processes for planning and designing IT solutions, and configuring and maintaining complex, interconnected systems. Assignments throughout Germany or foreign assignments are possible.

Requirements

  • good results in your general university entrance qualification (e.g. German Abitur) or entrance qualification for technical college;
  • a logical mind;
  • an understanding of technical matters;
  • visual thinking;
  • good numeracy skills.

What we offer

  • a multi-cultural working environment;
  • seminars/training courses;
  • scope for creativity and own initiative in your work;
  • a range of social security benefits;
  • the option of training placements at more than one location and a foreign assignment;
  • special leave to prepare for examinations;
  • you can study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for good reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members.

Assignment period

Training period begins: in August every 3 years.
Duration of training period: 3 years (cannot be shortened).

Click here to apply online. (Link)

Events officer trainee

Are you interested in planning, managing and following up events?
Do you enjoy organisational and coordination tasks?

Then do not hesitate to apply for this traineeship.

The theoretical phase

At vocational college, you will examine the theoretical foundations of a career as an events officer, including event management, marketing and accounting. You will also take part in practical projects where you can directly apply what you have learned.

Training location: Berlin, Germany
School: Oberstufenzentrum Handel 1
Classroom-based training: approx. 1 week every 3 weeks
Further information: http://www.oszhandel.de/startseite.html

The workplace-based practical phase

Our events provide a platform where participants, most of whom have a high-profile, international background, can discuss development policy and make new contacts. These occasions also play a key role in informing the general public about development issues.

Your tasks could include researching and visiting event locations, evaluating offers, putting together schedules, sending out invitations and handling administration with regard to participants.

Requirements

  • general university entrance qualification (e.g. German Abitur) or entrance qualification for technical college;
  • an interest in organising, planning and running events, as well as in commercial processes, modern office communications technologies and (development) policy issues.

What we offer

  • a multi-cultural working environment;
  • seminars/training courses;
  • scope for creativity and own initiative in your work;
  • a range of social security benefits;
  • the option of training placements at more than one location and a foreign assignment;
  • you can study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for good reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members.

Training period begins: in August of each year.
Duration of training period: 3 years.

Click here to apply online.

the application

How to apply

Please send us the completed online application form.

You should also upload the following attachments: ​

  • Covering letter
  • Current CV
  • Last two school report cards
  • Optional: other documents and certificates, such as internship references, etc.

 

Please note:

A maximum of 10 MB can be uploaded per application.
  • Covering letter and photo: 1 MB each 
  • CV and other documents: 2 MB each

File types:

  • Documents: doc, docx, pdf
  • Photos: bmp, gif, jpg

We cannot accept any applications submitted by post.

What will happen to my application?

The information in your application will be transferred to a database that can only be accessed from within GIZ. When you submit your application form, you automatically consent to your data being stored electronically.

Once the applications have been processed and preferred applicants shortlisted, we will decide which applicants will be invited to attend the selection day/s.

We will contact you shortly after the application deadline. Upon successfully sending your application you will receive an automatically generated acknowledgement of receipt.

Contact

Your contact (Bonn und Berlin)

Judith Jansen

+49 228 4460-1949
judith.jansen​@giz.de

 

Your contact (Bonn und Berlin)

Silvia Knorrn

silvia.knorrn@giz.de

Your contact (Eschborn)

Antje Kinkel

antje.kinkel@giz.de

Your contact (Eschborn)

Kerstin Harms-Wenzel

+49 6196 79-1560
kerstin.harms-wenzel@giz.de

Head of Intern Traineeprogram

Jutta Heckel

jutta.heckel​@giz.de