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Information for school students

Do you want to get straight down to work and gather your own experience? If so, a dual study or vocational training programme could be for you. From day one, you will be given interesting tasks and made part of the team. This will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to make the best possible start to your professional career.

Dual study programmes

Would you like to combine theoretical study and practical experience to prepare you for the future? And are you looking for an interesting and varied occupation that you really enjoy? We have just the programme for you.

A dual Bachelor’s degree course will give you a solid foundation for future employment across the company.

You will be able immediately to put what you have learned into practice and deepen your knowledge. To combine an entry-level post in the company with stimulating study, apply now.
 

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

Combining a course of academic study with in-company training with GIZ will lead you to an internationally recognised Bachelor’s degree. GIZ cooperates with a number of universities offering different course content. You can choose elective and follow-on modules to reflect your own interests in specialist areas of business administration.

Theoretical phase

Your course of study spans six semesters. GIZ offers an opportunity to spend between 10 and 12 weeks abroad during one of the practical phases towards the end of the course.

Training location: Bonn
University: University of Trier
Course: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, with a specialist focus on financial control. Students may also select a second specialist focus.
‘Block’ model: theory and practice alternate
The practical phases usually last 10 weeks and take place outside term time.

Training location: Bonn
University: Alanus University in Alfter
Course: BWL – Wirtschaft neu denken mit beruflicher Praxis (Business Administration - rethinking business with partners from practice)
‘Block’ model: alternating theory and practice
The practical phases last a total of 60 week.

Training location: Eschborn
University: FOM Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Course: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a choice of focus (finance and financial control, project management, or marketing)
‘Block’ model: theory and practice alternate: usually, 14 weeks of practical training and 10 weeks of theory

Training location: Eschborn
University: Duale Hochschule Baden Württemberg (DHBW) in Mannheim
Course: Bachelor of Arts in International Business or Service Marketing
‘Block’ model: theory and practice alternate: usually, 12 weeks of practical training and 12 weeks of theory

Further information

Trier University of Applied Science Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences FOM University of Applied Sciences Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) Mannheim

In-company practical phase

Following an introduction, you will spend periods of several months working in different units within GIZ. We will make every effort to reflect your personal interests in the choice of units. These may include Human Resources, Financial Control, Purchasing, Contract Management, Health Services, and a regional or global department. This phase includes assignments within Germany and in a GIZ office abroad.

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • A school-leaving qualification with a ‘Good’ or ‘Very Good’ grade, including a ‘Good’ grade in maths
  • Good written and oral skills
  • Perseverance and a performance- and results orientation
  • Very good knowledge of English; knowledge of one or more other languages would be an advantage
  • Ideally, initial commercial skills, for example gained through an internship

What benefits does GIZ offer? 

  • A multicultural working atmosphere
  • Seminars and training courses
  • Scope to shape your work
  • A range of employment benefits
  • Optional cross-sectoral training assignments and a period abroad
  • Study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for reasons such as looking after young children or caring for family members
  • Special leave to write your final dissertation

Period of assignment

Training begins: in August each year
Training lasts: three years

Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems

The Digital Transformation and IT Solutions Department (DIGITS) uses the latest information and communication technologies (ICT) to support GIZ in designing company-wide processes and centralised cross-organisational business processes effectively and efficiently. You can support us in this area.

This dual training scheme lasts seven semesters and combines theory and practice. You will attend university for two days a week and work at GIZ for the remaining three days a week, combining theoretical expertise with practical experience.

Theoretical phase

The BSc course in Business Information Systems teaches IT and business skills. You will spend two days a week at the FOM, where you will attend relevant lectures.
 
Training location: Eschborn
University: FOM-Hochschule für Ökonomie und Management in Frankfurt am Main
Period of study: You will attend university for two days a week and work at GIZ for the remaining three days a week

Further information

FOM University of Applied Sciences:

In-company practical phase

You will be working at GIZ for three days a week, gaining insight into project management at the interface between IT and other corporate functions. This means you will immediately see the practical relevance of what you have learned and will be able to apply your own expertise. There is an option to complete a six- to eight-week assignment in one of our country offices abroad.

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • School-leaving qualification with a ‘Good’ or ‘Very good’ grade
  • An interest in business information systems
  • Ideally, initial IT skills, for example gained through an internship
  • Good skills in maths
  • Perseverance and a performance- and results orientation
  • Good written and oral skills
  • Very good spoken and written English
  • An interest in intercultural issues

What benefits does GIZ offer?

  • A multicultural working atmosphere
  • Seminars and training courses
  • Scope to shape your work
  • Excellent employment benefits
  • Optional cross-sectoral training assignments and a period abroad
  • Study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for reasons such as looking after young children or caring for family members
  • Special leave to write your final dissertation

Period of assignment

Training begins: in August each year
Training lasts: three and a half years

Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems – Data Science

The Digital Transformation and IT Solutions (DIGITS) Department supports GIZ in continuing to be successful as it moves towards a digital world. 

Join a department whose role ranges from coordinating the digital transformation and digitalising business processes to identifying suitable digital solutions and carrying out governance work for IT security and data management. DIGITS undertakes this work for the company worldwide.

A dual course of study lasts for eight semesters. You will acquire specialist knowledge in the areas of data analysis, machine learning and artificial intelligence as well as gaining a good understanding of business processes. 

Theoretical phase

Data Science is an interdisciplinary area of study. In the theoretical part of the course, the focus will be on areas including big data, cloud computing, data visualisation, data management, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Students will also acquire methodological skills in the areas of business process and project management, business studies, and software development. 

In-company practical phase

During the 10-week to 12-week practical phases, you will be based in the DIGITS Department at GIZ. You will start by familiarising yourself with the role and structure of DIGITS, moving on to learn about database organisation, data security and data protection, data analysis, applications development, and user support. You will then work on IT projects, focusing on applying and deepening your specialist knowledge in selected functional areas. There is an option to complete a six- to eight-week assignment in one of our country offices abroad.

Training location: Eschborn
University: Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) in Mannheim
Period of study: ‘Block’ model 

Further information

DHBW Mannheim: Data Science DHBW flyer

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • School-leaving qualification with a ‘Good’ or ‘Very good’ grade
  • An interest in business information systems
  • Ideally, initial IT skills, for example gained through an internship
  • Good skills in maths
  • Perseverance and a performance- and results orientation
  • Good written and oral skills
  • Very good spoken and written English
  • An interest in intercultural issues

What benefits does GIZ offer?

  • A multicultural working atmosphere
  • Seminars and training courses
  • Scope to shape your work
  • Comprehensive employment benefits
  • Optional cross-sectoral training assignments and a period abroad
  • Study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for reasons such as looking after young children or caring for family members
  • Special leave to write your final dissertation

Period of assignment

Training begins: in August each year (for the start of the semester on 1 October)
Training lasts: three years

When can I apply for a dual course of study?

Places on the scheme are advertised between July and September to start the following August. You can find current places on our Job Portal where you can submit an online application.

GIZ Job Portal

Vocational education and training

Do you have a school-leaving qualification? Are you looking for an entry-level post in a company that operates internationally? We have just the programme for you. GIZ attaches great importance to vocational education and training for committed young people. We want to empower you, support your personal and specialist development, and help you become part of our team.
 
You can undergo vocational training in a range of corporate areas in Eschborn, Berlin or Bonn. You also have the option to complete part of your training in a second location and to complete an assignment abroad.
 
Interested? Look at our training occupations to see which would suit your best.
 
GIZ encourages people with disabilities to apply. You can study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members.

Office Management Administrator

Do you enjoy organising and planning? Are you a good communicator? Office managers and administrators organise and process office management tasks. They also undertake commercial activities in areas, including processing commissions, procurement, accounting, marketing, and HR administration. We advertise vacancies in the middle of each year, and successful applicants start their training the following year.

Theoretical phase

During a period of study at a vocational school, you will learn about accounting, economics and social sciences, written communications and social studies to prepare you for working at GIZ. This will also prepare you for the intermediate examination and the final written and practical examination.

Training location: Bonn
Study location: Deutzer Freiheit, Cologne
‘Block’ model: for 12 weeks roughly every four months

Training location: Eschborn
Study location: Konrad-Adenauer-Schule in Kriftel
‘Block’ model: two to five weeks (depending on the unit) roughly every eight weeks

Further information

Deutzer Freiheit, Köln Konrad-Adenauer-Schule in Kriftel

In-company practical phase

Following an induction, you will spend periods of several months working in different units within GIZ. We will endeavour to reflect your personal interests in the choice of units. These units may include Human Resources, Financial Control, Purchasing, Contract Management, Health Services and a regional department. There is an option to complete assignments in Germany or abroad.

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • A ‘Good’ grade in your school-leaving qualification (academic or vocational)
  • A good understanding of figures
  • Business fluency in German
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Good written and spoken communication skills

What benefits does GIZ offer?

  • A multicultural working atmosphere
  • Seminars and training courses
  • Scope to shape your work
  • A range of employment benefits
  • Optional cross-sectoral training assignments and a period abroad
  • Special study leave to prepare for examinations
  • Study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for reasons such as looking after young children or caring for family members

Period of assignment

Training begins: in August each year
Training lasts: two and a half to three years (depending on your school-leaving qualification)

IT Specialist - Systems Integration/Applications Development/Data and Process Analysis

Are you interested in working with different IT systems? Do you enjoy using a range of software programs? In this role, you will be supporting IT specialists with resolving system integration problems for GIZ employees. You will investigate and analyse problems, identify solutions and ensure that employees can work smoothly and without disruption. As an applications developer, you will test, analyse and develop appropriate IT systems for the company. As an IT specialist in data and process analysis, you will oversee GIZ’s management of data and will develop appropriate systems and processes.

Theoretical phase

At the vocational school, you will acquire the knowledge to prepare you for working at GIZ. Among other areas, this will cover information and telecommunications technology products and markets, the creation and oversight of systems solutions, and systems development. This will also prepare you for the intermediate examination and the final written and practical examination.
 
Training location: Bonn
Study location: Heinrich-Hertz-Europakolleg Bonn
‘Block’ model: twice a week

Training location: Eschborn
Study location: Brühlwiesenschule, Hofheim
‘Block’ model: three- to four-week blocks at the school will alternate with practical phases in the company 

Further information

Heinrich-Hertz-Europakolleg Bonn Brühlwiesenschule Hofheim

In-company practical phase

Following an induction, you will spend periods of several months working in different units within GIZ in the areas of data processing and in a division that manages projects. You will learn about the planning and design of IT solutions, the configuration of complex networked systems, and systems maintenance. There is an option to complete assignments in Germany or abroad.

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • Good results in a general or vocational school-leaving qualification
  • Ability to think logically
  • Technical understanding
  • Good spatial skills
  • Good mathematical skills

What benefits does GIZ offer?

  • A multicultural working atmosphere
  • Seminars and training courses
  • Scope to shape your work
  • A range of employment benefits
  • Optional cross-sectoral training assignments and a period abroad
  • Special study leave to prepare for examinations
  • Study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members

Period of assignment

Training begins: in August each year
Training lasts: three years (this may not be shortened)

Office Management Administrator with a focus on public relations work and event management

Do you enjoy organising and planning? Are you a good communicator? And do you work well as part of a team? Trainee office management administrators at GIZ organise and process office management tasks and learn about office organisation and office procedures. They also provide support with preparing, organising and following up high-level policy events. There is an option to complete assignments in Germany or abroad.

Theoretical phase

At the vocational school, you will cover the theoretical foundations of office management. This will include, among other areas, accounting, business and social sciences, written communication and social studies. You will also focus on event management and marketing. You will apply what you have learned to practical projects. There is an option to complete assignments in Germany or abroad.

Training location: Berlin
Study location: Friedrich-List-Schule (OSZ Büromanagement und Wirtschaftssprachen), Berlin
‘Block’ model: roughly one week in every three

You will complete the first part of the extended final examination around half-way through your period of training and the second part on completion of your training.

Further information

FLS Berlin

In-company practical phase

Following an induction, you will spend periods of several months working in different units within GIZ. We will do our best to reflect your personal interests in the choice of units. These units may include Human Resources, Financial Control, Purchasing, Contract Management, Health Services and a regional department. There is an option to complete assignments in Germany or abroad.

Our events offer high-level and international participants a forum to exchange views about development policy and make new contacts. Your role in this area will include researching and inspecting event venues, assessing tenders, creating programme, issuing invitations and managing participants.

What conditions do I need to meet?

  • Good results in your school-leaving qualification (academic or vocational)
  • Business fluency in spoken and written German
  • A good understanding of figures and good results in maths and German
  • You enjoy organisational and office tasks
  • A good level of skills in English
  • The ability to express yourself orally and in writing

What benefits does GIZ offer?

  • A multicultural working atmosphere
  • Seminars and training courses
  • Scope to shape your work
  • A range of employment benefits
  • Optional cross-sectoral training assignments and a period abroad
  • Special study leave to prepare for examinations
  • Study on a part-time basis if you are unable to undertake full-time training for reasons, such as looking after young children or caring for family members

Period of assignment

Training begins: in August each year
Training lasts: two-and-one-half to three years, depending on your school-leaving qualification

When and how can I apply?

Places on the scheme are advertised between July and September of the previous year. You will find all current vacancies on the GIZ Job Portal. You can apply online from there.
 

GIZ Job Portal

Further information