GIZ - an award-winning employer

GIZ is fair, family-friendly and a popular employer among young professionals. Here are some of the awards we have received.

Graduate Barometer 2018

Which company would you most like to work for? The survey is conducted annually between September and February by the market research company Trendence. 55,000 German students at over 190 universities were surveyed. For each field of study, the most significant 120 employers faced off. This year, GIZ was ranked 52nd in economics and 22nd in natural sciences.

Young Professional Study 2019

With around 20,000 participants, the Trendence Young Professional Barometer 2019 is one of Germany’s largest studies among professionals with up to 10 years’ work experience. From May to July 2019, young professionals from all industries answered questions on the topic of careers. The survey focused on preferred employers, satisfaction with current employers, the willingness of respondents to change employers and the criteria that make employers attractive. This year, GIZ was ranked 38th. In the field "public sector" GIZ was ranked 1st. 

Graduate Barometer Law Edition 2017

How do law graduates want to be approached by potential employers? What role do ethical issues play when they choose their future employer? What does ‘professional success’ mean for them? These were some of the many questions trendence asked in its annual Graduate Barometer survey among law graduates in 2017. This year, more than 2,500 law students as well as trainee lawyers and judges were interviewed about their preferences and expectations regarding their future employers. In the Law Edition 2017, young legal professionals ranked GIZ in 20th place as their employer of choice.

GIZ makes students’ top 10

In a survey led by online recruitment site in cooperation with university magazine audimax, 1,074 students answered questions about their employer of choice. The result: social factors such as flexible working hours (78 per cent), childcare support (69 per cent) and commitment to ensuring a healthy working environment (68 per cent) matter most to young professionals. Of the 361companies from widely ranging sectors that were named as desirable employers, GIZ occupied fourth place.

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Top 100

According to Universum Ranking as well, GIZ is one of the 100 most popular employers in 2020. Between October 2019 and April 2020, a total of 47,010 students from 231 German universities and colleges were surveyed for the Universum Student Survey 2020. They answered questions on the perception and attractiveness of employers, and on their long-term career goals. GIZ was ranked  91st in Business, 55th in the natural sciences category, 34th in Humanities/Social Sciences/Education, 62nd in the health and medicine category and 70th in the legal category.

In the field of Business, GIZ was awarded first place in the diversity and inclusion category.


Universum’s Young Professionals Study

From October 2018 to April 2019, Universum surveyed around 8,000 young professionals from all over Germany for its Young Professionals Study 2019. The study defines young professionals as academics under 40 who have acquired at least one year and no more than eight years of work experience after completing their university degree. Participants answered questions on where they would like to work, the criteria they use to rank employers, their salary expectations and long-term career goals. This year GIZ again ranked among the top 100 overall and took 50th place in the field of natural sciences.

A family-friendly company.

Family-friendly GIZ

GIZ was awarded an ‘audit berufundfamilie®’ certificate in 2006 and re-certified in December 2016. By participating in the audit berufundfamilie®, our activities have been assessed and evaluated by an independent, external organisation. The certificate documents our policy’s success in improving the work-life balance.


A fair company

GIZ has been recognised as a ‘fair company’ by the initiative and Handelsblatt. This award is given to companies that embrace ethical business practices and give graduates a fair chance.

We are fully committed to the five rules that set fair companies apart:

  • We do not replace full-time positions with internships.
  • University graduates who have applied for a full-time job are not offered internships instead.
  • We do not try to attract interns with vague promises that this will lead to full-time employment.
  • We offer internships primarily to help young people decide where their future career lies while studying.
  • We provide adequate remuneration for interns.