Trainee Programs (incomplete selection)

A trainee program is one option to start your career in industry and can be a great opportunity. As there are many in different sectors the GAUSS Career Service collates and regularly updates a list of those we are aware of. At all those companies alumni of us are employed - so take your chance and scroll through the different trainee programs and see if something is of interest for you.

Please click on the different industry sectors in order to see a list of the Trainee Programs. Then click on a specific trainee program to see further details concerning industry, target group, duration and application period.

  • Industry: Plant Seed Breeding and Biotechnology
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Above average university graduates
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application: Selection of suitable candidates through Assessment Center
  • Start: Programs usually start on 1 October
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Sales & Marketing, Medical, Pricing & Market Access, Innovation & Business Excellence
  • Target group: Graduates with a degree in natural sciences, medicine or business management
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application: Selection of suitable candidates through online tests and Assessment Center
  • Start: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Master's degree or PhD in natural sciences, pharmacy, engineering, industrial information technology or automation, with excellent grades
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Application: Selection of suitable candidates through Assessment Center
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Engineering, Quality Management, Regulatory Affairs and Research & Development, Marketing, Information Technology
  • Target group: Above average university graduates
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Academic degree (Master, Diploma or PhD) in pharmacy, natural sciences or biotechnology with above-average academic performance
  • Duration: 2-3 years
  • Application period: Various trainee positions are offered anually, application deadlines depend on the start of the program
  • Application: 3-step application process: online application, telephone interview, assessment center
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Master’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing, or a natural science background and additional knowledge of business administration
  • Duration: 30 months
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Master degree in health economics, health care management, pharmacy, epidemiology, medicine or comparable with very good results (optional with PhD, ideally with international experience)
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Above average master’s degree (or equivalent) in Life Science, Pharmacy, Biology, Human Biology, Biostatistics, Medicine; a PhD and / or MD is an asset
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: University graduates (PhD preferred) with background in STEM, Healthcare, or Supply Chain
  • Duration: 2.5-3 years
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Recent graduates - Preferred disciplines include: Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Immunology, or related disciplines
  • Duration: 2 years made up of 4-6 month rotations
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Bioprocessing, Technical Services, Manufacturing Sciences, Process Engineering, and Process Development
  • Target group: University graduates (PhD preferred) with background in STEM, Healthcare, or Supply Chain
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted in the fall, programs start in the spring
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Engineering, Research & Development
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted in the fall, programs start in the spring
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Biotechnology
  • Disciplines: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Data Science, Computer Science, Bioinformatics or related disciplines or related disciplines
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Market Access Pharma
  • Target group: Excellent university degree in health economics / politics or in economic sciences / natural sciences / medicine with a focus on / postgraduate studies in healthcare
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Trainee Manufacturing Operations/Quality Vaccines
  • Target group: Above-average university degree (PhD preferred) in a natural science field, e.g. microbiology, virology, biochemistry or pharmacy, or an engineering field, e.g. bioprocess engineering, pharmaceutical technology or chemical technology / process engineering
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application: 3-step application process: online application, telephone interview, assessment center
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Market Access
  • Target group: University graduates from the disciplines Economics, Natural Sciences, Computer Ccience, or Health Economics
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Trainee Commercial Future Leaders
  • Target group: University graduates from the disciplines Economics, Natural Sciences or Health Economics
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Market Access, Marketing and Sales
  • Target group: University graduates from Marketing/Economics or Natural Sciences with additional training in Marketing/Business Administration
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharmaceutical and chemical industry
  • Job sector: Engineering, Research & Development
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Application period: Program starts in September; recruitment process starts in October/November the preceding year
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Marketing, Commercial, Supply Chain, Research & Development, Quality, Regulatory & Compliance, Group Procurement, Human Ressources
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: The programs start on various dates throughout the year
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Application period: Program starts in June; selection process 4-6 month prior to these dates
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Trainee Programs suitable for Natural Scientists: Medical, Marketing, Market Access, Commercial
  • Target group: Master or PhD in the Natural Sciences, Pharmacy or Medicine
  • Duration: 18 months (for "Commercial" 36 months)
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Recent university graduate (max. 2 years of work experience) in pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, engineering and management
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Marketing, Market Access, Pharmacy, Engineering, Materials Management or Medicine.
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: BA, MA, PhD graduates
  • Duration: 2-3 years
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: Life science or data science graduates with preferably a MBA and/or PhD
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Industrial Affairs
  • Target group: Master's degree or PhD in the fields of natural sciences, pharmacy, medicine or engineering
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Start of program: 1 March
  • Application: 3-step application process: online application, telephone interview, assessment center
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Medical Marketing
  • Target group: University degree in the natural sciences with additional business knowledge or business degree with at least six months of pharmaceutical industry experience and/or knowledge of the natural sciences
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Start of program: 1 April
  • Application: 3-step application process: online application, telephone interview, assessment center
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Chemical Industry
  • Job sector: Engineering, Business & Corporate
  • Target group: PhD in Natural Sciences or Politics
  • Duration: 18-24 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Chemical Industry
  • Job sector: Engineering, Business & Corporate
  • Target group: Above average PhD in chemistry, polymer chemistry, or physical chemistry and a broad range of experience in polymer physics, materials science, polymer synthesis, or polymer characterization
  • Duration: 18-24 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Specialty Chemicals
  • Job sector: Engineering, Natural Sciences
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Consulting, IT Services, Professional Services
  • Target group: University graduates
  • Duration: 6-8 weeks
  • Application period: Please check out the webpage and the different programs
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Consulting
  • Target group: PhD holders or university graduates with an MBA from a prestigious business school
  • Duration: 2-3 years
  • Application period: Applications are possible at any time, they should be sent 6 months before the planned starting date
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Consulting
  • Target group: University graduates (Diploma, Master's or Bachelor's degree) in the fields of business administration, economics, computer science or natural sciences and interest in economic contexts
  • Duration: 12 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Job sector: Inhouse Consulting
  • Target group: University graduates (ideally PhD) with dual qualification in natural sciences/engineering and economics
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Consulting, Professional Services
  • Relevant trainee programs for PhD students: Technology Transformation
  • Target group: University degree in business informatics, business administration, industrial engineering or natural sciences with initial IT experience or a strong interest in technology
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Start of the program: 1 April and 1 October
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry:Business Software, Cloud Computing
  • Job sector: Process, strategy and technology consulting
  • Target group: Above-average university degree (Bachelor's/Master's) and if not, a good explanation - preferably in IT and/or economics
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Automotive industry
  • Job sector: IT
  • Target group: Academic degree in Information Technology (or closely related studies majoring in IT) with good achievements
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Start of the program: 1 September
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Banking
  • Job sector: IT
  • Target group: Above-average academic degree in informatics, business informatics, business administration, economics or (business) mathematics, physics or a good degree in another business/mathematics-related field of study
  • Duration: 12-15 months
  • Application period: Applications are possible at any time, they should be sent 3-6 months before the planned starting date
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Personal Health & Health Systems
  • Job sector: Engineering, IT, Software Development, Research, Strategy
  • Target group: Recent or soon to be university graduates
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Lab Equipment, Scientific Technology
  • Job Sector: IT
  • Target group: Master's degree in MIS, Computer Science, IT
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Program start: 1 July
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: IT Consulting
  • Target group: Successfully completed technical or science studies with a distinct IT affinity
  • Application period: Unsolicited applications are always possible
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Semiconductor Industry
  • Job sector: Engineering, Development
  • Target group: University graduates (with a maximum of 12 months of relevant work experience)
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available, each program vacancy will be open for 2 weeks
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Pharma
  • Target group: University degree (Bachelor, Master, Diploma) in a technical engineering field
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Application period: Application deadlines vary depending on the start of the program
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Imaging
  • Job sectors: Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Quality & Research, Medical Technology, Consumer Markets
  • Target group: Above average university degree (maximum of 3 years of job experience)
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Application period: Start of the program in October, positions are posted in the spring
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Metals
  • Job sectors: Engineering
  • Target group: Exceptional university degree in the field of automation engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electrical engineering, process engineering, business administration with a technical background, material science, quality, safety & health or comparable qualifications
  • Duration: 18 months
  • Application period: Nov-Feb for the start of the program in March
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Personal Health & Health Systems
  • Job sector: Engineering, IT, Software Development, Research, Strategy
  • Target group: Recent or soon to be university graduates
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Conglomerate
  • Job sector: Manufacturing, Information Technology, Engineering, IoT, Technical Sales, Logistics
  • Target group: University graduates or PhD holders
  • Duration: 12-24 months
  • Application period: New positions are posted when available
  • Link to Webpage

  • Industry: Engineering & manufacturing: Automotive industry
  • Target group: Above average university degree
  • Duration: 15 months
  • Application period: Programs start in July and October
  • Link to Webpage

  • Job Sector: Public Agency
  • Target group: University degree; nationality/citizenship of an EU member state, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • Duration: 5-9 months
  • Application period: Call for applications opens in November
  • Link to Webpage

  • Job Sector: Public Agency
  • Target group: University degree; nationality/citizenship of an EU member state, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
  • Duration: 5 months
  • Application period: Call for applications opens in January for traineeships starting in October and in July/August for traineeships starting in March the next year
  • Available places: Around 650 per application cycle
  • Link to Webpage