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The ZEISS trainee program

Want to take on responsibility fast? And develop an in-depth understanding of a global technology leader's markets, products, and networks without wasting any time? The ZEISS Global Graduate Program (GGP) allows you to create a tailored, international trainee program to suit you. A program where the focus is squarely on your personal development toward your future role. You will rotate between various departments, expand your global networks during your placement abroad, and be put in charge of your own projects right from the start – this is the ZEISS Global Graduate Program.

The Global Graduate Program: An Overview

That’s how you develop from the start of the program to the target position in 15 months.

What you can expected

The 15-month-long GGP will see you rotating between three or four different ZEISS departments across the company's different business areas. Your future role and personal preferences will determine which departments you work at. And as a trainee, you'll also spend time outside the country in which you'll assume your future role. What's more, two "base camps" will be run at the company HQ in Oberkochen complete with training, workshops and guided tours. And all of this will be done to help you perform your future role in the best possible way - and you can apply for it directly after the program.

The program always begins in October, with new vacancies normally posted in the spring.

General Requirements
  • You have an above-average degree
  • You have no more than three years of professional experience (including internships)
  • You have excellent cooperation and team skills, and a structured and results-oriented approach to your work
  • You are flexible enough to work at various locations across the world
  • Ideally, you have some international experience
  • You have excellent English skills
Selection Process

The selection process takes place in several stages. 
In the video, Mariia, now a trainee in the Business Service & Infrastructure area, tells us about her experience during the application process.

Stages of the Selection Process
  1. Online application
  2. Online test
  3. Phone interview
  4. On-site interview day
  5. Employment offer
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ZEISS is technology. ZEISS is optics and innovation. We develop, manufacture and sell highly innovative products and solutions for our customers in a variety of business fields.

  • Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology
  • Industrial Quality & Research
  • Medical Technology
  • Consumer Markets

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