Trainee Program at ZFYour Career Opportunity

In our 15-month trainee program, you will become acquainted with work at ZF, rise to the challenges of a daily work routine, and apply the knowledge gained during your studies to successfully realize international projects.

Ready to take on at ZF

With our international trainee program, we prepare you for your job at ZF. You will become acquainted with our company at various domestic and international locations, independently process projects, and assume responsibility in your team. Your colleagues will always be available to support and advise you. As a result of your involvement in different departments, you will obtain cross-sectoral knowledge, which will enable you to establish a contact network throughout the entire ZF Group. We will provide you with important first-hand knowledge and skills for your job in our workshops and seminars on presentation techniques, project management, and intercultural communication. ZF offers permanent employment to all trainees who successfully complete the trainee program.
By the way: In addition to the generally structured trainee program, we also offer a sector-specific program in the fields of Purchasing/Logistics, Information Technology, Finance/Controlling, and Human Resources.

The trainee program

Duration and start

The 15-month ZF trainee program begins each year in October with an orientation week. During this time, you will meet the other trainees and will be introduced to the teamwork topic at ZF.

If you are interested in the generally structured trainee program, you can use the time as a trainee to find out which field of application at ZF is right for you. In the sector-specific program, you will work in different departments of your field and thus can prepare yourself in a targeted way for the later acceptance area defined during hiring.

The trainee projects

During your assignment as a trainee, you will participate in four projects, each carried out at a different location - including one international location. The projects will run for three to four months each; the first project will be specified by ZF, based on your studies. After that, you take over responsibility: You establish contact with the other departments, whose work you are interested in, and independently organize your schedule at the various locations. You will also be involved in a joint project with the other trainees of your group, which will run for the duration of the program, and which may be subsequently presented to the Board of Management, ZF Group.


Trainee program requirements

The objective of the international post-graduate trainee program is for participants to learn to work independently and to creatively and efficiently master the challenges of the daily work routine. You should therefore be able to work flexibly and independently. You should also fulfill the following requirements:

Course of studies

The program is primarily directed toward graduates of universities. Participants should have a good to very good Diploma or Master's degree or a specially qualified Bachelor degree in a technical or commercial study course at a college or university and be able to present documentation of relevant internships or research papers for the work at ZF. The ZF Group is a company with a focus on technology and technical issues and looks forward to welcoming applicants interested in these areas.


Our trainee program has an international focus and accepts only those applicants who have gathered international experience in the form of an internship, semester abroad, or similar, within the scope of their studies or post-graduate activities.

Language skills

Very good English and good German language skills are a basic requirement for acceptance to our program; the knowledge of additional foreign languages is an advantage.


Trainees are considered potential future managers by the ZF Group. Management positions require strong personalities. That's why we invite all trainee applicants who are on the shortlist to an Assessment Center in Friedrichshafen.


Information on the trainee program, person to contact, and contact details

ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Karin Kelber-Müller
Personal ZF-Konzern/Human Resources ZF Group
Trainee Programs & Strategic Vocational Training
88038 Friedrichshafen
Tel: +49 (0)7541 77-4854

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