All of the schemes mentioned here are aimed at final year or postgraduate students and usually start in the autumn following the application closing date.
If you are interested in these types of schemes, it’s a good idea to be proactive and start to search for vacancies within any organisations that interest you as soon as possible. This list is a great place to start but it isn’t exhaustive, and there will be lots of other opportunities out there. Just start looking!
Not all of these organisations require a second language but they will look for evidence of a global outlook and a willingness to relocate abroad if required. Most offer a range of roles open to students from any degree discipline. Others will look for degrees in business, engineering or technical disciplines.
If you see a scheme that interests you, check out the organisation’s website for further details and closing dates.
- ABB: ABB is a global leader in power and automation technologies. They offer hundreds of entry-level opportunities worldwide and a number of learning possibilities through global and local graduate programmes.
- Adidas: The Adidas Group delivers state-of-the-art sports footwear, apparel and accessories. Adidas operates a Functional Trainee Programme (FTP) with numerous opportunities to build your ideal career.
- Allianz: Allianz Global Investors is a leading active investment manager, operating from 23 locations and 17 countries. Allianz offers candidates a 24-month programme combining a broad overview of the firm with specific on the job training and interpersonal skills training.
- Associated British Foods: Associated British Foods is a diversified international food, ingredients and retail group with sales of £13.4bn. With 130,000 employees and operations in 50 countries across Europe, Southern Africa, the Americas, Asia and Australia. They have opportunities across a variety of companies.
- AstraZeneca Operations and Information Services: AstraZeneca focus on the discovery, development, manufacturing and commercialisation of prescription medicines for some of the world’s greatest healthcare challenges. They offer a variety of programmes in both scientific and non-scientific business areas.
- BAE Systems: A global defence, aerospace and security company. BAE has a three year fast-track programme aimed at giving individuals a breadth and depth of knowledge from across multiple business areas. There are two streams within the programme: Business and Engineering.
- Beiersdorf Northern Europe Graduate Programme: Manufacturers of health and skin care products such as Nivea and Elastoplast. Beiersdorf offers an 18-24 month beyond borders trainee programme for graduates to gain insights into different departments and experience a six-month foreign placement.
- Bombardier: Bombardier is a leading aeroplane manufacturer. Their 18-month programme includes multiple tracks in functions such as engineering, logistics, business development, finance, human resources and IT/information services.
- BSH: BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe. Their 12-15 month trainee programme includes three months at a subsidiary abroad (China, India, the US and the Netherlands) learning the specific requirements and special features of the market in your respective country of deployment.
- Cargill European Graduate Programme: Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services with a commitment to reducing environmental impact. They offer a two-year development programme open to European graduates willing to travel, with the flexibility to relocate to other countries as part of their career development.
- Carlsberg: Carlsberg Group is the fourth largest brewer in the world. For information about possible graduate programmes, contact the local Carlsberg Group company in the country you are interested in working in.
- Damco: One of the world’s leading providers of freight forwarding and supply chain management services. Damco runs a two-year programme aimed at developing your skills as an international logistics professional.
- DB Schenker: DB Schenker offers global logistics expertise with a strong rail foundation. They have an 18-month programme where you can discover the world of logistics.
- Diageo European Graduate Programme: One of the world’s leading premium drinks manufacturers of well-known brands such as Guinness, Smirnoff and Johnnie Walker. Over three years you will receive on the job training and work on real projects.
- easyJet European Graduate Programme: British low cost airline carrier operating domestic and international flights. You will spend two years on rotational placements in operations including: IT, finance & procurement, product, strategy & implementation, network & pricing and HR.
- EON: An international privately owned energy supplier focussing entirely on renewables, energy networks and customer solutions. You will spend 24 months in placements at different group companies, at home and abroad, tailored to suit your background and personal interests.
- Ericsson: Leading lights in the digital revolution with one of the industry’s strongest patent portfolios. They offer a number of roles for graduates with strong academic abilities in engineering, IT, business and commerce.
- Expedia: The world’s largest online travel company. They regularly advertise recruitment opportunities on their website for graduates in a variety of roles.
- Goodyear Dunlop European Graduate Programme: One of the world's largest tyre manufacturers. You will work for one year in your chosen field undertaking one-week placements every 3 months in different departments in order to learn all aspects of the business process.
- Heineken International Graduate Programme: Manufacturers of some of the world’s leading brands of beer and cider. An 18 month programme with three six-month assignments in three different countries, within a specific function.
- IMI: A specialist engineering company designing, manufacturing and servicing engineered products that control the precise movement of fluids. A two-year programme with different rotations that will expose graduates to a range of projects and locations around the world.
- Infineon: Providers of semi-conductor and system solutions, focusing on energy, efficiency, mobility and security. Infineon offer a 12-24 month trainee programme, during which you will develop your skills in research & development, marketing, controlling, logistics or application engineering.
- Inter-Continental Europe Graduate Programme (IHG): Hospitality and hotel trade specialists. 24 months training in all areas of the industry.
- TUI: TUI (formerly known as Thompson), is a worldwide holiday firm operator. They offer 18-months experience in a wide variety of international assignments across the business sector.
- J P Morgan European Careers: A global banking and financial services company. Full time graduate opportunities are available in a variety of areas including finance, HR and technology.
- Jungheinrich: A world leader in the material handling equipment, warehousing and material flow engineering sectors. Jungheinrich offer a two-year programme for system/project management and general business graduates.
- Kingfisher: International retailer concentrated on the home improvement sector. They have various graduate programmes across their businesses to recruit and develop junior talent.
- Mars European Procurement Leadership Programme: Global chocolate, food, drink, confectionery and pet care company. A three-year programme, covering all aspects of the business, for students who are interested in being based in Germany. Mars offers international programmes in marketing and sales, group audit and engineering.
- Nestle: Manufacturers of a range of food and beverages including baby foods, pet care and confectionery.
- Nordisk: Global healthcare company specialising in diabetes care, haemophilia care, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. Nordisk offers 16 different graduate programmes in a variety of areas.
- Reckitt Benckinser European Graduate Programme: Producers of medicines, medical devices and hygiene related home products. RB have graduate programmes in sales & marketing, supply chain, finance and research & development.
- Red Bull European Graduate Programme: Red Bull offer a development programme that’s driven by what you need to learn and experience in order to succeed in your role. The Graduate Programme follows Red Bull’s self-directed development philosophy, where approx. 70% of your learning and development is derived from on the job experiences, 20% through feedback and relationships and the remaining 10% from formal training.
- Innogy: One of Europe’s leading electricity and gas companies. An 18-month traineeship, guided by personal mentors, takes you through various steps during which you have the opportunity to work on five to six challenging projects.
- Siemens: One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies. During the two-year program, you’ll be taking part in three demanding work assignments, each lasting eight months. The programmes highlight is the assignment abroad, which you complete at one of nearly 1,700 worldwide business locations.
- Sony European Graduate Programme: Leading producers in technology, content and services including music, film, mobiles, games and consumer electronics. Sony recruits talent from all over the world for training predominantly in Japan.
- Swire: Encompasses a diverse range of business sectors including property, aviation, agribusiness and food chain, marine services and trading and industrial. Swire has a range of intern and management trainee programmes.
- Telefonica Pan-European Graduate Programme: One of the world leaders in the telecommunications sector. Telefonica have graduate roles, apprenticeships and internships across Europe in a range of areas.
- TKMAX Europe: A global off-price fashion and homeware retailer. They have graduate programmes in merchandising & buying, business technology and finance.
- TomTom: A well-known provider of navigation solutions and location based applications. TomTom has a one year Global Graduate Programme where you gain the unique experience of being employed at an international company with the possibility of job rotation at another location.
- Veolia: Veolia designs and deploys solutions for water, waste and energy management. They have a 12-24 month programme for graduates (Pangeo) in engineering, sales development, finance and other support functions, offering paid international missions.
- Volvo: Provider of transport solutions including a range of trucks, construction equipment and buses. Their graduate programme runs for 12 months and includes a combination of common and individual graduate activities and day-to-day work at the home company. During the programme, you will also go on an international assignment abroad.
Public Sector Opportunities:
- Civil Service Fast Stream: The Civil Service Fast Stream helps graduates to make an impact on people’s lives in the UK and the world, working in areas including education, the economy, foreign affairs, defence policy, health and the environment.
- European Fast Stream and the Diplomatic Service: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) protects and develops British interests around the world, through the FCO in London and a network of 270 diplomatic posts in 160 countries.
- EU Institutions: Recruit for five month work experience opportunities called “stages”, which run twice a year. You can apply for administrative experience or translator experience. Translation requires a degree and two EU community languages as well as your mother tongue.
MI5, MI6 and GCHQ all employ linguists, but are particularly interested in graduates with fluent non-European language skills and cultural appreciation e.g. Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Russian. Visit their websites for further information:
- The Security Service (MI5): Is responsible for protecting the United Kingdom against threats to national security.
- The Secret Intelligence Service (SIS): Often known as MI6, collects Britain's foreign intelligence. SIS provides Her Majesty's Government with a global covert capability to promote and defend the national security and economic well-being of the United Kingdom.
- GCHQ: Based at a number of UK sites, GCHQ’s mission is to protect the country’s people, businesses and interests in the cyber age. They provide intelligence, protect information and inform relevant policy to keep UK society safe, secure and successful.
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