Working at the Robert Bosch Stiftung

Opportunities for Graduates

Trainees and Guest Students Will Find Just What They Are Looking For

Have you successfully completed your degree and are now looking to start your professional life? If so, apply to the Robert Bosch Stiftung and take your first career steps with us. If you are interested in joining us as a trainee or as a guest student, we would be delighted to welcome you on board.

Our trainee program is aimed at motivated and ambitious university graduates with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree who wish to gain practical insight into the field of foundation management. Those who have just graduated or who have already gained their first professional experience can get their career off to a flying start at the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
 

The Trainee Program at the Robert Bosch Stiftung – Structure and Program at a Glance

Length: 24 months – broken down as follows:

  • Five months each in two different specialist areas
  • Two months in strategic communication
  • Two months in the corporate department
  • One month in human resources
  • Three months at an external placement (e.g. at a partner organization in Germany or abroad)
  • Six months for a further practical phase (e.g. working on a special project)

You will initially be on a two-year contract. You will be based in Stuttgart. We aim to offer you a permanent position at the end of the two years.

What We Are Looking For

  • A university degree in a subject in the humanities, social sciences, or economics; above-average grades; initial practical experience in the world of work
  • Proven placement abroad (min. six months) and extracurricular involvement
  • High level of social and intercultural competence, coupled with dedication and a desire to learn
  • Outstanding conceptual and analytical skills as well as an entrepreneurial outlook and leadership potential
  • A responsible nature, the ability to work independently, initiative, and team spirit
  • Outstanding German and English (written and spoken); other foreign languages are advantageous


What We Offer

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the workings and funding profile of a private foundation working in the public domain by means of an in-depth induction phase
  • Systematic development of your specialist and management expertise thanks to a wide range of assignments in projects and day-to-day work
  • Active support in expanding your skills by means of a wide variety of training programs
  • Appropriate remuneration


If you are a good fit with the Foundation, you will be offered a permanent position.

Start your career with the Robert Bosch Stiftung and find out about our current trainee vacancies.

If you have any questions about completing a trainee program with us, please contact Ms. Jennifer Schulze.


Actual information about trainee vacancies

According to what we now know, we have only vacant positions in autumn of 2018. The job advertisment is online expected at the beginning of 2018. Till then an application for the trainee program is not possible.

Our cross-foundation trainee program is aimed at motivated and ambitious university graduates with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree who wish to gain practical insight into the field of foundation management. This trainee program is a product of partnerships with seven other foundations. Those who have just graduated and who have already gained their first professional experience can get their career off to a flying start at the Robert Bosch Stiftung.
 

Your Cross-Foundation Trainee Program – Aimed at Graduates with Some Professional Experience

Together with seven other foundations, the Robert Bosch Stiftung is offering a cross-organizational trainee program for motivated and ambitious entry-level professionals who would like to get to know how foundations work and how they are managed. As part of the cross-foundation program, you will learn about where and how the Robert Bosch Stiftung works as well as two additional foundations. In so doing, you will be actively involved in the day-to-day operations of support programs and take part in shaping and further developing their strategic directions. Moreover, you will learn the ins and outs of important administrative departments within the foundations. The program is complemented by accompanying development and goal discussions as well as training and continuing education.

Partner and Pool Foundations

The trainee program was developed as a collaboration project between four partner and pool foundations. Just like the Robert Bosch Stiftung, all partner foundations offer the opportunity to apply directly as a trainee during the submission period. You cannot apply directly to the pool foundations; these are available merely as external stations.

If you apply for the program with us and are selected, you will spend the majority of your time in the trainee program with the Robert Bosch Stiftung.

Your first external stint will be spent at one of our partner foundations:

  • Joachim Herz Stiftung
  • The Körber Foundation
  • Stiftung Mercator

For your second external stint, you can also choose from among the pool foundations. This includes:

  • BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
  • German Federal Environment Foundation
  • The Hertie Foundation
  • Klosterkammer Hannover
     

Your Trainee Program at the Robert Bosch Stiftung and Two Additional Foundations – Structure and Program at a Glance

The cross-foundation trainee program is spread out over 24 months. During this time, you will make stops in multiple departments of the Robert Bosch Stiftung as well as at two additional foundations. Along the way, you will become familiar with the inner workings of the foundations as well as important administrative departments like finance and controlling, communication, and human resources.

The trainee program is based on phases. The phases you will go through are orientation, qualification, and professionalization. As you progress through the phases, you will take on noticeably more responsibility in the project work.

Your initial contract will have a period of two years. Your workplace will vary depending on your current location. Your workplace during the phases at the Robert Bosch Stiftung will be Stuttgart.

Your Profile – What You Bring to the Table

  • A university degree (Diplom, Magister, or master’s degree) in the humanities, social sciences, or economics with above-average grades
  • Some professional experience
  • Proven placement abroad (min. six months) and extracurricular involvement
  • High level of social and intercultural competence, coupled with dedication and a desire to learn
  • Outstanding conceptual and analytical skills as well as an entrepreneurial outlook and leadership potential
  • A responsible nature, the ability to work independently, initiative, and team spirit
  • Outstanding German and English (written and spoken); other foreign languages are advantageous
     

What We Offer

  • Thorough orientation phase at the Robert Bosch Stiftung and at our partner and pool foundations
  • Systematic development of your specialist and management expertise thanks to a wide range of assignments in projects and day-to-day work
  • Active support in expanding your skills by participation in training programs
  • Comprehensive expertise regarding the operations and methodology of multiple foundations
  • Opportunity to establish a cross-foundation network through practical phases in several large German foundations
  • Appropriate remuneration

Earn qualifications for work with foundations with the Robert Bosch Stiftung and find out about our current trainee vacancies.

If you have any questions about completing a guest student placement with us, please contact Ms. Jennifer Schulze.

As a graduate of a master’s, bachelor’s, or Diplom degree in a humanities, social sciences, or economics subject, we can offer you an interesting transition from student life to working life in the form of a guest student placement at the Foundation. You can complete your guest student placement in one of our specialist areas, the communication or HR divisions, the corporate department, or our Berlin Representative Office.

 

The Most Important Information for Guest Students at a Glance

  • Length: Six months
  • Application deadline: Applications are accepted on a regular basis, depending on the vacancy concerned
  • Weekly working hours: 40 hours a week; vacation entitlement of ten days per half year
  • Certification: Detailed reference concerning your placement at the Robert Bosch Stiftung
  • Remuneration: €1,750 (gross) per month

 

What We Are Looking For

  • Excellent bachelor’s, Diplom, or master’s degree in a humanities, social sciences, or economics subject
  • Significant interest in the work of a foundation and issues/projects in the fields of public heath care, intercultural understanding, public welfare, education and childcare, and arts and culture, as well as the topics covered by our departments
  • Proficiency with MS Office and excellent German and English
  • Ability to work independently, team spirit, initiative, a willingness to accept responsibility, and good communication skills

If you are applying for a guest student placement in communication, you should also be able to demonstrate initial experience in this field (e.g. freelance work at a newspaper). If you are applying for a guest student placement in HR, you will require a degree in a business, economics, or social sciences subject or in a comparable subject with a focus on HR, as well as initial experience in the field of HR such as in the form of internships.

 

What to Expect

During your placement, you will get a detailed picture of the functioning and funding profile of a private foundation operating in the public domain. Your future role is dependent on the funding priorities and instruments in the area concerned.
Your Duties (Depending on the Specialist Area in Question)

  • Processing project inquiries/applications including budget planning/monitoring, and the monitoring of project conclusions
  • Database maintenance/data entry and archiving, as well as producing documentation/research on partner institutions and project topics
  • Involvement in the planning, organization, and implementation of events/mailing campaigns
  • Drawing up presentations, memoranda, and logs, as well as appointment coordination, telephone communication, and written correspondence
  • Attending events, preparing meetings, and looking after fellows and guests

 

What We Offer

  • In-depth induction, assistance, and support, e.g. in introductory, feedback, and final meetings with your personal mentor and/or head of department
  • Appropriate monthly remuneration and access to our training programs
  • Individual structuring of the placement and active involvement in day-to-day work

Depending on suitability and availability, you may be offered a permanent position at the end of your placement.

Would you like to complete a guest student placement at the Robert Bosch Stiftung? If so, find out what vacancies are currently available.

If you have any questions about completing a guest student placement with us, please contact Ms. Jennifer Schulze.

With a traineeship in online communication at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, you are laying the groundwork for a successful career. This traineeship, which lasts two years, gives you an opportunity to follow the traditional route into the field of communication and journalism.

 

Traineeship in Online Communication – Structure and Content at a Glance

Since 2015, our traineeship in online communication has been equipping trainees with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to work successfully and independently as an editor (focusing on online communication) in a communication or press department following their time with us.

Program Content

  • Internet: Concept development, editing, marketing, tracking, design, tools and technology
  • Intranet: Concept development, editing, employee communication, and social intranet
  • Social Media: Concept development, editing, community management, guidelines, monitoring, legal issues

You will also acquire professional expertise in the area of cross-media networking within online communication.

 

What We Are Looking For

  • A degree in media studies or communication
  • Initial relevant professional experience, such as in the field of press and public relations, preferably in online communication
  • An interest in new media and (initial) experience with content management systems
  • Knowledge of photo editing and proficiency with Photoshop advantageous; proficiency with MS Office essential
  • A way with words, a strong writing style, and good general communication skills
  • Independent working style, flexibility, strong organizational skills, and team spirit
  • Good German and English

 

What We Offer

  • Extensive training in online communication and the necessary tools and equipment
  • An exciting position and valuable insight into the many different departments of the Foundation
  • Involvement with future-oriented topics and a varied field with plenty of room for creativity
  • External placements in online communication
  • Appropriate level of remuneration and an intensive and extensive induction thanks to our numerous training and professional development programs (e.g. trainee courses)

Depending on suitability and availability, you may be offered a permanent position at the end of your placement.

Do you see yourself as an online communication trainee at the Robert Bosch Stiftung? If so, find out what vacancies are currently available.

If you have any questions about completing a traineeship with us, please contact Ms. Franco-Pérez.