Make a difference right from the start. Traineeships at Covestro Germany.

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Above all else, we are interested in your personality and your attitude. Be courageous. Question the way we do things. Together with you, we want to celebrate achievements and mistakes alike, push boundaries, and develop ideas that make the world a brighter place.

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Traineeships at Covestro: Become a better expert - faster!

Six sites throughout Germany and more than 7,000 new colleagues who will help you master the challenges of our time – and those of the future.

Are you ready to contribute your knowledge and ideas as part of one of our traineeships? Then find the program that suits you best and become #1ofus

International Trainee Program for Innovation

Innovations are the key to our success and have the power to make a lasting difference. That’s why we are looking for ambitious graduates to strengthen our diverse team and break new ground with us.

What we offer

  • Scope: Product innovation-related functions
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Three to four placements in various regions, business areas and functions
  • Potential areas of focus: sustainability, alternative raw materials, composites, fire protection materials, CAE (computer-aided engineering), application process Technology

What you offer

  • (International) PhD from a recognized university with good results in chemical, polymer, materials science or Engineering
  • At least six months abroad (studies or internship)
  • Initial practical experience (e.g. internships)
  • Proven openness to new experiences and challenges

Your competencies

  • Interest in technical and general Management
  • Strategic thinking, with leadership ambition and potential
  • Strong, open-minded personality; team Player
  • Courage and a proven drive for Change


  • Excellent command of English
  • Ideally knowledge of German (not a prerequisite)
  • Further language skills are advantageous

What to expect

  • An understanding of how different areas of the company work together
  • The development of an interdisciplinary, internal network
  • Tailored development opportunities coupled with the support of an internal Mentor
  • Permanent employment contract

International Trainee Program Financial Management

On this 18-month trainee program, you will make a difference, learn about our entire Finance division, and build up your own network within the company. You will not only develop innovative financial solutions, but will also be responsible for implementing them.

What you offer

  • A bachelor’s degree with an additional qualification (e.g. apprenticeship, longer internships) or a master’s degree, preferably a double qualification (e.g. MBA)
  • Field of study: business administration, international business, or similar, with a focus on controlling, accounting, auditing and/or finance, or engineering management with a focus on economics
  • Initial work experience (e.g. through internships)

Your competencies

Next to your financial expertise, you’ll need the personality and passion to move our finances. Impress us with:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Curiosity for new experiences and challenges
  • Interest in further professional and personal self-development
  • The courage to question processes and structures
  • Strong communication skills
  • Enjoy working in diverse teams
  • An excellent command of German and English

What to expect

  • Duration of the trainee program: 18 months, including a six-to-eight-week placement abroad
  • Focus: Accounting, Corporate Controlling, or Business Unit Controlling
  • Procedure: participants will be assigned to different placements for two to eight weeks each:
    • Finance Academy / Onboarding
    • Two mandatory placements (Audit and Business Intelligence & Consolidation Solutions)
    • Three further mandatory placements in the field of accounting or controlling – depending on focus
    • Depending on individual interests and the planned target function, different optional placements in related areas; the participants plan these together with their mentor

Curious for more?

The trainee program and your subsequent role in our Accounting or Controlling department will open up a variety of individual career opportunities. Are you interested in switching to another division of the company in the future? Our international finance team – the CFO Community – offers you diverse opportunities, such as positions in Finance, Investor Relations, Marketing, and General Management. Your curiosity influences your development at Covestro. We will help you find the right path.

Trainee Program Marketing and Sales

Are you looking for an international career in sales or marketing? With our training program, you will become an expert in your field after 24 months. You will gain fascinating insights into marketing and sales while contributing your ideas in many different areas.

What you offer

  • You have a master’s degree with a focus on marketing and/or sales. A background in sciences is desirable, but not essential
  • You have already gained initial work experience through an internship, preferably in an industrial or chemical sector
  • You are curious, results-oriented, and always interested to find innovative solutions
  • You are characterized by excellent communication skills and you are a team player
  • Your strengths include commercial and strategic thinking
  • You are able to analyze and interpret information excellently
  • You have already demonstrated that you can work effectively with people from different countries and cultures
  • You are courageous, committed, and independent – and you can flexibly adapt to new challenges
  • You have an excellent command of English and German
  • International mobility is no problem for you

What to expect

  • Our international trainee program lasts 24 months. The focus is on marketing and sales and you choose your Focus
  • Procedure: after an onboarding period of four weeks, you will continue your training on a 12-month assignment to two departments in Germany. You will then spend
  • several months in one of our international locations. On your return, you’ll prepare a business case for the role you’ll take on at the end of the program.
  • Depending on your personal focus, you’ll be assigned to three marketing departments and one sales department, or vice versa

Trainee Program Process Control Technology

Are you someone who always wants to know why? If so, you will be a perfect fit for our colleagues in the Process Control Technology (PCT) department. You will not only be implementing proven technical standards and maintaining our production equipment, but will also be optimizing our processes and control systems on an ongoing basis.

What you offer

  • You have completed a master’s degree or a PhD in electrical engineering, achieving above-average results
  • Your major field of study was automation or energy technology
  • You have gained relevant professional experience through internships, ideally abroad
  • You are open-minded, have outstanding communication skills, and enjoy working within diverse teams
  • You approach challenges with curiosity and have the courage to question and improve our production processes
  • You have an excellent command of German and English, both written and spoken
  • You would relish the opportunity to complete part of the trainee program abroad

What to expect

  • Over a period of 18 months, you will gain an insight into a variety of different areas, including operations, maintenance, and process control system optimization
  • Procedure: you will work in four different PCT departments, spending three months in each, and will also complete a placement abroad. You will also attend a series of specialist seminars and training sessions to match your interests and skill set
  • You will support our PCT planning groups in Germany
  • You will also assist with global projects and take over your first own projects
  • You will implement and enhance global standards and proven processes at our local sites and develop process control, automation, and functional safety procedures
  • Using state-of-the-art technology and working in close cooperation with colleagues on-site, you will optimize process control systems in our production departments

Trainee Program Information Technology

“IT in a chemicals company? Really?” – Sure! With your expertise, you will support different teams in the areas of production, research, sales, and marketing with topics such as automation, digitization, and networking. You will be responsible for the smooth operation of our infrastructure, cooperate with renowned strategic IT partners, and help us to lift our global business processes to the next level.

What you offer

  • A master’s degree in information technology, computer science, business informatics, or similar. Alternatively, you hold a bachelor’s degree in one of the above, combined with relevant professional experience
  • You have already gained some initial work experience through an internship, preferably in an industrial or chemical sector
  • Languages: since you will be working within international teams, a strong command of English is required. Knowledge of German is a plus, but not essential

Apart from your IT expertise acquired during your studies and practical experience, we also put great emphasis on your personality and passion. With us, you will push boundaries while demonstrating your courage and curiosity. We look forward to your ideas.

What to expect

  • Within 18 months, you will gain a thorough insight into Covestro’s IT
  • You will pass through six to seven placements inside our company, including placements abroad
  • Potential areas of focus: we will familiarize you with our IT infrastructure, show you what matters in different roles when working on a project, and give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of digital trends and Technologies

Direct entry

Say goodbye to studying – say hello to practical experience. As a career starter at Covestro, you will immediately take on responsibility in exciting fields of work and challenging projects. You work with highly qualified and experienced colleagues whose support you can always count on.

Direct entry for engineers

Our innovative power is at the heart of our success. It takes curiosity, courage, and creativity to develop products and technologies which benefit society and reduce environmental impact. That’s why we are always looking for engineers with fresh ideas, visions, and ambition.

We are searching for candidates in the following specialist areas:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Process engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Building services engineering
  • Physical science engineering
  • Industrial engineering
  • Plastics engineering
  • Bioprocess engineering
  • Automation and materials engineering

Direct entry for scientists

Here at Covestro, we manufacture high-quality polymer materials that are found in pretty much every modern product. We seek intelligent technologies and solutions and constantly strive to make our materials even better. This is where scientists come in.

Entry opportunities for chemists

  • Chemists, especially polymer chemists (both organic and inorganic) and technical chemists for process research
  • Usually starting in the area of Research & Development
  • Other areas of entry: innovation departments, strategy departments, Industrial Marketing, and Patents/Intellectual Property
  • Industrial chemists in Industrial Marketing

Entry opportunities for physicists

  • Specialist fields: materials science, materials testing
  • Responsibilities: simulations/calculations

Entry opportunities for biotechnology experts

  • Field of study: bioprocess technology
  • Area of focus: biotechnological implementation of chemo-catalytic processes

Direct entry for IT experts

Do you share our passion for intelligently deployed bits and bytes and are you thrilled by the prospect of shaping and changing things? Do you want to make a lasting contribution to making the world a brighter place with your ideas and solutions? If so, then you might be a particular good fit for the IT at Covestro!

We are searching for candidates in the following specialist areas:

  • Computer science
  • Business sciences
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Industrial informatics
  • Environmental informatics and/or sciences with additional IT Expertise

Direct entry for business science graduates

You have completed your degree and now want to help shape commercial processes? Covestro offers you a range of opportunities – from accounting, tax, and finance through to logistics, controlling, planning, and consulting, up to informatics, marketing, sales, and HR.

We are searching for candidates in the following specialist areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Business sciences
  • Economic sciences

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