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StartUp Cross trainee programme

Ideal for you if you want to embark on an international career straight away.

StartUp Cross trainee programme

Ideal for you if you want to embark on an international career straight away.

As an internationally minded graduate, the StartUp Cross trainee programme offers you the perfect stepping stone into the diverse and international world of Volkswagen. You can gain international experience while working on exciting projects immediately after completing your studies.

StartUp Cross – Quickly explained

  • Target group: University graduates with no more than one years’ professional experience
  • Start: The call for applications and start of StartUp Cross jobs take place all year round
  • Duration: The trainee programme modules take 18 months in total


You must meet the following requirements to qualify for the StartUp Cross trainee programme:

  • Successfully completed studies
  • Final grade at least "good” (a result that exceeds the average requirements considerably)
  • Suitable study length
  • Minimum international stay of 4 months during your studies (internship or semester abroad)
  • Relevant internships
  • Max. 1 year work experience
  • Language skills (English, another foreign language would be an advantage)
  • Strong team spirit, ability to work on own initiative, flexibility, mobility, commitment and entrepreneurial mindset

With the StartUp Cross programme, you will really get to know Volkswagen over the 18 months – including three months at one of our locations abroad. A personal mentor from management and our StartUp Cross team will be on hand to provide support throughout your training period. A mentor from the trainee community will also lend you support.

Roadmap for the trainee programme

The StartUp Cross programme consists of five different modules. You will really get to know Volkswagen and its many facets and get the best possible start with us.

Volkswagen makes a strong case for itself

Find out here about the many advantages and excellent opportunities available to Volkswagen employees, which only a global corporation can offer.*

*possibly depending on location and activity

Your benefits

The inside story

Who could be better qualified to provide a clear and credible report about our StartUp Cross trainee programme than trainees at Volkswagen? Take a look here at three interesting reports.


StartUp Cross trainee in IT


StartUp Cross trainee in Procurement

I was really impressed with the flexible structure of the trainee programme.
StartUp Cross trainee in IT


StartUp Cross trainee in IT

Impressed? Then apply now.


Current positions:

You will find all the latest positions available for the StartUp Cross programme in our job portal. Should you not find a suitable trainee offer, simply check back at a later time or activate the push notification (Job Agent).

Is this your first time to apply to us?

Not a problem: to make sure you get it right we can tell you first how it works.

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Still have questions? We have listed and answered the most frequently asked questions here. 

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