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Students and graduates

Students and graduates

Get an early start to your career

Whether you’re still at university or have just graduated, Airbus offers programmes that provide valuable work experience and may open the door to a career at Airbus.

Internships

Internships and final year thesis

We offer internships to students from a variety of academic backgrounds.

Airbus internships are primarily available in France, Germany, Spain and the UK. They provide a unique insight into potential career paths in the company. You have the option of working in disciplines such as engineering, manufacturing, supply chain, human resources (HR), finance, information technology (IT) and communications.

To qualify, you must be enrolled in a university and be looking for a placement that will last between three months and one year.

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At Airbus, our business language is English, so you must have a sufficient level to be able to communicate with your colleagues. Depending on the internship you apply for, you may also need to speak another language. Other entry requirements may differ from country to country.

If you are a non-EU citizen, you may need to obtain a work visa, which will add processing time to your application.

Internships in France

To quality for an internship in France, you must be enrolled in a university that has signed or is willing to sign the Airbus training agreement (“convention de stage”). An internship must last between three and six months.

The ability to work in both an English and French-speaking environment is essential.

We welcome applications from final-year students at engineering and business management schools. Subjects must be chosen in accordance with your final-year project and be part of your personal career objective. Interviews are conducted in French and possibly English, depending on the role.

The disciplines in which we tend to recruit each year are:

  • Aeronautical/Mechanical/Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Flight Physics
  • Computer Sciences
  • Fluid Dynamics/Aerodynamics
  • Supply Chain & Logistics/Procurement
  • Human Resources
  • Finance/Business Studies
  • Marketing/Communications

We recommend that you apply at least four months in advance.

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Internships in Germany

To qualify for an internship, a final-year thesis project or a working student position in Germany, you must be enrolled in university and able to work in an English- and German-speaking environment.

Completing an internship at Airbus can improve your chances of being accepted into one of our graduate programmes.

We recommend that you apply four to six months in advance to give us adequate time to process your application. Sometimes, a few internships are open at short notice as well.

If you are undertaking the internship on a voluntary basis, i.e. not as a compulsory requirement of a study programme, the maximum duration is three months. If you wish to complete your compulsory internship, please include the relevant excerpt from your study regulations/guidelines with your application. Afterwards, a voluntary internship of up to three months is possible.

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Internships in the UK

Our 2020 UK Internships are now open for applications! 

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If you are looking for an opportunity to expand your skillset and get hands-on experience in a vibrant working environment, then Airbus may be for you.

Lasting between six to twelve months, our UK based internships give you crucial industry experience whilst allowing you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice.  By making the most of the skills and knowledge you gain you can improve your chances of landing your dream job on our graduate scheme!

Our internship roles are mainly located at our UK sites in Filton, Bristol and Broughton, near Chester for Commercial Aircraft or Stevenage, Portsmouth and Newport for Defence and Space.

We look for individuals, who are highly motivated and have exceptional team working skills, as well as being able to work on their own initiative.  If you also have a creative mind and an eagerness to work with us to co-create the future of Airbus, then now is the time to apply.

Selection will depend on your academic achievements as well as other attributes such as ICT, digital and data management skills, analytical reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

 

 

Areas of opportunities

We recruit from a wide variety of disciplines which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Internships in Spain

We provide internships for recent graduates. Internship positions are available all year-round. There are opportunities to work as an intern in all areas of Airbus, including engineering, manufacturing engineering, operations, customer services, IT and support functions.

Our Spanish internships generally last 12 months, full time. You must be able to work in a Spanish and/or English-speaking environment.

 

Apply for an internship in Spain

Questions about internships?

Here you'll find answers to the most frequently asked questions about internships at Airbus. If you don't find all the information you are looking for, don't hesitate to contact our former and current interns directly by using the "Insiders" app below. You can also check the FAQ part on the page "How to apply."

What document do I need for my application?

Please upload your CV, a cover letter (please type it into the free text field rather than attach the document), relevant certificates and your university grades.

For Germany only: please also upload a current certificate of enrolment, except from your study regulations/guidelines if it is a compulsory internship 

What is the maximum length of an internship?

Internships at Airbus usually last three months or more. 

For Germany only: after completing a compulsory internship, it is possible for students to undertake a voluntary internship of up to three months.

Can I undertake an internship if it is not a mandatory part of my studies? (Germany only)

Yes, it is possible. However please note that if you are undertaking the internship on a voluntary basis during your studies, i.e. not as a compulsory requirement of a study programme, the maximum duration is 3 months.

Can I apply to an internship even though I'm not a student?

Please consider that for our published internship positions in France, Germany and the UK, candidates need to be enrolled in a university for the whole time of the working contract in order to be considered for the internship position.

Can I apply for more than one position in parallel?

You can certainly apply for more than one position at the same time, but it doesn’t necessarily increase your chances of being selected. We strongly advise that you only apply for positions that truly fit your skills and experience, and that you provide as much information about yourself as possible in your online application. Therefore, you need to create your own profile in your candidate account, which you can use for all your applications within our company.

Is it possible to write a final thesis after doing an internship?

In principle, this is possible and often topics arise during internships. However, we cannot give any information about whether it is possible in a specific case, as this must be clarified with the department in question at the appropriate time.

Is it possible to start the internship later than written in the job posting?

The start date can be adjusted slightly after a consultation with the department. You will get more detailed information from the department if you get invited to an interview. Please let us know your availability in your cover letter. 

How can I apply if I cannot find the right internship?

You can create your candidate account and set up a job alert in order to find out about new offers matching your search criteria.

Our interns are passionate about engineering. Read why !


" International cooperation is vital in order to achieve a company’s highest goals: here I learnt to share, plan and collaborate in a multicultural team".

Isabelle - International Cooperation Organisation Intern, Toulouse

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"Airbus strongly believes in young engineers and scientists for a better tomorrow and humankind. A perfect working environment where diversity and professionalism drive innovation".

Jorge - VIE A350 XWB Configuration Management, Germany

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"Engineering is like mountaineering… I want to engineer the future because of all those summits in our world waiting to be reached.

Laura - Engineering intern

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"Responsibility and trust are key aspects when designing the future of aircrafts. Here at Airbus, you actively contribute to develop the business and feed your ambitions with excitment".

Viveik - Engineering student at Single Aisle Family aircraft, Toulouse

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"The challenge of breaking down barriers, of pushing the limits of mankind. The childish dream of achieving the impossible.

Carmen & Juan - Engineering intern

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"Financial investments play a key role in the development of a company. This I have truly learnt as part of the Capital Expenditure Management Team.”

Afef - Working Student in the Cabin New Development Team, Hamburg

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"Science is the key to grasp the poetry of nature, engineering is the stepping stone to write your own piece of literature.”

Ignacio - Engineering intern

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Student awards & competitions

Student awards & competitions

Whether you are a Bachelor, a Master or a PhD student, Airbus has an innovative challenge for you!

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Graduate programmes

Airbus Graduate Programmes

Airbus offers a variety of graduate programmes across its three divisions: Airbus, Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Defence and Space.

A range of opportunities

For graduates, several opportunities exist, from gaining experience in an international environment to structured entry programmes across different technical and business areas.

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UK Graduate Programme

Our 2020 UK Graduate Programme is now open for applications! 

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We are looking for graduates with commitment and enthusiasm who want to be part of a high-tech, innovative and global organisation. Our graduate programme will prepare you with the skills you need to progress and develop your talents.

With Airbus, you will be taking the first small steps towards an exciting career. Our two-year Graduate Programme (three years for finance positions) allows you to play a pivotal role in current and future projects within either our commercial aircraft or defence & space divisions.

Airbus graduates have a fantastic chance to learn invaluable skills whilst developing personal and technical abilities. During the programme, you will build a comprehensive understanding of what we do and how we do it. The focused training and structured placements ensure you are fully equipped for your future career at Airbus.

It’s not only engineers we are looking for! The world is changing fast and we are also seeking graduates to help us to develop our cyber and digital capabilities. Additionally, we need graduates to join us in finance, HR, ICT, marketing, sales, project management and procurement roles. Our opportunities are located across the UK including sites in Filton (Bristol) and Broughton (near Chester) for Commercial Aircraft, and Portsmouth, Stevenage & Newport for Defence & Space.

We offer a flexible programme, allowing you the chance to tailor your experience to combine a number of rotational placements with specialist training in the UK, as well as opportunities for European and international placements.

We are looking for high-achieving, motivated graduates who are fluent in written and spoken English. If you share our passion for what Airbus does and show a drive for excellence then this is your chance to be part of the next chapter of our unique and exciting story.

 

Training and development

From day one, you will be assigned to a particular department and will be guided through the various placement opportunities that exist within your function and the wider business. The programme includes core technical and behavioural training elements that will form an integral part of your learning and help you become familiar with the company and its culture.

Placements in Defence & Space allow you to be involved in one of our graduate projects which means you can either work on a short technical project or work with various universities to develop key relationships with future graduates.

Within Commercial Aircraft, graduates are encouraged to study towards professional accreditation and will often be supported financially to do this. It means you could work towards chartered status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the IET or the Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society. Chartership can also be achieved from bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

You will also have considerable support during the scheme to ensure that your overall learning experience will complement your future career.

 

Salary & Benefits

£27,000 (plus £2,000 welcome payment)

Membership of the company pension scheme

25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays

Flexible working

Extensive support, guidance and training through the programme

Financial support to achieve Chartership status and professional membership of an appropriate institution (Commercial Aircraft) 

Special Technical Master's programmes in Spain

If you are a graduate in Engineering, have an excellent academic background, high level of English, passion for aviation and are interested in Airbus, you could be the right candidate for one of our Special Technical Master's programmes.

These programmes include 1 year of study in a special Master's degree at a participating university and a 1-year Airbus internship in an area related to your degree. Airbus experts helped design the Master's programmes and they teach some of the courses. You can choose from the following Master's programmes:

 

  • MASI - Master in Aircraft System Integration 

It takes place in the University Carlos III in Madrid. It gives the student knowledge about Fundamentals, Generalization and Experimentation of Aircraft’s Systems, for 90 ECTS credits. For this Master, Airbus is looking for Master students in Aeronautic/Aerospatiale, Industrial, Telecommunication, and Computer Engineering. The selection process takes place between October and January, to start in February, so if you are interested, prepare your CV! We are waiting for you.

Click here to visit  the University portal of the Master.

 

  • Master in Airframe Technology

It takes place in the University Carlos III in Madrid. It gives students knowledge about Advanced Design and Calculation of Aircraft Structures, for 60 ECTS credits. For this Master, Airbus is looking for Master Students in Aeronautic/Aerospatiale, Industrial, and Civil Engineering. The selection process takes place between September and December, to start in January, so if you are interested, prepare your CV and join us!

Click here to visit  the University portal of the Master.

 

  • Master in Composites 

It takes place in the University Politécnica in Madrid. It gives student knowledge about Design, Manufacture and Certification of the Composite Structures, for 90 ECTS credits. For this Master, Airbus is looking for Master Students in Aeronautic/Aerospatiale, Industrial, Industrial Organization, and Telecommunication Engineering. The selection process takes place between May and September. The Master starts in October and the internship in January. So if you are interested, prepare your CV and get on board! 

Click here to visit  the University portal of the Master.

 

  • Master in Global Supply Chain & Aeronautical Industrial Operations

It takes place in the University Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieria in Sevilla. It gives student knowledge about Materials, Manufacturing, Engineering Operations, Aerostructure Assembly, Production, Quality and Supply Chain Management, for 80 ECTS credits. For this Master, Airbus is looking for Master Students in Aeronautic/Aerospatiale, Industrial, Telecommunication, Naval, Roads, Canals, Ports, Civil Engineering. The selection process takes place between July and October, to start in November, so if you are interested, prepare your CV and fly with us!  

Click here to visit  the University portal of the Master.

 

We also offer an aeronautical MBA with the EOI (Escuela de Organización Industrial) in Madrid and in Sevilla. The program includes:

  • A one year granted internship in one of the business or transversal areas of the company. According to your profile, you will be assigned to one of the following management areas: Marketing, Manufacturing, Quality, Logistic, Quality or Procurement.
  • Simultaneously with the internship you will be attending the academic lectures at EOI Business School.You will be trained in specific skills of Business Administration in the aeronautical industry.

For this MBA, Airbus is looking for graduates (Bachelor or Master) in Aeronautic/Aerospatiale, Industrial, or IT Engineering. They should have a negotiation level in English and Spanish.

The applications takes place through the Foundation SEPI.

Volunteer for International Experience (VIE) programme

The Airbus Volunteer for International Experience (VIE) programme is a great start to your career because it enables you to gain valuable, paid work experience internationally in a technical or business function.

Assignments are located worldwide and typically last between one and two years. They are within one of our technical or business functions including engineering, manufacturing or support functions such as finance, marketing and HR.

We look for highly motivated graduates who are citizens of the EU (including Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and have fulfilled their country’s military service obligations, if required. Ideally, applicants are from an engineering or business school with an innovative mindset and a deep desire to learn. Some experience working abroad is useful, fluency in English is essential and knowledge of other relevant languages is an advantage.

VIEs can start their work experience at different times of the year depending on specific project requirements. A great range of benefits includes a tax-free salary (€1,200-3,200 per month, depending on country), 2.5 days of paid leave per month, medical insurance and pension contribution. 

The VIE programme is run by Business France in conjunction with Airbus. Business France manages all the administrative aspects of the assignment and ensures that the students’ rights are protected.

Ph.D. Opportunities

This three-year programme offers postgraduate students an opportunity to gain commercial experience working on a research project that contributes towards their Ph.D. thesis.

Do your research with us

The Airbus Ph.D. opportunities offer you the chance to combine research with the development of practical solutions to genuine Airbus needs.

You will be employed by Airbus on a three-year limited contract, splitting your time between the company and the laboratory: studying, researching and gaining work experience. The research element contributes towards your Ph.D. thesis.

You will need an engineering or business school background and a relevant master’s degree or equivalent and can be any nationality.

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International Scholarship Programme

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Get off a flying start with Airbus study support

We are looking for future talents for future challenges.

The Airbus scholarship programme is specifically addressed to highly motivated bachelor’s students of technical and IT-related courses of studies, who are aiming for a master’s degree within less than one year.

You will benefit from an international network, expert coaching for personal and professional development, exclusive insights into our company and promising prospects for the future.  


Scholarship programs include many advantages, among them:

  • Individual support and career advice
  • Professional mentoring
  • Opportunities to gain practical experience
  • €300 financial support per month (applies only for bachelor’s/master’s students)
  • Participation in events / workshops

 

Scholarship benefits

Learn more about the four pillars that build the framework.

Personal Development

Further education is a significant cornerstone of the programme. There are two seminars every year: focusing on technical expertise on current Airbus topics as well as on personality development skills.

Furthermore, the scholarship holders will have the opportunity to participate in air shows, such as ILA, and events on local Airbus sites. These events also offer the possibility to exchange experiences with alumni and mentors.    

Mentoring

Each scholarship holder is assigned a personal mentor as contact person and adviser. The mentor is selected according to the scholarship holder's professional abilities so as to provide full support for his or her interests. The mentoring programme can be seen as a starting point for successful networking and career development at Airbus.

Company Insights

The programme offers support in finding internships, thesis and work experience. Orientation visits in departments are also possible. There will be regular personal development talks as well as advice on career planning and entry opportunities. 

Financial Support

The scholarship holders receive monthly financial support of €300 for the entire duration of their study.

Scholarship requirements

Learn more about what it takes to join our scholarship programme.

Hard Skills

The perfect candidate who wants to enroll for a scholarship, should:

  • Be enrolled at a university and set to start a master’s course within less than one year
  • Demonstrate above-average academic achievements
  • Have gained practical experience (e.g. internship)
  • Have international experience

 

Studied the following or related subjects:

  • Aeronautics
  • Logistic / Supply Chain Management
  • Informatics / Big Data / Data Science & Analytics
  • Software / Digital / IT Systems Engineering
  • Simulation Technology
  • Manufacturing or Industrial Engineering
  • Mechatronics or Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering       

Soft Skills

We’re looking for students who:

  • Have extracurricular interests and activities
  • Set themselves ambitious goals
  • Enjoy working on challenging tasks in an international environment
  • Get enthusiastic about our company and its products

Scholarship application process

This is a checklist to help you prepare your application and keep track of the timeline and application deadline:

  • Motivation letter to highlight your personality & motivation
  • Curriculum Vitae / Résumé
  • Recommendation letter from professor & others
  • Current transcript of results
  • High school diploma
  • Internship / working student references
  • Other relevant certificates or documents 

Timeline and application process 

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