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International graduate programme

Got what it takes?

Do you have a passion for our business and a global mindset?  Are you curious and eager to learn and to share experience with those around you at all levels?  Are you ready to move around the world as your career develops and feel you could be a future leader of our business?

If so, the Airbus International Graduate Programme (IGP) could be the perfect starting point for you.

Programme structure

The Airbus International Graduate Programme “IGP” is a two-year programme including work experience in different divisions (Commercial Aircraft, Defence & Space and Helicopters) and countries of Airbus as well as several development modules to build on your self-awareness, communication skills and knowledge of key drivers of change in our business such as digitalisation, innovation and inclusion. You will receive and give continuous feedback throughout the programme. 

This is a unique opportunity to broaden your horizons, and an ideal preparation for moving into positions – in either a managerial or specialist capacity – with a significant degree of responsibility.

IGP Programme Structure Update December 2018 DR / Airbus
Human Resources 10 December 2018

IGP Programme Structure Update December 2018

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Tasks & Accountabilities

By applying to join the IGP you are applying for the programme as a whole and not for a dedicated position.

During the programme you will be placed wherever we need you based on your profile. Your first job assignment will last for one year and the two following assignments will last about 8 months each, which will provide you with a great overview of Airbus. You will be given roles with real accountability in challenging job assignments and you will get to know what it is like to work on the ‘shop floor’.  This will allow you to acquire a deep understanding of the business, gain exposure to people at all levels including senior management and build a network of contacts across the group.

You will experience new ways of learning through our Airbus Leadership University, where we create opportunities for all leaders and aspiring leaders to develop, connect and share, reflect and learn, innovate, and support a culture of collaboration and autonomy within the group and in our extended enterprise.  As well as dedicated modules for IGP, you will join an existing leadership programme to benefit from exchanges with other leaders from Airbus.

You will be assigned a personal mentor, who is at a senior level within the company and will be on hand to give you regular guidance, feedback and support for your job assignments.

Required Skills

We’re looking for recent graduates or applicants with an initial professional work experience of at least one year with a strong academic background in the following disciplines:

  • Engineering (Such as Mechanical, Aerospace, Structural, Electrical, Electronic, Software, Systems, Control, Power and Thermal Engineering or related categories).
  • Manufacturing (Manufacturing Engineering, Production Engineering, Industrial Engineering and/or related subjects)
  • Computer science / IT
  • Business Related Subjects such as finance, law, HR etc.
  • Data scientist and analyst

The ideal candidate have studied and/or worked for a minimum of 5 years in a country outside of Europe.
Fluency in English is essential whilst fluency in one additional language is an advantage.
Flexibility and openess to mobility throughout the duration of the 2 year programme are a must.


Coming soon!

The application period is now closed for 2019.
We will recruit again in 2020 for the next generation of 2021, so please stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any limitation regarding the nationality and the age of the IGP candidates?

There are no limits with regard to the nationality or the age of the candidates - the International Graduate Programme is open for all international (EU and non) candidates within any age range. The only limitation is posed on the study and/or work experience of minimum 5 years outside Europe. Please do take these limits into consideration when applying.

To whom do I have to address my cover letter?

You can address your cover letter simply with "Dear Sir or Madam". The cover letter is mandatory to be attached to your online application.

Can I be eligible for the IGP if I have studied and/or worked less than 5 years outside Europe?

Unfortunately, we are afraid that we can’t take your application into account. The 5 years experience limit is a hard limit.

However, we are still looking for people who want to join us. Thus, do not hesitate to apply for a direct entry at Airbus

The system is not working. Can I apply via e-mail?

Unfortunately, it is not possible to apply via e-mail. Please use our online application tool in order to apply - otherwise your application might not be considered. 

If the problem remains, please contact our technical team at

Does Airbus sponsor work permits and visa for non-Europeans?

Of course we will help you to get your visa and work permit once you are selected for a position.

Where am I more likely to be assigned for my first job position?

For your first job assignment you will be located at one of the main European sites of Airbus and its divisions which are:

  • Sites in Germany: Hamburg, Munich, Donauwörth, Bremen
  • Sites in France: Toulouse, Marignane, Suresnes
  • Sites in UK: Stevenage, Portsmouth, Broughton, Filton
  • Sites in Spain: Getafe, Seville

The second and third job assignment will be in another business area.

What happens to me at the end of the programme?

At the end of the two years, you will no longer be a graduate. You will return to your “home” country and “home” function, where you will have spent your first year and to which you will have remained assigned throughout the programme. It won’t necessarily be in the exact same team but it will be in the same area of the business and this will be your first position at Airbus.

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