JOIN Internship program
Do you want to gain work experience while pursuing your degree? Then JOIN is your best bet. You start with a two- to six-month internship, establishing the long-term foundation for a successful career at Deutsche Post DHL. You´ll personally take on challenging projects. You´ll be mentored on a long-term basis by successful senior staff members.
Every year, we look for more than 30 outstanding students in all fields – join now and get a head start!
In selecting participants for the JOIN Program, we focus on academic performance, practical experience and, of course, personality. We want to obtain the most complete and clear picture of your strengths and your potential as possible, and thus select the right candidates for our program and our divisions.
This page provides you with an overview of participation requirements.
During your internship you´ll be mentored intensively. That means, you´ll get feedback on a regular basis and we will discuss your future perspectives with you. But: JOIN is even more than that. After you have finished your JOIN internship you´ll be part of a key network and you´ll have the chance to keep on working in different challenging projects. Maybe you would like to write your thesis with us? JOIN offers a lot of different opportunities.
Your perfect start for a future career
With JOIN you´ll gain work experience which will impact your further steps from a personal and professional perspective. Therefore JOIN is more then just an internship. JOIN will accompany you as long as you want – maybe throughout your whole career.
During your project internship you will concentrate on one functional area: which functional area will you select as your focus? What suits your abilities, interests and professional goals best?
As the world leading logistics company we offer a lot of interesting and challenging projects for you.
An overview of our functional areas
This area covers the development of products and services, the creation of marketing concepts and all sales activities aimed at customer acquisition as well as customer service. In this work, we focus on nearness to the customer and professionalism.
Projects could be carried out directly for specific customers or delve into cross-divisional improvements (e.g., determination of synergy potential between business departments).
If you are interested in this area, you should think in a customer-focused way and be communicative and creative.
This area covers all strategic and operational activities of our transport and logistics business in the company’s divisions and branches around the world. Key elements of success in this business include a high degree of standardization and continuously high process quality.
Projects focus on such areas as improving the process quality of specific products, analyzing and evaluating current operational performance as well as identifying suitable countermeasures.
If you are interested in this area, you should think in both strategic and networked terms. In addition to your analytical abilities, you must also be a strong achiever.
This area serves as the strategic partner for the divisions and supports them in the areas of personnel processes, personnel development, wage policies, labor law and personnel controlling. As a result, students who have especially focused on Human Resource Management or a reaching for the bar exam are recruited.
Generally, the projects are carried out jointly with the divisions and require a solid understanding of the operational business. Projects address such issues as the code of conduct, change management or the implementation of Corporate programs in various divisions.
If you are interested in this area, you must possess a good manner with people. You must also be a skilful negotiator and a self-confident individual.
This area covers the three following functions: The creation of system concepts for internal and external clients. The development and deployment of defined system concepts as part of project execution. And follow-up support and modification of the system landscape.
Current projects focus on innovative solutions in the area of e-fulfillment (integrated IT solutions ranging from order receipt to delivery) and modification of related standard software as well as individual software to meet DHL customers’ needs.
The Project Management IT area is known for its particularly innovative thinking and its customer-focused approach that is carried out under consideration of the optimal use of resources. If you are interested in this area, you should to be able to think in a process-oriented and analytical way and should have broad technical knowledge.
As competence center Finance, this area lays the foundation for the successful management of the company. Timely, high-quality information ensures transparency and makes a proactive contribution to the company’s success. Thanks to anticipatory thinking and action, chances and risks are identified and addressed in a timely manner.
Projects can be done directly for individual clients or address cross-divisional analyses or improvements (e.g., optimization and standardization of systems or key data).
If you are interested in this area, you should be able to think analytically, be a self-confident individual and enjoy working with numbers.
The Deutsche Post Corporate Development department is responsible for all major strategic initiatives and M&A projects within the group. We focus on group-wide strategic projects that typically involve more than one division and have a high relevance for the group. In M&A projects we verify the strategic fit, execute deal negotiations for major deals and conduct M&A screenings for priority segments/regions.
You will participate in strategy projects, in which you will conduct complex, independent analysis in the following areas:
- Industry and Market analysis
- Competitor analysis
- Assessment of current portfolio
- Support in group-wide strategy projects
In addition you will also be assigned to independent smaller projects, depending on project availability. These projects will be supervised by a Senior Expert, but you will be responsible for driving the project, developing the presentation and presenting to the group.
If you are interested in this area, you must possess outstanding analytical and conceptual abilities proven by exceptional results from your university career. You will be a good teamworker with strong communication abilities. Above-average willingness and ability to work under pressure and flexibility rounds up your profile.
This area bundles different units taking care of innovation. As well as developing new technologies for tomorrow’s world, being innovative also involves combining existing approaches and solutions and exploiting these more effectively in the marketplace.
Current projects focus on e.g. recall solutions for customers from the technology segment or deal with the development and implementation of cold chain solutions in close cooperation with the life-sciences team.
If you are interested in this area you should be able to work in a creative and solution-oriented way. Besides your analytical skills you should also know how to implement solutions.
This area develops integrated communications and PR strategies for key programs and projects across DPDHL by creating high-quality communications concepts. Public Relations work at the corporate level and across the DHL Business Units globally, providing communications expertise and helping the divisions plan and coordinate their communications strategy and programs.
Current projects focus on e.g. helping to build and enhance the credibility, level of trust and image of the Group, through targeted, creative and proactive communications and public relations.
If you are interested in this area you should be a teamplayer with strong communication skills. Furthermore you should be able to prioritize challenging tasks in the right way.
Mentoring and Networking
Two aspects especially highlight the JOIN internship program: intensive mentoring and the creation of a lifelong network. During your internship you will be mentored by successful senior staff members. Further personal advising and networking events offer you the opportunity to build a key network from the very beginning.
Your mentor is your contact for reflecting the internship, your personal experiences and your career development. The mentor is well connected within Deutsche Post DHL and will help you getting around within the company
Besides the mentor the project lead is your second supervisor and direct contact. The project lead will take care of your on-boarding within the internship project and will give you regular feedback concerning your work progress.
A major element of the JOIN program is intensive networking. Your mentor and your project lead are the starting point for building up your own personal network within Deutsche Post DHL. Furthermore networking events offer you the chance to get in touch with our high-potentials.
Every year, Deutsche Post DHL looks for outstanding students, who want more: responsibility, expertise and exciting work opportunities.
We select the participants for JOIN program in a multistep, transparent and understandable process. As a result, you always know where you are in the process.