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 & 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 3 months and 1 year.
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 qualify 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 be a mandatory part of your studies and last between 3 and 6 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 from 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
We recommend that you apply at least four months in advance.
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 3 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 max. 3 months is possible.
Internships in the UK
Applications for our 2018 internship opportunities will open on 18th September 2017.
To stay on top, Airbus recognises the importance of supporting high-achieving and talented undergraduates. We do this through offering challenging internship opportunities during which your skills and potential are fully maximised.
Our UK internships generally last 6 to 12 months and are designed so that you can put your theoretical knowledge into practice and gain crucial industry experience. The skills and knowledge you gain will improve your chances of being accepted for a future role within Airbus.
All roles are based at our UK sites in Filton, Bristol and Broughton, near Chester for Airbus or Stevenage, Portsmouth and Newport for Airbus Defence and Space. Applications will be screened against the entry requirements by the Airbus Recruitment Centre and Recruiting Line Manager and successful candidates will be invited to an assessment event.
Whether or not you are selected will depend on your academic achievements as well as a number of other attributes such as IT and data management skills, analytical reasoning and problem-solving ability.
We look for individuals who work well in a team and on their own initiative, and who have a creative mind, an interest in aviation and a basic knowledge of Airbus. You must be an undergraduate for the duration of the internship.
The disciplines from which we tend to recruit each year are:
- Engineering Structures
- Communications & Political Affairs
- Engineering Architect and Integration
- Engineering Flight Physics
- Engineering IT
- Engineering Materials and Processes
- Engineering Programmes
- Engineering Systems and Landing Gear
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Business & Human Resources
- Marketing & Recruitment
Internships in Spain
To qualify for an internship in Spain you must be enrolled in a university that has signed or is willing to sign the Airbus internships agreement. Or you can be a recent graduate (see Graduates Programmes in Spain). An internship must be a mandatory part of your studies.
We welcome applications from final-year students, and recruit mainly among second year “Bolonia” master's degree students in Engineering. Internship positions lasting longer than 6 months are paid based on the number of hours worked.
Our Spanish internships generally last 12 months. You must be able to work in an English- and Spanish-speaking environment.
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 documents do I need for my application?
Please upload your CV, a cover letter for (please rather type it into the free text field than to 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?
Internship 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 max. 3 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 in the UK, candidates need to be enrolled at 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 cockpit, 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 register in our internship candidate pool. You can also set up a job alert in your candidate cockpit in order to find out about new offers matching your search criteria.
Our interns are passionate about engineering. Read why !
“Engineering offers another perspective of the world you live in. It gives you the chance to explore, discover and create.”
“You are constantly pursuing greater goals, there is always a challenge waiting for you.”
“Engineering is like mountaineering… I want to engineer the future because of all those summits in our world waiting to be reached.”
“Science is the key to grasp the poetry of nature, engineering is the stepping stone to write your own piece of literature.”
“The challenge of breaking down barriers, of pushing the limits of mankind. The childish dream of achieving the impossible.”
“Skills such as problem solving, decision-making and communication make engineers desirable managers."
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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.
Airbus International Graduate Programme
Applications for our 2018 Graduate Programme will open on 18th September 2017.
The Airbus UK Graduate Programme presents an excellent opportunity to help design and manufacture the world’s most eco-efficient, state-of-the-art aircraft. And it’s not only for engineers; we are also seeking graduates for other roles in Finance, Human Resources, ICT, Project Management and Procurement. We have a range of opportunities across many of the business areas in our UK sites in Filton, Bristol and Broughton, near Chester.
It is a 2-year programme (3 years for Finance) that combines structured placements with focused training, offering graduates the opportunity to master the type of managerial and technical skills required by Airbus.
While the programme is structured, it isn’t rigid. It offers you the opportunity to tailor your first 2 years with Airbus, combining a number of rotational placements with specialist training in the UK, as well as in France, Germany and Spain.
We are looking for high-achieving, motivated graduates who are fluent in written and spoken English. If you meet the required performance level, share our passion for aviation and drive for excellence; then this is your chance to be part of the next chapter of our unique and exciting story.
Training & 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, within the wider business and even with customers and suppliers.
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.
A 2-day course in Toulouse (France) provides an overview of the business and a better understanding of customer and supplier expectations, which will help you in your day-to-day working life.
There are three technical training courses which focus on giving you hands-on experience to help in your placements: Manufacturing (metallics and composites), Lean Awareness and Aircraft Familiarisation.
Your experiential learning programme will aim to increase your personal effectiveness and to help you focus on maintaining an awareness of your developing leadership capability.
You will also have considerable support during the scheme to ensure that your overall learning experience will complement your future career, including meetings with the:
- Line Manager, who will help with placement plans.
- Placement Manager, who will work with you to set tasks and objectives.
- Senior Level Career Mentors, to offer guidance and support during your career progression.
- Chartership Mentor, to help you gain appropriate professional accreditation to aid career progression.
- Graduate Programme Buddy: a past graduate who will provide guidance throughout the programme, as well as being a point of contact 3 months before the start of your new role.
Salary & Benefits
- £27,000+ (plus welcome payment)
- Membership of the company pension scheme
- 25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays
- Flexible working and 35-hour working week
- Financial support to achieve chartership status and professional membership of an appropriate institution.
Extensive support, guidance and training throughout the programme
Airbus Defence and Space UK
Applications are now closed for our 2017 Graduate Programme.
The Airbus Defence and Space UK Graduate development programme allows you to play a pivotal role in our current and future missions whilst learning the skills you need to make your career fly. Over the two year structured scheme you will develop a comprehensive understanding of what we do and how we do it whilst developing your personal and technical abilities to ensure you are fully equipped for your future career in Airbus Defence and Space.
With our graduate development programme you will be primarily based within your chosen department but given various opportunities to tailor your own development through placements in other parts of the UK and the overseas business as well as being involved in the graduate project activities.
Our roles are primarily engineering focused however we do have opportunities in Marketing, Sales, Project Management and Commercial as well. The majority of our roles are based at our Portsmouth, Stevenage or Hawthorn sites, but the location will be made clear in the job description.
We are looking for high-achieving graduates with a passion for the world of Space and Defence and are motivated to drive their career forward.
Training & Development
In your first week you will receive an extensive induction including the first module of your personal development programme, all of which aim to help you settle into the world of Airbus Defence and Space. You will spend your first six months in your home department developing your technical skills and learning about the opportunities that exist within your function within the Airbus business. After this you are then able to begin any placement opportunities that will help you develop even further.
During the two year programme you will receive both technical and behavioural training which will form an integral part of your learning and help you become familiar with the company and its culture. You will also be involved in one of our graduate projects which will allow you to either work on a short technical project or work with various universities to develop key relationships with future graduates.
You will also have a considerable support network during the scheme to ensure that your overall learning experience will complement your future career, including meetings with your:
- Line Manager, who will help you with your development journey through recommending training courses, placements opportunities and will work with you to set tasks and objectives
- Graduate Programme Manager, who will ensure you are fully supported through the programme
- Senior Level Career Mentors, to offer guidance and support during on your career progression and path
- Graduate Programme Buddy: a previous graduate who will provide guidance throughout the programme, as well as being a point of contact 3 months before you start.
Salary & Benefits
- £26,000 (plus welcome payment)
- Membership of the company pension scheme
- 25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays
- Flexible working
- Extensive support, guidance and training throughout the programme
Airbus - Spain
We provide internships for recent graduates. We mainly recruit among engineering school graduates.
Internship positions are available year-round. Positions lasting longer than 6 months are paid based on the number of hours worked.
There are opportunities to work as an intern in all areas of Airbus, including engineering, manufacturing engineering, operations, customer services and IT.
Special Technical Master's programmes
If you are a graduate in Engineering and 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 (Carlos III university in Madrid)
- Master in Composites (ETSIA – UPM)
- Master in Global Supply Chain & Aeronautical Industrial Operations (ETSI - U. Sevilla)
We also offer an aeronautical MBA with the EOI (Escuela de Organización Industrial) in Madrid and in Sevilla.
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 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 mind-set 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 student’s rights are protected.
This 3-year programme offers postgraduate students an opportunity to gain commercial experience working on a research project that contributes towards their PhD thesis.
Do your research with us
The Airbus PhD 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 3-year limited contract, splitting your time between the company and the laboratory: studying, researching and gaining work experience. The research element contributes towards your PhD 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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