Trainee Programs


Traineeships at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies

How does capitalism work? How do markets arise, and how do they function? Does the euro have a future? How are the economy and politics intertwined? These and other interesting questions are addressed by the researchers at the MPIfG in Cologne in their research projects. The MPIfG is one of the leading research institutions in its field in the world. It is part of one of the largest and most renowned research institutions in Europe, the Max Planck Society.

We offer traineeships for the following professional areas:


What's it like to do a traineeship here?

At the Institute, employees work in small teams at workstations outfitted with the latest technical equipment. You will get to know the various Service Groups: The Administration (personnel and bookkeeping), the IT Services Group, the Library, the Editorial and Public Relations Unit, and the Secretaries.
You will be actively involved in their work processes, and you are always free to help shape your own training. You'll be working with motivated colleagues all across the Institute. Dedicated instructors will advise and support you as an individual and help you develop your own professional perspectives.
The Max Planck Society offers numerous advanced training courses and seminars for trainees. You can do internships at various locations around the country or abroad. The Institute is internationally oriented, and you’ll meet interesting people of various nationalities. We have a congenial and motivating atmosphere, and we treat each other in a friendly and open way.
Your traineeship at the Max Planck Society: Other traineeship possibilities
At the Institute, you'll complete an excellent traineeship in the public sector that will be the optimal preparation for your future professional career. In order to apply for a traineeship at the MPIfG, you should
  • have a good certificate of secondary education (at least "Fachoberschulreife" or the equivalent)
  • be engaged and motivated
  • be open to new experiences and eager to work in an international environment


Do you have questions about our traineeships? Get in touch with us!

Almut Landgraf
Personnel Department/Traineeships
Phone: +49 221 2767-224

How to apply

Once the job announcements have been posted, you can apply for a traineeship – online only. Open positions are announced here. Please send your cover letter, resume, and certificates as a single pdf file. Once we receive your application, we will send you a confirmation of receipt.
We look forward to receiving your application!


Tobias Heinrich
I’m doing my traineeship at the MPIfG because
... I have first-rate working conditions, enjoy individual support, and can develop a specialization. Also, I can see first-hand how researchers work.
Tobias – traineeship as a Certified IT Specialist for Systems Integration


Lina Beyer
I’m doing my traineeship at the MPIfG because
I like being among the best – not only does the MPIfG produce world-class research, its trainees have received awards for their excellent work multiple times.
Lina – traineeship as a Certified Office Communication Specialist

Globally oriented!

Daniel Neumair
I’m doing my traineeship at the MPIfG because
... I love working in a youthful and international environment. During my traineeship, I have the chance to see first-hand how other institutes work – even abroad.
Daniel – traineeship as a Certified IT Specialist for Systems Integration

MPIfG - Trainee Programs | [Last updated 2021-07-05]