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DRIVE Continental Automotive Graduate Program

Three assignments of eight months each, including an international assignment, ensure an early involvement in real projects, a high degree of responsibility and a deep insight into tasks, processes and structures. Accompanying measures like tailor-made trainings as well as network activities will complete the program.

DRIVE Continental Automotive Graduate Program at a glance

Take this chance and be a part of the DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program for an ideal entry into the world of Continental.

The DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program provides you with a global insight into the specific work areas and structures of Continental’s automotive divisions: Interior, Chassis & Safety, and Powertrain. We offer you a challenging trainee position with a strong emphasis on hands-on work experience and your personal development through appealing trainings and individual check-points. This allows us to support your professional growth, which prepares you for challenging projects and your future career at Continental.

What can you expect?


During the 24 months of the DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program, you will gain a global insight into the respective department, which may be in one of the following areas:

  • Manufacturing & Production: The department of Manufacturing & Production is always striving for the highest quality expected by the top OEMs of our high-tech products. During the DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program, you will help your team to increase the efficiency and optimization of processes in your specific division.
  • Engineering: The department of Engineering, at the intersection of suppliers, clients, and customers, offers you a challenging work environment, in which you will be in constant dialog with different stakeholders of the three automotive divisions. This field requires innovative thinking as future products, technologies, and solutions are developed in this department.
  • Research & Development: The department of Research & Development stands for the innovative power of Continental by creating solutions for future and smart technologies that live up to the OEM’s expectations and turn them into a reality.
  • Marketing & Sales: As a supplier of the automotive industry, Continental focuses on innovative products with a high standard of quality. For this reason, the main responsibility of the Marketing & Sales department is to present these products in a way that meets the high expectations and technical standards.
  • Logistics: The Logistics department is the key interface between the Research & Development, Manufacturing, and Sales departments, and our customers. During the DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program, you will gain a deep insight into the main fields of logistics and obtain valuable experience in operating efficient supply chain networks and important criteria for international company success.
  • Controlling:​​​​​​​ The Controlling department plays an important role in measuring actual performance, setting standards, taking corrective action if necessary, and preparing forecasts, etc. at a division, business unit, or plant level. During the DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program, you will pursue the long-term goal of enhancing the success of Continental and you will be jointly responsible for the achievement of objectives.

You will be assigned to one of the three automotive divisions of Continental: Chassis & Safety, Interior, or Powertrain. The division and business unit you will work for as a trainee depend on the current position openings and will be discussed during the personal interviews at the latest.

At the beginning of the program, you will get to know the products, structures, and processes of your division. You will achieve this through a combination of operational as well as strategic tasks and projects, which will continue throughout the whole 24 months.

You will spend the first and the third assignment of the program in the respective division you were hired for, mostly in your dedicated location. For the second assignment, you will have the opportunity to work abroad at one of our international locations and get the chance to understand the local business structures and processes. There you will work on challenging projects to demonstrate your knowledge and skills in an international framework and within culturally diverse teams.

An experienced mentor will support you during the program. In addition, you will have the chance to optimize your skills through individually suited workshops and seminars.

What could your future look like?

The program offers you the ideal environment to prepare you for a successful career at Continental. After the DRIVE Automotive Graduate Program, you will start in one business area – usually in your division or business unit. As a young professional, you will do a deep dive in order to gain further special knowledge and learn how to deal with long-term consequences of decision-making. In the next step and during the yearly employee development cycle, you will be able to plan your national or international career – including participation in further development programs or cross- functional or cross-divisional moves.

What do we expect?

An excellent university degree in one of the respective areas:

  1.  Manufacturing & Production: Manufacturing and production based on mechanical engineering, mechatronics, or similar studies.
  2. Engineering: Industrial Engineering.
  3. Research & Development: Mechatronics, Electronics, Telematics, or Mechanical Engineering.
  4. Marketing & Sales: Industrial Engineering, Business, or International Management with a focus on Technical Marketing & Sales.
  5. Logistics: Economics with a strong focus on Logistics or Supply Chain Management.
  6. Controlling: Business with a focus on Controlling or Finance and ideally a technical background.
  7. Computer Science / Software Development: Economics, Engineering, Natural Sciences majoring in IT


  • Experience in the automotive industry gained with internships or thesis writing
  • International experience during internships, studies, or living abroad
  • Fluency in English and the language of the location for which you apply
  • Self-motivation geared toward performance and achieving results
  • Readiness to learn and grow in the technical field
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Customer focus and a desire to achieve in an international work environment

Does this profile match your skills? We are looking forward to receiving your application!

The trainee program starts on October 1st and May 1st each year. 

  • To receive information as soon as you can apply for the next program, please set up your personal job agent here.