Training at the Fraunhofer IST

Do you want a top position in your apprenticeship? Then come to Fraunhofer. We are the world's leading organization for application-oriented research. Whether in the natural sciences, technology and IT or administration - we open up new paths. For you too!

Finish school and head to Fraunhofer: The Fraunhofer IST offers exciting and extensive opportunities on entry-levels for students. Together we form the foundation for your future career.

You will be trained on modern machines and installations by our competent trainers or you work in a computerized administration, gain knowledge and skills to state-of-the-art and learn to assert yourself in all fields of your career.

The training will be remunerated after the existing TVAöD.

In portrait: Trainees in research

At the Fraunhofer IST we offer training in four apprenticeship professions. Training to become a physics laboratory assistant is one of them. Friederike and Denis recently completed their training at the Fraunhofer IST and provide us with a review.

We train

The Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films IST trains in the following occupations:


Training Physics Laboratory Assistant

in 2024


Training Surface Coating Technician

in 2024


Training Office Management Assistant

in 2023/24


Training IT Specialist – System Integration

in 2025


Are you looking for a varied apprenticeship?

You can find our current vacancies under the following link (in German):

Find out what you really want. We offer student internships in which we work together to shape the world of tomorrow.

Wissenschaftlerinnen aus dem Ingenieurwesen arbeiten in einer Spritzgussmaschine.
© Fraunhofer

Research needs young people. With us, you will obtain an initial insight into the world of work and can then find out whether you would like to continue to pursue your dream career after finishing school.

You will gain a practical insight into our specialist areas and will also thereby acquire a substantial amount of specialist knowledge and experience.

You would like to apply for a work placement? Please send your application documents, stating your desired starting date and career choice, via E-mail to: