Apprenticeship and dual studies

Excellent apprenticeship at Fraunhofer IOSB

Fraunhofer IOSB offers the ideal prerequisites for your career start with various apprenticeships in technology and IT, commercial management or administration.

Take the chance and lay the foundation for your career start with an apprenticeship at Fraunhofer IOSB. With us, you will experience top-level research at first hand and at the same time be a part of it.

You will be accompanied by our trainers and technical supervisors. They have a high level of expertise and many years of professional experience, which they use to prepare you optimally for your professional life. This is also confirmed by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), which recognized us for our excellent training for the sixth time in 2019.

The training usually lasts three years. The theoretical part of the training is taught at a vocational school in Karlsruhe. And finally, the IHK will take your final examination. Employment, remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective agreement for trainees in the public sector (TVAöD).


Apprenticeship at Fraunhofer

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From apprentice to trainee - two success stories


Here is always movement. After a professional reorientation I did an internship in IT at Fraunhofer IOSB. Since this was a good fit, I was given the opportunity to retrain as an IT specialist at the Network Operation Center.  

Now I train apprentices myself and I am happy that I can pass on the chance I got back then.

Denise Rabe, employee of Fraunhofer Network Operations Center
© Fraunhofer IOSB / Uwe Riehm


Already during my apprenticeship I felt very comfortable here. Now I am a trainee myself and study part-time. It's great that this flexibility is possible at Fraunhofer IOSB, and that my further development is even partly taken over by Fraunhofer. With us you can quickly take on responsibility if you want to. A look beyond the horizon is included.

Sven Sperber, IT system administrator

We regularly offer the following apprenticeships:

During the three years of training you will gain versatile knowledge in organizing, coordinating and carrying out office and project-related processes.

Your tasks include all commercial and administrative activities: You will handle correspondence, monitor deadlines and support the preparation, implementation and follow-up of meetings, workshops and conferences in the administration of our institute. This will give you an insight into our research areas. Furthermore, you will work in other areas such as human resources, accounting, travel management and procurement.

As an elective qualification, we offer you human resources management as well as assistance and secretarial services.


IT specialists - with a specialization in system integration - implement specialized requirements in complex hardware and software systems. They analyze, plan and implement information and telecommunication technology systems. They introduce new or modified information and telecommunications technology systems.
They are available to customers and users for expert advice, support and training. Typical areas of application in the field of systems integration include data centers, networks, client/server systems, fixed networks and radio networks.

What you can expect:

  • Exciting, varied training in the IT field
  • Interesting tasks such as user support; providing local and Fraunhofer-wide IT services; managing strategic IT projects
  • Dynamic team of young and experienced employees.

Within the scope of your job you have the opportunity to acquire IT skills in a broad spectrum. Through the close integration into the daily processes and into the work in research projects you will apply the acquired knowledge directly and expand your competence in the independent and autonomous accomplishment of new tasks.

What you can expect

You will work in an innovative team with colleagues from different areas of information technology and other trainees. We offer a collegial, open-minded working atmosphere with a diverse range of tasks, a very well equipped technical infrastructure and opportunities for professional and personal development.

Your tasks include

  • Developing and programming software according to requirements from the research areas
  • Testing and adapting existing applications
  • Backend programming with Python and Java using innovative frameworks and libraries
  • Design and development of static and dynamic web applications with JavaServer Faces (JSF), Angular (JavaScript) and Python using current frameworks and libraries
  • Software development supported by professional development tools in conjunction with internal and external repositories, version management systems and continuous integration tools
  • Use of innovative methods of software development
  • Design and programming of supporting tools with LINUX-Script and Python
  • Creation of system documentation and user manuals

Dual studies

Education plus university, theory plus practice. A dual study program at Fraunhofer IOSB is a double plus. Students who decide to do so will gain valuable experience during their studies, so that they can really take off afterwards. Find out here which dual study programs we offer!

Please note: The information on this page refers to the locations Karlsruhe and Ettlingen. For information about the dual study program in Lemgo please follow the link in the box below! There are no dual study programs offered at the Ilmenau location.

The courses of study usually last six semesters. The theoretical part takes place at the Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemberg (DHBW) in Karlsruhe. Employment, remuneration and social benefits are based on the collective agreement for trainees in the public sector (German website: TVAöD).

We regularly offer the following dual study programs:

The practice-integrating dual course of studies "Computer Science" combines theory at the university with practice in our institutes. There you can put what you have learned directly into practice and become part of our Fraunhofer team.

What makes computer science so attractive is the meeting of computer science and application knowledge. Students who choose this course learn to develop professional solutions that go beyond the boundaries of computer hardware and software.

At Fraunhofer IOSB we develop software for the operation of industrial production processes, protect the IT-security of critical infrastructures and work on the entire development chain of computer-aided machine vision. All these areas offer computer scientists exciting fields of work at the interface between practice and science.

Make use of the accumulated knowledge about existing security technologies at the institute and apply it to your current projects!


Dual studies at Fraunhofer IOSB at a glance:

More details on the dual study program Computer Science.

As a mechatronics engineer, you are at the interface of several disciplines: mechatronics combines mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and information technology. With this valuable overall view, you will later be found wherever machines need to be controlled or processes need to be automated.

The Fraunhofer IOSB is Europe's largest institute for applied research in the field of image acquisition and evaluation. In the department Visual Inspection Systems (SPR) new technologies of multimodal image acquisition and intelligent image analysis are developed and implemented in innovative systems for automatic visual inspection for industry.

Become a part of the team and develop mechatronic overall concepts and integrate them into systems for surface inspection, optical bulk material sorting and inspection of transparent materials. The spectrum ranges from recycling to the food industry, from the automotive industry to the pharmaceutical industry.


Dual studies at Fraunhofer IOSB at a glance:

More details about the dual study program Mechatronics.

Business Information Systems specialists apply methods of computer science to current topics in business. They analyze operational processes and design communication and information systems in the company. They enjoy working in a team and understand Business Informatics as a creative discipline that involves more than just programming.


Dual studies at Fraunhofer IOSB at a glance:

More details about the dual study program - Business Information Systems.