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Voluntary placements

during university vacation

Placements can give students a taste of different fields of work and help find the one that is right for them.


Flexible, up to 12 weeks

Expense allowance

An expense allowance will be paid. The rate depends on the duration of the placement and the nature of the work.


Placements are possible in all areas of Forschungszentrum Jülich: in the scientific institutes as well as the technical and administrative infrastructure. If you are interested in a placement at Jülich, we look forward to receiving your application.

Your application for a voluntary placement should include the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV (also stating any voluntary work or memberships in clubs, societies, or associations)
  • School leaving certificate
  • Any references or letters of recommendation from previous employment or placements
  • Current transcript of studies
  • Certificate of enrolment from your university

In your cover letter, please include the following information:

  • Type of placement you are looking for
  • Information on your preferred area of specialization or occupation and/or the infrastructure division or institute you are interested in (ideally, you should state one or two alternatives)
  • Specific information on the preferred time period for the placement and any alternatives

Pursuant to 1 (c) of the guidelines for placements at federal agencies (Praktikantenrichtlinie Bund), we also require a written declaration stating that you have not previously undertaken any voluntary placement with a federal agency or research establishment during your employment or university studies. You can use a form (Vordruck) that is available online.

Ideally, you should send your application by email to

Alternatively, you may also post your application to
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH
Zentrale Berufsausbildung (P-Z)
z. H. Renate Rabe
52425 Jülich

We would ask you not to send your documents in an application folder. Incoming applications will be forwarded to different institutes, which is easier for us to do without a folder. This is also a more environmentally friendly option. More Tips on Applying for a Job are available on our careers portal.


Renate Rabe
Vocational Training Centre (P-Z)
Information on placements: +49 2461 61-5622

Timing your application

Finding a suitable position for a work placement will generally take some time. Since placements at Forschungszentrum Jülich are also in great demand, we recommend that you apply in good time, ideally six months before you would like to start your placement.

Further information and links

Overview of all institutes and infrastructure divisions

Organization chart of Forschungszentrum Jülich

Careers portal: Overview of opportunities for students

Overview of vocational training and dual study programmes (Übersicht der Ausbildungsberufe und Dualen Studiengänge)

Vocational Training Centre (Zentrale Berufsausbildung)