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Our programmes and scholarships

One focal area at DMK is the development of young talents. DMK offers a spectrum of opportunities for school-leavers, students and graduates. For example, school-leavers can take apprenticeships in 14 different jobs, students can complete internships or write their degree dissertations and graduates can lay the foundations for their professional career at DMK with a trainee programme.

All 4 YOUth

As a member of the Alliance for YOUth, DMK provides targeted support for career starters under 30 years of age. Together with our partners, we develop measures to make a targeted appeal to young people and publicise the diversity of DMK GROUP as an employer. With the Alliance for YOUth, DMK actively responds to the needs and requirements of young talents. The programme is a clear sign of our development of young talents in the context of the DMK sustainability strategy. In particular, we want to give young school-leavers the best possible start to their working lives. We therefore offer career starters training that will lead to qualifications in a wide range of attractive professions and individual prospects for careers in the dairy industry. We also offer work experience and dissertation project internships in order to address potential talents who are still in higher education. The DMK trainee programme offers career starters highly practical experience, responsibility and friendly teamwork in a variety of departments. Our instructors are specially trained in the needs and requirements of young apprentices.
Dissertation project / internship
Internship Marketing / Sales
Internship Process Development

Experience story: Anja Kappler, Master's student in Research & Development

Surname, First name: Kappler, Anja
Age: 26 years
Degree(s): Ecotrophology (B.Sc.), Food Science (M.Sc.)
Current position: I'm currently completing a Master's degree project in the process development section of the Research and Development department at DMK in Zeven – to be more exact at the Milk Innovation Center (MIC), DMK's centre of competence for product, process and technology development. Once I graduate I will be working here as a junior developer for international fresh dairy products.

Duties:
At the moment I'm busy working on my Master's dissertation. I'm analysing the characteristics and application of new functional milk powders, particularly for the Asian market which is becoming increasingly important in the dairy industry. For this purpose, I'm working closely with colleagues from the research departments and production at the different DMK locations.

A lot of my work is done in the lab or at the Technical Centre. I carry out various analyses and manufacture dairy products on a semi-industrial scale there.

While writing my Master's dissertation I've always had enough freedom to search for appropriate literature at the University and keep myself up to date with the science. As a junior product developer I'll be developing fresh dairy products for the international market in future – I'm already looking forward to that very much.

The thing I like most about my job is that it is incredibly varied and exciting. I can work with a lot of different products from baby food to fresh cream cheese, and they all make very different and individual demands on me as a developer. Added to that is the strong link between my work and the technological processes that are always being developed further at DMK. It helps that the Milk Innovation Center in Zeven is directly opposite the production site. That means you can always discuss and agree on issues ad hoc with colleagues and have a direct line to the practical side.

Your personal career at DMK:
I started around six months ago with a Master's degree project at DMK and will have a permanent job as a junior product developer for international fresh dairy products once I graduate.

How long have you been working with DMK and how did you find out about the company?
I've been working with DMK at the MIC since April 2014. I was familiar with the company already through work contacts in the food manufacturing industry and then rediscovered it when I was looking for a subject for my Master's dissertation.

Why do you like DMK as an employer?
Research and Development at DMK has come on enormously in the past few years and is still growing. For a career starter, that means you get the opportunity to play an active part in shaping this area of the company in the future. You can see a fairly traditional dairy company developing into an international and innovative food manufacturing company live, and make your mark on it with your own ideas.

What do you particularly like about DMK/what does DMK mean to you?
As a Master's student, I was totally integrated at DMK from the first day on and was allowed to take direct responsibility for my own project. In a lot of companies, you have to complete an internship before the dissertation project. At DMK, however, I was able to start on the Master's dissertation project immediately. It was like jumping in at the deep end to start with, but the confidence the company placed in me motivated me immensely and provided reinforcement for me to carry out my plans. I particularly like the atmosphere in the individual teams. When problems arise people help each other and there is absolutely no question of a dog-eat-dog mentality.

What is particularly important to you in a job?
It is particularly important to me to have the right working atmosphere in the team, and also in the company as a whole. Another important criterion for an employer is the will to work together on identifying the employees' potential and using and developing it accordingly. Because in the long run that's the only way to take everybody forward.

What has been your best experience at DMK so far?
There's no doubt about that: it was the fact that I had the privilege of signing a contract for a permanent job in Research and Development before even finishing my Master's degree project.

Experience story: Kyle Lewis, intern in Marketing/Sales International

Surname, First name: Lewis, Kyle
Age: 27 years
Degree(s): International Relations (M.A.)
Current position: Intern with Marketing/Sales International

Your personal career at DMK:
I was offered a six-month internship in the Marketing/Sales International department, which I was very happy to accept. So far it's been a great experience and I'm already looking forward to the next few months and what's still to come. My original background is totally different from marketing and sales – I did my Master's degree on the International Relations Programme. For this reason, I have very much enjoyed the introduction to the creative and demanding marketing world and have already learnt a host of new things. The combination of English and German was also a major advantage for me, because it gives me the best possible outfit for my professional future later on.

How long have you been working with DMK and how did you find out about the company?

I've been working as an intern in the Marketing/Sales International department since February. I didn't find DMK as an employer for myself at all, so to speak. DMK representatives gave a speech about the group at the Career Event at Jacobs University, my university, last autumn. I was inspired by the presentation and it showed me the many facets of a company that I really hadn't previously heard much about. It wasn't only the presentation by the various managers that impressed me so much, but also personal conversations with Martin Ehrhardt, the Head of Marketing/Sales International, and Barbara Siegert, the Head of the Innovation Management department. We discussed a lot of interesting topics and agreed to talk about a possible internship in the New Year, which we then did. And now here I am.

Why do you like DMK as an employer?

The thing I liked best immediately at DMK was the corporate culture – it's very positive and friendly. Everyone's willing to lend you an ear and is interested in your personal input into a project, regardless of your job title. I can only recommend DMK as an employer and I hope that the collaboration between DMK and Jacobs will continue in the future. Because a lot of entry-level opportunities are offered here for potential employees with different academic qualifications (business, natural sciences and social sciences as well) and cultural roots. The company is growing more and more and you notice that it respects its interesting and multi-faceted employees.

What is particularly important to you in a job?
To me, the most important thing about a job is to get on well with my colleagues and to be given the feeling that every opinion counts. Of course, challenges are important too so that you can prove yourself over and over again and be motivated to improve all the time.

What has been your best experience at DMK so far?
By far my best experience at DMK was the moment when I met the international marketing team and the fact that I have had the privilege of learning so much from them. I was really integrated into everything and got insights into a lot of different projects. I'm taking these learnings away with me and will feel reinforced for the future regardless of what job may await me.

Experience story: Mareike Hunold, intern with Process Development

  • Surname, First name: Hunold, Mareike
  • Age: 25 Jahre
  • Degree(s): Food Technology (B.Sc.), Food Technology (M.Sc.), specialisation: product design, Master's dissertation on food process engineering 
  • Current position: My current job consists of assessing the long-term stability of evaporated milk and monitoring experiments in production and at the Technical Centre in the Milk Innovation Centre (MIC) in Zeven. I find it exciting to combine different influencing parameters and to tinker around to find out which settings lead to optimised stability. I also really enjoy working with the well-appointed technical equipment and interacting with my colleagues from product and packaging development.
Your personal career at DMK:
As part of my Master's degree I'm currently completing a six-month internship in the process development section at DMK. As of September this year I'll be starting as a junior developer, also in process development.  I'm looking forward to it very much.

How long have you been working with DMK and how did you find out about the company?
I've been doing an internship with DMK since March 2014. Because I worked in a dairy while I was still at school, DMK - or at that time, Nordmilch - has always been a familiar concept and a company that interested me. The name also plays a major role in dairy industry journals and MILRAM brand products have always been part of my daily life. So the decision to join DMK was very easy for me and the choice of applying for an internship here was already made.

Why do you like DMK as an employer?
I particularly like DMK as an employer because I had a lot of liberty during my internship to pursue my own ideas. I was able to work independently and also to take some responsibility even at that stage. Naturally the confidence placed in me by my boss and my whole team gives a lot of reinforcement.

What do you particularly like about DMK/what does DMK mean to you?
I like the fact that DMK allowed me to take time during my internship project to look around other sites and find out information about other projects. I'm happy to have got such a broad perspective on the entire company. What's more, I wasn't treated as cheap labour, which unfortunately still happens in a lot of other internships. I've had personal experience of the DMK vision and in particular the core value "fair".Even at the start of the internship I had the feeling that people were looking out suitable opportunities for me to join the company after that period was over. It really did turn out that way and I'll be able to stay with DMK as a junior developer.

What is particularly important to you in your job?
A pleasant working environment and nice colleagues who complement one another and support each other in difficult situations are particularly important to me. The work in process development is varied, and I also enjoyed the combination of practical work at the MIC and sitting at my desk analysing the experiments and doing research. In summary, variety of tasks and also a friendly corporate culture are the particular factors that are very important to me.

What has been your best experience at DMK so far?
At the end of my internship I was allowed to plan a cross-project experiment on my own and carry it out independently at the MIC – that was definitely my best experience so far at DMK. During this experiment, I substituted filtration for the evaporation process in the manufacture of evaporated milk. I'm glad that I'll be able to go on working in the area of filtration after my internship.


Scholarship Programm

Are you interested in agriculture and the food sector? Do you live in a neighbouring European country or outside the EU? We are offering you the chance to look behind the scenes at dairy farming and milk processing or the areas of business management and food science. You will gain an insight into the multi-faceted work of an international dairy company, supported by a mentor from DMK GROUP.
The Scholarship Programme is part of the DMK 2020 Sustainability Programme under which DMK also adopts social responsibility. Important objectives of the programme are to exchange information and promote international professional development. You will find information about the DMK 2020 Sustainabiity Programme here.
The Scholarship Programme offers you the following option:

A Bachelor's degree programme in business management and food science  
In cooperation with Jacobs University we are offering a scholarship for a Bachelor's degree programme at Jacobs University with practical blocks at DMK – experience the combination of theory and practice. 

A Bachelor's degree programme in business management and food science

Do you have good school qualifications as a start to your university career and would you like to study at Jacobs University? Do you live in a neighbouring European country or outside the EU? Apply to DMK GROUP for a scholarship in business management and food science.

In cooperation with Jacobs University Bremen we are offering a scholarship for a Bachelor's degree programme. DMK will finance your studies for six semesters and support you in your progress, e.g. with practical phases at the DMK Head Office in Bremen, the Milk Innovation Center and the Zeven production site. You will have the opportunity to specialise, for example in sales, innovation management or research and development. You will be supported by a mentor.

A Bachelor's degree programme in business management and food science



Our project partners:

Jacobs University:

In collaboration with Jacobs University in Bremen we are now also offering a Scholarship Programme in business management and food science. Jacobs University is an international, research-based private university. Around 1,200 international students live and learn on campus. The university offers study programmes in science, engineering, humanities and social science disciplines. For further information on Jacobs University go to: www.jacobs-university.de

You can apply directly to Jacobs University for the Bachelor's degree programme:


You will find information and can file your application at:
www.jacobs-university.de/external-scholarships

Any further questions? Contact Angolwisye Mwakisu: a.mwakisu@jacobs-university.de

Contacts

You can contact us at any time with questions about careers, training, internships, the trainee programme or supervision for a Bachelor's or Master's dissertation. We will get back to you as quickly as possible. 

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