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What profession do I want for my apprenticeship? How can I add essential working experience to my more theoretical knowledge from university? How can I give my degree project real relevance and the required practical slant? DMK offers answers and suggests solutions to many questions that concern young people before or while they complete their qualifications. One possibility is internships, for example so that you can get acquainted with the range of tasks involved in a profession from inside a company. We make a basic distinction between Work Experience for Pupils, Course-related Work Experience and Work Experience for Final Thesis.

School pupils
Internship semester
Dissertation project

Internship for school pupils and school leavers

You want to choose the right career and make the right decision on your training company. In that case, there's nothing better than a practical trial - for example, in a one- to three-week internship at DMK. It will enable you to gather initial experience live, and get a feel for day-to-day business at Germany's largest dairy company. If you are aiming for a specific apprenticeship profession, the internship for school pupils is a very good way to check whether your expectations will be fulfilled here and whether you've "got what it takes" to start a career at DMK as part of a committed team. This way, you will get to know the various facets of your preferred career and the world of work at DMK - so as to know in advance what it will be like later on.<p/> These internships are offered all year round upon agreemen

Work experience internship for students

For students, DMK offers the perfect opportunity to combine what you have learned in theory with discipline-specific work experience. Because in our three- to six-month internships for students, you can get to know one of our factories, work on exciting projects and deepen your knowledge.

Dissertation project internships

You are reaching the end of your degree and would like to complete it with a Diplom, bachelor's or master's project that is both academically sound and practical? You’ve come to the right place. Naturally, your topic should help to advance the world of milk to some extent. If you have already completed an internship at DMK (or one of the pre-merger NORDMILCH or Humana companies), you will know that we translate theory into successful practice day on day. That makes us the perfect environment for your Diplom, bachelor's or master's dissertation. An internship to support a project that forms part of your degree is possible in a wide range of departments. You can send in your application at any time of year. It should propose a topic that you are enthusiastic about and that you have already agreed with your professor. Naturally, we will also be pleased to support you in choosing a topic. The exact formulation will ultimately be decided together with the department concerned.

Tips on your application for an internship

If you are interested in an internship at DMK, you should contact us as early as possible. Use our online application - we ask for all the necessary details there. If you prefer to apply by post, you can do so. In that case, you should include the following:

Covering letter

Please let us know at least three months before your preferred starting date

  • what department you are interested in,
  • what dates you can be available,
  • what special knowledge you have

In addition, we naturally need your contact details (name, telephone number, e-mail address etc.)

CV

Please send us your CV in tabular form, typed or keyed. The CV should contain your personal details and document your school education and what you will be doing until you start your planned apprenticeship. If possible, it should leave no gaps. It must also be signed if you are sending it by post. For an online-application, you need your CV in digital format, preferably as a PDF.

For students: Certificates and information about study programme

We request students and final-year students to include the following additional material:

  • current certificates (e.g. intermediate exam certificates (Vordiplom)/interim reference)
  • your student registration
  • if appropriate, the requirements for an internship set by your educational institution (if the internship is a compulsory part of your studies)
We always do our best to offer as many applicants as possible a placement. However, we would also ask you to appreciate that our capacity is limited, so that we cannot fulfil every request.
Masterstudent
Marketing/Sales International
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.