In the following we have compiled a list of FAQs on the Cooperative Trainee Programme. Please note that the contractual aspects of our standard contract are only suggestions and these can be partially adapted. What is valid is what is contractually agreed upon. The answers given here refer to our standard contract.
Companies and trainees can sign a Cooperative Trainee Programme contract before studies start. Our standard contract also takes into consideration the possibility that the trainee does not enroll at the university: for the contract to come into force, the trainee must have been accepted and have enrolled at HFU in the relevant study programme.
Of course a working student job is also an excellent way to gain work experience. Depending on the contract, you are then very flexible, but this has to be arranged with the company.
With the Cooperative Trainee Programme, you commit yourself to a company in the long-term. On the one hand you have the advantage that the company and the University already know each other. Our standard contract also has several other advantages:lecture and examination periods are strictly off-limits for the company – so you can concentrate fully on your studies. The internships are carried out in a block and are agreed in advance for all semesters. This way the internship periods are also planned for you in advance. You know right away that you will carry out your internship and thesis semesters in the company, so you don't have any extra work with organising that. You also benefit from having financial support every month – regardless of whether you are currently in the company or not.