Students & Graduates

We are taking responsibility for shaping the next generation of people at work. We passionately believe in the importance of investing in talented young people and preparing them for their careers by offering job opportunities for students. Being offered one of the many opportunities for students, you get the chance to discover more about yourself and your aspirations for the future.

Take the first steps in your career

Volvo employment opportunities are based on trust. We trust you to do your very best, always with the coaching and recognition from teammates and leadership. We want to see your potential, and we believe that is best achieved by enabling you to make an impact. When you grow – we all get better. Volvo Group always needs new ideas and perspectives.

 

As a truly global company we appreciate your passion and enthusiasm to learn, and greatly value diversity in our teams. Bring everything you are. Together we will shape the world we want to live in.

Graduate programs

With major technological changes ahead, there have never been more exciting times working with transport and infrastructure solutions. 

Join us in driving prosperity 

Whether your heart beats for Operations, IT, Finance or Engineering, our Volvo global graduate programs are tailored to meet your needs and designed to make you excel.

 

Your ambition to grow – professionally and personally – is what makes our company prosper. And as a truly global organization, through our international graduate programs we offer you a world of career development opportunities to explore! 

 

Every year, we welcome 100+ graduates to our graduate trainee programs. Feel free to browse these pages to get to know us and discover which program would suit you best.

Graduate programs

Graduate recruitment process

At this initial stage, Volvo Group HR professionals review incoming applications and resumes. The goal is to identify candidates who meet the basic qualifications and have the desired educational background and skills. Unsuitable applicants are typically eliminated at this stage, while qualified candidates proceed to the next step.

Qualified candidates are invited (in some countries) to complete assessments that evaluate their skills and abilities relevant to the specific graduate program they are applying for. These assessments include online tests, situational judgement tests, or technical assessments. The results help us identify candidates who align with the programs' requirements and company values.

This step allows you as an applicant to get to know the team, and share more information about yourself. Candidates who perform well in the assessments are invited to participate in a video-recorded interview using a digital platform. During this interview, candidates respond to pre-recorded questions, and their responses are recorded for later evaluation. This step allows us to evaluate the candidate's competences, personality traits and background.

Candidates who successfully pass the video interview stage are invited to a recruitment day (in some countries) or an assessment center. This is a crucial step where candidates engage in various activities and interviews to further assess their suitability for the graduate programs. Activities may include group exercises, one-on-one interviews with hiring managers, and presentations. We use this day to evaluate candidates' capabilities within teamwork, leadership, and cultural alignment, and also for the candidate to get to know our company values and ask questions they might have. 

After the recruitment day, we contact the the referees you have provided to gather insights about your work ethic, skills, and character. References can be a valuable source of information to confirm the suitability of a candidate for the graduate program.

Finally, we extend offers to the top candidates who have successfully completed all previous stages of the recruitment process. The offer includes details about the graduate program, compensation, benefits, and other relevant information. In some countries there are drug tests. Once candidates accept the offer, they become part of the Volvo Group's Graduate Program. 

Frequently asked questions

The specific base and role that you will fulfill is specified in the job posting you have applied to.

Graduates have the final say regarding what kind of assignments, projects or job rotation they will be involved in. We want our graduates to communicate and share where they see themselves develop ; at the same time we encourage discussions between the graduates and their own manager. Managers are here to support our graduates’ growth in the area of expertise that they would like to develop and they will propose assignments, job rotations or projects that would benefit each graduate.

You will have the common weeks split up in different modules during the year. You will also make an individual plan for the year with your manager that might include studying visits, job rotations/experiences, local and global projects, job shadowing, business travels to other locations and countries.

These are very rich and memorable weeks. You will grow through personal development, networking and teambuilding, business and customer insights, discussions on culture, global awareness and CSR, and sessions on innovation and emerging technologies.

You will be working in global projects with your graduate peers during the year and you will have a chance to meet as a graduate community through networking on site, after-works and dinners. After the graduate program is completed, you will be involved as a graduate ambassador in presentation sessions for the current graduates on your site and also become a graduate buddy.

International opportunities will vary depending on the graduate program you are part of. These opportunities may include international assignments, international projects, as well as international visits.  Volvo Group is a global company so you will get the chance to work with many people around the globe.

The amount of travel will vary depending on the graduate program – engineering, IT or operations - and your role.  This travel could vary from domestic to international and you might be away from a couple days or a week, up to a few months at a time during the program period. 

Absolutely! Since this is a long term relation you will be hired as an employee from day one.

You will have your appointed manager and a dedicated mentor during or straight after the program. You will also find valuable support from your colleagues, the network of your peer graduates, a former graduate as a buddy and the manager of your graduate program.

After the program ends, you will continue in the department where you are hired. If you would like to change departments or roles this is something to discuss with your manager. We are a company with countless global opportunities. We invest in the growth of our people and support internal mobility. Every year, many positions open up for our employees to apply to and drive their career forward.

Our educational requirements are specified in each job posting. When it comes to personality, we are looking for curious, open minded, driven and engaged people to make up the future generation of Volvo Group. We are not looking for a “pre-set boxed person” - on the contrary - we value your own uniqueness. If you think you have the passion to shape tomorrow’s society together with us, we might be a great match!

We look at our graduate program as a way for young talents to jump start their career. In our company we do not have an age limit but a professional working experience limit of maximum 2 years. Looking at past participants’ age, it varies between 22-32 years old.

Yes, you are welcome to apply on all positions offered within the engineering, the IT and the operations graduate programs as well as any other open position you find to be a good match for you.

We welcome students with bachelor degree, although it is preferred that you hold a master’s degree. 

Yes. We are a truly global company and English is our official business language.

No. The Volvo Group Graduate programs are a full time employment. You apply into a position that you hold from day one. You are a part of the program activities and a “full-blown” Volvo Group employee.

At the end of each Graduate Program, we ask participants what they liked most about their experience. This is what they say -

  • A real job with attractive salary and benefits
  • Working on real business challenges and top notch technologies
  • Training, job rotations and mentoring to develop my technical and soft skills
  • The feeling of being heard, trusted and appreciated by passionate colleagues
  • A passport to explore the world and to work with people from 130 nationalities
  • Insights in many roles, organizations and cultures to jump start my career
  • A fantastic network of contacts making me ready for the future
  • A chance to be part of projects that benefit society for real
  • Countless opportunities to become who I want to be
  • Serious fun and potentially friends for life!

Internships

Each year, we welcome thousands of talented young people to start a Volvo internship or apprenticeship.

Try out your skills in the business world

We believe that the best way to learn a profession in our industry is to closely study and work together with some of the brightest minds within your field. Our internship opportunities range from one month to three years and cover all our professions from engineering all the way to commercial and business administration. No matter where in the Volvo Group organization you choose to do your internship – you will change the future working with our transport and infrastructure solutions.

Top 5 reasons why students choose us

“It gave me an idea of what I want to do in my professional life.” That is a comment we get all the time when people finish a Volvo Group internship. This shows how an internship can give you perspective and get you started in a variety of potential careers.

It is not uncommon that interns stay on once their internship is finished. Just look at the examples in the stories below. Our internship opportunities can be the start of a long-term relationship with Volvo Group. Whatever you choose, a Volvo internship will be a great addition to your resume.

Every year we recruit thousands of interns and apprentices. We know how important it is to match every applicant with the right team for the internship to succeed. We also know that diversity strengthens us, and we always try to bring out the best in everyone.

 

A Volvo Group internship is a chance to make your mark and really contribute. It is also a commitment from both sides. We take your internship experience seriously and guide you through it. What we want in return is your commitment and contribution.

At Volvo Group we strongly believe that employees should be in charge of their own work and individual needs. Hence, we offer different programs to make the challenge of combining work and private life easier. Of course, this philosophy extends to the internship opportunities as well.

Summer jobs

Summer work with us could be your perfect step into the labour market. These job opportunities for students are a great way for you to gain a hands-on experience to what it is like to work for a global company with operations in over 100 countries. It is also an opportunity for you to apply your skills across many different professions and to explore your ambitions for the future.

Summer Jobs

Summer jobs

Explore your potential in a global and diverse company

Are you studying at high school or college? Are you looking for a company where you can start building your career alongside your studies? Applying for one of our Volvo summer jobs could be the perfect first step into the job market. As a student, it is a great way to gain hands-on experience of working at a global company with operations in over 100 countries. It is also an opportunity for you to apply your skills across many professions and start realizing your ambitions. Take the chance to expand your resume. We look forward to receiving your application! 

Thesis work

Volvo Group has a long and successful tradition of working with students from various universities. 

Why choose us for your thesis project?

A Volvo thesis project can be a great step forward in your career, and also the start of a long relationship with us.

 

Tutoring thesis workers comes natural to us. Many of us have done our own thesis projects – some of us even here at Volvo Group. We understand the challenges you face, and take pride in answering your questions.

 

Doing Volvo thesis work often involves the opportunity to be on site. Not only does that give us a better understanding of your skills; you will get to know us better as well. We believe that a strong relationship leads to better thesis projects for all parties.

 

Thesis projects are posted on our job portal. We offer projects on different levels – Master thesis, Bachelor thesis and PhD thesis. If you do not find a project suitable for your area of interest, we are open to define other opportunities together with you.

Thesis student Andreas Karlsson

“A great chance to put learning into a practical context.”

To have the support of a large company opens up a lot of doors

Benefits of writing a Volvo Master Thesis

At Volvo Group, we are working with sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. We are reshaping the cities of tomorrow working with areas such as Automation, Connectivity and Electromobility. There are around 11,500 employees in our research and development department. By doing your thesis project at Volvo Group, you become a part of our exciting journey towards the future.

 

Volvo Group has a long experience in joining forces with thesis workers. In Sweden, around 200 theses are written every year together with us. We have many senior hiring managers and tutors. Their knowledge and skills will help you develop your ideas and sharpen your findings.

 

Regardless if you want to do a Volvo Bachelor thesis, a Volvo Master thesis, or a Volvo PhD thesis – we believe that our aspiration to move forward and constantly working together to improve will appeal to you.

Explore thesis openings 

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Employee portraits

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  • For Loic Boudarel it was never obvious that he would pursue a career as a purchaser. But now, three years down the line, he is very clear that he doesn’t want to change path any time soon and is thriving in his role as a buyer within Volvo Group.

  • Juggling work with a private life and family isn’t always easy. At Volvo Group we believe that good communication and trust, together with supportive employee benefits, provide the basis for a healthy work-life balance. Sarah Townsend, Analyst, Parts & Services Financing, is very happy with the work culture at Volvo Group – a company she’s proud to describe as socially conscious.

  • “The best thing about working at Volvo Group is the diversity, which I think is beneficial to our business and increases the commitment of employees. Here at Tuve, we have colleagues with different backgrounds and skills - you can be yourself and everyone is equally welcome.”

  • “I started working at Volvo as an apprentice when I was 14. The work environment, the relationships we establish with people, the opportunities for development that I have are things that make me come to work and want to develop more every day” says Christian De Jesus Camilo, Factory Operator, Volvo Buses, Brazil

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    Richard Oncena

    Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, Richard Oncena moved to the USA in 2002. In 2014, having worked with Architecture and Engineering design firms specializing in high-tech laboratories for many years, he was the perfect candidate for the vacant position of Property Project Manager at Volvo Group in Hagerstown.

  • After applying for a position in 1995, Ronette Stoner’s long journey with Volvo Group has taken her from the US to China, Belgium and Sweden. Her career in finance has involved taking a wide range of roles and challenges. “I can do anything, go anywhere, just as long as I’m brave and willing to try,” she says.

  • When Priya moved from India to Sweden, her aim was to work for the Volvo Group. She wanted to grow as a professional in a multicultural environment while working at the forefront of technology development. At Volvo Group Connected Solutions she found what she was looking for.

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