Internships

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After one match the next round is already waiting. That‘s how champions are born, always eager for a new challenge. Thus we invite you to test your strengths, broaden your skills and most likely pursue your passion for sports and lifestyle by co-creating the future within an internship at one of our locations worldwide. But we also want to learn from your external view of the world and your individualized input. If this quid-pro-quo sounds like a win, we look forward to hearing from you.

All undergraduate students are welcome to join one of our internship programs at the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Portland, Reebok in Boston and many other adidas locations around the world. No matter where you are coming from. 


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4 Essentials for Internships

Openings

Our internships are advertised on an ongoing basis on the adidas website. You are welcome to apply for up to five internship openings. However, it is important that you limit your applications to one functional area so that we can see a common thread and submit individual cover letters for each role. We recruit one year in advance.

Documents

We have gone totally digital when it comes to applications. Please send your applications via our career site. Unfortunately we cannot accept applications via email or post.

Your application consists of

  • a one-page cover letter
  • Your CV
  • Record of achievement from study program
  • Any internship or work experience references/confirmation (optional)

Language-wise, you can use the same language as the job posting. However, you are normally on the right track if you write your application in English.

Please note that when you are applying for a design internship keep your portfolio simple with your project highlights., show the full process including sketches and insert your personality.

Transmission

Address your application to „Dear adidas team“. Once we have received your application documents, you will get an automatic acknowledgement of receipt. Please check your Spam folder in case you did not receive an acknowledgement. We begin the final selection once the application deadline has passed. You will get feedback latest 2-3 weeks after the application deadline, mentioned in the job posting.

Process

Our application process for internships consists of three stages: 

  • Online Application 
  • Telephone/video interview and/or 
  • Personal interview 

 In the interviews (a video interview, a phone interview, and/or Skype interview with a hiring manager) we would like to get to know you better and to learn more about your motivation for applying for this specific internship. Prepare yourself for the interviews by doing some research in advance about adidas and the internship you applied for so you can convince us that you are the right candidate.. If your interview is in person all the travelling expenses are reimbursed. Whatever the outcome, you will hear from us as soon as we have interviewed all candidates, usually within one to two weeks after the interview. Please note that here is no individual feedback beforehand.

13 facts about Internships at our Headquarters

Any questions left? Let us know by sending an E-mail to internship@adidas-Group.com

  1. What qualifications do I need?

    For an internship at our adidas Headquarters you must be a student who is actively enrolled in a University or University of Applied Science for the duration of the internship.

    Besides being actively enrolled at a University, you should have international or intercultural experience, local language skills, and very good English skills. Also, a consumer oriented focus, analytical and logical thinking as well as involvement in extracurricular activities are qualifications.

  2. How important is my grade average?

    Grades alone are not the decisive criterion when it comes to taking on apprentices. Moreover the overall profile is important to us. We would also like to learn what do you do outside school (e.g., work placements, part-time jobs, social engagement, membership in associations, etc.). So don‘t forget to let us know.

  3. Where do internships take place?

    Internship opportunities are one of our most prolific student programs worldwide. Most of them are realised in our German headquarter in Herzogenaurach. Besides, there are openings in locations throughout the world and in almost all disciplines. Please note that you have to arrange and pay for your own accommodation. However, as soon as you receive the offer of an internship and accept it, we will send you a list of suggested accommodations in the area. This should help you to find a place quickly.

    PS: We are also happy to tell you more about living in Herzogenaurach, Nuremberg or Erlangen.

  4. How many interns are hired each year?

    The number of interns varies each year based on the demand of the departments.

  5. Are the internships limited to one department?

    Yes, they are. You can tell us in which department you would like to complete your internship, however we cannot promise that the internship will take place in that department. However, the close collaboration with other functional areas will give you a good insight into other departments as well.

  6. Can I complete several internships?

    Only one internship may be completed at each location of adidas.

  7. How long do the internships last?

    Internships at our headquarters in Germany always last six months. Shorter internships are not offered. The internship period cannot be divided up. And the advertised time frames are set.

  8. Is it possible to intern in my Gap year?

    Sure. If you decide to complete an internship between finishing your Bachelor's degree and starting your Masters, this is possible without student status. Please provide information in your application about your planned Master studies and the University or University of Applied Science at which you plan to complete your studies. However this regulation only applies to EU citizens, due to work permit regulations in Germany.

  9. Are the internships at adidas paid?

    Yes, the internships at adidas are paid. The salary itself varies by location or experience.

  10. What is the dress code?

    We do not specify any particular dress code. It is important to us that you feel comfortable!

  11. What are the standard working hours and how much holiday will I have?

    The working hours are 39 hours per week. Vacation days and holidays vary by location. In our Germany locations you are entitled to 14 days of holiday during a six-month internship.

  12. Are internships available for foreign students?

    Absolutely. In Germany, we have many interns from all over the world. However, you must be enrolled as a student for the whole period of the internship in order to obtain a work permit. We will be happy to support you in this process with the paperwork, however we do not cover the relocation- or visa fees. Our corporate language is English, but in some departments within our Germany locations, German skills are required.

  13. Can I prepare my degree thesis in cooperation with adidas?

    Yes it is possible to write a degree thesis in combination with an internship at our adidas Headquarters, however the decision if a thesis can be supported is always made by the respective department. Please mention in your application that you are considering preparing your degree thesis with us.

adidas, Herzogenaurach, Germany

Join thousands of others from around the world who have come to the adidas global headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany for the professional and personal opportunity of a lifetime. If you’re excited to have a game-changing career, we’re excited to welcome you to our world of sports. Whatever your talent is, apply for your favorite departments out of 11 possible functional areas and work independently as well as with great colleagues.

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Design
  • eCommerce
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Product Development
  • Research and Development
  • Sales
  • SEA/Legal
  • Supply Chain Management

adidas Headquarter, Portland, USA

Portland is home of adidas America and the global co-headquarters of brand adidas. Portland, Oregon represents a better tomorrow. Located in the heart of our city we share the responsibility to role-model a better, more healthy future. This is our motivation to continue to build on creating a great work environment for Portlanders and other likeminded people who want to shape a better tomorrow. We are humbled to be recognized as a top employer in the city we love and respect. Enjoy Portland’s creative vibe and unbound possibilities and make your impact in either a 10 weeks summer internship or a 6 months design internship.


10 Week Summer Internships

10 weeks is not very long. But when every day is full of learning and inspiration, even 10 weeks is enough time to build a better tomorrow. Get insights, gain experience and explore the adidas brand in the US by joining one of our teams next summer.

Areas of opportunity: Product Development, Merchandising, Marketing, PR, Communications, Legal, Finance, Sales, Retail, Supply Chain, HR
Application process opens: November
Program Dates: 10 weeks; June - August
Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate, graduate, or MBA student (with at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0) and a passion for sport
  • At least 6 months of relevant work, extracurricular or volunteer experience
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build rapport and trust quickly
  • Ability to succeed in a fast paced, ever changing work environment
  • All candidates must be legally eligible to work in the US for the entire duration of the internship
  • Flexibility, logical thinking and the ability to adapt to new situations
  • Must be fluent in English


Design Internships

Work alongside a talented design team who are passionate about helping you become a better designer. During a 6 month design internship you will have a unique collaboration project working with graphics and footwear interns and a chance to live in the creative hub of Portland and feel part of the design community. You will also receive free gym membership during your internship.

Areas of opportunity: Apparel, Footwear, Graphic Design, 3D Design, Color and Materials with the following teams: Future, Sports Performance, Action Sports, Originals and Creative Direction.
Application process opens: November
Program Dates: 6 months; June - December
Qualifications:

  • Junior, Senior, or recently graduated student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above from a four-year design program
  • Superior storytelling and visualization skills
  • Knowledge of all Microsoft Office applications, as well as a strong working knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Ability to operate in a fast past, ever changing work environment.
  • Detail and process oriented mind
  • All candidates must be legally eligible to work in the US for the entire duration of the internship.
  • Must be fluent in English

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Reebok, Boston, Massachusetts

Design Internships

You don‘t care so much about today‘s trends because you already try to figure out what comes next. You love sports but they are more than just physical exercise to you. Awesome! The Reebok design team would be happy to have you as an intern in Boston. Help us create brand innovations for both apparel and footwear, work holistically by taking on various tasks and get to know the whole product creation process.

Application process opens: October - November

Program Dates: 10 weeks; June – August

Qualifications

  • Currently in the junior year of a Bachelor’s degree program or in a Master’s degree program. Students who have graduated are not eligible
  • Students majoring in Product, Industrial, Fashion, Apparel, Graphic, Illustration, Furniture, and/or Transportation Design
  • Solid sketching, rendering and visualization skills and strong knowledge of Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Be able to commute or relocate to the location of the Apprenticeship. It is your responsibility to acquire and arrange for your own housing
  • International candidates: We accept recent graduates from international locations. All candidates are responsible for obtaining their own J-1 or F-1 OPT visa before the start of the program along with the costs associated with the visa.