Apply to Afrika Kommt! for a Chance to Work for Volkswagen, Siemens, Bayer, Other German Companies


AfrikaKommt! is a fellowship programme that brings together visionary young leaders from Africa into leading German companies. The aim is to create a globally inclusive business and mutually beneficial cooperation. 

The programme works in such a way that some top German companies will take in these African professionals for an 8-month internship during which they will benefit from the young professionals’ expertise, knowledge, local network, and unique African perspective.

Simultaneously, the African fellows will immerse themselves in German corporate specifics, business spirit, and culture. 

A major benefit of this experience is that the African fellows stand the chance to gain international experience, technical skills and German language proficiency. The programme will also allow them to become African change agents for the benefit of both German business relations with Africa and economic and social growth in the fellows’ home countries and communities. 

Some of the participating companies include Siemens Healthineers, Braun, Volkswagen, Bayer, Merck, SAP and many others. 

Programme details: In 2008, nineteen companies, led by Tilman Todenhöfer, former Managing Director of Robert Bosch Industrial Trust KG and supported by the former Federal President Horst Köhler, transformed their vision into action and founded Afrika Kommt! 

The programme encompasses German language lessons, international management training and study tours in an 8-month practical training at the host company. 

After completion of eight program intakes, the over 200 alumni of the programme will transfer their knowledge and experience to their home countries where they will lead projects, businesses, and change initiatives through German-African cooperation. 

More than half of the young experts end up working for their partner companies in Africa or Germany. 

As a participant of Afrika Kommt! you will: 

  • Refine your leadership and management competency 
  • Access networks and opportunities for career acceleration 
  • Improve your intercultural competence 
  • Broaden your perspective and stir up innovation 
  • Achieve personal growth 

Eligibility requirements: Candidates must meet the following formal application criteria-

  • Be a citizen of an African state 
  • Have a university degree in a relevant subject 
  • Have a postgraduate qualification (e.g. MBA) which is an advantage 
  • Have two to five years of relevant work experience 
  • Possess an excellent knowledge of English 
  • Basic knowledge of German is an advantage 
  • Not older than 35 years 

How to apply: Interested parties should apply here on or before the 26th of March 2023. 

Upon submission of the application, you will receive feedback within approximately 8-12 weeks after the official end of the application period. The partner companies may contact you to do a short telephone interview with you. If your application has successfully passed the pre-selection stage, you will receive an invitation to a 2-days assessment centre.