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DB Systel offers so many opportunities in tandem with your studies, from internships to working-student roles or thesis work, that you can code your own career.

Are you looking for a secure job that also offers flexibility and the atmosphere of a startup? Great! That means DB Systel is the perfect place for you. We can offer you just what you're looking for: you'll be part of the DB family and enjoy all the benefits that a major corporation provides, but at DB Systel, you can expect a modern working environment with flat hierarchies and agile, self-organising ways of doing things. At Skydeck, our innovation lab with a startup vibe, we're always working on new ideas that help drive digitalisation forward at Deutsche Bahn. Sound exciting? Then launch your career with us – one of the leading names in ICT solutions and Deutsche Bahn's partner for digital solutions.

The benefits that DB Systel offers students attending academic courses or working on their theses:

  • You get familiar with DB Systel's agile working methods in the context of exciting projects.
  • "This time is yours": trust-based working hours and flexibility with regard to where and when you work means that you can fulfil all of your roles, both professional and personal, to the best of your capacity.
  • The DB StudentsClub network will hep you to create your own network at Deutsche Bahn. To help you make the contacts you need, we organise events such as lunchtime meetings or get-togethers with your peers. You can also take part in workshops and excursions. 
  • We offer you an attractive overall package with fair pay and great perks such as travel discounts.

Opportunities for students at DB Systel


Do you want to help design the digital mobility of the future? Whether you are completing a mandatory or optional internship or taking part in the Student Track programme, you will be assigned to one of our ICT projects during your internship (of at least three months). Depending on the focus of your studies, you will work in the fascinating fields of software development, software architecture, IT consulting, IT project management or IT security in an innovative environment. We know you will love it as much as we do!

Working students

DB Systel is always looking for people who can work independently, who have a dedicated, can-do attitude, and who want to make progress – both on a personal level and with us. Working students spend a minimum period of six months with us. From the moment you join, you will gather invaluable hands-on experience by actively participating in our daily activities for up to twenty hours a week.

Parallel to your STEM course, you will help one of our agile teams to complete their latest ICT projects. You will be able to apply and increase the IT expertise you already have in a way that concentrates on practical issues.

Thesis phase

Are you the type of person that refuses to get bogged down in problems, but comes up with solutions? When it comes to completing your STEM course with a flourish, DB Systel can offer practical support. Whether you are working a bachelor's or master's thesis, why not get in touch with us? Choosing a topic will be much easier if you have completed an internship or working student placement with DB Systel. You can either work on a thesis topic that we have proposed or ask us to support you with a topic you have already chosen.

Candidates should have achieved good or excellent grades during their studies and have gained practical experience in a specialist area. If you would like to hear more about how we can help you, contact us at Include your application documents in full and a proposal that describes in detail the content of your planned thesis. Tell us where you would like to work and the time period you have in mind. We will then look for a suitable placement at a unit that will support your work.

"I applied for a working student position in digital consulting at DB Systel in tandem with my degree in business informatics. I was impressed by DB Systel as an employer, not only because of its exciting fields of work and the possibility of being offered a position after my placement, but because of the flexibility on offer. As a full-time student, being able to decide when and where I work is extremely important to me."

Sophia Reddi, working student in digital consulting at DB Systel

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Are you interested in joining us?

As a Systel employee, you will play an active role in shaping the digitalisation of the DB Group. There's never been a more exciting time to join us. Use Deutsche Bahn's careers portal to send us your application documents in full, stating your preferred period and area of study.