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Opportunities for development

We think like innovators. Embrace diversity. Work in an agile way. And with around 270,000 people in 186 countries, we also have the scale to make a positive difference to people’s lives. So, if you want your work to make an impact, Nestlé offers inspiring early-career opportunities worldwide.

Key programs



With a Nestlé Internship, you'll get valuable hands-on experience, mentoring and practical training in a work environment related to your field of study.

You'll see at first-hand how we deal with real-life business challenges across our value chain, gaining insights that will give you a head start in your career.

Internships last from one to six months depending on the project.

Availability: Global

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Nestlé apprenticeships blend practical, paid workplace experience with classroom-based education.

Geared towards technical or vocational topics, these two- to three-year programs prepare you for a successful career and develop your soft skills and professionalism.

We offer a wide range of apprenticeship schemes at different levels across Nestlé, each providing significant opportunities in our teams.

Availability: Global


R&D PhD Program

As well as helping train the next generation of scientists, the R&D PhD program gives students the skills and competencies they need to conduct independent experimental research on different food-related disciplines: material science, safety and quality, packaging, sustainability, and nutrition and health.

Available at Nestlé R&D locations across the world, the program has two pathways.

The student can follow an external PhD based on a research collaboration between Nestlé and an academic institution where they are hosted, with short placements at Nestlé. Through the second, internal pathway, the student remains affiliated with an academic institution, but is hired as a company employee, and is co-supervised by an external academic professor and a Nestlé scientist.

Availability: Global

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Nestlé needs YOUth

If we can nurture the talent, energy and dreams of young people around the world, we can help ensure a sustainable future for everyone. 

That’s why we’ve created the Nestlé needs YOUth program. Designed to equip young people with the skills they need to thrive in tomorrow’s workplaces, it has three focus areas:

1) helping young people to find work and build their skills for employment;
2) supporting young entrepreneurs to kickstart and grow businesses; and
3) 'agripreneurship', supporting young people to make a decent living out of agriculture.

Availability: Global

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Other programs


Nesternships are 'semi-virtual' paid internships where you work on real-life Nestlé projects from your own location. They will enable you to boost your digital skills, your entrepreneurial spirit, and your agility to deal with different situations. Nesternships are an add-on to regular Nestlé internships so you can also work in our offices when required.

Availability: Europe, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, Asia


Management Trainee Program

Comprising three elements – experience, networks and education – this 18-24-month program develops people as future Nestlé leaders. It's an immersive learning experience that gives you a holistic view of our business and how it works.

Availability: U.S., Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Africa

Management Trainee Program Vietnam

Graduate Trainee Program

This two-to-three-year rotational program accelerates careers for selected candidates. You'll work across different roles in your region – for example IT, Marketing, Sales, HR, Supply Chain, Finance, Nutrition, or Digital Manufacturing – and enjoy coaching and learning opportunities throughout the program.

Availability: Europe, Middle East, Oceania, U.S., Canada, Latin America

Graduate Trainee Program

Hear from our colleagues

Frederikke - HR student worker in the Nordics

I started as a coffee specialist in a Nespresso boutique in Copenhagen before starting as a student worker in the Nordic HR Team.

The 'Nestlé needs Youth' program is giving me so many new skills and so much new knowledge and in the future I am hoping to be able to make a difference to Nestlé in the same way Nestlé is making the difference to me.

Christopher - Student, PhD Training at the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences, Switzerland

I study how intracellular and dietary metabolites influence mitochondria and cellular bioenergetics. The PhD program at the Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences is a unique experience that's broadened my horizons and perspective.

I'm learning from expert scientists working in state-of-the-art laboratories and gaining valuable insights from business professionals – to prepare me for the world of work.

Minhaal - Student, Nesternship, Nestlé Pakistan

Challenging, inspiring and transformative are the words that define my experience at Nestlé.

Working on inclusivity projects, employer branding and youth engagement was an opportunity to hone my professional and personal growth.

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