University internship

Take a break and acquire work experience

Have you been studying for at least four semesters and are you eager to put your knowledge into practice? We can quench your thirst for action: set your studies aside for a semester and acquire some initial work experience with us.

Start your career with a university internship

Had your fill of studying? Do you finally want to gain professional experience? Then an university internship at PostFinance is exactly what you’re looking for. You can expect six exciting months during which you will get an in-depth insight into one of Switzerland’s biggest banks. You’ll need to give it your all, but you can make a big difference in return. We’ll bring you together with your colleagues in the field of university admissions – to ensure that the fun factor is not neglected.

  • Here’s what you need to know about university internship:

    Duration
    Six months
    Start
    Usually February and August
    Salary
    CHF 50,000 per year

    Additional benefits

    • Free half-fare travelcard or discounted GA travelcard
    • Numerous preferential offers for Swiss Post staff
    Application period
    9. - 22. May 2022
  • Billing Solutions

    Brief description of the department:

    Billing Solutions forms part of the Payment Solutions business unit and is responsible for strategic growth in the field of digital payment transactions (billing), and for developing and operating billing and e-procurement solutions for invoice issuers and recipients.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will help develop new solutions in the rapidly growing areas of e-procurement (electronic purchasing by companies) and billing (invoicing process) with the associated areas (e.g. product management, IT, sales, marketing)
    • You will help digitize purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash processes used by companies
    • You will help enhance and develop PostFinance’s position as a Swiss Payment Champion

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • You have completed a BA in economics, business engineering or business information technology, or you would like to do a practical semester after your fourth (or higher) semester at university
    • You are interested in digital business areas in the fields of purchasing/procurement and billing
    • Thanks to your independence and willingness to learn, you quickly get to grip with new areas
    • You are an open, enthusiastic individual

    Contact person:

    Dr Daniel Maucher
    Specialist Project Manager in E-procurement
    Tel. 079 546 8707

    Compliance

    Brief description of the department:

    As someone with a clear grasp of legal, economic and corporate aspects and how they relate, are you looking to play an active role in guaranteeing the future integrity of PostFinance in the long term? Would you say you’re a Sherlock Holmes who enjoys getting into the nitty-gritty, ensuring customer activities comply with regulatory requirements? If so, then our Compliance Office is just the place for you!

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will identify case-specific risks and consult with customers as required, taking into account the legal and regulatory requirements
    • You will assess business relationships and produce editorially sound, highly thorough reports
    • You will have a very keen eye for fiscal compliance and for complying with due diligence obligations
    • You will be able to use your knowledge to deal with both the legal and banking side of the job, and will be able to find targeted, compliance-compatible solutions for your customers

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • A BA in law or economics, or you would like to do a practical semester after your fourth (or higher) semester at university
    • Interest in the financial services sector and compliance
    • The ability to multi-task and to prioritize varying workloads
    • A very good working level of German and English

    Contact person:

    Christoph Zwahlen
    Compliance Office Team Leader for Business Customers 
    Tel. 058 341 00 81

    Corporate Responsibility

    Brief description of the department:

    Together with the Corporate Responsibility (CR) team, you’ll tackle the major sustainability challenges. Smart, and with a lot of courage and commitment, you will help us to impress our clients with sustainable and innovative solutions, while also having a positive impact on the environment and society. After all, this is the only way to make banking truly meaningful and enjoyable. Sustainability is a diverse area. You will always be focused on making a lasting impact.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will work to bring together PostFinance employees who are passionate about Corporate Responsibility, and you will inspire them as a community to incorporate a sustainability mindset in the company and to make an impact
    • You will work towards real objectives and on measures that will enshrine Corporate Responsibility within the company and raise awareness amongst PostFinance staff
    • You will foster and manage the sustainability community 
    • You will supervise in-house CR communication in addition to various events (e.g. brown bags)
    • You will assist  with various CR projects where required 

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • You see the big picture and are able to see synergies and the relationships between things 
    • You are highly motivated and independent
    • You have the courage to come up with innovative, agile solutions
    • Everything you do is geared towards implementation
    • You have good communication skills and approach others openly

    Contact person:

    Stefanie Haag
    Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability Specialist
    Tel. 076 561 39 18

    Product development

    Brief description of the department:

    As part of our team you will play an active role in developing our traditional payment methods. If you’re keen to understand how payment transaction processes will change in the near future, and to help us better position PostFinance on this market, then you could be perfect for our team! Your challenge will be to bring customer focus (from capturing customer needs to solution validation) into our product development process.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will play an active role shaping/developing PostFinance’s traditional payment methods
    • You will work on the biggest challenge in product development, namely customer focus
    • You will take the initiative and pursue your own projects with the support of our team (e.g. specialist expertise, coaching, etc.)

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • An interest in working on IT/business-related themes
    • A willingness to move out of your comfort zone and to challenge yourself
    • A willingness to embrace learning by doing and trial and error work
    • A basic understanding of IT or business

    Contact person:

    Alexandre Herrmann
    Product Manager
    Tel. 076 558 97 25
    Email: alexandre.herrmann@postfinance.ch

    Product development

    Brief description of the department:

    As part of our team you will play an active role in developing our traditional payment methods. If you’re keen to understand how payment transaction processes will change in the near future, and to help us better position PostFinance on this market, then you could be perfect for our team! Your challenge will be to bring customer focus (from capturing customer needs to solution validation) into our product development process.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will play an active role shaping/developing PostFinance’s traditional payment methods
    • You will work on the biggest challenge in product development, namely customer focus
    • You will take the initiative and pursue your own projects with the support of our team (e.g. specialist expertise, coaching, etc.)

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • An interest in working on IT/business-related themes
    • A willingness to move out of your comfort zone and to challenge yourself
    • A willingness to embrace learning by doing and trial and error work
    • A basic understanding of IT or business

    Contact person:

    Alexandre Herrmann
    Product Manager
    Tel. 076 558 97 25
    Email: alexandre.herrmann@postfinance.ch

    Marketing

    Brief description of the department:

    Sales and Service Excellence is responsible for the cultivation of the biggest PostFinance business customers. Our mission covers marketing, projects and training. Roles within the department deal with conception, implementation and rollout.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will collaborate on projects (but also take on smaller sub-projects) when it comes to conceiving, shaping and managing the market cultivation of major corporate clients
    • You will assist (but also take on smaller sub-projects) with the development and implementation of market stories and sales stories
    • You will help plan out short-term and mid-term measures relating to tactical market cultivation
    • You will assist us (but also take on smaller sub-projects) in training and rollout management

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • You are interested in and passionate about conceptual, implementation-oriented development when it comes to marketing and sales
    • Passion and enthusiasm for areas that relate to the payment market and the needs of business customers
    • You are open and willing to work on various areas of marketing, market cultivation and sales
    • You enjoy working with a diverse group of people in different teams and projects (including agile work)

    Contact person:

    Urs Känzig
    Head of Sales & Service Excellence, Market Development & Sales
    Tel. 076 385 84 32

    Market research

    Brief description of the department:

    Customers, market and media – if you’re interested in these three topics, you’re in the right place. As a Bacherlor’s trainee, you will independently conduct research projects and learn about what drives customers and the market, and how the media report on PostFinance. Thanks to your pronounced curiosity and your interest in research, you will have the ideal opportunity to prepare for your future career by working on specific and varied projects in different areas, and also to develop a broad network.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will carry out basic market research projects independently and assist with complex projects
    • You will prepare press analyses
    • You will expand your knowledge about different market research methods
    • You are enthusiastic about putting theory into practice

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • You have completed a BA in economics, psychology, sociology or political sciences, or you would like to do a practical semester after your fourth (or higher) semester at university
    • You are enthusiastic about the prospect of applying different research methods
    • Ideally you will already have SPSS knowledge
    • You are able to work independently and have a keen eye for detail
    • You are able to stay level-headed even in stressful situations, and are able to stay in control when working on parallel projects

    Contact person:

    Désirée Muri
    Project Manager for Research
    Tel. 079 514 63 04

    VNTR / Innovation

    Brief description of the department:

    VNTR are PostFinance’s innovation and venturing initiatives. Specifically, VNTR focuses on being able to spot opportunities and blind spots outside PostFinance’s core business, and on acquiring the relevant knowledge/expertise. Additionally, VNTR is responsible for company-wide innovation management across the three innovation horizons, although it focuses on the third innovation horizon. For this purpose, VNTR keeps an exploration and investment portfolio that it uses to identify new business models, or to incorporate relevant innovations from both internal and external sources into the continued development of PostFinance.

    To generate innovation, we work with start-ups, companies, universities of applied sciences and traditional universities within our development areas, and we live and breathe open innovation.

    How you can make a difference:

    • By working for PostFinance in VNTR | Innovation & Venturing, you will experiment in future-related areas and help the team with innovation projects and to develop new business models
    • You will work with national and international start-ups, and will be directly involved with PostFinance’s innovation projects
    • You will get to grips with the approaches of design thinking, lean start-up and business model innovation, and acquire new knowledge in the process
    • You will organize various (online) events, assist us with marketing activities and manage the VNTR LinkedIn page
    • You will help foster innovative thinking and a culture of innovation

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • You have completed a BA (e.g. in economics, business administration, psychology, computer science, design management, marketing), or you would like to do a practical semester after your fourth (or higher) term at university
    • A keen interest in areas such as innovation, start-ups, foresight and trends
    • Analytical and conceptual skills, as well as an entrepreneurial mindset
    • You are a creative thinker with a can-do attitude, and you have the courage to express your own views and put forward new ideas
    • You are very familiar with social media, and have basic marketing experience

    Contact person:

    Yasmin Wieland
    Lead Brand, Marketing & Communication with VNTR | Innovation & Venturing by PostFinance
    Tel. 079 655 59 09

    IT Business Analysis / Software Development

    Brief description of the department:

    We develop software that focuses on the customer and processes for its administration.  To do so, we use the latest technologies, for instance Java 17, Spring Boot, Angular and Camunda as process engines. Business analysts, developers and testers work side-by-side in the delivery teams. Our software is developed in an agile manner using Scrum, and can be deployed in the Kubernetes cloud. Thanks to our reliable approach to work, we are key to the success of PostFinance.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will help us lay the foundations for the digital bank of the future
    • You will set out the customer processes across all customer interaction channels

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • Depending on your area of interest, i.e. business analysis or software development, you should at least be in the 4th semester of a business informatics or computer science degree
    • If your area of interest is business analysis, then you should be no stranger to requirements engineering
    • If your area of interest is development, you should be very knowledgeable about Java, Spring Boot, Angular and/or databases
    • Working independently and motivation to quickly familiarise yourself with new topics are a matter of course for you
    • You have a very good knowledge of German

    Contact person:

    Markus Schaub
    Solution Team Lead for Personal and Customer Master Data
    E-mail: markus.schaub@postfinance.ch

    Internal Auditing

    Brief description of the department:

    We protect and enhance the value of PostFinance by drawing on risk-based, objective audits, consultations and insights.
    Our sphere of work encompasses everything a bank deals with: finance, compliance, security, IT, marketing, customer consultations, HR and much more. This is why we are always engaging with brand new areas.
    Rigid, analogue ways of working are a thing of the past for us, and the digital transformation is bounding ahead in our department as well.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will conduct risk assessments for PostFinance
    • You will help the company to carry out audits and consultations
    • You will communicate the results of these audits
    • You will generate added value using data
    • You will contribute brand new perspectives to help develop Internal Auditing as a department

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • A higher education qualification in the fields of economics or computer science
    • Good intuition when it comes to risks and checks
    • An interest in data analytics
    • You are motivated, have good communication skills and integrity
    • You are quality-conscious and result-oriented in your work

    Contact person:

    Hanspeter Baumann
    Team Leader for Data Analytics and Digital Transformation
    Tel. 079 253 22 08

    Next Generation

    Brief description of the department:

    Together with the Next Generation Team, you will help us to promote young talent within PostFinance. We are helping to shape the young professionals of the future, and we ensure our apprentices and trainees are prepared as effectively as possible for working life.

    How you can make a difference:

    • You will organize and run internal workshops and events, ensuring our apprentices and trainees are able to network effectively
    • You will be expected to play an active role in the recruitment of apprentices and trainees
    • You will give PostFinance an identity by actively helping to organize university fairs and events, and by taking part yourself
    • You will help our coaches and professional training experts to train our apprentices, and will take over the back office for the next generation

    What qualities/qualifications you should have:

    • You should ideally be in your 4th semester of studies, or already have a university degree, preferably in business administration, social sciences or psychology
    • You should have good motivational skills that you can use to sell us as a company successfully to students and universities
    • You should be used to working independently and to taking the initiative, and you are able to communicate confidently in German
    • You have very good MS Office skills, meaning you have no trouble creating PowerPoint presentations, analysing Excel files and working with Microsoft Teams

    Contact person:

    Sandra Böttcher
    Young Professionals Specialist
    E-mail: sandra.boettcher@postfinance.ch

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First-hand accounts – our undergraduate interns talk about their job

Yasmin Wieland

Bachelor Trainee in Innovation

“At university I attended corporate entrepreneurship lectures, and was fascinated by the subject. I definitely wanted to see the world of innovation in practice. That’s how I ultimately ended up in the VNTR, the PostFinance innovation laboratory, whose team spanning all sorts of disciplines welcomed me with open arms. My role does come with responsibility, but I also have a lot of freedom and I am able to develop. I am thrilled about the trust I am shown, and have learnt one thing: theory and practice do have things in common – I just find the latter even more fun.”

Till Roost

Bachelor Trainee in Market Research

“I would never have thought that after my degree in Political Sciences and Sociology, I’d end up working in a bank. Yet at PostFinance, I was given a warm welcome, and I was able to take on and manage my own projects in the market research team right from the start. The open, friendly company culture also helped me feel at home as soon as I arrived. In addition to the work the traineeship involved, there was always enough time to gain insights into other projects or to attend training courses. This is why I think this traineeship is a really welcome change between my Bachelor’s and going on to do a Master’s.”

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