The SMA Trainee Program

Your journey begins now

The SMA Trainee Program

Your journey begins today

SMA Trainee Program

As an innovative energy transition company, we have been developing solutions for a future-proof and climate-friendly energy supply for more than 40 years. If you want to shape the world of tomorrow and use your energy to both drive and shape change, then start your journey at SMA now.

With our trainee program, you will spend time in different parts of the company, giving you fascinating insight into various topics and areas of responsibility. In the process, you will find out where you can best utilize your individual strengths and pursue your interests in order to launch your career with us.

With curiosity, initiative, the ability to work in a team and a tolerant mindset in your armory, you will be ideally equipped to apply to start your journey at our company.

At a glance

We are happy to go on with our Trainee Program in 2024.

The application portal will be open from February 8th to March 31st, 2024.

The Network Event will take place at April 18, 2024 and the Assessment Center on April 19, 2024.

Discover your possibilities

What we offer you

Mentors from top management

Deep dives into fascinating parts of the company

Assignment abroad for up to 3 month

Start in October/November 2024

Accelerated career development

Personalized journey as a trainee

Meaningful work with future prospects

Company Benefits

Broaden your horizons

Gain a wider perspective with us

Get to know different departments – Understand relationships – Build up a network

Locations and options

Your itinerary

Four steps to becoming an SMA trainee

Our online selection process

1. Application

Simply upload your résumé and certificates and answer a few questions. You do not need a cover letter. The closing date for applications is March 31st, 2024.

2. Diagnostics

Online questionnaires will help us get to know you better. Simply click the link and work through them in less than an hour anytime and anywhere.

3. Assessment

The next step will be a Network Event on April 18, 2024 and an Assessment Center on April 19, 2024.

4. Feedback

A few days later, we will contact you with feedback on the success of your application. Your Trainee Program will start in October/November 2024.

Benefit from your company-wide network!

As a trainee, you will make contacts throughout the organization on your trip and work closely together with the management on strategic topics for SMA.

Benefit from your company-wide network!

First-hand account

Meet Maureen

Maureen Ege, HR Business Partner Business Segment Home, former SMA trainee, started in 2019.

Organization is everything

“I see myself as a tour guide”

As a partner from the HR department, I organize a worry-free journey through our company. I coordinate the individual itineraries and the interdisciplinary training courses and networking opportunities. I am the trainees’ first point of contact for all issues.

Sabrina Helmer-Biedenbach, Young Professional Expert | Global Recruiting & People Development

Get started right away

“I support with networking”

As a product manager in the home segment, I work on many cross-company projects and am very well connected across the organization. I am looking forward to welcome trainees for a stopover in the home segment. They shall feel part of the team from the very beginning. When searching for the right people to address or trying to understand our products and solutions, I am the right person to ask.

Lisa Spangenberg, Product Manager, Solutions Management (E-Mobility)

Tour escort

“If there is ever any problem ...”

As a supervisor for trainees, I take care of their induction at SMA and accompany them to all stops on their tour as the contact person responsible – for professional matters and, where necessary, also personal ones.

Stefan Engel, Hardware Development Engineer

Sven Bremicker, SVP Platform Development

A passion for mentoring

“I can give the benefit of my experience and never stop learning myself”

I have been at SMA since 1996 and am responsible for SMA’s global product and system development activities. For me, it’s a great pleasure to share my experience and pass on some of the enthusiasm that I have for my work. At the same time, I am eager to find new inspiration and fresh ideas.

Sven Bremicker, SVP Platform Development

Where your journey begins

Start your application today.

Choose your intended career path



Are you enthusiastic about the latest technology, smart solutions and business processes? Do you want to help shape our future products, systems and customer projects? If so, choose the economic-technical career path as your focus today.

Apply now


Do you have a passion for digitalization?

Do you want to get involved in implementing the latest digital trends in an energy transition company? Then apply for the digitalization career path.

Apply now

Any further questions?

Why SMA?

We have always been trailblazers on the path to a climate-neutral, affordable and sustainable energy supply with renewable energies. Innovations from SMA have shaped the success of the energy transition for 40 years. And we want to continue in exactly the same way. We want to do so with colleagues who overcome challenges together, explore uncharted territory and seize opportunities. Be part of it.

In which language should I submit my application documents?

You may upload your résumé and certificates in German or in English.

I have not completed my studies yet. Can I still apply for a trainee position?

Of course. You do not need to have completed your studies when you apply. In this case, please add a current transcript of records to your application to document the current status of your studies. Your studies should be completed before starting your journey as a trainee at SMA.

I am not living in Germany at the moment. Is that a problem?

No. We are very pleased to receive international applications. However, a permit to work in Germany and regular attendance at the site in Kassel are prerequisites for participating in the trainee program.

I can’t be there on the assessment days. What can I do?

Only those who take part in the assessment will be considered for the trainee program. However, you will find lots of exciting roles for career entrants in our careers portal.

Which departments are hiring trainees this year?

The specialist departments that are hiring in the SMA trainee program change from year to year. For 2024, we are looking for trainees for the Business Segment Home, Business Segment C&I Solutions, Business Segment Large Scale & Project Solutions, Digitalization, Global Operation and Platform Development.

Which target group is the SMA Trainee Program aimed at?

The SMA Trainee Program is aimed at graduates with a university degree and up to three years of professional experience. Practical experience in a corporate context from internships or working student activities as well as experience abroad are very interesting for SMA and increase the chances of success in the application. Very good knowledge of the German and English languages is required.

The Digitalization team of approx. 150 team members sees itself as an innovation driver and company-wide business partner in the digitalization of end-to-end process as well as the provision of state-of-the-art technological platforms and IT infrastructure. As a trainee, you have the chance to gain intensive insights into all topics relevant to digitalization: Process Management, Master Data Management, Applications & Infrastructure. You will actively work in agile and interdisciplinary project teams and learn in an environment of state-of-the-art cloud-based systems. Through national and international trainee stations to other areas of the company, you will gain an understanding of the business “demand” for digitalization and build a network.

The Large Scale Business Segment offers you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of international large-scale project business. A wide range of tasks and topics await you here and you will gain insights into various areas. During your trainee journey, you will learn how the multi-faceted segment works - from portfolio management, the development of sales and marketing strategies and project management to the technological development of innovative products and services. Whatever your background, you will be immersed in a dynamic and international environment that successfully implements major projects on a global scale.

In the Commercial & Industrial Solutions Business Segment, we develop integrated energy solutions for commercial and industrial applications. Our SMA Energy System encourages our commercial customers to make their energy supply and mobility climate-neutral. Be active as a trainee in our exciting global projects for business and industry and learn how our customers become independent from self-generated solar energy and save up to 80% energy costs. You will immerse yourself in our value-added processes, learn about our customer requirements and help shape them. During your trainee journey, you can help define our product portfolio, develop business and marketing strategies or support development projects for the customization or realization of the portfolio. You will work closely with colleagues from the different subject areas and learn about our global markets in our subsidiaries.

In the Home Solutions Business Segment, we develop integrated energy solutions for the private household. As a trainee, you will learn how our customers can not only generate solar energy with our SMA Energy System, but also make optimum use of the solar power generated throughout the house. You will deal with topics such as how household appliances can be supplied with solar power, how electric vehicles can be charged in a climate-neutral way and how heating can be controlled in a cost-optimized way. Help shape our future issues and support our team in various key areas, from defining marketing and business strategies, portfolio and product management to international project management. Set your own focus depending on your study background and play an active role in the energy transition.

As a trainee in the Global Operations Business Segment, you will get to know the work in the entire value chain - from the supplier to the customer, from purchasing materials and services to manufacturing products and delivery through globally networked, intelligent, and efficient supply chains. Work in areas such as Global Supply Chain Management, Global Supply Chain After Sales or Global Logistics. During your traineeship, you will encounter exciting topics such as the construction and commissioning of a new logistics hall, the relocation of products overseas or sustainability and resilience concepts in the supply chain for customer-centric solutions.

Our Platform Development area develops products and solutions for future regenerative energy supply systems. Using state-of-the-art hardware and software development methods, we create smart digital energy systems that are world leaders and can be deployed in myriad applications. As a trainee, you will learn all about the product development process, explore a whole range of development-related aspects and contribute your process management or cost engineering ideas for our products. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the purchasing of the components we use, support the evolution of our digitalization road map and get involved in optimizing our development processes.