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Take the first step to your future career with an apprenticeship at our Kiel or Hamburg branch. We offer to train you as a specialist for media and information services in libraries (FaMI).

The training lasts three years. During these years you will get a comprehensive insight into the dynamic and exciting working environment of the world’s largest information infrastructure for economics. We’ll make you fit for the acquisition, indexation and provision of media and information. You will also learn how to structure data according to international rules and how to search modern databases and essential reference works. You will also advise our users.

You will attend the vocational school in Hamburg two days a week. The theoretical part of the apprenticeship is complemented with trainings in our branches.

The new training year at the ZBW is expected to start on 1 September 2025. You will find the application form for this later in our job offers. We look forward to your applications.

If you are interested, or if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact our vocational trainers at ausbildung(at)


Pauline Reder
Training Kiel


T. +49 431 8814-607

Nina Golon
Training Kiel (Substitute)


T. +49 431 8814-419

Marie Machel
Training Hamburg


T. +49 40 42834-413

Kerstin Hartig
Training Hamburg (Substitute)


T. +49 40 42834-265


What can you expect?

We offer an inspiring, modern and cooperative working environment in a large information infrastructure based at two central locations in Kiel and Hamburg. More than 260 colleagues guarantee the reliable operation of our essential services. The innovation and the further development of our information services is carried out in research-based projects.

We offer a modern workplace and the possibility to work flexibly in terms of time and place. Learn more about the available benefits here.

For our software development we use

  • Current hardware and cloud infrastructures,
  • modern server technologies,
  • flexible storage,
  • highest possible degree of virtualisation,
  • and a LINUX- and Open Source-based stack as the source and goal of our software developments.

We are connectible: we use popular CMS systems such as Typo 3, Drupal or Wordpress, but also ElasticSearch, Laravel or Bootstrap.

Dual degree course “Applied Computer Science”

The ZBW offers the Bachelor’s Degree Course “Applied Computer Science” in cooperation with the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW).

  • Duration: the course consists of 7 semesters, 6 at the university and an integrated practical semester spent with us at the ZBW.
  • Contents: theoretical basics are studied during the course and complemented with practical knowledge gained at the ZBW.

Look forward to exciting topics and projects in a renowned infomation institution, and to excellent personal and professional supervision based on a company training concept.

More information about employment at the ZBW:


Degree course variantPI = integrated into practice
Degree courseApplied Computer Science
Application period



Bernd Schlünsen


Dept. Innovative Information Systems and Publishing Technologies


T: +49-040 42834-454

Konstantin Ott


Dept. Innovative Information Systems and Publishing Technologies

T: +49-40 42834-340