ProTeam is unlike other graduate recruitment schemes. Your primary task will be to change the very organization you are working for. The Lufthansa Group is a highly successful company, one of the best-known names in aviation. But to shape the future we’re going to have to think in a revolutionary way. That requires original minds, a digital attitude and lateral solutions.

If accepted for ProTeam you will find yourself working and training with 12 other brilliant, visionary individuals. You will be given real and complex projects with high stakes and proper budgets. You will get to know the most intimate workings of a €30 billion organization.
And you’ll get to know yourself.


ProTeam wants you
ProTeam awaits you
Meet ProTeam Generation 31
Former ProTeam members now with Lufthansa Group

We don’t think of ProTeam as a program. It’s not a conventional pathway to employment. Instead, it’s a no-expense spared investment in extraordinary people who will drive cultural change within our company. To achieve this, we develop skills you already have and equip you with new ones. There are 11 key stages.

Program stage Absorb

For five weeks you’ll be given unprecedented access to the Lufthansa Group. You’ll hear presentations by people from all over the organization. It could be the CEO, or a forklift driver. You’ll be able to view and assess our airport operations, from our pioneering use of bio fuels to our methods for disembarking 526 passengers from an A380 in 90 seconds. It will help you to understand how we’re already shaping the future of aviation.

Every bathroom has a sponge. It’s an object that we take for granted.
To shape the future we’re going to have to look at familiar things in an unfamiliar way. Can you think of an ingenious use for a sponge?

Program stageChange

Change and enthusiasm are the most important parts of ProTeam. Lufthansa Group is a large and successful institution but it needs to move with the times. We’ll teach you how to use your strengths to foster and implement change. You’ll learn how to motivate and inspire others through empathy and inclusiveness - and by making them laugh.

A red nose makes people laugh. It also saves lives.

To shape the future we’re going to have to think in a radically new way. What could you do with a red nose?

Program stage Unite

Solving the challenges of the future requires collaboration. That’s why ProTeam is very much a team initiative. Early in the program you’ll be given a series of survival and orienteering challenges. The challenges will give you plenty of time to get to know the other clever, digitally-savvy people who have been selected for ProTeam.

Caribiners have many applications, from harnessing mountaineers to attaching keyrings.
To shape the future we’re going to have to re-envisage the world. Can you think of a new way to use a caribiner?

Program stageCreate

ProTeam gives a lot, but it also expects a lot. You’ll have to create solutions for four real-life projects, three at our European base and one overseas. Past ProTeam projects have included shaping the launch of Lufthansa’s new corporate identity, anticipating how disruptive new technologies could create opportunities, and redesigning the communication structure of a cargo outstation.

Few things are as versatile as duct tape. It has been used to prevent glass shattering and even save the lives of astronauts.
To shape the future we’re going to have to think along different lines. What could you do with a roll of duct tape?

Program stageCollaborate

We won’t be able to solve the challenges of the future on our own. That’s why, for two weeks you’ll work together with ProTeam colleagues to solve a problem. You’ll need to be able to self-organise and share information but, above all, this is a chance to develop your skills of collaboration.

Bricks were in use as early as 7500 years BCE.
To shape the future we’re going to have to re-imagine the world. Can you think of a new way to use a brick?

Program stageShape

This stage of ProTeam is, in many ways, the heart of the program: using your powers of creativity to shape the future. You’ll learn about exponential thinking, about new technology and about new tools. Could drones inspire a new business model? Can we use 3D printers for spare parts – or even food? As with everything you do on ProTeam, you’ll be stretched, challenged and pushed to the limit. But you’ll never be bored.

To shape the future we’re going to have to rethink the world of today. Can you think of a new way to use a cookie cutter?

Program stagePlay

We believe that learning is most effective when combined with fun. Our General Aviation Management Simulation (GAMS) gives you and your colleagues the opportunity to sharpen your management decision-making abilities in a simulated operational context.

Do you like taking risks? Good. You’re in the right place.
To shape the future we need maverick thinking. How could you use a dice to shape the future of Lufthansa Group, or of aviation in general?

Program stageDevelop

How would you like to develop? What would make you flourish? Throughout ProTeam you’ll take part in coaching to help you find the most appropriate home for your talents. We’ll teach you how to deal with frustration and overcome challenges to complete your tasks.

A watering can is useful for only one purpose. Isn’t it?
To shape the future we’re going to change our view of the world. What could you do with a watering can?

Program stageContemplate

At this stage you’ll take part in a retreat at a monastery. This is a time for intensive reflection, meditation and contemplation. The aim is to create awareness of yourself and those around you. Many ProTeam graduates report this as the most rewarding part of the journey.

Most people think of a candle as a source of light or as an aid for prayer. To shape the future we’re going to have to think in an unorthodox way. What could you do with a candle?

Program stageHelp

If Lufthansa Group is to shape the future we must work even harder to help society and the environment. A cornerstone of the ProTeam programme is doing good for other people. As part of your training you’ll undertake a social impact project with Lufthansa help alliance.

Most people use ladders for painting and fixing things out of reach.
To shape the future we’re going to have to change our view of the world. Could you find a new use for a ladder?

Program stageLearn

Would you like to learn new skills? To broaden your horizons? Tutors from the Lufthansa Group Campus will give you classes in a range of life skills and professional techniques. You’ll even be given €400 to spend on self- development.

Who would have thought that the remains of microscopic sea creatures could be turned into one of the most successful teaching aids ever invented?
To shape the future we’re going to have to re-envisage the world. Can you think of a new use for chalk?

  • A total of 15 women and men will be recruited for Lufthansa Group (3 for SWISS)
  • All business units of the Lufthansa Group are involved in the ProTeam program.
  • The contract is for 18 months.
  • You’ll need a master's degree or equivalent
  • Very good command of the English language, German is beneficial. We offer the chance of a German language course before starting the program.
  • All disciplines are welcome. Necessary is being fancy on aviation, digital challenges and interdisciplinary thinking.

How to

Even the very first step on the way to joining ProTeam is special: Unlike a conventional application, your CV does not play a role at first. First, you will have to apply and complete the online assessment center.

After passing the test, you must upload a self-produced video. This video should be a maximum of three minutes long. Professional equipment is not required. Important is to present yourself and your ideas.

The application process consists of these steps which all need to be passed. Noncompliance with these provisions or vague answers to the questions, result in exclusion from the application process. Therefore please read the instructions very carefully! 

The video is one of these steps.

As soon as you have started your application, you have 10 days to complete your application and the online assessment center and another 10 days to upload the video.

The application process is now closed. The application period for the 2020 intake starts in late summer 2019.
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