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International Trainee Programme

Do you want to challenge, disrupt and lead our company into the future? Then you should apply for SEB's International Trainee Programme!

The world has common challenges and we aim to be part of the solution. That is why we have great focus on sustainability and digitalisation when we shape the SEB of tomorrow. These focus areas permeate both our long-term strategy and all roles in our International Trainee Programme 2022/2023.

To be able to find new solutions, we need employees who challenge us and our ways of thinking. Do you want to join us and drive this journey of change with us?

Apply to SEB's International Trainee Programme, which starts in September 2022. From the outset, you will be hired for a specific role, which you will retain when the programme ends.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for those who want to be involved, challenge and lead SEB into the future. To thrive with us, you should be passionate and humble, and have a desire to disrupt and drive change.

Our vision is to deliver world-class service to our customers. Our customers' high expectations for both digital services and sustainable solutions create the foundation of our business development and our offerings.

At SEB, we have been curious about the future for 165 years, and we want to build on that quality. That is why we are looking for people who are driven by commitment and curiosity, put customers first and challenge us and the industry to find new solutions. Qualities that fit well into our work culture are collaboration, inclusive work methods, ambition, an entrepreneurial approach and the courage to challenge and think new. Other important building blocks are creating and developing new networks and relationships.

General requirements

You should have an academic degree in Finance, Economics, IT or other relevant area. You can be a recent graduate, finishing your degree just before the start of the programme or have some work experience. You must be fluent in written and spoken English. It is an advantage to have experience with project management or similar from your studies or previous work experience.  It is also an advantage to have studied or worked abroad. The same goes for extra-curricular work within, for example, customer service or other service areas.

Your profile

You have a very good social ability and a great interest in building relationships. You can lead others to achieve team results, are highly motivated, learn quickly and are always solution-oriented. You also have a good analytical, solutions-oriented mindset.

About the programme

SEB is a large, international company with more than 15 000 professionals. The programme is designed to give you a broad introduction to what it is like to work in a large and complex organisation. The programme includes roughly 20 positions. The majority of these are located in Sweden, but we also have some positions at our international sites.

The programme starts in September 2022 and runs for 9 months. You are hired into a specific role from the beginning. During the Trainee Programme, practical work is interspersed with training to give you the best possible conditions for development and to have an exciting career at SEB.

SEB’s International Trainee Programme is a great way to kick-start your career. During your trainee year we will prepare you and give you the best tools to develop and take on the challenge to drive change. The programme is divided into three parts: work at your home department, job rotations and training.

Your role

You belong to a home team from the start. There you will get support and inspiration to grow and perform in your job assignment. Together with your manager you will plan rotations with other units and departments to get a broad understanding of what work is like in a large international organisation. You also have the opportunity to plan for an international internship at another SEB office for up to 4 weeks after graduating from the programme.

Training and collaboration

You will participate in learning activities, for example trainings in self-leadership, communication and negotiation. During your trainee period, you will spend a lot of time collaborating with other trainees from the Tech Programme as well as other colleagues in the bank. Cross-collaboration is a key competence that you will develop during the programme.

You will take personal responsibility and run collaborative activities as well as solve real business challenges and find solutions together with your colleagues. You will also learn - and influence - our culture, our values and our way of working.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the amount of travel and exchanges might be affected. The International Trainee Programme will follow the bank's travel policy and restrictions regarding Covid-19.

Our recruitment process

SEB is a large global company with many career paths to consider. Think about why you are interested in our Trainee Programme and how you could contribute to our future success. Read more about SEB’s culture and work opportunities here at our career page.


    1. Let us get to know you 

      Now it’s time for us to get to know you. Our application period for 2022 starts October 4, 2021 and ends on November 26, 2021. In connection with your application you will be invited to psychometric tests, and if your profile matches what we are looking for, you will be invited to competency-based interviews.

    2. Meeting SEB

      We will invite a selection of our candidates to an "SEB Day" for inspiration and to meet former trainees and representatives from SEB. During that day, you will also participate in case-solving as part of our recruitment process. It will be an intense and fun day!

    3. Interviews and maybe an offer 

      In connection with the SEB Day, there will be additional interviews during which the final candidates will meet hiring managers. If you are the right person for the role, you will in the next step receive a concrete job offer.

    4. Welcome to SEB! 

      The Trainee Programme starts in the beginning of September 2022 with an introductory week at your home department followed by a common training week with the other trainees.

Apply to SEB’s International Trainee Programme

The application period is open between the 4th of October until the  26th of November 2021

Here you find all our open positions for the International Trainee Programme

Apply here! 

We are certified!

Our trainee program is certified by Traineeguiden, which means that we fulfil their conditions in the best way.

As a trainee with us, you go directly into a permanent employment with a market based salary in a full-time position.

Our trainee program runs for 9 months and includes the opportunity to work abroad.

Additional information

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Meet Sofia, Sara and Gabriel who share their trainee stories

"Innovative thinking is a part of your trainee year"

The SEB International Trainee Programme was a great start for Sofia Öquist. Today she works as Innovation Lead at SEB’s Innovation Lab. In her role, enabling innovation is about working creatively in a structured manner both with employees to create better processes and with major customers to develop new business solutions.

"The trainee year kickstarted my career"

SEB’s International Trainee Programme is a great way to kick-start your career and drive change in an exciting international environment. Learn more from Sara Fiehn who has made an impressive career within SEB since her traineeship and today works as a Senior Transaction Manager in Infrastructure & Project Finance.

"The trainee year gave me the opportunity to work with sustainability"

There is tremendous change happening in banking connected to technology and customer needs with a great focus on sustainability. Meet former SEB Trainee, Gabriel Lundström and learn more how the trainee programme kick-started his career. Today he is Head of Sustainability for the Corporate & Private Customer and Life division at SEB.

Digital Trainee Event 

Previous Trainee talents share stories, tips and learnings

On December 14, 2020 we gathered some of our previous Trainee talents to give you a feeling of how it is to be part of our exciting programme. They shared stories, tips and learnings, and where the live audience were able to ask them questions.

The host was Américo Fernandéz, SEB podcaster in “Pengarna och Livet” and former trainee.

Please observe that the event is in Swedish.

Read our trainee stories