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International Trainee Programme

This programme is all about bringing in exceptional talent to help us disrupt, transform, and lead our business in the future. There is tremendous change happening in banking connected to sustainability, technology, regulations, and customer needs, so we need to be quick on our feet and challenge ourselves daily to make a positive impact in society and deliver value to our customers.

Who we are looking for

There is no one thing that will make you a perfect fit for this programme. Our vision is to deliver world class service and therefore we need committed, customer driven people that work together to deliver value and strive for simplicity.

In general some traits that fit in well with our culture are passion, humility, collaboration, ambition, and an entrepreneurial approach. You should be comfortable building relationships and networking, as well as have an ability to lead others in achieving goals, learn quickly, and tackle challenges with an analytical, solutions-oriented mindset.

General requirements

You should have an academic degree in Finance, Economics, IT, Engineering, Behavioral Science or equivalent, and you must be fluent in written and spoken English. You should have some work experience and/or experience acquired through leading projects. Extra-curricular work within, for example, customer service or other service areas and studying/working abroad is relevant. You should be an EU citizen or have a Swedish work permit.

About the programme

SEB is a large, complex international company with more than 15 000 professionals, so our International Trainee Programme is designed to give you a broad and immersive introduction to working across such an organisation.

All participating trainees are offered a specific job role and belong to a home unit for the duration of the programme. The programme, including roughly 20 positions across Sweden and a few international sites, starts in September and runs for 9 months.

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.

The structure of the programme

SEB’s International Trainee Programme is a great way to kickstart 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 structure of the programme is designed to give you equal amount of time in the two blocks. 

On-the-job practice

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

Training and collaboration

You will participate in learning activities that include trainings in self-leadership, communication, negotiation, and other future competences. Cross-collaboration, taking responsibility, and positively influencing others are key competences to develop during the programme.

During your trainee period, you will have many opportunities to collaborate with fellow trainees, Tech Programme participants, and other colleagues, as well as solve real business challenges and self-drive other programme activities to customize your learning experience. You will also learn and influence our way of working, as well as our culture and values. 

Our recruitment process


    1. Get to know SEB

      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. Try to get to know us in order to decide if SEB is the place for you.

    2. Let us get to know you 

      Now it’s time for us to get to know you. Our application period 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.

    3. Assessment 

      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!

    4. Interviews and final offer 

      The final candidates will be invited to additional interviews after the SEB Day where they will meet hiring managers and HR representatives. You will be given a job offer shortly after this if you are the right person for the position.

    5. Welcome to SEB! 

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

Apply to SEB’s International Trainee Programme

Applications for the 2022 programme open on October 4, 2021 and close on November 26, 2021.

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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.

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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.