The Jacobs Foundation Student Traineeship Advancing Research & Systems Change in Education (J STARS) is a unique opportunity for talented young professionals who are passionate about education, and want to pursue a career working for NGOs, governments, or international philanthropic organizations.

The program aims to equip young professionals with new perspectives, innovation, and expertise. J STAR trainees spend 6 to 12 months with the Jacobs Foundation. The Jacobs Foundation invites international applicants with a valid working permit for Switzerland.

As a J STAR you will:

  • Be part of one of the largest foundations in Switzerland
  • Gain insights into international philanthropy work
  • Perform a varied range of tasks with a high degree of independence
  • Work in a motivated team in an international environment
  • Work at the Jacobs Haus in Zurich or in a remote arrangement.
  • Receive a remuneration


Applicants bring:

  • A commitment and passion for field of learning and education
  • Outstanding academic credentials
  • Excellent partner engagement, team leadership skills, and international experience


Developing young talent is a priority for the Jacobs Foundation. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported the most promising early and mid-career professionals in a variety of sectors including science, social business, and journalism.

JF accepts applications throughout the year. The start of the traineeship depends on the working program to be defined.