HR traineeship

HR traineeship

Helping our employees as well as our customers to stay a step ahead

A pioneering bank requires a pioneering HR organisation. In order to help our customers to stay a step ahead, we need to do the same for our employees. At ING, HR is at the heart of the business. We help the bank to achieve its strategic objectives. We innovate the way we work and how we support our people in their own development. The financial sector has undergone a period of considerable upheaval over recent years. Customers have different wants and needs than before, new competitors are emerging and the advancements in terms of digitalisation, technology and product innovation are moving at lightning speed. ING not only keeps pace with the changes, but preferably stays ahead of them. That places some tough demands on HR! As an HR trainee you make a valuable contribution to an innovative HR organisation.

The HR traineeship: the route to a pivotal role within HR

The HR traineeship at ING prepares you in two years for the role as HR Business Partner (HRBP), or as an Expert within a Center of Excellence team such as Performance & Rewards or HR Strategy & Analytics. As an HR trainee, you play a part in the innovation process right from the start. You take a constructively critical view of the bank’s HR activities and suggest how we could do things better. 

Your first year as a trainee: two challenging projects

Your HR trainee manager will help you choose your first rotation, which will last six months. You will be working on a concrete challenge within HR. 

Just some examples of assignments include:

  • You’re involved in creating a distinctive employee experience; along with the rest of the team, you ensure that HR-related processes run smoothly and easily so that employees’ questions are answered quickly. You could join a team that is responsible for our payroll, for example, or perhaps you’ll start within the Employer Brand Activation team.
  • You help to extract useful insights from HR and personnel-related data using advanced analytical techniques. Those insights help HR to make an even more valuable contribution to inspiring, engaging and developing ING’s employees. 

During your first rotation you also work together with fellow trainees from other tracks on a group assignment to tackle a relevant challenge for our business. This gives you the opportunity to expand your network within ING, fine-tune your stakeholder management skills and learn more about yourself at the same time. The group receives guidance from an external coach. 

We encourage you to gain international experience during one of your rotations. For example, previous HR trainees have worked in Frankfurt, Milan or Singapore.

Your second year as a trainee: your third assignment and starting in a permanent role

You’re still in charge, your third rotation is arranged by you. Your HR trainee manager will help you in the decision making; will this last rotation be done to deepen knowledge of your business (within your track), of do you decide to do this rotation within a different track? For example, as a HR trainee you can do your rotation within the Risk department, or within our Retail Bank.  

In a permanent position you immediately go deeper into the HR profession. You increase your knowledge and sharpen your skills. You develop further, for example as an HRBP, or an Expert within Performance & Reward Lead or HR Strategy & Analytics. 


The world needs to transition to a low-carbon economy and the financial sector has an important role to play in this. At ING we take that role seriously and want to be a banking leader in driving that transition. Our integrated approach to climate action* covers four priorities, for example steering the most carbon-intensive parts of our portfolio towards reaching net zero by 2050.

As a trainee, you will also contribute to ING’s sustainability goals. How? There are two ways to do this:

  1. One of your three rotations will be sustainability related. There are many options! You can join a Sustainable Finance team, work on financial health topics or join a Green Tech initiative.
  2. The other option is to do a (group) assignment, next to your rotation, on a sustainability related topic. The choice is yours.
* Society is transitioning to a low-carbon economy. So are our clients, and so is ING. We finance a lot of sustainable activities, but we still finance more that’s not. See how we’re progressing on

Training and coaching

The point of being a trainee is to learn a lot, and we offer you every opportunity to do so. Your trainee manager from HR coaches you during your rotations and helps you to get the maximum benefit from your traineeship. In your first year, you participate in a training event together with all ING’s trainees – across all tracks – from around the world. The hybrid event is partly live and partly online, and is focused on developing your professional and personal skills.

During the second year of your traineeship you follow a comprehensive training programme for your specific track, HR. This includes not only HR-related training, but also courses aimed at improving your soft skills.

Your traineeship is rounded off with a joint event for all the trainees from your intake year. But that doesn’t mark the end of the support; for the next two years after your traineeship, you can still receive additional training and request coaching.

One Way of Working, taking everyone's talent into account

For the past few years, ING has been working in line with the ‘One Way of Working’: agile methodology and in self-managing teams. That enables us to get things done for our customers quickly, and to offer our employees challenging work with lots of autonomy. The self-managing teams are solely responsible for achieving their team objectives, from start to finish. Collaboration, helping one another to improve and continuous innovation are all key aspects of this way of working. The hierarchy is much flatter than in teams organised along traditional lines; everyone’s contribution based on their own expertise and experience is recognised and appreciated. At ING, we use our people’s talents as our starting point and are firmly convinced that team diversity is essential to our strategic success.

Impact on the organisation with an innovative take on HR

Are you keen to set to work on important HR projects that have an impact on the organisation as a whole? Do you want to be involved in the very latest HR-related developments? And are you interested in the financial services sector, do you have an innovative take on HR and an unconditional drive to turn your ideas into reality? If so, the HR traineeship at ING is ideal for you!


Choose the HR traineeship at ING and allow your talent to flourish. Apply for the vacancy of HR trainee and convince us of your potential. If you’re successful you’ll be invited to take an online test, which is step 2 of the selection procedure for the International Talent Programme.

You can find detailed information about the application and selection procedure here.

We can only accept complete applications, i.e. your CV and (provisional) transcripts of your bachelor and MSc grades at university level. It’s not necessary to upload a cover letter because you will be asked to answer questions about your motivation during the application process.


It’s currently not possible to apply for this track. Do you have any questions about this traineeship? Don’t hesitate to contact Tess Verweij:

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