BMW Scholars Program

The BMW Scholars Program allows students to attend class full-time at local community colleges while working part-time at BMW in order to further their education, gain the necessary hands-on experience, and become viable candidates for full-time positions at BMW. During this process, BMW will offer tuition assistance toward obtaining a two-year associate degree.

Program Benefits

There are many benefits to becoming a BMW Scholar:

  • Gain invaluable work experience at BMW's only U.S. automotive plant
  • Earn an associate degree with tuition assistance offered by BMW
  • Make money working part-time while taking classes
  • Be considered for full-time BMW job positions

Program Qualifications

Students must

You must also have:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Time management and organizational skills
  • MS Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc)
  • A copy of your resume and unofficial transcript attached to your application.

Program details

Length of program
The BMW Scholars Program is one-and-a-half to two years long. It requires that you take classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Number of students
BMW hired 35 students during the Fall 2012 semester. Future numbers will fluctuate based on need.

Flexible scheduling
BMW realizes that they may need to be flexible in establishing a work schedule. A preferred schedule would include classes in the morning and the ability to work in the afternoon.

Wages will be discussed during the interview process.

Continued employment
Although the intention is to offer full-time positions upon completion of the program, there is no obligation for continued employment by BMW or the student upon program completion.

BMW Scholar Typical Day

As a BMW Scholar, you will spend each weekday both in class and working at the plant. While working, you will have a mentor in each area to guide and teach you. Initially, you will get a strong foundation of the vehicle by working within the production process. The area in which you will be working will rotate as you go through the program and may include the body shop, paint shop, and assembly.

Get Started

BMW accepts applications in the spring with an interview and testing process in June. BMW will then begin sponsoring tuition assistance upon student acceptance, and accepted students will begin working at the plant in August. Contact us for specific dates for the next application period.
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