If you're a recent college graduate with a desire to land an automotive gig, you may want to send your resume Audi's way. The fast-growing German luxury brand is hiring 800 new grads this year, up 200 from 2007. The official Audi presser, which is available after the jump, emphasizes that the increase in new hires is necessary to "significantly expand our product range and develop new cars." Engineers are the top priority, as one-third of all new hires will enter technical development to work on diesel engines, innovative hybrid drive solutions and alternative fuels. If you haven't got an engineering degree, the four-ringed automaker is also pining for collegiate grads with Economics degrees for marketing and sales activities.

We're out of the running since Audi isn't looking for bloggers at this time, but if you apply for the job and get an interview, tell them we sent you. Maybe we'll get a referral bonus or a week in the R8. If that doesn't work out, we'll be content to wait on the new products and powertrains.

[Source: Audi]

Audi to hire 800 employees in 2008

• New positions for college graduates
• Engineers and business graduates especially being sought
• Even more new hires than in 2007

AUDI AG will hire 800 college graduates this year, raising the number of new hires by 200 positions compared with 2007. "In the next few years we will be relying on innovative technologies as we significantly expand our product range and develop new cars. For this, we need highly qualified and motivated employees," said Dr. Werner Widuckel, Member of the Board of Management at AUDI AG for Human Resources. "As well as producing highly appealing products, we also offer an attractive working environment with challenging activities and a wide range of opportunities to develop."

The new positions at the company with the four rings will focus in particular on the need for engineers. About one-third of the new employees are to be utilized in Technical Development. Engineers specialized in electrical engineering, mechatronics, mechanical engineering and automotive technology are especially sought. In order to be equipped for tomorrow's challenges, Audi is seeking specialists for development of efficient, clean diesel engines, innovative hybrid drive solutions and alternative fuels. Economics graduates are particularly needed in the areas of Marketing, After Sales and Sales.

As well as college graduates and young professionals, candidates with career experience are also being sought. Audi offers custom-tailored entry positions depending on the qualifications, career experience and personal preferences of the college graduates.

Opportunities for college graduates:

First Job Experience program
Audi offers college graduates who have achieved good grades in their studies but have not yet had the time or opportunity to gain hands-on experience the chance to gain professional experience and an additional qualification during a six- to twelve-month placement with appropriate remuneration.

International trainee program
During a twelve-month training program, trainees get to know the key interfaces within and outside AUDI AG through various projects. They work independently on three to four projects in a range of different project areas during the twelve months. One of these projects is in their target field and at least one of the others is at one of the Volkswagen Group's international locations.

China trainee program
The China trainee program is an 18-month training program for college graduates of all disciplines and provides them with comprehensive insight into the structures and processes of AUDI AG. From the beginning, trainees work independently on projects in areas relating to China. Two of the projects thus take place at international Audi locations in China.

Direct entry
Direct entrants immediately take on projects in their planned area of responsibility. Working with a mentor in their specialist area, they draw up an individual induction plan that introduces them to the key contacts within the company.

Development program for academics
The development program for college graduates and young professionals is aimed at engineers and economists. During the tailor-made program, participants first spend one to two years working in their target field. They are then employed in interface roles for another two years, to deepen their knowledge of the process chain. After approx. 48 months, they have become experts with interdisciplinary knowledge and can take on responsibilities in their target field. On-the-job and off-the-job tailor-made training measures accompany this program