APG is a driving force in the international world of collective pensions. With approximately 3,400 colleagues, we take care of the administration, asset management, and communications for more than four million pension participants. This makes us responsible for pension assets amounting to approximately € 443 billion.

The dynamics of our work call for innovative minds and enthusiastic talent. We are continuously looking for young people to fit this profile, and to help them become the best they can be. The APG World of Pensions Scholarship is a perfect start of a bright career in finance, asset management or pensions.

Internationally oriented pension-related subjects

As a trainee at APG, you will work on four projects in different departments. Your last job might have an international element. APG believes it is important to look at new developments in the pensions market across borders too. This international orientation contributes significantly to the development of a broad vision. The goal of the World of Pensions Scholarship program is the conservation, international development and improvement of the collective pension system. The program supports APG’s (international) track record as a pensions expert.

The pension-related subject being studied this year is 'Innovation in retirement and freedom of choice,' an international comparison of freedom of choice in retirement. Onno Steenbeek and Eduard Ponds, both from APG, are closely involved in the research and the preparation of the position paper on this subject. Onno Steenbeek is Professor of Risk Management of Pension Funds at the Erasmus School of Economics, and Eduard Ponds is Professor of Economics of Collective Pensions at Tilburg University. They monitor the quality of the research that should contribute to innovation and to expanding APG´s expertise. At the same time, this research also contributes to the training and work experience of trainees.