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For our traineeship, we're looking for inquisitive, open-minded and critical candidates who view journalism as a passion rather than a profession. Talent, creativity, languages and team skills are also important.

1. Language skills

For our bilingual (German-English) traineeship we have certain language requirements:

  • Native speakers of a DW program language (list of the languages below) with excellent knowledge of English and a good knowledge of German

  • English native speakers with a good knowledge of German

  • German native speakers with excellent knowledge of English

Good language skills in German are equivalent to a B1/B2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Excellent language skills in English are equivalent to a C1/C2 level, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages


We don't ask the applicants to prove their language proficiency during the application process via certificates, but we ask you to honestly evaluate your personal language skills. Of course, we would be happy to receive your language certificates, but it is not mandatory. During the assessment center the exercises will be conducted in German as well as English. Journalists from language departments will test if you are proficient in other languages. The final interview will also be conducted in German and English.


The DW program languages: Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, Dari, English, French, German, Greek, Hausa, Hindi, Indonesian, Kiswahili, Macedonian, Pashto, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu


2. Qualifications

To apply, you will need to have completed a university/college degree, an apprenticeship or have graduated from a journalism school prior to the start of the traineeship. All applicants are required to include certificates of their qualifications (in digital form).


3. Journalistic experience

Our trainees work with DW editorial departments right from the start, so it is certainly an advantage if you have experience working in journalism. But we are also looking for applicants from other fields, whether you are an IT specialist, lawyer, physician, mathematician, nurse, chef, pilot, football player or referee. As long as you have a keen interest in journalism, like to work in a team and would like to explore a new field of work, we want to hear from you. Please also include samples of your work which has been published or broadcasted. You can upload all documents onto our online platform. Please do not send any print copies, mails or apply via social media unless you are asked to do so. Otherwise your application will not be considered.


Ramon Garcia-Ziemsen DW Akademie

Ramón García-Ziemsen

Head of Journalistic Training

T: +49.228.429-2242