You must complete four steps.
Step one: Applicants send in their application. Details are available here. The application process for the 2017 traineeship starting in September will open in January 2017. Applications must be made online. We do not accept applications sent by post or via email. We do not accept applications that exceed the deadline or are missing the required information or attachments. Every year we receive several hundred applications and carefully check that each one fulfills the requirements.
Step two: We preselect approximately 100 candidates and ask each to create their own blog containing a photo gallery, videos, audio, written work and a brief short-portrait. A jury judges each blog and selects approximately 40 candidates for the next stage.
Step three: Those selected are then invited to an assessment program in Bonn so that we can get a better sense of their creativity, team spirit and language skills. During the course of the day, applicants complete a variety of tasks including a general knowledge test, a writing test and a camera test where you need to show if you can present information in a natural, concise and accurate fashion. At the end of the day, we select approximately 20 candidates and inform each one of our decision.
Step four: The following day, the final 20 candidates meet with the Deutsche Welle's directors, chief editors and top journalists and in one-on-one talks convince them of their talents. The 12 candidates who succeed gain a place in the 18-month traineeship. Congratulations!