Apply for Deutsche Welle Traineeship Program

Deadline: 29 February 2016
Open to: journalists that are native speakers of English, German or other language that is part of DW’s language services
Remuneration: EUR 1,590-1,855/per month bruto


Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany’s international broadcaster. DW is known for its in-depth, reliable news and information and promotes exchange and understanding between the world’s cultures and people. DW is looking for young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism program with an international broadcaster. 

DW trainees are involved in long-term innovative, international projects and have been honored in past years with the CNN Journalism Award and the Grimme Prize. Deutsche Welle’s traineeship takes you around the world in just 18 months. Internships with the editorial departments give you a chance to look into economic and cultural issues as well as news and sports.


Deutsche Welle’s new traineeship is designed for inquisitive, open-minded, critical journalists who view journalism as more than a profession – for them it’s a passion. Trainees require some journalism experience and above all linguistic talents. They are looking for:

  • English native speakers who have acquired a basic working knowledge of German prior to the start of the traineeship and who have one additional DW language;
  • German native speakers who are able to report in English and who also have a good working knowledge of another DW language;
  • Native speakers of another language that is part of DW’s language services – especially Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Russian or Spanish. If not a native German or English speaker, candidates also require a good working knowledge of both of these two languages.

You can find additional requirements HERE.


For the first six months of the program, trainees earn a bruto salary of EUR 1,590 per month. This increases to EUR 1,790 a month bruto for the following six months. For the final six months, trainees earn EUR 1,855 per month before tax.

Deutsche Welle’s traineeship is a full-time program. In exceptional cases, temporary employment outside of the program may be approved.

How to apply?

The next traineeships start in September 2016. Applications will be accepted via the online application system from 11 January to 29 February, 2016.

For more information please visit the official website.

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