Deutsche Welle Journalism International Traineeship 2016 in Bonn, Germany


Deutsche Welle’s newly-designed traineeship takes you around the world in just 18 months. Internships with our English and German editorial departments give you a chance to look into economic and cultural issues as well as news and sports. You’ll also be active in at least one of DW’s other broadcast language departments such as the Chinese, Farsi or Spanish department, and support them according to your language skills. Regardless of the language you’re working in you’ll be part of the editorial teams right from day one, writing and producing reports and conducting interviews for television, radio and online.


At the core of the training is a total of six months of theory and practice-oriented seminar blocks looking at everything from journalism basics and live reports to data-driven journalism and mobile reporting. Multimedia is not just a buzzword here – it’s how we work. And it’ll be the way you work, too – in seminars, editorial departments and your final project. By the end of the traineeship you’ll be an expert in multimedia storytelling.

The 18-month multimedia traineeship is for online, radio and television, and comprises:

• six months of theory and practice-oriented seminar blocks held in English and German and conducted by working journalists
• nine months of placements with various DW editorial departments in Bonn, Berlin and one of our foreign bureaus in Brussels, Washington or Moscow
• a one-month placement with DW’s partner broadcaster, Deutschlandradio
• four weeks of vacation

The seminar blocks alternate with the placements so that you’re able to directly apply what you’ve just learned.

The program covers the range of skills a journalist of the future needs: TV moderation, multimedia storytelling, data journalism, social media and virtual reality – in seminars, workshops and of course the DW editorial offices and our correspondent bureaux in Washington, Moscow and Brussels. 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.



And you do get paid for your efforts. During the initial six months of the traineeship you earn a pre-tax monthly salary of 1.590 euros. That increases to 1.790 euros for the following six months, and to 1.855 euros for the final six months. Deutsche Welle’s traineeship is a full-time program. In exceptional cases, temporary employment outside of the program may be approved.



We are looking for young people from all over the world interested in a comprehensive, exceptional quality journalism program with an international broadcaster. Candidates should have journalism experience or be passionate about switching to journalism from technology/IT, economics or the sciences. We are looking for open-minded people full of creative ideas.

For the bilingual DW traineeship we are looking for:
• English native speakers with a good working knowledge of German
• German native speakers with an excellent working knowledge of English
• Native speakers of another DW program language with a good, working knowledge of both English and German.

Candidates must also have completed a university or college degree or apprenticeship.

Dates and deadlines

The next traineeships start in September 2016.
• Round 1: February 29 – Deadline for online applications
• Round 2: March 7 – Deadline for creative assignment
• Round 3: May 30 and 31 – Assessment center in Bonn
• Round 4: June 1 – Selection interview

DW journalism traineeship

• 18 months
• trainee salary
• international broadcaster in 30 languages
• crossmedia: TV, online and radio
• six months of seminar blocks
• internships in Berlin and Bonn
• placement with DW foreign bureau
• international multimedia projects
• well-known media trainers


If you have any questions, we have the answers! Here are some of the questions we’re most frequently asked. If you still need additional information, we’re happy to help. Send us an email or give us a call.

Mariama Kouotou, journalism traineeship, Deutsche Welle (photo: DW Akademie/Charlotte Hauswedell).

Mariama Kouotou
Journalism traineeship
T: +49.228.429-2242
E: volontariat(at)

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