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. 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. After the traineeship, the trainees usually continue to work for DW.
At Deutsche Welle’s newly-designed journalism traineeship, we’re looking for inquisitive, open-minded and critical young candidates who view journalism as a passion rather than a profession. As an up-coming trainee of Germany’s international broadcaster, you’re someone who feels at home in a global community and questions assumptions and stereotypes. Above all, you’re someone with a talent for languages.
Prerequisites for DW’s international journalism traineeship
1. Language skills
we are seeking native speakers of DW broadcast languages. Non-English or non-German native speakers need excellent English skills and a good working knowledge of German. We are also looking for English native speakers with a good working knowledge of German and at least one other DW broadcast language or German native speakers with excellent English skills who would be comfortable reporting in English and also have a good working knowledge of at least one other DW broadcast language. Additional details regarding language skills are available here.
To apply, you will need to have completed a university or college degree prior to the start of the traineeship. We will also accept applications from candidates who can provide proof of having completed an apprenticeship or have graduated from a journalism school and have several years of experience as journalists. All applicants are required to include certified certificates of their qualifications in the form of pdf documents.
3. Journalistic experience
Our trainees work with DW editorial departments right from the start so it’s essential that you bring some previous journalism experience with you. Because this is a trimedia traineeship, it is certainly an advantage if you have experience working in online, radio and television. Please provide certificates or written work references proving your journalism-related work. If you have gained work experience in other fields which you believe are relevant to your ability to work as a journalist, please also include these. This is important as we are specifically looking for applicants with a background in sciences or economics. Please also include samples of work which has been published or broadcast. You can upload all documents onto our online application program.
For the bilingual DW traineeship we are looking for:
• Native speakers of another DW program language with a good, working knowledge of both English and German.
• English native speakers with a good working knowledge of German
• German native speakers with an excellent working knowledge of English
Candidates must also have completed a university or college degree or apprenticeship.
DW Journalism Traineeship Benefits
• 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
(Washington, Brussels, Moscow)
• international multimedia projects
• well-known media trainers
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