Every year we receive more than 500 applications from all over the world from highly qualified candidates who speak a number of languages. They're prepared to go through a rigorous application process in order to become one of the 12 aspiring journalists chosen for our journalism traineeship.
The application process has four stages and involves DW directors, chief editors and top DW journalists. We're not looking for perfect up-and-coming journalists but for young, open-minded candidates who have initial journalistic experience and are wanting to help shape Deutsche Welle as it evolves.
Talent, creativity, language skills and team spirit - that's what you'll need if you want to take part in DW's international journalism traineeship. There are also a few other things you'll need as well...
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're looking for English native speakers with a good working knowledge of German and at least one other DW broadcast language. We are also seeking 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. In addition, 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.
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. Please also include samples of work which has been published or broadcast. You can upload all documents onto our online application program.
It's not an easy process - not for you and certainly not for us. Every year in four rounds we select among hundreds of applicants the twelve up-and-coming journalists who best fit DW's journalism traineeship.
Being selected for DW's international journalism traineeship is a four-stage process. In the initial round all candidates send in their applications via our online application system. The application process for the program starting in September 2017 will open in mid-January 2017. We do not accept applications that exceed the deadline or those which have been sent via the post or email.
Every year we receive several hundred applications and carefully check that each one fulfills the requirements. We then preselect approximately 100 candidates and ask each one to create their own blog in German or English containing a photo gallery, videos, audio and written texts. A jury judges each blog and selects approximately 40 candidates for the next stage.
Those selected are then invited to a two-day assessment center in Bonn. This is where we can get a better sense of their creativity, team spirit and language skills. During the day candidates complete various tasks including a general knowledge test, a writing test and a camera test to show whether they can present information in a natural, concise and accurate fashion. DW editors who are native speakers of the languages judge the candidates' language skills.
At the end of the day we select approximately 20 candidates and inform each one of our decision. The next day these final candidates meet with DW'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 our 18-month journalism traineeship. Congratulations!
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