Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 117,000 employees and generated revenues of €17.7 billion in the 2018 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class media content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world.

Bertelsmann is a multifaceted company that offers you numerous entry opportunities, career prospects and assignments worldwide. Whether as an intern, a university graduate or an experienced professional, we give you the chance to continue developing. Excellent career prospects, individual training and education programs and a collaborative corporate culture are what sets us apart. At Bertelsmann, you can Create Your Own Career!

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Are you still working toward your degree and want to experience the practical side of your subject in an international media, services and education company? No problem! As an intern, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of a global corporation for at least three months. You will not merely be looking over the shoulders of others but will also take responsibility for your own projects. In return, we expect a high degree of initiative and the ability to quickly grasp new concepts.

Creative Management Program

The Creative Management Program is aimed specifically at humanities scholars and social scientists. During the 20-month trainee program, you will get to know various areas of our company, both in Germany and in other European countries. You will contribute your own ideas to the development and implementation of innovative business models throughout the Group and further develop your entrepreneurial skills in seminars. It’s the perfect starting point for your career in management.

MEDIAN – The Bertelsmann Data Science Program

Shape the future of the media, services and education industries: Let us work together to meet the challenges of digitization and to develop innovative solutions for our diverse business segments. As a Data Science Trainee, you will work side by side with top data scientists in a number of Bertelsmann divisions. In under 15 months you will experience working on at least three different projects, tackle complex data challenges and expand your knowledge of various tools and programming languages – all in an international environment.

Bertelsmann Entrepreneurs Program

Write your own chapter in our success story as an entrepreneur within the company. Every year, we give aspiring management talent with an entrepreneurial spirit the opportunity to participate in our Entrepreneurs Program, which is under the umbrella of the Bertelsmann Executive Board. Over a period of 18 months, participants get to know various areas of the company and implement a variety of entrepreneurial projects. The goal is to prepare you for a position of responsibility in our company in the shortest time possible.

Management Associate

Launch your career on an equal footing with Arvato’s management! As a Management Associate you will work side by side with an Executive or Managing Director and will quickly take on responsible, strategic and operational tasks. You will acquire extensive knowledge in your respective division as well as across the Group. Your personal development is the focus here: In the “Perspectives” Graduate Development Program, you will further define your profile through a wide range of training opportunities and will build an international network. It’s the perfect starting point for your career at Arvato.

Gruner + Jahr Trainee Program

In the Gruner + Jahr Trainee Program you will get to know the publishing business from the ground up and will learn all about journalism services and general economic conditions within an 18-month period. You will work in daily business operations and independently take on tasks and projects in Germany and abroad in the fields of editing, advertising, marketing, controlling and publishing management. You will become more familiar with the diverse entrepreneurial challenges of the (digital) media world.

Direct Entry

Looking to advance your career? At Bertelsmann, your possibilities are limitless. As an international company, we offer a wide range of exciting and attractive roles worldwide. Regardless of whether you are a professional who wants to join the headquarters or are interested in a challenge in one of our corporate divisions, such as in Business Development, Controlling, Strategy, Marketing, HR, Finance, Sales, SCM, IT, eCommerce or Publishing.

Your start with the company is only the first step. Our innovative learning opportunities, international mobility network, and individual assistance from our managers support you in achieving your personal and professional goals and in mastering new challenges.

Would you like to find out more about your career opportunities at Bertelsmann? Then visit our Career page or send an e-mail to our Recruiting Team:

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