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Bertelsmann Future Leaders

Graduate Program

Do you have what it takes to be a Future Leader?

The media are subject to constant change, and with it the world of Bertelsmann is spinning faster and faster. We're looking for people who can actively frame this change with fresh ideas and leadership. With our Bertelsmann Future Leaders Graduate Program, we prepare graduates and young professionals to take on responsibility and gain experience while shaping the future.

If you want to grow with the challenges of a global corporation, if you want to be at the forefront of the media business, and if you enjoy creating new things, you have what it takes to become a Future Leader. With our graduate program, we offer you everything you need to shape the world in the future.

Your advantages as a Future Leader

  1. Insights into the world of Bertelsmann
  2. Various rotations abroad
  3. Large career network and events
  4. Supportive trainee community
  5. Tailored training and career coaching

Data Science, Creative Management Business?

The transformation of our world has a lot to do with digitalization, big data and machine learning. We thus count on experts who have the skills to turn data into insights and recommendations for action. As we need fresh, innovative ideas to keep pace with change, we are increasingly counting on creative minds with humanities and social science degrees in leadership positions. And, of course, we need talented entrepreneurs who will develop and implement business concepts.

The Bertelsmann Future Leaders Graduate Program therefore entails three tracks:

„The age of prefabricated careers straight off the drawing board is over. If you are looking for the freedom to create your career, you’ll find it here.“
Immanuel Hermreck, Chief Human Resources Officer at Bertelsmann

Your application

The application process

  1. 1.
    Apply online
  2. 2.
    Take part in an online test
  3. 3.
    Prove your potential in interviews and an assessment center
  4. 4.
    Start as a Future Leaders Trainee


  • Bertelsmann Future Leaders

    • When does the graduate program start?

      Our graduate program starts on September 1 each year. Please note that this is a full-time position. You are welcome to apply before you have your final Master's certificate.

    • How does the graduate program work?

      During several days of onboarding at our Corporate Center in Gütersloh, you will get to know the other participants of the program and receive further information about Bertelsmann. Then you will start your first rotation. Every three to four months you will change your location and join a new team. During the course of the graduate program, you will regularly attend trainings and events.

    • Do I have to move during the graduate program?

      In general, you should be willing to move to the respective locations of your different rotations during the graduate program. That means, for example, that you move to Cologne for the time you are working at RTL Germany. Bertelsmann will be happy to help you with visa matters or to find an accommodation, if necessary. 

    • Can I choose my own stations?

      Generally, you can, but of course we make sure that you can actually work on an exciting project in the division you wish to go to during the period in question. To ensure that, we offer a “Pitch Night” before the start of the program, where different companies can introduce their teams and projects. We are happy to support you afterwards when choosing your rotations and will stay in contact about other opportunities available to you within the Group.

    • Is the contract limited to the duration of the program?

      Yes, it is limited to 18 months for the Data Science and Business track and to 12 months for the Creative Management track. However, of course, we will support you in your search for an entry position within Bertelsmann afterwards.

    • What remuneration do I receive as a trainee?

      The remuneration is based on the market and depends on your area of work and your qualifications. You can also find the salary range for each track in the job description.

    • Can I also apply by e-mail?

      Please apply online only. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications by mail, fax or e-mail.

    • Is there an age limit? Can I also apply with work experience?

      There is no age limit for the Future Leaders Graduate Program, and a certain amount of work experience is generally considered an advantage. However, please be aware that the graduate program is generally aimed at graduates and young professionals.

  • Bertelsmann as an employer

    • Are there other graduate programs at Bertelsmann?

      RTL, the Arvato Group and SuperRTL also offer trainee programs for university graduates. Find more information here.

    • Which companies are part of Bertelsmann?

      Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the entertainment group RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato Group, Bertelsmann Marketing Service, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 165,000 employees worldwide and generated revenues of €20.2 billion in the 2022 financial year.

    • What values does Bertelsmann represent?

      Creativity and entrepreneurship are the core values that guide our actions. Through their interaction, they reinforce each other and thus form the cornerstones of our corporate culture, which is based on participation and partnership.

    • How does Bertelsmann ensure sustainable business?

      We want to be climate neutral by the end of this decade. The greenhouse gas emissions caused by the mobility of our employees and the manufacture of our products are to be reduced by 50 percent compared to 2018. We want to offset the remaining emissions through climate protection projects.

    • How does Bertelsmann want to develop in the future?

      We want to transform our company over the next five to ten years to be more growth-oriented, digital, international and diversified in the future. We want to achieve these goals by strengthening our core businesses, digital transformation, building growth platforms and expanding in growth regions.


Do you have questions about the Bertelsmann Future Leaders Graduate Program?

Get in contact with Steffi Heldberg (s.heldberg(at) and Kai-Uwe Krotoschak (k.krotoschak(at), they are happy to help!

Please note that we cannot consider applications by mail, fax or e-mail.

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