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Please remind me when the application period for the Data Science track starts again.

Bertelsmann Future Leaders Data Science

Data-driven with determination: Make your move.

There is an immense variety of projects and jobs around data at Bertelsmann. That’s why we decided to train our very own data experts by setting up a graduate program for data scientists. Our Future Leaders Graduate Program enables data experts to develop innovative solutions for the ever-changing media world.

If you are goal-oriented with a curious and problem-solving mindset, profound knowledge of machine learning methods and database concepts, our graduate program is your ideal next move. With our program specifically designed for Future Leaders in data science, we offer you the freedom you need to kickstart your career and create your own success story at the same time.

Your benefits

  1. 1.
    International work experience
  2. 2.
    Global network and community
  3. 3.
    Individual career coaching, consulting, and targeted trainings
  4. 4.
    Excellent career prospects

Join our Data Science Graduate Program and you will

  • Get to know different Bertelsmann divisions and jobs worldwide over the course of 18 months and multiple rotations
  • Learn from renowned data scientists, analysts, and explore new use cases for machine learning and AI
  • Constantly train yourself and hone your data skills within a business context
  • Add your knowledge and experience to at least three major data projects 
  • Leverage new data sources and integrate traditional structured data with raw data
„What I really like is the collaboration within the data analytics team. It unites all kinds of people who work together on different data projects. There are many different companies within the group, and the data analytics team ensures that people from all divisions can share their knowledge and collaborate on certain projects.“
Lena Lickteig, Trainee – Bertelsmann Future Leaders

What you should bring to be a Data Future Leader

  • M.Sc. or Ph.D. in a quantitative field such as Data Science, Computer Science, Statistics, Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or related topics
  • Problem-solving mindset with strong relationship building, collaborative and communication skills
  • Strong knowledge of machine learning methods and database concepts
  • Solid programming skills in Python and R; additional programming languages such as SAS, Scala, Spark, C/C++, and/or Java
  • Experience working with data science (via internships, research projects, etc.)

At a glance

  1. Application period: February 6 - April 2, 2023
  2. Start: September
  3. Duration: 18 months
  4. Language: English
„One of the things I really like is that I deal with complex data and methods on the one hand, and Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and RTL Nederland’s many different formats on the other in my work. It’s my link from the data bubble to the ‘normal world’ out there.“
Ramon Niet, Alumnus – Senior Director Data Products at RTL Deutschland

Your application

The application process

  1. 1.
    Apply online
  2. 2.
    Take part in an online test
  3. 3.
    Prove your potential in interview situations
  4. 4.
    Start as a Future Leaders Trainee


  • Bertelsmann Future Leaders | Data Science

    • What are the eligibility requirements?

      For the Data Track of our Future Leaders Graduate Program, we are looking for master or Ph.D. graduates who will have completed their degree by the start of the program. Fluency in English is required for the position, and competency in relevant local languages such as German or Spanish is a plus. Other selection criteria include the knowledge and experience you have gained during your academic career, as well as internships or projects. However, your overall profile, including your ambition and growth mindset, not just your degree or your resume, determines the fit to the program.

    • Coding is my passion but not my academic subject. Can I apply nevertheless?

      Sure! We are looking for future data experts who are passionate and eager to learn and value the investment of time that lots of data talents have made. That’s why we do welcome self-taught “data scientists” to apply to our graduate program too.

    • How important is practical experience?

      We welcome it if you have already gained some practical experience in business, for example, during a longer internship.

    • What divisions will I be working at?

      During the time of the program, you will get to know very diverse areas of Bertelsmann, such as RTL Group, Penguin Random House, Arvato Group or BMG. Rotations in other divisions of the company are also possible.

    • What is the salary for the Graduate Program?

      The annual salary range for Data Science trainees is €65,000 to €70,000.


Do you have further questions? Get in touch with Kai-Uwe Krotoschak (k.krotoschak(at) or Steffi Heldberg (s.heldberg(at)

Please note that we do not consider applications submitted by mail, fax, or e-mail.

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