Traineeship in Communications
About to graduate from university and embark on your chosen career path? You are passioned to question the status quo and constantly thinking beyond the obvious. All you need now is the right opportunity to kick off your career as a communications pro. What about a trainee program in communications at Bayer? That would be a really interesting start to your career, giving you an insight into the wide-ranging communications activities at a successful international corporation. The trainee program has been certified by the German Academy for Public Relations (dapr.) and it would be an excellent springboard for your future career. Sounds like you? Then we look forward to hearing from you.
- University degree or equivalent in media studies, communications or the arts or comparible degrees
- Initial experience of working for printed media, radio, TV, online media or in a PR department
- A flair for communication, organizational talent and the capacity to grasp complex new issues quickly
- Ability to work in a team
- Excellent German, very good command of English written and spoken
Length of trainee program / starting date
- Fixed-term contract (24 months)
- No fixed starting date
- You will work in various areas of corporate communications: press and PR, internal communications, digital communications, strategic communications, branding, and event management
- Taking part in different training courses networking events (e.g. YoungMinds4Comms)
- Internal or external internship for a few weeks, e.g. digital media, strategic or editorial work
We are looking forward to receiving your application via the current job posting for the communications traineeship.
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Good to know
The traineeship lasts 24 months and starts with a rotation through the communications teams. After this, trainees work in their area of focus. Throughout the two years, Trainee Community meetings and training courses on various topics are held regularly. At the end of the traineeship, trainees complete an external internship of their choice lasting several weeks.
During their entire traineeship, trainees are supported by an individual mentor from within their own team. The mentor has the task of developing and supporting a trainee both professionally and personally.
The rotation, which takes place right at the beginning of the traineeship, is a 12-week journey through the Bayer world of communications. Trainees get to know the work in the global communications teams in one- to two-week placements. During this time, trainees have the opportunity to build up an internal network and get to know their colleagues at the various sites (Leverkusen, Monheim, Berlin and Basel). In doing so, they gain insights into the various communication disciplines and can help with different tasks and projects.
The meetings of the trainee community take place every eight weeks – either in person or digitally. The aim is for trainees to regularly exchange information on current topics, their tasks and their experiences. During the meetings, the Volos have the opportunity to try out their skills in a protected environment by giving presentations and moderating discussion groups.
The internship depends on the individual learning fields of the trainee and can take place internally or externally. With the support of the mentor, the internship might also take place abroad.
Very good German language skills are required for the traineeship, since the seminars and trainee community meetings are held in German. Due to regular cooperation in international teams, a very good command of written and spoken English is also required.
To get started in the communications industry, trainees take part in practice-oriented workshops and training courses. These include seminars on journalistic writing, communications strategy and the basics of business administration.
In general, further employment after the traineeship is not automatically anticipated. However, experience shows that many personnel changes take place over the course of the two years, which can lead to a position becoming available. Over time, we have seen a large number of former trainees continue their careers at Bayer.