Do you enjoy communications? Are you enthusiastic about international cooperation? The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Public Relations (PR) Traineeship is the perfect way of bringing these two areas together. Click here to find out what training with GIZ involves and you can apply.
You will receive a thorough training and acquire the tools for a communications role of the future during this 24-month traineeship, which will familiarise you with all aspects of corporate communications. The Corporate Communications Unit is responsible for strong and persuasive communications about the company’s services, successes, principles and values, both internally and externally. It devises the company’s Communications Strategy on the basis of its Corporate Strategy and makes targeted use of internal and external instruments to reach stakeholders, including media relations and staff communications. The Corporate Communications Unit provides continuing training and advice to communications officers in our partner countries.
During the traineeship, the various sections within the Corporate Communications Unit will support you. You will write press releases and texts for online media, organise internal and external events, and develop communications concepts. You will learn about the issues involved in an integrated company presence, moderate online communities and advise communications officers worldwide. We will assign you a mentor, who will support you throughout your training.
External training will enable you to acquire the skills needed for a public relations advisory post. You will take part in seminars run by an accredited examinations body for the PR sector to enable you to acquire a recognised PR qualification on completion of your training. GIZ will meet the costs of the seminars and examination fees. A placement with a media company will give you deeper insight into the sector. GIZ’s press team will support you in choosing your placement.
The majority of the training will be based in Eschborn, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. You will also learn about GIZ’s work in Berlin, Bonn and Brussels and in a partner country.
The training allowance is currently EUR 2,200 per month gross. The company will pay travel expenses and an accommodation subsidy. You will also be eligible for a ‘JobTicket’ (a free travel pass for local public transport).
When can I apply?
We plan to advertise the traineeship in early 2022.
What conditions do I need to meet?
You should have an undergraduate degree in a humanities, social science or business studies discipline; a Master’s degree is not essential but would be an advantage. You will be curious and enthusiastic about trends in the communications sector and will have initial practical experience in the area of communications from working at an agency, a company or a media outlet. You will be interested in international cooperation and, ideally, will already have some idea of the issues involved in working in this area. You will have a feel for language, love writing and be willing to learn about new topics. You should have fluent German and very good English; further languages would be an advantage.
How can I apply?
All applications must be submitted online. The traineeships are advertised on GIZ’s online Job Portal. We regret we cannot accept unsolicited applications. Applicants who have applied previously may submit a fresh application and may find it advantageous to do so if they or their specialist knowledge have developed in the meantime.
What does the application procedure involve?
The first stage is to submit a CV and covering letter, along with samples of your work, via the online Job Portal. Please note the maximum size of the files you can upload: your application documents must not exceed 2 MB in size. Following the closing date, the Human Resources Department will consider all the applications received. Suitable applicants will be invited to a one-day group selection event. This will involve interviews and tasks to test your aptitude and skills. Soon after the event, you will receive feedback.
How is the Public Relations Traineeship organised?
As part of the PR Traineeship, you will move to a different section every three months, working with the Communications Strategy, Internal Communications, Media and Public Relations, and Communications Advisory Services sections. You will also learn more about local communications in Berlin and Brussels.
Depending on your experience, the order in which you work in these sections may vary. In most cases, you will start your Traineeship in Eschborn or Bonn. We will try to arrange the placements in such a way that you spend six months in Bonn and six months in Eschborn. The length of placements in Berlin and Brussels may vary. You will also spend three months in a GIZ partner country, gaining experience there. The company will take personal preferences into account for this element of the Traineeship. Your mentor will advise you on selecting a suitable country of assignment.
How likely am I to gain permanent employment with GIZ after completing the PR Traineeship?
The PR Traineeship represents an investment by the Corporate Communications Unit in its future, so it is in the company’s interest to employ former trainees on a permanent basis. We will discuss the details and opportunities with you at the appropriate time.