Start up!

Starting out as a trainee

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Our trainee positions for 2021 are online! We look forward to receiving your application.

The perfect start to your career

Trainees at Deutsche Telekom can choose their own specialist field, work independently on challenging projects, and thus pave the way for them to take on roles with additional responsibilities.

Are you a university graduate with ambition? Do you want to be challenged but be granted the freedom required to overcome these challenges? Is silo mentality not your thing? Then join Deutsche Telekom as a trainee and tailor your training to your needs.

We start a new round of our 18-month trainee program every three months, so we are flexible from the start. The program consists of five core phases, and an onboarding week gives you all the information you need to start our program. You can configure your training specifically to your interests within your specialist field. Controlling first, then marketing? And then on to the Digital Transformation Office? No problem. You can do whatever you like.

As a trainee, you can also gain valuable work experience abroad. International projects form the core of our work, and you will get the chance to work on at least one when you join Deutsche Telekom.

Grow a little more every day in our team-oriented work environment. There are plenty of opportunities to be had in joint projects and initiatives with other trainees. You will get the chance to work on your own ideas and projects once a week on Magenta Project Friday. The whole day long.

Stay inquisitive! Your knowledge will increase through our innovative training formats. New insights into topics such as design thinking, digitalization, and big data will help you to grow.

Sounds exciting? Be part of it! Our trainee program requires talented individuals with attitude, who think for themselves, and who set the bar high. We want doers who are fascinated by the world of ICT and are open to new challenges.
In return, we will provide the benefits of working in a successful global enterprise. This includes a permanent contract and an above-average wage. Find out more about all the perks on the following pages.
We look forward to receiving your application!


Help us to shape the world of tomorrow: Harness your talent as an innovator, technophile or revolutionary every single day. As a trainee, you can pick one of the following specialist fields:

  • Network technology  
  • Technology and innovation
  • Internet of Things, cloud solutions, big data
  • Finance and controlling
  • Human resources
  • Marketing, sales, and services
  • In-house consulting
  • Corporate communications
  • Public and regulatory affairs
  • Group Development/M&A
  • Data security, law, and compliance

Over the five phases of the program, you go through various projects and design tasks that not only familiarize you with Telekom, but also with technologies and teams. We provide you with a defined framework through training sessions, events and support for your ideas. Benefit from the knowledge of others. You can learn from your own mentor if you wish to do so. 


Boot Camp. In your first week we make you fit and ready for your start at Deutsche Telekom. Get to know your “buddy”, learn more about Telekom’s strategy and work, and discover useful tools and tips so that you can hit the ground running. 

Get started. Your first project assignment in Bonn is the start of three intensive months filled with information and contacts for your network. You get to know our company and your colleagues. Right from the first day you work from your particular strengths: Your first project is waiting for you in your focus area.

Customer Assignment. Customer proximity is key. As a trainee you spend time in the call center, the Telekom shop, the technical service department and at one other location with direct customer contact. You are free to arrange these one-week assignments flexibly over 18 months. Ideal for taking ideas into the next project assignment!

Think different. Only courage and initiative lead to growth. You begin to follow your ambitions, and for three months you gather experience in a business division you are not yet familiar with.

Dive deep & International assignment. You spend nine months learning about everything related to sales, strategy, business and innovation. You spend at least three months in another European country. If you want to, you can pursue a project more intensively for six months in Germany or abroad.

Stay on the ball and keep developing your expertise: Our “Start up! University” offers the very latest learning formats. You are free to choose with regard to extending your knowledge. From the “Design Thinking Garage” to the “Corporate Happiness Workshop”, there is something for everyone here. 

Benefit from a strong community: Your colleagues are there to support you from day one. In every corner of our company, colleagues and former trainees will help you with any questions you might have. Your network is growing.

You should always be thinking “outside the box”. But especially so on Fridays, when you’re working on joint projects for “Magenta Project Friday” with your fellow trainees. On this fertile ground for a career full of innovative ideas, you can work together to push forward your projects.

You can apply to join our trainee program at any time of year. Please allow enough time for the application process. You should apply at least four months before your desired start date, just to be on the safe side. This is how our application process works:


1. APPLY ONLINE only takes 10 minutes. You will receive a confirmation of receipt via email moments later.
After 2 Weeks


We get an overview of your skills and qualifications. Over all, however, we would like to learn more about your personality.
After 2 Weeks


In the morning you take part in the Group Assessment Center in Bonn. In the afternoon you will have an interview with employees of the department.
After 4 Weeks


Welcome aboard! Your career can start on one of four optional dates.

Apply online for our trainee program. Take time to complete the application carefully so we can get an exact idea of who you are. Tell us why you want to work for Deutsche Telekom and what you expect from us. We would like to see an overview of your skills: Please tell us about your educational and professional qualifications. Do you have experience of working abroad? Do you have skills in fields that may be important to us? Do you have social commitments or have you launched your own projects alongside your studies? Then please make sure you mention this, as we want to learn more about your personality. Tell us why you would make the perfect trainee. If you don’t want to pen a cover letter, you can compile an exposé for our recruiters. Include aspects that aren’t on your resume. Make us curious. Important note: The exposé is an optional suggestion.

Online test
If your application documents have impressed us, you will make our shortlist. We will then invite you to take our online test. The results will help us to better assess your personal skills and competences.

Group Assessment Center
And so it continues. If you reach this stage, we will invite you to our Group Assessment Center in Bonn. You should allow one day for this selection process. We want to see how you handle specific situations in the workplace. We are interested in how you work in a team and how creative you are.

Invitation to the expert interview
You will be interviewed by staff from the division you have chosen as your specialist field. At the end, you will find out whether we want you to join us as a trainee.

Our job offer
Congratulations! You did it! You are now a Deutsche Telekom trainee. Get ready for exciting challenges at work. In keeping with the flexibility of our trainee program, you can decide in which quarter of the year you want to start with us.

Our jobs can be massive. As a trailblazer for the future of digital, we have our sights set not just on Germany but the whole world. Working with state-of-the-art tools and technologies can be highly demanding. We are constantly treading new ground and learning things we didn’t know every day. But we need talented employees with courage and commitment.
We will give you the freedom to think big so that you can harness your strengths to make big ideas come true. As a trainee, you will determine your own success. This requires curiosity and guts, especially when things get tricky.
Have you successfully completed your studies in IT, the humanities, engineering or business administration? Are you interested in future issues and ICT? Do you think about saving costs and how customers can benefit? Do you like learning every day? Do you want to be a part of transformation and innovation? Do you enjoy working in a team? Are you a person who finds innovative solutions and fights for things? Do you think in networks and value responsibility? Then we can’t wait to receive your application!


We are trying to provide all information for you to the fullest extent. Yet sometimes open question remain.

Marion Bernhard-Winter, Lead Recruiter Group Headquarters und Traineeprogramm Start up

Marion Bernhard-Winter

Lead Recruiter Group Headquarters and Trainee Program Start up!

Connect with our trainees to build up your network

Thomas Kohlen, EN-Trainee Start up! Programm: Program Manager for Techboost

Thomas Kohlen

"In the area of ​​startup cooperations, I work in a dynamic environment with innovative topics."

Achim Hartings, EN-Trainee Start up! Program

Achim Hartings

"As Start up! I have the opportunity to lead a small team on my own responsibility and thus shape the overall project".

Katja Kühn, EN-Trainee Start up! Program

Katja Kühn

"I have the opportunity to leave my comfort zone and drive forward projects and processes on my own responsibility."

Abelardo Gardia, DE-Trainee Start up! Programm

Abelardo Garcia

„As Start up!, I work in an international environment where many cultures come together and new ideas are always welcome.“

Maximilian Walz, EN-Trainee Start up! Program

Maximilian Walz

"In the data world, I create innovative solutions and turn tomorrow into today."

Annkathrin Swanson, EN-Trainee Start up! Program

Annkathrin Swanson

"At Start up! I like the fact that you get to know inspiring people and new departments and that you can develop together."

Magenta Friday: Building your own network

On our Magenta Friday you have the possibility to network with other trainees and work in overarching projects.

Magenta Friday
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