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Trainee program

As a trainee, you can help us to shape the future of digital and make life better and easier for people all over the world.

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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!


Shape the world of tomorrow with us: Apply your talent as an innovation finder, technology enthusiast or original thinker every day. As a trainee, choose one of the following focus areas and remain open to everything else. What matters most are your own interests and abilities.

•          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

•          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.

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!

You can apply for a place on our trainee program at any time of year. Please plan plenty of time for the application process. To be on the safe side, you should submit your application at least four months before your desired start date.  

You can see a description of our application process here.

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You apply directly online for our trainee program. Take the time to carefully prepare your application so that we can get as accurate a picture as possible of you.

Tell us why you want to work for Deutsche Telekom. And what you expect of us. We want to get a good overview of your skills. Please list your vocational and educational qualifications. What international experience do you have? In what areas have you already gained skills that could be important for us? Do you volunteer in the community or have you worked on your own projects alongside your studies? If so, please give a description because we want to learn more about your personality.

Tell us why you’re the ideal trainee. As an alternative to a cover letter, you can tell our recruiters more about yourself in an exposé. Tell us things that are not in your CV. Get us curious! Important note: The exposé is purely voluntary.

Group Assessment Center
And the process continues ... We invite you to a Group Assessment Center in Bonn. You should allocate a whole day for this stage in the selection process. We want to see how you behave in specific work situations. We’re interested in how you work in a team and how creative you are.

Invitation to interview
You have a discussion with staff from the department you have selected as a focus area. You are then told immediately afterwards whether you will be joining our team as a trainee.

Our job offer
Congratulations. You did it! You are now a trainee and are part of the Telekom team. And you can look forward to interesting professional challenges. The decision regarding which quarter you start in is, of course, just as individual as the whole trainee program.


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

Leslie Braune

Leslie Braune

Lead Recruiter Traineeprogramm

+49 228 181 74025

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