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You live in Germany with a granted refugee status? You are planning to study or are currently studying economics or IT here? Perhaps you have even successfully done so in your home country, are highly interested in the financial sector and would like to expand your network amongst your peers and financial experts? Then have a closer look at our Banking Introductory Programme for Refugees.

In four short sessions you can learn all about Germany’s working environment. You can gain interesting insights into the financial industry in general and Deutsche Bank in particular. And, last but not least, benefit from the personal career advice and find out how to start a professional career in Germany – perhaps even at Deutsche Bank as intern or trainee.


“We welcome you in Germany and offer you the opportunity to learn more about Germany’s working environment and, of course, about Deutsche Bank. Our goal is to support you to unleash your potential. Take the chance to share your broad experience and your ideas with our people. Discover with us a career to look forward to.”

Karl von Rohr Member of the Management Board

What it’s all about

Our Banking Introductory Programme for Refugees consists of four continuous sessions. Each session takes two days and ends with compulsory homework for the next
The programme is open to 60 participants and will be held in Frankfurt. Deutsche Bank will pay for your trip and accommodation during your stay in Frankfurt.
Applications for the October programme can be submitted from June 4. Since selection interviews are held on an ongoing basis, it makes sense to apply early.

Session 1


Working in Germany
October 4-5, 2018

  • Getting to know each other
  • Germany’s culture and values
  • Insights into the professional life in Germany
  • History of Deutsche Bank
  • Corporate culture from a Deutsche Bank perspective

Session 2


The financial sector
October 11-12, 2018

  • Introduction to financial sector in general
  • Focus on macroeconomic setting:
    • Free market economy
    • European Union
    • European Monetary Union
    • Simulation of banking world for practical application
    • Presentation of Deutsche Bank divisions
    • Networking

Session 3


A bank's portfolio
October 18-19, 2018

  • Deep dive into the portfolio of a bank using the example of Deutsche Bank
    • Private & Commercial Clients
    • Transaction Banking
    • Asset Management
    • Stocks
    • Mergers & Acquisitions
    • Simulation of company world for practical application

Session 4


Starting a career in Germany
October 25-26, 2018

  • Profile & personal brand
  • Elevator pitch
  • Getting started in the application process
  • Revision of curriculum vitae and interview simulation
  • Starting a career at Deutsche Bank as intern or trainee

Meet other participants of the programme

  • Mohamad from Syria

    “I like the atmosphere of an international company. The orientation programme takes place in English – so during the programme you can speak both English and German.

    My university degree (Bachelor) was recognised in Germany and so I now have the opportunity to do my master’s degree. However, I’m very interested in pursuing a financial career and so it is important for me to gain practical experience first. I've already completed an internship in the financial sector and the orientation programme gave me the chance to get deeper insights and establish contacts. A well-known company name (such as Deutsche Bank) in my CV will be an important door-opener for my further career path, too. Of course, it is a challenge to adapt to a new cultural environment. It is essential to respect the culture, and if you can’t talk, you can’t get connected. This applies to all persons – whether they have an academic or a skilled background.”

  • Roula from Syria

    “In this programme, I learn from experts first-hand. One approach is to do role plays. This is really interesting and helps me to transfer theory into practice.

    I was looking for opportunities to get some practical work experience and to learn more about the banking sector in Germany. I realized that I will have to improve my German to be better integrated. In Germany, I feel more free and independent and want to make the best of it. The orientation programme gave me fresh ideas to plan my further career. At the moment, I’m thinking about doing a Duales Studium to have theory and practice all in one. My advice to other refugees looking for work experience is: you need to be patient and you need to learn German. And: don’t give up!”

  • Assila from Afghanistan

    “The programme gave me insights and helped me to make the right decision for my studies.

    I studied at the American University in Kabul and have now started a new course of study, Economics and Business Administration, at Goethe University. The Orientation Programme gave me a lot of insights into the bank and helped me to gain some practical experience. I wanted to find out where to focus during my studies and the programme provided me with a good orientation. It was exciting to get a personal insight into the work environment. On the very first day, we took a guided tour in the Twin Towers and I was really impressed by the Art Gallery and the Bank’s commitment to arts in general.”

  • Waheed from Syria

    “I wanted to learn more about the financial sector, and Deutsche Bank’s orientation programme offered me the opportunity.

    I graduated as a Bachelor of Business Administration. After that, I wanted to learn more about the financial sector in Germany, and Deutsche Bank’s orientation programme offered me the opportunity. The participants have very different professional and cultural backgrounds. That doesn’t make group work easier but all the more exciting because you have to adjust to each other and look at issues from new and diverse perspectives.”

  • Marwa from Syria

    “I met many other participants with a refugee background and made new contacts, which was a very helpful experience, too.

    My dream is to work for a bank, specifically in IT. I studied Communication and Electronics Engineering in Syria and will now join a programme for refugees at Goethe University. In order to feel comfortable in Germany, it is really important to learn the German language very well. I learned German by myself via the Internet and YouTube and I’m proud that I've already finished my B1 level. The Deutsche Bank Orientation Programme gave me a lot of information that I couldn’t get anywhere else. This was my first experience in the banking sector, and at Deutsche Bank you’ll find a broad range of expertise. We did a lot of work and I enjoyed this very intense time. I met many other participants with a refugee background and made new contacts, which was a very helpful experience, too.”

  • Elias from Iran is studying business administration in Frankfurt.

    Elias from Iran is studying business administration in Frankfurt. In April he took part in our Refugee Introduction Programme. He appreciated to get personal insights into Deutsche Bank and to get in contact with other refugees. As a finishing touch he took the opportunity to apply successfully for our Summer Internship Programme. Now he is looking forward to completing this premium internship in summer 2019 and the chance to obtain a graduate contract.


“Of course we’re all different but we share the same values: openness, communication and collaboration. 150 nationalities work for Deutsche Bank in more than 65 countries. Hence, diversity is at the core of our culture, and we support an inclusive and respectful work environment. Wherever you are in our world, your voice will be heard.”

Gernot Sendowski Global Diversity & Inclusion

Our Banking Introductory Programme for Refugees is only one of our activities to build bridges and successfully integrate those who have risked everything in search of safety.

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How to apply

Your application

To ensure a smooth on-boarding process, all applicants must submit an application to Deutsche Bank through our online application system. So please make sure you complete our online application form fully and thoroughly.

This includes a cover letter, in which you explain why you are interested in our programme, what drives you and makes you unique. Your curriculum vitae should focus on your school and professional career, your studies and language skills.

We suggest uploading the papers in three separate documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Reports and certificates if available in one document

Each document should not exceed 4 MB.

If you experience any difficulties with the application system please consult our hotline 0800 3331115 (call free).

What we require from you

We are looking for you if …

  • you live in Germany with a granted refugee status
  • you are currently studying economics or IT in Germany or you can prove having studied these subjects in your home country and that you want to proceed here
  • you have very good English language skills (at least B2). A good command of the German language would be an asset.

Your assessment

If these requirements are fulfilled, we would like to get to know you in depth during an interview day. You will have two interview sessions, 60 minutes each. We will focus on your skills and past experience and give you the opportunity to understand how Deutsche Bank could further your career.

At the end of the interview process, you should ask what the next steps will be and when you can expect a response. It’s a good idea to take contact details and ask whether you can call or email if you haven’t received a decision within the agreed timeframe.

Your profile checklist

  • Granted refugee status in Germany
  • Student of economics or IT
  • Interest in the financial sector
  • Very good English language skills (at least B2)
  • A good command of the German language
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
Are you interested?
Apply now and select one of the following interview days:
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