Integrated Professional Year

Professional Year at BwConsulting

About BwConsulting

BwConsulting is the in-house consultancy of the Bundeswehr (the German armed forces) and supports the German Ministry of Defence in making significant and lasting improvements in strategy, operations, and projects within the Ministry. With nearly 20 years of experience, BwConsulting is uniquely equipped to consult the German military.
BwConsulting offers the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in consulting for the German armed forces – one of the main pillars of a free, democratic order. Participants work on diverse and challenging tasks in a team of consultants at the Ministry of Defense.

The Integrated Professional Year at BW Consulting

Students who participate in the Integrated Professional Year with BwConsulting leave the Hertie School for 12 months between the first and second year of their studies.

After attending a three-day on-boarding event facilitating their integration into the consultancy, participants in the programme join a team of consultants in one of several thematic clusters at BwConsulting: Strategy, organisation, process management, change management or human resources management. They perform analyses and do project-specific research, prepare and review workshops and interviews, communicate findings in presentations and contribute ideas in discussions and exchanges within the team.

During the first six months of the Integrated Professional Year, participants are accompanied by an-house fellow facilitating networking and integration. A senior mentor offers continuous feedback and coaching during the entire duration of the professional year and potentially beyond.

In addition to gaining insights into consulting and the field of security, participants in the Integrated Professional Year receive a competitive salary.


Who is it for?

The Integrated Professional Year at BwConsulting is for applicants with excellent written and oral German skills, ideally with previous work or internship experience in consulting, who are eager to take responsibility and work in a team. In addition to being flexible, independent and reliable, successful candidates are expected to apply their analytical and communication skills while delivering high-quality performance.


Applying for the Integrated Professional Year

Interested candidates submit a standard application to the Hertie School before sending an additional motivation letter for the Integrated Professional Year in German to grad-admissions[at] The motivation letter should elaborate on your interest and suitability for the position at BwConsulting.

Once admitted to the study programme, potential candidates for the Integrated Professional Year are shortlisted by the Hertie School and their applications forwarded to BwConsulting.

Shortlisted candidates participate in two sessions of interviews. During the first round, candidates get to know BwConsulting by discussing with two managers from one of the thematic clusters. In addition they work on a brain teaser or a case study. In the second round, candidates are interviewed by members of the BwConsulting leadership and HR.

Participants selected for Integrated Professional Year sign a contract with BwConsulting prior to beginning their studies at the Hertie School.

There is no separate deadline for this programme.