Integrated Professional Year

Professional Year at PD

About PD

PD is a public, in-house consulting firm that caters for the public sector and that offers comprehensive project-based consulting and management services for all aspects of state-of-the-art administration and investment projects belonging to the German federal, state and local governments and authorities as well as other clients from the public sector. These services range from developing strategic concepts to assisting in the implementation process. PD's goal is to improve public procurement projects as well as management processes by contributing to a more efficient and economic use of public resources.

What can you expect?

Students who participate in the Integrated Professional Year programme leave the Hertie School for 12 months between the first and the second year of their studies in order to acquire professional experience at PD, with a guaranteed gross salary of 40,200 euros per year (3,350 euros/month).


Who is it for?

This option is for applicants with a demonstrated interest in public sector consulting, public management and public sector reform processes who wish to pursue a degree in public policy or international affairs. For this programme, German language skills at a C1 level are required.


How to apply?

Interested candidates should submit a standard application to the Hertie School. In addition, applicants should convey their interest in a motivation letter written in German highlighting what they find compelling about public sector consulting. The motivation statement should be sent to grad-admissions[at]

Once admitted, potential applicants are shortlisted by the Hertie School. These applications are sent to PD, who select the participants for the Integrated Professional Year. These students then need to sign a contract with PD.

There is no separate deadline for this programme.

“In my Professional Year at PD, I am already contributing as a fully-fledged consultant – I’m really viewed as an equal member in the team.”

Nikolas Schmidt (Germany), Student, MPP 2019