Your start at VNR




High school students

Welcome to the VNR Group – the top employer in the region! Here, you can grow, develop and find your passion as an entrepreneur in the company. We offer you challenging projects and support in your further development with financial and professional help. In our family-friendly working environment with a modern and easy-going culture and attractive benefits, it’s all about you. You are encouraged to realize your ideas and visions to help our customers become more successful.

Our awards

Fair Company 2021 Siegel

Employee benefits

Budget for training and development

Flexible working hours

Remote working

Central location near the train station

Fruit, drinks and coffee

Parent-and-child office

Free parking

National and international business trips


Roof terrace

Office dogs

Drinks fridge

Onboarding plan

Nintendo console

Foosball table

Company bicycles


Budget for training and development

Flexible working hours

Remote working

Central location near the train station

Fruit, drinks and coffee

Parent-and-child office

Free parking

National and international business trips


Office dogs

Roof terrace

Foosball table

Company bicycles


Drinks fridge

Onboarding plan

Nintendo console

Learn more about our benefits here!

Professionals: Direct entry and unsolicited application

Direct entry

If you’re an expert in your field and want to use your skills as an entrepreneur in the company, you’ve come to the right place!

We are always looking for new talent in our publishing houses and at platform X! We look forward to getting to know you. You can find an overview of all open positions here.

Unsolicited application

Can’t find the right job for you in our job ads? Then simply send us an unsolicited application! We are looking forward to meeting you and finding out how your skills can benefit us.

In which departments are we looking for new employees?

You can find your place with us in various fields of expertise – whether as a marketing manager, project manager, sales expert, developer or all-round talent.

What do I do if I am interested in more than one job offer?

We are happy if multiple positions appeal to you. Simply apply for the position that appeals most to you, and add the other positions in your cover letter. Our recruiting team will forward your application to the manager whose position fits best with your profile.

How long are the weekly working hours?

Full-time employees work 40 hours/week with flexible working hours and trust-based worktime. Depending on the position, other working time models such as part-time are also possible.

What is the application process like?

You can find all the details about our application process on our careers page . If you still have questions, please contact us via our contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. If you have already started the application process and have more specific questions, please get in touch with your individual recruiting contact.

Graduates: Trainee programmes and direct entry

Trainee programmes

If you want to specialize in publishing or a specific subject area, you’ve come to the right employer!

After your studies, we offer you extensive opportunities to learn about the publishing and media industry in our trainee programmes. You can find all positions here.

Direct entry

Want to get started right away? No problem, we can make it happen! You might be able to find a suitable position in our current job ads. If not, reach out to us with an unsolicited application.

What trainee programmes does the Rentrop Publishing Group (VNR) offer?

In the 18-month trainee programme, the trainees change departments every three months, usually within a publisher of specialist literature or a marketing department. In the 12-month trainee programmes, the trainees stay in one department and get in-depth knowledge in that particular field.

Are there specific application deadlines or fixed starting dates for the trainee positions?

The 18-month trainee programme has no fixed start dates, you can apply at any time. The 12-month trainee programmes are advertised according to the needs of the departments. Just keep an eye on our career page.

How are the trainees supervised?

Trainees have at least one permanent contact person in each department. In addition to regular feedback, a written assessment is prepared and discussed for each trainee at least every three months. This way, everyone keeps track of their individual development and strengths.

What is the application process like?

After reviewing the application documents, we start the selection process with an initial telephone interview. This is followed by an invitation to a four-hour conversation with different interview partners.

What are the chances of a permanent job offer?

We are proud of the fact that we take on more than 80% of the trainees per year for permanent positions. We as a company support and ensure the development of our junior employees.

Students: Working students, and voluntary and compulsory internships

Working students and student assistants

Longing for more practical experience alongside your studies? We offer you the opportunity to gain your first experience in professional life.

You can find all our vacancies on our career page. You are also welcome to send us an unsolicited application.

Voluntary and compulsory internships

If you are still looking for a compulsory internship or would like to do a voluntary internship for a few months,

send us your unsolicited application!

How many hours is the weekly working time as a student?

Students can work up to 19.75 hours/week with us. However, we are flexible and will accommodate your university schedule.

Can I work more hours during my semester break?

Yes, you can work up to 40 hours a week during your semester break. Talk to your department beforehand to find out whether this additional support is actually needed.

Can I still work more than 20 hours/week during the semester break as a student assistant (€450 basis)?

Student assistants with a €450 income basis may not exceed the €450 per month even during the semester breaks.

How many vacation days do I get?

The vacation days depend on the number of hours you have worked. However, we are also very flexible here and can take pre-booked holidays into account. Just let your manager know, and together, you will find the best solution.

When can I join as a working student?

All positions are effective immediately, i.e. we look forward to you joining at the earliest possible date.

Is it possible to continue working at VNR after my studies?

There are many students who stay with us after their studies and start in a permanent position or trainee programme. Make sure to report your interest to your supervisor as well as HR early enough. You can also look for internal positions at any time and contact HR to get more info regarding the positions of interest.

Can I also work from home?

Remote work is possible with us and is often preferred, especially given the current Covid situation. Make sure to coordinate this with your department.

How does the onboarding take place during coronavirus?

We will provide you with everything (e. g. laptop) so that you can also be easily trained by your colleagues while working from home.

High school students: Apprenticeship, dual studies and internship

Apprenticeship and dual studies

The start of your professional career is only a few steps away. In us, you will find an excellent trainer who supports your individual development!

In addition to many exciting training opportunities in both the business and IT sectors, we also offer dual studies to meet your interests and skills in the best possible way.

Are you ready to expand the #TeamVNRAzubis? Then take a quick look at our training page and decide for yourself what you want your future with us to look like.

Student internship for high school students

Would you like to find your calling and gain a little insight? We offer you an exciting student internship that involves a lot more than just making coffee and sorting files. In your unsolicited application, let us know exactly what you are looking for and we will find the right area for you.

When does the apprenticeship start?

The apprenticeship starts every year on August 1st.

How often do I have to go to vocational school?

The vocational school takes place two days a week. On the other three days, we will train you at the company. For the various apprenticeships, we work closely with vocational schools in Bonn, Cologne and Hennef.

How do I apply?

Please use the careers portal for this. There, you can quickly and easily upload your documents.

What are the application deadlines?

You can apply for our apprenticeship positions any time in the year.

What is the application process like?

After first reviewing the application documents, we start our selection process with a telephone interview. This is followed by an invitation to an online assessment before the personal interview takes place. At present, these interviews are being conducted online if preferred. It lasts three hours and gives you the opportunity to get to know us as a training company and your future tasks better. You will also meet the different people who will accompany you during your training. If required, we also offer the option of a trial day.

What are the chances of being hired after the training?

As a publishing group, we plan long-term with our apprentices and are proud to say that we take on more than 90% of our apprentices in permanent, entry-level positions.

Why should I do an apprenticeship with the Rentrop Publishing Group (VNR)?

With us you have the opportunity to actively shape your apprenticeship. You can take on responsibility early on in different departments and contribute your own ideas in various apprenticeship projects.

What else do we offer our apprentices?

In addition to an attractive salary, we offer a practical and future-oriented apprenticeship. We rely on individual support from more than 30 AEVO (Ordinance on Trainer Aptitude) trainers, and regular feedback and assessment meetings. In keeping with our motto, “Shared work, shared decisions, shared responsibility”, we integrate you into our work processes in the company from day one, and thus prepare you optimally for your final exam. In addition to exciting apprenticeship projects, you can benefit from our internal training opportunities and in-house classes. We offer our employees attractive employee discounts with various regional partners. In addition, we provide you with free fruit, vegetables and drinks. At the start, you will receive your own laptop and we will cover your costs for an apprentice train ticket – a good investment thanks to our convenient location near the train station.

What is in-company training?

The in-company training (IBU) takes place once a week for 1.5 hours and is compulsory for the 1st and 2nd years of training. This is where cross-publishing content is taught, e.g., regarding the publishers of specialist literature, our customer management, data protection, etc.

How am I ensured a good education?

We have more than 30 trainers in the publishing group and at least as many training officers. This way, we can ensure that every trainee in every department receives individual, 1:1 support and training. We keep our knowledge up to date by conducting regular training sessions for the trainers too and exchanging ideas with other training companies.

Haven’t yet found the right position? Take a look at our careers page for other options!

Has your question not been answered yet? No problem. Write to us via our contact form and we will get back to you within the next few days.


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