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Trainee Business Development – International Partnerships (m/f/d) incl. Master’s Degree

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Grow with us – Start your career at the IU!

Since its foundation in 1998, the IU International University has developed into the largest private university for online and dual study programs in Europe. We offer more than 200 career-oriented Bachelor & Master programs in various disciplines. These English and German language programs are all accredited and state-recognized. As a pioneer in digital education, we continuously improve the learning experience of our students with the help of innovative technologies and consistently focus on their satisfaction. But it is only through our great team with an entrepreneurial spirit that we can achieve our ambitious goals and constant growth.

Are you currently wondering whether you should do a Master's Degree or start working directly? At IU you don’t need to decide, we are offering you both!

Strengthen our team with immediate starting date at our location in Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, Munich or Remote (in Germany) as Trainee Business Development – International Partnerships.

Your Responsibilities
  • You contribute towards commercial growth by developing new partnerships with corporate and academic partners internationally

  • You identify new business development opportunities by gaining market insights through research and events

  • You analyze potential partners and competitors and prepare pitch material to position the IU partnership offering

  • You manage partnerships by keeping partners up to date about IU and guiding them through our processes

  • You communicate directly with both external partners and internal IU teams

Our requirements
  • You successfully completed your bachelor’s degree in the field of business administration and already gained a minimum of one year of work experience through internships or working student positions

  • You want to graduate with a Master's degree 

  • You have a growth mindset and are motivated to take ownership to develop the business further internationally

  • You gained experience in working with PowerPoint & Excel and like to develop this further

  • You are motivated, pro-active, open to new ideas and have a hands-on working attitude

  • You are interested to develop negotiation skills to support contract term negotiations

  • Fluent in English both verbally and written, you feel confident to communicate with partners across the globe. Any other languages e.g. Arabic or French would be beneficial.

What we offer
  • An optimal combination between career entry and a financed Master’s (Distance learning) including monthly remuneration – IU fully pays your study

  • We will pay your tuition fees at IU for you. In order to still have enough time for your studies, you work just 30 hours a week instead of full time. The monthly payment for this is gross 1573 Euro and you also receive a voucher card with a monthly credit of 44 Euro.

  • A versatile and responsible task in a collegial atmosphere at the pioneer of digital education

  • Attractive career prospects in a rapidly expanding entrepreneurial environment

  • Flexible working time and the best team in the world


Do you see yourself in this profile and are you looking for a new challenge? Then apply online now.  


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Josephine Lindner at josephine.lindner@iu.org

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Your personal contact - Josephine Lindner

Josephine Lindner


I have the freedom to do my work as I please in a friendly and supporting atmosphere. I love what I do — encouraging our students to choose the right direction and it is personally gratifying to help them succeed, every step of the way.
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Michael Brunner
From the moment students connect with IU, I help them build custom learning pathways that fit their lives perfectly. I enjoy my flexible working hours and how IU encourages everyone to speak up and share their ideas.
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What we’ll do for you
Design your ideal career and pathway
Explosive growth enables great opportunities. Tell us your dream career, and we will help you make it a reality.
Work from home, work from anywhere
We blur the lines between local and remote by embracing collaborative & video meeting technologies.
Flexible working times
It’s your call. We trust you will get things done.
Up level your education
Enjoy free up-skilling courses, language courses & discounted degree courses. There is always something new to learn!
30 days annual vacation for everyone
We strive for greatness, but we all take time-off to recharge.
Enjoy our brand of social
We love spending time together. Whether it’s yoga, team events, brown bag lunches or partying—there is something for everyone.
Almost every IU job can be full-time or part-time
Pick what suits you!
World’s best colleagues
We give each other a leg-up when needed, and we collectively go beyond expectations.
Always connected
Our state-of-the-art IT infrastructure, tools, & methods empower us to collaborate and innovate from anywhere, anytime—with agility and speed.
The location
Happy student smiling and learning
We always try to make working from anywhere possible. But, it's not one or the other—you can work from the office when you want some real in-person time. We are as flexible as you want to be.
About the team
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They say people don’t know what they want until you show them. In education, that could not be further from the truth. Our data-driven students know exactly what they want—top class education on their terms. We’re the team that truly gets that! We listen, we understand, and we help build on what they expect.

By listening to the voices of our students and collaborating with our teams and business partners we build the most flexible, advanced, and exciting education services possible. We stay one step ahead by identifying growth opportunities and connecting our ideas to create added value.
Our core values

Make collaboration standard practice.

We aim for the best solution as a team and have fun with it - without ego or politics.

Be courageous and take risks.

We make courageous decisions and take calculated risks.

Embrace innovation always.

We are always looking for ways to improve our offers for our customers.

Strive for the empowerment of everyone.

We support each other’s development to become the best version of ourselves.

Adopt a growth mindset for scale.

We aim to improve ourselves in everything we do and work hard to do so every day.

Focus on getting things done on time.

We implement things quickly, pragmatically, effectively and goal-oriented.

Put customer focus first.

In everything we do, our customers come first.

Sales FAQs

To what extent is home office possible?
We love to support Home Office arrangements, but some positions naturally require employees to be on campus/in the office. During the pandemic everyone works from home or can work in the office after consultation.
How many days paid holiday will I get per year?
All employees working a 5 day week are entitled to 30 days paid holiday per year.
Why are there so many open positions at IU?
Good question! We are experiencing explosive growth as students flock to adopt our unique education methods. That’s why we have become IU International University of Applied Sciences.
How flexible are the working hours at IU?
Working hours are naturally position dependent at IU but normally you can arrange them the way you want, together with your team and supervisor.
What is expected to be successful at IU?
We want team players that love to challenge conventional wisdom, and integrate with open-minded people who support each other within a flat hierarchy. If you like what you hear, then apply at www.iu-careers.com/en/jobs.
Can I apply for multiple jobs?
Of course you can! Make a separate application for each and we will work together to choose the one that fits you best.