The University of Stuttgart has been awarded with the 2020 Volo Prize from the Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation (Federal Association of University Communications) for its exemplary traineeship program. “At the University of Stuttgart we are committed to attracting and retaining highly qualified employees. We support our employees in using their knowledge and skills and furthering their education”, says Chancellor Jan Gerken. “Training is a strategic goal to make sure that the University of Stuttgart remains competitive.”
“We’re very happy to have won this award. It’s also very important to us to introduce young colleagues to the broad spectrum of scientific communications and give them the opportunity to independently improve their career prospects within a managed framework”, says Dr. Hans-Herwig Geyer, Head of University Communications at the University of Stuttgart.
Traineeships offer a wide range of opportunities
Since 2016, the University of Stuttgart has been offering an editorial traineeship in the field of university communications. During the two-year training, the trainee works in all areas of the department, from press and public relations, website maintenance and social media to event management and the creation of print products. In addition, he or she gains an insight into many areas of the university, such as the Central Administration, the Office of the Rectorate or in research projects such as the MobiLab real-world laboratory. The traineeship also includes several weeks of external training, for example in schools of journalism.
The current trainee at the University of Stuttgart, Carina Lindig, received the “Prize for an exemplary traineeship program in University Communications”. The Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation introduced the Volo Prize last year to ensure that the traineeship in University Communications remains a popular and useful career move right across Germany. The University of Stuttgart is one of 13 universities to receive the prize this year. It was based on a survey held among trainees, who evaluated the conditions of their training. Among other things, the survey included questions related to the training plan, meetings between the trainee and their mentor, further training opportunities and remuneration.
The Bundesverband Hochschulkommunikation[de] is the association of the responsible parties for communication at universities in Germany. Its members include more than 1000 communicators from more than 340 universities, (technical) colleges, art academies, conservatories, sports universities, as well as cooperative state universities and private universities.