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Dual study programme

Do you feel at home in the world of IT and are you also interested in business? Have you or will you have soon successfully completed your (vocational) secondary school education? Would you like to combine theory and practice?

If you have said 'yes' three times, the dual study of business informatics could be something for you. Koelnmesse partners with the Fachhochschule der Wirtschaft (FHDW) in Bergisch Gladbach for its Business Informatics course. The dual Bachelor's programme at the FHDW integrates practical experience, which means students switch between the university and a company on a quarterly basis.

During each of the three-month practical phases, you will gain detailed insight into Koelnmesse's modern IT infrastructure and get to know the IT sector with the Application Management, Digital Media and Process and Requirements Management groups. In addition, you will support Koelnmesse in the digital transformation - the digitalisation of the business model and the exhibition grounds - and play an active role in implementing the IT strategy.

The study of business informatics combines areas of business administration and computer science. For example, subjects such as accounting/controlling, marketing/sales, software engineering, databases and SQL as well as IT security are part of the curriculum at the FHDW . You can find further information on the FHDW website.

In addition to paying tuition fees and an attractive apprenticeship allowance, Koelnmesse offers you a flexitime model, modern IT equipment, free access to most of our own events, such as gamescom and the interior business event imm cologne, and much more.

If we are currently offering a dual study programme, you will find the offer in our job exchange .


Within the framework of student internships lasting several months, you can gain insight into various areas of the exciting trade fair business.

We offer internships in the following areas, for example:

  • Sales
  • Trade Fair Management
  • Event
  • Human Resources
  • Internship abroad at our subsidiary in Chicago

The prerequisite for an internship with us is that you have successfully completed the first semesters of your Bachelor's or Master's studies and that the internship is intended as a mandatory internship within the framework of your studies.

You will find available internship positions in our job exchange .