Meet Saskia...

 
Year of Birth:

1987

Degree Program:

Master of Science in Management (expected to graduate in early summer 2012)

University:

University of Mannheim

Previous Internships:

Delegata, Commerzbank, Moneybookers, Bain & Company, Ernst & Young, Bertelsmann - BDMI

Interests:

Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Stock Markets, Traveling, Foreign Languages, Tennis 

Student Challenger since August 2011.

Describe your educational background. Where did / do you study, what degrees did / will you receive?
I received my Bachelor from the Munich Business School, where I studied International Business with majors in finance and international management. During my bachelor studies I spent one semester at the École Supérieure de Commerce in La Rochelle (France). Currently I am studying business administration at the University of Mannheim with a focus on management, finance and accounting. 

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
I always tried to do as many internships as possible since I wanted to get to know many different companies and positions. I started after my first semester with a short internship at Delegata, a small company that was a mixture of Business Angel, Incubator and Consultancy. After the 2nd semester I gained insights in the interest, currency and liquidity management of the Commerzbank. After my semester in France I decided to do an internship at the strategic account management department of Moneybookers, a relatively young online company, based in London. During my 5th and 6th semester in Munich I worked as a working student (“temp”) at Bain & Company. During the first two semesters of my master studies I organized the bi-annual “Mannheimer Gründergespräche” (founder talks) at the Mannheim Institute for small and medium-sized businesses. Before joining Bertelsmann, I did an internship at the business tax department of Ernst & Young in Mannheim. At Bertelsmann I worked for Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments (BDMI), the corporate venture capital fund and I will continue to work for the team as working student.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is / was your favorite aspect about your job?
I was attracted to Bertelsmann because of the very decentralized and entrepreneurial company structure. Furthermore I liked the idea of working for a venture capital fund that can support start-ups not only with money but also with a very diversified and international network. 

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far?
The most exciting aspect of my internship at BDMI was the daily contact with startups from all over the world. It was fascinating and inspiring to learn about all these new ideas and to be part of a team that shapes the future of digital media through its venture capital investments! 

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Be passionate about what you are doing and think entrepreneurial. 

What was / is a typical day during your internship like?
There was no “typical day” during my internship. I was involved in the whole venture capital workflow: I read and evaluated incoming business plans and I did first calls with the founders to understand their concepts in detail. We discussed the opportunities in our team and decided which startups we want to meet and look at in more detail. I was also involved in the due diligence processes, analyzed financial plans and even visited one of our (at this time potential) investments to document internal processes. During my time here at BDMI I saw around 150 deals and we actually closed 5 deals – it was a great time and I have learned a lot! 

What are your professional goals? Any others ;-) ? 
My professional long-term goal is to start my own business. Until then I want to work in challenging and interesting positions where I have the freedom to develop and the chance to meet many inspiring people. My personal long-term goal is to visit at least one foreign country (or region within a foreign country) I have never been to before every year until I am 80 :-)

If you had one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
Entrepreneurship

 
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