Meet Caroline...

Year of Birth: 1990
Degree Program: 2014 Master in Law & Accounting
University: London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)
Previous Internships:

Nomura International plc.


Sports (Volleyball, Tennis, Running), Travelling, Reading

Student Challenger since October 2012 to November 2013

Describe your educational background. Where did / do you study, what degrees did / will you receive?
I completed my Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration at the Rotterdam School of Management in June 2012 and am going to pursue a Master of Science in Law & Accounting at the London School of Economics (LSE) starting in October 2013.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences? 
In the summer of 2011, I completed an internship in the Investment Banking Division of Nomura International plc. in London. As part of the Healthcare Team, I worked on a buy-side mandate for an OTC brand divestiture. From July till September 2012 I interned at Bertelsmann (Corporate Center) in the area of Corporate Controlling and Strategy (ZI) in Gütersloh. From February till May 2013 I will do an internship with McKinsey & Company and Munich.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is / was your favorite aspect about your job? 
Not only in Germany, Bertelsmann is an established and renowned media-conglomerate that you come across during a myriad of situations in your daily life – be it when ordering a smart phone, downloading an e-book onto your tablet, when turning on the TV at home or when reading a magazine in your physician’s waiting room, to name but a few occasions.
It is this diversity and, with it, the many opportunities for development within the company, which attracted me to complete an internship at Bertelsmann.
As I have always wanted to later pursue an international career, Bertelsmann, which operates in more than 50 countries worldwide, appeared to be the perfect fit.
During my internship in the department of Corporate Controlling and Strategy, which is reporting to the CEO, one of the main attractions was to be able to get a good overview of the business models of each of Bertelsmann’s divisions, while, at the same time, being confronted with the company’s overarching corporate strategy. Moreover, I was particularly impressed by the fact that I was treated as a full member of the team from the very beginning of my internship: on my first day, I was already allowed to take part in the weekly meeting, where the team members share all relevant developments with each other. This high level of involvement was truly characteristical for the entire duration of my internship. Equally impressive was the openness and willingness of all colleagues to explain and illustrate any of the topics at hand, enabling me to understand them in a wider context. 

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far? 
The most exciting task was a project for the executive board, which I was working on together with my colleagues. This project was particularly exciting to me as it involved each of Bertelsmann’s divisions. Learning about each division’s particular goals as well as building upon valuable input from many experts of each division in the course of the project was particularly interesting and, at the same time, rewarding to me.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann? 
In this respect, there are three qualities, which I consider absolutely essential: (1) Integrity, (2) Curiosity/Entrepreneurship and (3) Sense of Responsibility.
I feel that, at Bertelsmann, a high level of confidence is placed in the company’s employees from the very beginning. While this enables you to quickly become an integral member of the team, you are expected to act within the highest levels of integrity. Moreover, not at least because of the diverse and international scale of Bertelsmann’s operations, I truly believe that if you have a curious and entrepreneurial mindset you are supported in pursuing any of your professional goals that are in line with the company’s values. Given this scope of action, a high sense of responsibility is not an inevitable consequence but an explicitly expected premise. 

What was / is a typical day during your internship like? 
It is quite difficult to describe a typical day as I had the chance to work on a variety of different projects so that no day was really like the other.
There are explicit competences that fall within the scope of the area of Corporate Controlling and Strategy, where I completed my internship. Most importantly, these include the analysis of managerially relevant key figures, the assessment of potential investments as well as the preparation of analyses and presentations for the executive and the supervisory board of Bertelsmann. While these tasks may thus be considered “typical,” I found it particularly fascinating that they were always embedded in a new, exciting, and challenging context of the respective project at hand. Moreover typical was our weekly meeting where all team members shared the most important developments as well as the current status of their projects with each other. 

What are your professional goals? Any others ;-) ? In the long-term, I would like to hold an international top management position and contribute to a sustainable economy. 

If you had one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
As I am unfortunately only allowed to choose one word, I have to term it “Inspimation” –Inspiration & Transformation!