Meet Jana...

Year of Birth: 1988
Degree Program: 2013 MSc in Business Administration

WWU Münster

Previous Internships:

Walt Disney Company


Controlling, Management, Corporate Strategy, Media, Sport, Traveling, Literature and Music

Student Challenger from August 2013 to June 2014.

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the WWU Münster, where I’m also pursuing my master’s degree in Accounting and Management.
During my master studies I went on exchange to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to participate in the Accounting and Information Systems program. I will have finished my master’s degree by February 2014.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
I gained my first business experience during a six-month internship at the Walt Disney Company. As part of the Finance department of the German subsidiary in Munich, I had the chance to enhance my knowledge in the field of controlling and become acquainted with the media industry. In spring 2013 I completed an internship in the Corporate Controlling & Strategy department of Bertelsmann.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
I was attracted to Bertelsmann because of its diversity and its standing as a global and successful player in the fast changing media industry. Working for Bertelsmann means to be faced with varied and challenging tasks – exactly what I was looking for.
The internship within the Corporate Controlling & Strategy department was a great chance to gain a deeper insight into the company’s structure and understand the underlying business model. I liked the fact that no day was really like the other due to the variety of projects and tasks I worked on. Although these projects and tasks can be considered as typical for the Corporate Controlling & Strategy department (e.g. assessment of investment projects and the preparation analyses and presentations for the executive and supervisory board), they have always been new to me as each project was characterized by its specific context. Another thing that struck me particularly positively was that I was treated as a full team member from the first day. My opinions and ideas were valued and I had the opportunity to take on responsibility.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
The most rewarding and exciting task during my internship has been a company-wide competitor analysis. I was able to gain a deeper understanding of the decentralized company structure. Moreover, I was allowed to do a large part of my work independently and was given the opportunity to take on responsibility.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Above all you must be open-minded and willing to accept new challenges to keep pace with the fast changing media industry. Furthermore, it’s helpful to identify yourself with Bertelsmann and be passionate about what you do. In addition, professional competence, reliability, entrepreneurial thinking and the ability to work in a team are qualities which are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
Fortunately, I had no “typical” day during my internship. As I had no daily task and even I did project work every day, every day was kind of unique due to the specific context of each project.
Actually, the most typical thing about my working day was the lunch break in the canteen with colleagues.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
In the short term, I want to complete my master’s degree successfully and find a job, which provides me with new challenges and where I can develop myself personally. In the long term, my professional goal is to work in the fields of controlling or strategy at an international company. I would like to have a job where I’m faced with interesting and challenging tasks and where I can take on responsibility.
Besides these goals, I would like to enhance my French language skills.

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