Meet Nicolas...

Year of Birth: 1989
Degree Program: 9/2013 - 12/2015 Double Degree Master in Management (Universität Mannheim) & Master of International Business
University: Universität Mannheim & Queen's University, Kingston, Kanada
Previous Internships:

Novartis, The Boston Consulting Group, Henkel, McKinsey & Company, Bertelsmann


Sports, Travelling

Student Challenger since June 2013.

Describe your educational background. Where did / do you study, what degrees did / will you receive? 
After finishing school in 2008, I received my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mannheim in 2012 including one semester at Trinity College, Dublin.  

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
Prior to my internship in Bertelmann’s Corporate Development, I gained working experience in various industries such as Pharma, Banking and Industrial Goods. In the course of time I increasingly focused on consulting.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is / was your favorite aspect about your job?
As a partner company of the GapYear-Program Bertelsmann provided me with the great opportunity to get to now a very dynamic and interesting industry I was not yet familiar with. The multitude of opportunities for interesting internships within the corporation was a major reason for my application to the GapYear-Program.
The combination of a consultant-like job with a much better work-life balance was one of the best experiences during my internship.

What has been your most challenging / rewarding / exciting task or project thus far?
My most exiting tasks were in the context of the preparation of the Bertelsmann Strategy document for the executive board and the supervisory board. It was very interesting to experience the great deal of work required for such an extensive high-level document.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann? 
Team-orientation along with good analytical skills and passion for what you do. 

What was / is a typical day during your internship like? 
The typical day starts pretty relaxed around 9am. While there is plenty of work to do it remains relaxed all day long and there is always a very good spirit among colleagues even during tense and time-critical situations. Lunch is best spent with other interns or colleagues. 

What are your professional goals? Any others ;-) ? 
Professionally, I will do my Master’s and see what happens thereafter ;-) For my other goals I am keen on travelling, diving and what else the world has to offer. I also want to try to learn one or two more languages. 

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