Meet Philipp L. ...

Year of Birth: 1992
Current Position: Bertelsmann Corporate Development - New Businesses
Education: Maastricht University
BSc Business Administration
Previous Internships:

CFO Office @ Henkel, Central Controlling and Strategy @ Bertelsmann in Gütersloh, Corporate Development @ Bertelsmann in New York


Sports (tennis, biking and running), cultural activities, travelling

Student Challenger since July 2014 to September 2014.

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
In 2013, I finished my Bachelor degree in business administration at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. From autumn onwards, I continue with my graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in UK.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
During my Bachelor studies, I participated in case competitions abroad - one in Hong Kong and the other in New Zealand. Meeting interesting students from around the world and work on real-world challenges of businesses were amazing experiences. But only after my graduation, I had my first experiences working in companies. As part of the gap year program, I did an internship at Henkel and subsequently at Bertelsmann, both in Gütersloh and in New York.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
When I applied for the internship at Bertelsmann, I had not worked in the media industry before. Primarily, I was attracted about the department (“Controlling and Strategy”) that promised to give deep insights into the strategy and figures of a globally leading media corporation. Finishing my internship, I had become very enthusiastic about an industry that is currently undergoing rapid change and whose borders become more and more blurred. I also enjoyed working with teams of ambitious and interesting people on topics at the core Bertelsmann’s strategy.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
In the controlling and strategy team, we regularly evaluated investment proposals that the divisions were asking approval for. I remember one proposal with a very tight schedule. Within less than a week, I had to immerse myself in an industry and company I had no knowledge about before. This experience has been very challenging – but also rewarding to see our impact on the decision-making on this investment.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Entrepreneurial spirit, self-responsibility, analytical and critical mindset

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
Biking from Bielefeld to Gütersloh – yes, 17km every day, there and back :) – having a shower – working – early lunch at 12 – working – biking back home

What are your professional goals? Any others :)?
I am currently looking forward to my graduate studies, particularly deepening my knowledge about a range of economics topics, among them macroeconomics and financial economics. I can currently well imagine to pursuing a PhD after my Master degree. Eventually, I would like to work in the industry or consulting again. 
Shortly after writing this passage, Bertelsmann offered me to start full-time in New York - a great opportunity for which I decided to postpone my graduate studies.

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