Meet Philipp...

Year of Birth: 

Current Position:


Executive Assistant CEO Random House, New York


Media Sciences, University of Cologne

Work experience:

Neutral AG, Zurich, Strategic Marketing Management
Bertelsmann AG, Gütersloh, Corporate Development
Verlagsgruppe Random House, Munich, Business Development


Literature, Movies, Art, Running, Stock Markets, Economic Psychology

Student Challenger from January 2008 to February 2010 

Describe your educational background. Where did you study, what degrees did you receive?
Since 2005, I studied Media Sciences at the University of Cologne with majors in Media Management and Media Law. I graduated in December 2009 with my diploma thesis on the role of digital rights management in the emerging eBook market. 

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
Prior to my internship at the corporate development department of Bertelsmann AG, I worked as an intern in the field of marketing and event-management at a marketing agency in Zurich. Afterwards, I had the opportunity to complete another internship at the business development department of Random House Germany. Here I was also supported in writing my diploma thesis.
Before I started my studies, I worked for nine months in a psychiatric hospital, where I completed my civilian service.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships?
Bertelsmann is the leading European Media Company and I was studying Media Management, so the opportunity to work as an intern at Bertelsmann´s corporate development department really attracted me. I was fascinated by the idea to work for a company consisting of so many different Media and services businesses.
Due to my high interest in literature and the field of publishing I really appreciated to have the opportunity to work for Random House Germany and gain in-depth insights on the publishing industry. 

What was your favorite aspect about your job?
My favorite aspect about both jobs was that I worked on several very interesting and diverse projects and gained deep knowledge about Bertelsmann, the divisions and the respective industries. 

What career steps did you take after the completion of the Students Challenge program?
I started to work as an Associate in the Bertelsmann AG corporate development team. 

What would you say does it take to become a Student Challenger?
At best a Student Challenger is an integral part of team during the internship, enriching the team with support, new ideas and creative solutions.