Meet Vincenz

Year of Birth: 1988
Degree Program: B.Sc. Business Admin. And Economics; M.A. International Relations and Economics (2015)
University: Universität Passau, Johns Hopkins University -SAIS
Previous Internships: Rocket Internet, Aurelius AG, Partech International
Interests: Contemporary Art and Literature, Football (1. Fc Köln)

Student Challenger since November 2014.

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
I received my Bachelor of Science from the University of Passau in Business Administration and Economics in 2012. During my undergraduate program I studied at the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa in Buenos Aires for an exchange semester. Currently I am enrolled in an M.A. program in International Relations and Economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), in Washington D.C. SAIS is a graduate school of the Johns Hopkins University. I spent the first year of my M.A. at the Bologna Center of SAIS in Italy.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
I have always been enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and dynamic working environments. This predisposition for hands-on outcome oriented teams let me into the start-up world. I worked at Rocket Internet, Bergfürst AG and in the Berlin office of Partech International, a French-American venture Capital fund. I alos had the opportunity to work in the investment team of Aurelius AG, a Munich based private-equity holding.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
Bertelsmann attracted me, because it provided me with the opportunity to work on one of the most ambitious and exciting transformational tasks any global media company is faced with today. The goal of the New Businesses department is to build a sizeable global education company, which ought to become the third pillar of Bertelsmann’s business model.
The favorite aspect of my job was being involved in strategic considerations of how to enter the global education sector.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
The tasks I enjoyed the most were the ones when I was entrusted with anticipating future developments in subsectors of the education industry. Those tasks required a certain level of creativeness paired with sound business judgment.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Bertelsmann is a diverse company. Different professional qualities and talents are needed in different parts of the company. However, certain mutual values become apparent:

  • A genuine interest of the content produced in the different parts of the company as well as respect and appreciation for the people behind it.
  • A high level of team orientation and understatement is highly valued. Communication across hierarchies is promoted and achievements of the groups, departments or teams are more important than achievements of individuals.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
I had two main lines of work I was entrusted with during my days at Bertelsmann: Quantitative M&A and more qualitative strategic work. 

  • The quantitative tasks were mainly carried out in Excel. Here I learned a lot from Alberto Chullen, one of the Director’s of the New Businesses department, whom I was sharing an office with.
  • Strategic tasks were the composition of company overviews, information memoranda and power point presentations for senior management and the supervisory board. Here I worked closely with Benedikt Dalkmann.

On top of that I had the opportunity to take part in Bertelsmann’s offered internship activities and had lunch with different Bertelsmann employees from all the divisions on a daily basis. Those lunches were a great opportunity to learn more about the fields of broadcasting, publishing and services, as well as to get to know what Bertelsmann employees are working on in China, Brazil or India. 

What are your professional goals? Any others?
This is a difficult question. All I can say so far is that a future position ought to satisfy my curiosities. Therefore I want to work in an international setting, which enables me to work in an entrepreneurial manner.

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