Meet Corinna

Date of Birth: March 7 1995
Degree Program: BSc in International Business Administration
University: WHU – Otto-Beisheim-School of Management
Previous Internships: Infratest dimap, Allianz Global Investors, CNC Communications
Student Challenger since: December 2016

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
After my high school diploma in 2013 I started my bachelor studies of international business administration at WHU – Otto-Beisheim-School of Management. I graduated from WHU this October and I am currently applying to different master programs throughout Europe. During my time at WHU I was also able to spend a semester abroad at SciencesPo in Paris which gave me valuable insights into political and economic issues extending beyond my normal area of study.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?

So far I have completed four very different internships before and during my studies.
While gaining insights into political consulting and lobbying at Infratest dimap, my internship at Allianz Global Investors introduced me to the different operations of retail business development and key account management at an asset management firm. At the London office of CNC Communications, on the other hand, I worked on financial and corporate communication issues. Among others, I supported the project team on an IPO from the start to finish and was responsible for close media monitoring for different CNC clients. All in all, I have always tried to get insights into many different industries, departments and positions, eventually enabling me to make an informed decision about where my professional career will take me.  

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
I found the internship in the business development department of arvato Mobility Solutions in Berlin particularly interesting because it was an opportunity to work at the interface of business and politics. During my time in Berlin I really appreciated the responsibility and flexibility I was given. My own ideas and personal initiative mattered. Also, I enjoyed working in such a young and passionate team.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?     
During the summer two other interns in the business development team and I were given the chance to develop our own pilot project. We conducted research through an online survey, went on startup conferences and evaluated potential stakeholders, both within Bertelsmann as well as outside the company. Furthermore, we had to pitch our idea for a pilot project in the mobility market to several decision makers. All in all, this task has significantly improved my understanding of project management and how strategic decisions about new potential markets are made. It was fun and rewarding to see your own project change and grow over time, an experience that made my time at arvato Mobility Solutions truly unique.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?

Personal initiative, openness and collegiality.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
There was no such thing as a typical day at my internship. Due to the great degree of autonomy and flexibility days greatly varied from one another.  However, one thing most days had in common were the many team meetings to exchange ideas and evaluate the progress we had made.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
I am not yet entirely sure where my career will ultimately take me. I do know, however, that I would like to work in an international environment with people from diverse cultural, academic and professional backgrounds. Also, I can envisage myself in a position which acts as a liaison between different departments and stakeholders and that works on the determination of a company’s long-term strategy. Apart from my professional aspirations, I hope to travel as much and as far as I can.

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