Meet Hauke...

Date of Birth: 01.04.1995
Degree Program: M.Sc. Management
University: Georg-August-University Göttingen
Previous Internships:
Financial and Risk Controlling at NORD/LB (08/2016-12/2016)
Corporate Controlling & Strategy at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA (05/2017-07/2017)
Global Shared Service Finance - Business Process Coordination at B.Braun Melsungen AG (08/2017-11/2017)
Student Challenger since: 09/2017

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
I am currently enrolled in the first semester of the M. Sc. in Management at the Georg-August-University Göttingen focusing on controlling and strategic management. I plan to complete my studies in 2019.  
I completed my bachelor degree in business administration in March 2017. For my fifth semester, I visited the Incheon National University in Incheon, South Korea.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
My internships up until now have mostly been focused on topics in controlling and management.
In my first internship, from August until December 2016, I was responsible for assessing and analyzing all desirable and required changes in IT systems that the department for Financial and Risk Controlling would face in the next five years.
My tasks in the Controlling & Strategy department at Bertelsmann (May – July 2017) included market research, assessment of investments in music production companies and the venture capital market in China, India, Brazil and the US, as well as reporting activities.
At B.Braun Melsungen AG, I interned in the Global Shared Service Finance - Accounts Payable department from August until November 2017. I supported various measures aiming to improve standardization and automatization of invoice processing as part of the Business Process Coordination team. In addition, I was responsible for migrating and expanding existing reporting capabilities to SAP BW using the SAP Query Designer.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
I am always looking for new and interesting tasks in fields related to the focus of my studies.  The three major goals I have with every internship are learning, getting to know interesting people and taking a look into various industries, organizations and departments.
My favorite aspect about the internship in Corporate Controlling & Strategy at Bertelsmann is the diversified nature of the Bertelsmann portfolio. Especially my former team, which is responsible for the Bertelsmann Education Group, venture capital investments in China, Brazil, India and the US as well as the BMG Rights Management, offers a wide variety of tasks and insights. I also really liked the open and welcoming office culture.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?    
I had challenging, rewarding and exciting tasks or projects in all of my internships thus far. At Bertelsmann, I especially enjoyed assessing and discussing investment proposals provided by Bertelsmann's venture capital funds. The response to my market research tasks in the online education sector was also very rewarding.
In my first internship at NORD/LB, it was especially challenging and exciting to be solely responsible for the project assessing the necessary changes in the controlling IT infrastructure. Migrating and expanding the reporting tools at B.Braun was also a very challenging and rewarding experience.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Considering the diverse nature of Bertelsmann companies, I do not think that there necessarily is a very specific set of qualities that every successful employee has to have. However, open-mindedness, curiosity and entrepreneurship can definitely go a long way.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
I do not think that I had a "typical" day during my internship at Bertelsmann. It heavily depended on the tasks that I was currently doing. Generally, I worked relatively independent and discussed findings as well as questions with my colleagues. Some tasks, for example assessing investment proposals, were especially collaborative, involving very interesting discussions.

What are your professional goals? Any others?

My professional goals are not really set in stone. I am always striving to improve myself professionally, to work on increasingly complex, demanding and interesting topics while also taking on increasing responsibility.  
Besides these goals, I would really like to work and live abroad for some years, maybe in Asia or the US.

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