Meet Nick...

Year of Birth: 1990
Degree Program: B. Sc. Economics
University: Leuphana University Lüneburg
Previous Internships: Corporate Finance, Consulting, Strategy
Interests: Sports, Languages, Politics and Travelling

Student Challenger since February 2016.

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
I went to school in Germany and Minnesota, USA. During my three year Bachelor I studied in Madrid, Korea and my home university Leuphana in Lüneburg. Here I received a Bachelor in Economics.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
When I completed my high school, I had a two year apprenticeship in Hamburg. Also, I completed my “Zivildienst” at the German School in Ecuador. When I was in Madrid I worked at a corporate finance boutique and in Consulting. Once I had completed my Bachelor degree I attended the GapYear program with two German firms; arvato and Henkel. At arvato I worked in corporate strategy, and at Henkel I worked in their Mergers and Acquisitions department.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
I joined Bertelsmann as part of the GapYear program. During the interviews for the program I immediately noticed the drive of the colleagues there. I noticed their deep entrepreneurial spirit, which I hadn’t seen that strong anywhere else. This was the ultimate reason that took me to choose arvato as one of my internships during my GapYear.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far? 
At arvato I was involved with a team that developed a new strategic project on global level. I joined from the very beginning and was counted on as a full member with independence in the project. It enabled me with little experience to thrive and work with other team members with over 20 years of experience. With this team I was able to learn something new every day and that is what made the experience truly rewarding.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
Since I only worked at arvato so far, I can only speak for that part. However, the one key aspect I would emphasize is entrepreneurial spirit. At arvato you are given the opportunity to think for yourself and enjoy the independence. The colleagues are very open to new ideas; innovations are welcome and appreciated.

What was/is a typical day during your internship like?
My team was in contact with all global business units, therefore our schedule was depending strongly on their demands. When I came in the mornings my colleague was already in touch with Asia. We were mainly working from headquarters but I also had travels to Amsterdam or France, for example. Therefore, there was no usual routine from 9 to 5.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
I want to take the opportunity to stay in touch with Bertelsmann through the Student Challenger program and I will try to see other aspects of the company before I finish my studies. Besides that I will definitely improve my Korean, because my time in Korea was too short to bring it to a professional level. My experience there was great and I believe there is even more to discover, when you know the language.

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