Meet Sophie...

Year of Birth: 1993
Degree Program: Bachelor of Science Business Administration
University: WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management
Previous Internships: IT Innovation & Strategy at Philips
Global Venture Development at Rocket Internet SE
Arvato Healthcare / CIM
Interests: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, International Business Development, HealthTech, FinTech
Travelling and exploring foreign cultures, running, music, Social Entrepreneurship

Student Challenger since June 2015.

Describe your educational background. Where did/do you study, what degrees did/will you receive?
Before going to university, I went to high school in Germany and Canada and graduated with a German Abitur. I am currently studying Business Administration at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management, where I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in 2016. As part of my degree, I will be studying at Yonsei University in Seoul for one semester. In my studies, I am focusing on entrepreneurship, innovation, and venture capital.
After graduating in May 2016, I am planning on either pursuing a master’s degree abroad in a business-related field, or directly starting a full-time position and possibly doing an MBA after having had a few years of work experience.

Describe your career history. What have been your professional experiences?
I’ve been an intern with arvato CIM and arvato Healthcare in 2013, supporting numerous projects and leading an own project in the field of marketing. During the summer of 2014, I have worked in Global Venture Development for Rocket Internet, where I was staffed in a venture operating in the FinTech field. Here, I was responsible for preparing the expansion to different developing countries. Afterwards, I’ve worked as a marketing intern for Abraham Tours in Jerusalem, Israel. Currently, I am employed at Philips in Amsterdam, where I am in the IT department working on IT Strategy and IT Innovation.

What attracted you to Bertelsmann and your internships? What is/was your favorite aspect about your job?
Originally coming from close to Gütersloh, I’ve grown up knowing Bertelsmann as one of the largest employers in the area. What initially attracted me to the company was the diversity of the fields it operates in, as well as the strong focus on digitalization and the continuous development of new, innovative business segments throughout the whole company.
My favorite aspect about my internship was the large number of extensive insights into arvato that I was able to get. As I’ve switched departments halfway through the internship, and Healthcare and CIM operate in very different fields, I was always challenged with new tasks.

What has been your most challenging/rewarding/exciting task or project thus far?
The most challenging part of my internship was the project lead I had for a marketing project covering all areas of arvato CIM, requiring a lot of communication with employees and executives across all departments. This high degree of responsibility and the working across different departments allowed me to have very valuable insights into the organization.

What qualities do you feel are necessary to be a successful employee at Bertelsmann?
On my view, every branch of Bertelsmann is operating in fields that are constantly going through changes, so I believe that a certain entrepreneurial mindset supporting this constant transformation is needed to successfully work for Bertelsmann and contribute to the company’s growth.

What are your professional goals? Any others?
As I could see myself working in a corporate environment as well as a startup environment, I would like to be able to combine the best of both worlds in my future profession. Both sectors have their advantages, so my professional goal is working in a challenging, fast-paced environment like in a startup while having the stability and resources of a large company.

If you have one word to describe Bertelsmann – what would it be?
Transformation. As said above, I believe that Bertelsmann needs to constantly change and adapt to new market conditions and customer needs, and this constant transformation makes up a large part of the company.