Hi, my name is Johannes Lettner. I’m 24 years old and I’m originally from Austria, although I now live in Berlin. After my internship is over, I will go back to the Netherlands to complete my master’s degree in international management at the Rotterdam School of Management. Like any true Austrian, I love winter sports and I also try to ride my bike as often as possible.
During a career event in Vienna last fall, I learned about the opportunity to complete a four-month internship in strategy development at Bayer Business Services in Berlin. Working as part of a multicultural team, I was involved in all major activities right from the start.
Regular trips between the Berlin and Leverkusen sites allowed me to experience the dynamic and varied day-to-day work of my team up close, and I was excited to see how quickly I was included in so many aspects of the work.
In the thick of things, not on the sidelines
One of the most exciting days at Bayer for me was a full-day workshop with staff from other teams and departments that introduced and tested the prototype for an IT application – a design and implementation process I was actively involved in right from the start. While not all of the feedback was positive, the workshop offered numerous opportunities to learn about successful project and change management.
To be honest, before I started the internship I wasn’t sure how relevant and informative my time at Bayer would be for my personal and professional development, but I was pleasantly surprised at how many theoretical concepts from my studies I was able to apply in practice on a daily basis here. Despite my short time on the team, I learned many hard and soft skills that will definitely be essential for a later career in management.
A lot of flexibility between Berlin and Leverkusen
I purposely chose the Berlin location to allow me to get to know the city itself and also to have as wide an array of activities available to me during my free time as possible. From sports to food to an exciting nightlife, Berlin has it all. Furthermore, during my many trips to Leverkusen I had the opportunity to discover surrounding cities such as Cologne and Düsseldorf and to visit friends.
Interns at Bayer are given a great deal of flexibility to actively structure the experience the way they want to, making the entire time spent there unforgettable in so many ways. So, I would advise future interns to be proactive and openly engage with other people to learn about as many aspects of the company as possible and make contacts.
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