My name is Jonas Hellweg and I’m studying business administration at the Georg August University in Göttingen, with a focus on business information technology, marketing and management. Since I’ll be graduating soon, I started thinking about my career and decided to attend a job fair in Berlin in spring 2017.
I received several invitations to visit booths at the job fair, including one from Bayer. At first, I found it difficult to imagine that this “old” German pharmaceutical company had a large or very interesting IT or Digital Innovation department. But I was curious to learn more about Bayer, and I accepted the invitation. I was wondering if my advanced course in biology during high school would now repay itself.
The team at the Bayer booth was very open and friendly. It was the friendliest welcome I received at the job fair and I thought if everyone at Bayer was like this, then I could see myself working at the company. An IT employee told me a lot about Bayer’s IT department and its G4A startup accelerator program , and from there everything just fell into place, from my application to the day I started my internship at Bayer in the IT Functional Leadership’s Digital Innovation department in Leverkusen.
I’ve been here since the beginning of October 2017 and I’ve really enjoyed my internship so far. I’ve learned a lot in a very short amount of time, and I’ve been included in a number of different projects right from the start. It’s been very exciting.
Bayer is much more dynamic than I would have expected from a huge DAX-listed company. But I also have to say that the Digital Innovation department is the picture of modernity, flexibility and, of course, innovation ! There are many exciting challenges and tasks that come up in the department on a daily basis, but I am especially impressed with the G4A program. Bayer isn’t afraid to target the big tech giants directly with its digital health approach, and this is something that Bayer can and should be proud of.
In the first month of my internship, which is a relatively short period of time, I went through a steep learning curve. At Bayer, you’re really challenged, but you’re also given a lot of responsibility and enough flexibility to take initiative.
There are a lot of really smart people here doing high-level work. I think this is one of the key reasons for the company’s success. You see this not only in its latest quarterly results, but also in the development of various programs, such as the YOUniverse internal innovation website, Bayer’s digitalization efforts, and the large number of other exciting innovation programs at the company.
The highlight for me so far has been the chance to be a moderator at the Stem4Health meetup in Cologne on November 2, 2017, and I’m looking forward to the next few months at Bayer.
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