Why not do an internship at Bayer Business Services to bridge the gap between bachelor’s and master’s courses and gain valuable practical experience? “Great idea,” I thought as I surfed through Bayer’s career site looking for interesting job opportunities. It was not long before I came across a vacancy for an intern in Digital Marketing which appealed to me.
During my bachelor’s degree in Applied Media Studies, I was able to gain real insights into the world of work at various PR, corporate communications and online marketing agencies in Germany and abroad. It was clear to me that public relations was not my dream career. I was far more interested in digital communications, but not in the area of corporate communications.
So I applied to Bayer Business Services, a service company in the Bayer Group, and that same week a very friendly talent manager contacted me for a telephone interview. After that and a face-to-face interview, I was accepted for the internship – just three weeks after applying.
Wide-ranging assignments from the start
From the first day of my six-month internship I worked in a friendly, open-minded and highly motivated team of digital experts. Unlike what I’d previously experienced, I was fully integrated into the team from day one and worked on various projects for Bayer CropScience. Alongside operational tasks, my work included developing strategic management and project concepts. Working independently on highly innovative digital projects involved a steep learning curve and I’m sure I’ll often be able to use what I learned in my future career.
Various off-site workshops were a pleasant change from the day-to-day office routine. Interns were allowed to attend them – actually, they were expected to. In addition to that, trips to Berlin, Leipzig and Münster gave me a deeper insight into the work of farmers and what they want from Bayer’s products and services.
Thinking outside the box – no problem at Bayer
During my internship, I also had several opportunities to network with interns in other departments. Every two months, Bayer organizes an afternoon get-together for interns. Thanks to that, I became part of a community for which varied events such as geocaching and social functions were organized. What I I found particularly interesting were the wide-ranging insights I gained into other Bayer subgroups from talking to other interns.
In short, I can throughly recommend this internship to enthusiastic students with an interest in digital marketing. If you’re someone who enjoys working independently and as part of a team on innovative topics, you’ll find it an exciting and enriching time.
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