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Talent Meets Bertelsmann – Create Your Own Career

Remind me when the application period for TMB starts in 2022.

Remind me

About TMB

Learn more about our networking event –
this year as an exceptional virtual experience!

In 2021, our career and networking event Talent Meets Bertelsmann went digital and truly showed the potential of virtual events and of what talented students can achieve being together apart. More than 400 young people from 50 different countries had applied, and 42 of them were selected to join in April 2021.

Over three weeks and nine sessions, the talents developed business ideas for different Bertelsmann divisions whilst being supported and guided by experienced entrepreneurs and coaches. A jury of high-caliber Bertelsmann executives then chose the most promising ideas and concepts. It was a truly exceptional virtual experience – filled with digital events such as a live concert, a TV studio tour, readings from best-selling authors, cocktail nights, networking and mindfulness sessions.

We are now eagerly expecting the 2022 edition of Talent Meets Bertelsmann which hopefully will be a true celebration of being back on-site in Berlin! Stay tuned!

Workshop Topics

For the workshops, our participants were divided into six groups. All tasks were derived from real Bertelsmann business cases. The case studies included:

  • Entertainment: What kind of opportunities do non-fungible tokens (NFTs) offer to the entertainment industry?
  • Journalism: How can journalists make their verifying and fact-checking processes visible?
  • Learning: How can we implement new online education solutions?
  • Storytelling: How can we build future audiences through innovative storytelling?
  • Supply Chain: How can we design a digital supply chain for patient-individual solutions?
  • Tech & Data: Using AI, how can we create multi-channel campaigns?

When and Where?

April 12–30, 2021

Over the course of three inspiring weeks, participants actively participated in nine sessions from 5PM to 8PM on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

In 2021, the event took place in a digital format open to students residing in Europe.


Congratulations to all winners! The first place went to team Entertainment, who focused on non-fungible tokens; second place went to team Storytelling and third place to team Tech & Data.

What’s next?

We cannot wait to meet new talents and international members of our TMB alumni family in person again! For 2022, we hope and plan to be back in Berlin if the situation allows. If you will be a student in 2022 and want to be part of TMB, sign up to be reminded when the applications open in spring 2022!

Talent Meets Bertelsmann Program

  1. Join interdisciplinary groups and participate in workshops
  2. Experience Bertelsmann through a live concert and keynotes
  3. Enjoy networking evenings and interaction with executives
  4. Benefit from individual career consulting by HR professionals
  5. Become part of the worldwide TMB alumni community and stay connected

Who are we looking for?

Business innovators who

  • Are Bachelor, Master or MBA students, or Ph.D. candidates in the field of business administration, economics, management or finance with above-average academic performance,
  • Have gained experience in projects (e.g. research work, internships, start-ups, case study competitions etc.),
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for business and strong communication skills.

Creative innovators who

  • Are Bachelor, Master or MBA students, or Ph.D. candidates in the field of the humanities, social sciences, media, journalism or communication with above-average academic performance,
  • Have gained experience in projects (e.g. research work, internships, start-ups, creative writing etc.),
  • Have a creative mindset, media expertise and strong communication skills.

Data innovators who

  • Are Bachelor, Master or MBA students, or Ph.D. candidates in the field of informatics, applied mathematics, business analytics, statistics or data science with above-average academic performance,
  • Have gained experience in projects (e.g. research work, internships, hackathons, online coding courses etc.),
  • Have a problem-solving mindset, tech expertise and communication skills.

Bertelsmann Executives on Talent Meets Bertelsmann

Success Stories

Laura Reichert, TMB Alumna 2017

“When I first applied for TMB in 2016, I didn’t get in. But I tried again one year later, shortly before graduating from my master’s, and this time I succeeded. Since then, TMB has been shaping my professional and personal life in so many ways. The event itself was the most inspiring, uplifting and fun ride – not only because our team won the first prize and had an unforgettable trip to New York City afterwards. I also made friends for a lifetime and was able to expand my professional network significantly – which eventually led me to my dream job at Penguin Random House Verlagsgruppe. And still today I’m always thrilled about the alumni events and exchanging views with my fellow alumni from all over the world and different professional backgrounds.”

Laura is currently Audience Development Manager at
Penguin Random House in Munich.

Benedikt Dalkmann, TMB Alumnus 2008

"Never before has the media, services and education industry been as exciting as it is today. Open-minded people with ideas and new perspectives have excellent career prospects at Bertelsmann. I participated in the first Talent Meets Bertelsmann in 2008. The event started my journey at Bertelsmann and I am thankful for the opportunities which TMB offered."

Benedikt is currently CFO at Bertelsmann Education Group. 

Marta Domagalski, TMB Alumna 2018

"Participating in TMB 2018 literally changed my life! And I’m not exaggerating. At that time, I was finishing my Master’s studies in Statistics at Humboldt University of Berlin. I applied to TMB assuming that it’s a usual recruitment event. I couldn’t have been more wrong! Not only was I able to make valuable connections with fellow participants from all over the world and learn from case studies, I was also recruited to Bertelsmann’s data science program. Over the course of 20 months, I had the opportunity to work on data projects in different divisions of Bertelsmann such as Gruner + Jahr, RTL Group, Penguin Random House and Arvato, working from offices in Cologne, Amsterdam, New York, London and Toronto."

Marta is currently Data Scientist at
Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland in Cologne.


Xiaowei Zhang, TMB Alumnus 2018

"The participation in TMB was a definite highlight during my master’s in Germany. The three-day event in the summer of 2018 was filled with inspirational ideas, great exposure to Bertelsmann and entrepreneurship. I am truly grateful for the eventual winning trip to Los Angeles, the subsequent internship opportunity at BMG Berlin as well as all the interesting professional and personal connections made through alumni events worldwide. I would strongly encourage curious minds to explore this great opportunity this spring!"

Xiaowei Zhang is currently a Research and Intelligence Analyst at Lufthansa Innovation Hub in Singapore and Shanghai.

Sascha Firtina, TMB Alumnus 2016

“When I applied for TMB, I thought I had signed up for a high-class student competition. Well, it turned out to be way more than that! I ended up making friends for life, meeting several new business partners and having a job in Gütersloh, impacting my career until today. As Executive Assistant to one of Bertelsmann’s Board Members, I had the unique opportunity to discover Bertelsmann inside out. And I can only say: It’s worth discovering.”

Sascha is co-founder of GOCOMO GmbH in Berlin.

Best of TMB

Watch the highlights of the previous years in our video and get a glimpse of the unique TMB experience.

Highlights from Previous Years

Would you like to find out more about the experiences and contacts former participants have made? Are you still wondering what TMB is all about? 

Creative assignments, challenging workshops, inspiring presentations and unforgettable parties – we have collected some impressions from previous TMB events for you.

Discover the highlights of our international event and let them inspire you to become part of the next TMB event!

Learn more

TMB Community

After the event, all participants become part of the exclusive and international Talent Meets Bertelsmann community, which includes more than 700 outstanding members and grows every year. It allows our talents to stay in touch with Bertelsmann and other TMB alumni via regular communication, a yearly alumni reunion in Berlin as well as regional meet-ups throughout the year.

Learn more


Do you have further questions? Get in touch with Gabi Schnurr.

Please note that we do not consider applications submitted by mail, fax or e-mail.

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