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Talent Meets Bertelsmann – Create Your Own Career

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About TMB

Our international career event was finally back in Berlin for 2022!

Since 2008, Bertelsmann has invited international students to its premises in the German capital where they worked on exciting case studies within interdisciplinary teams, and cooperated with experienced entrepreneurs on key business challenges.

For the first time, the event had to be canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic and for 2021, we invited students from all over Europe to take part in a digital career event. In 2022 we were finally back in Berlin for three days of networking, workshops and community events! Hundreds of talents applied to be part of our extraordinary experience and we invited 50 students with innovative mindsets.

When and Where?

June 27–29, 2022

We spent three inspiring days together during TMB22 at the Bertelsmann representative office “Unter den Linden 1” in Berlin.

The participants met their fellow team members, workshop hosts and the Bertelsmann team at a virtual kick-off beforehand.

Why TMB?

At Talent Meets Bertelsmann, students:

• Experience a great sense of community,

• Get involved in a varied program with workshops, challenges and events,

• Expand your network,

• Receive individual career consulting, and

• Become a lifelong member of the international TMB alumni network.


Congratulations to all winners of Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2022!

The first place went to group “Fintech”. Team “Advertising” came in second place. The third prize went to the team “Learning”.

What's next?

The application period for Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2023 will start in spring. We are planning to meet lots of new talents for three exciting days in Berlin!

Workshop Topics

Our six teams found impressive and innovative ideas and solutions for challenging and real case studies from the Bertelsmann world.

The team tackling the workshop topic “Fintech” created an IT solution that enabled companies to record the CO2 emissions generated by their employees’ commutes. Congrats to our winners, by the way!

The team working on the “Advertising” case study found new approaches to measuring, using and monetizing online interactions in the “cookie-free” era that begins next year.

The group that worked on new solutions for the “Learning” case developed a plan for integrating an online community into the online platform.

Another workshop topic circled around “Global IP” and the question of how content can reach new audiences to accelerate growth.
Team “Metaverse” took iconic music catalogs to the metaverse whilst the group that worked on the “Journalism” case study built hyper-personal content experiences with the help of AI.

Talent Meets Bertelsmann Program

Three inspiring summer days in Berlin were packed with

  1. Meeting fellow students from diverse backgrounds
  2. Collaborating in exciting workshops
  3. Presenting ideas to Board members
  4. Networking with Bertelsmann executives
  5. Becoming a member of our alumni community
  6. Attending a party you won’t forget

Who are we looking for?

Business innovators who

  • Are residing in Europe and are currently enrolled as 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 outside their course of studies (e.g. research work, internships, start-ups, case study competitions etc.),
  • Have an entrepreneurial mindset, a passion for business and strong analytical as well as communication skills.

Creative innovators who

  • Are residing in Europe and are currently enrolled as 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 outside their course of studies (e.g. research work, internships, start-ups, creative writing etc.),
  • Have a creative mindset, media expertise and strong analytical as well as communication skills.

Data innovators who

  • Are residing in Europe and are currently enrolled as 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 outside their course of studies (e.g. research work, internships, hackathons, online coding courses etc.),
  • Have a problem-solving mindset, tech expertise and analytical as well as communication skills.

Bertelsmann Executives on Talent Meets Bertelsmann

Success Stories

Cosima Gulde, TMB Alumna 2021

„TMB had a major impact on my career as it triggered my interest in blockchain and its use cases, topics I also focus on now during my work at Arvato Systems. As an Innovation Consultant, I help Bertelsmann entrepreneurs bring their business ideas to life. Entrepreneurship, a key value of Bertelsmann, was also a major topic at TMB. At TMB I met inspiring people, many of whom I call my friends today. And some are even my colleagues.“

Cosima is currently Innovation Consultant at Arvato Systems.


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. 

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.

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.

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 close to 800 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


  • Application

    • What are the requirements for participating in Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2023?

      You must be a currently-enrolled Bachelor, Master or MBA student, or a Ph. D. candidate in the field of data science, business or humanities. You should be residing in Europe at the time of the event. You need to provide proof of your proficiency in English, as the event will be held in English. You should also be enthusiastic about the media industry, entrepreneurial ideas and data.

    • Does it matter how far along I am in my studies?

      No. You are eligible to participate whether you are just beginning, in the middle or about to graduate. MBAs with some work experience are also welcome.

    • When is the application deadline?

      Unfortunately, the application phase for Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2022 is already closed. Register for our reminder at the top of the page.

    • When and how will I find out whether I’m among the top talents?

      We will be reviewing the applications and selecting participants during the entire application phase. Next step of the process will be an asynchronous video interview held in English. Those selected for participating in a video interview will be notified via e-mail. After having completed your interview, you will find out if you have been selected about two weeks before the event.

    • What is an asynchronous video interview?

      The asynchronous video interview is a virtual form of interview in which you, the applicant, are guided through a structured process, and you can choose when you want to start the interview. During the interview, you answer (text-based) questions in front of your webcam while being recorded. It is asynchronous because you complete the interview independently, at a time and place of your choice, without an interviewer asking the questions.

    • Why do an asynchronous video interview instead of a phone interview?

      A phone interview can only give a small glimpse into your skills and personality. You benefit greatly from the fact that we can get a more complete impression. Another advantage is your independence regarding time and place. For an asynchronous video interview, there is no need to spend a lot of time coordinating schedules for an initial appointment because it can be carried out when you and we are available, independently of each other.

      Of course, you can still opt to perform a telephone interview instead.

    • How is the protection of my data guaranteed?

      The security of your personal data is guaranteed at every point of the selection process. The software for the asynchronous video interviews meets the highest technical and organizational security standards.

      Access to the password-protected software is available only to relevant contact persons. Your data and your interview are protected from unauthorized access at all times.

    • What are the safety precautions with regard to the Coronavirus?

      In order to make TMB as safe as possible for all who join, everyone attending will be required to present proof of vaccination against OR proof of recovery from COVID-19 according to the German Ordinance on Coronavirus Entry Regulations at the time of and during the event. In addition, we will require an official negative test for each day you participate in the event.


Do you have further questions? Get in touch with Niki Kalkanova.

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

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