Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2018

Talent Meets Bertelsmann 2018

Berlin | July 2 - July 4, 2018
Join the data edition of our International Networking Extravaganza!

The application period has ended.
We are currently selecting candidates.

About the Event

This year, it’s all about data. And all about your ideas: Are you ready to shape the digital future?

We are looking for talents with an entrepreneurial, innovative mindset to take part in Talent Meets Bertelsmann (TMB) 2018. Are you creative and passionate about the media landscape and data-driven business models? Then take your chance: Get to meet members of our Executive Board and other top international leaders. You will participate in demanding workshops, working hand in hand with experienced entrepreneurs on key business ideas, which will be evaluated by a jury composed of Bertelsmann’s Executive Board members.

Use the opportunity to explore the different people working for Bertelsmann and make memories that will last a lifetime!

Who are we looking for?

  • Bachelor, Master, MBA students or doctoral candidates, ideally in the field of economics, humanities, media management or business informatics with a keen interest in data science
  • Talents who are experienced in developing creative and innovative business models and fascinated by cutting-edge digital trends
  • Participants with a demonstrated affinity for media and data projects conducted outside of a school or university context
  • Students or graduates with an above-average academic performance as well as strong analytical and conceptual abilities
  • People with strong communication skills who are fluent in written and spoken English

When and Where?

July 2 - July 4, 2018

Three inspiring and impressive days lie ahead!


The event will take place at the Bertelsmann Representative Office “Unter den Linden 1” in Berlin.

Organizational Details

We’ll cover the costs of each participant’s hotel room for two nights (July 2 to July 4, 2018), as well as travel expenses up to 300 EUR for students coming from European schools and up to 500 EUR for students from non-European schools. All participants are invited to join a closed Facebook group so that you can get to know one another in advance of the event.


There will be attractive prizes for the best ideas and designs: The winning teams can look forward to Bertelsmann-related city trips.

How to Apply

The application period starts on March 26, 2018. Send us a written application in English telling us about yourself and your goals. Let us know why you want to participate in the data edition of Talent Meets Bertelsmann. Your resume should clearly indicate that you are fascinated by media as well as data, and your motivation letter should explain why you are eager to pursue entrepreneurial challenges. Please attach any certificates attesting to your proficiency in English if available. Learn more about the application process in our FAQ.

Application Process

  1. 1.
    Apply by May 13th
  2. 2.
    Selected candidates will be invited to a video interview by May 25th
  3. 3.
    Invitations to participate in TMB will be sent by June 8th
  4. 4.
    Attend TMB: Berlin, July 2nd - 4th
  5. 5.
    Join TMB Community!

10 Years of TMB

This year Talent Meets Bertelsmann will take place for the eleventh time. Watch the highlights of the last ten years in the video.

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 Networking Extravaganza  and let them inspire you to become part of the next TMB event!

Learn more

TMB Community

After the event you will become part of the exclusive Talent Meets Bertelsmann community, which includes more than 600 outstanding members and grows every year. 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. 


  • Application

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

      Simply this: You must be a bachelor, master or MBA student or a doctoral candidate and fluent in English, as the event will be held in English. It doesn’t matter what you’re studying. You just have to be enthusiastic about media, media diversity 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?

      This year’s application phase for Talent Meets Bertelsmann will end May 13, 2018.

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

      After we have reviewed your application, we will decide if you will be invited to the second round of the selection process: an asynchronous video interview. Alternatively, there is the possibility to have a phone interview instead of the asynchronous video interview. After the interviews, we will soon send out invitations for the event.

    • What is an asynchronous video interview?

      The asynchronous video interview is a form of interview in which you, the applicant, is guided through a structured interview process, which you do on your own. In the interview, you answer (text-based) questions in front of your webcam. “Asynchronous” means that you do not do the interview at the same time as the interviewer. The interviewer is not online at the same time as you, but instead you do the interview independently, at a time and place of your choice.

    • How is the safety of my data guaranteed?

      The security of your personal data is guaranteed at every point in the selection process. The software for 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 is protected from unauthorized access at all times.


Do you have further questions? Get in touch with Dr. Nico Rose: n.rose@bertelsmann.de.

Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in about 50 countries around the world. It includes the broadcaster RTL Group, the trade book publisher Penguin Random House, the magazine publisher Gruner + Jahr, the music company BMG, the service provider Arvato, the Bertelsmann Printing Group, the Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has 116,000 employees and generated revenues of €17 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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