Intern of the Month
Major: Business Administration with a concentration in International Business
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2020
Internship Title: Strategic Marketing Intern
Employer Name: Henkel Corporation
Employer Location: Bridgewater, NJ
Internship Dates: June 10 – August 30, 2019
Describe your role or a typical day.
I generally would arrive at the office between 8 and 8:30 a.m., grab a cup of coffee, check in with my manager and then get started on the items I needed to complete for that day. I often met with my manager throughout the day to attend conference calls with our other team members for the many different projects we were working on. I always enjoyed these calls because they were often with other team members around the globe including, China, India, Germany, Italy, Thailand and others.
How did you hear about or obtain this role?
My international finance professor Dr. Reyes told me about the internship and recommended I apply.
What were your major responsibilities at the internship?
One of the major responsibilities I was assigned during my internship consisted of conducting market research in North America as well as in other countries for the specific projects we were working on. Once the appropriate data and information was gathered, I then had to break down and analyze this information and convert the findings into understandable tables, graphs, and written reports to then present to the team. In addition to the market research I also worked on some of our digital marketing project initiatives.
What interested you about it?
What most interested me about the internship was Henkel’s rich history, and the opportunity it represented to work for a multinational corporation.
What did you learn through your experience? How can you relate this to your future career goals?
I have learned so much in such a short time here at Henkel. I have to give a great deal of credit to my manager Scott because he has not only been a manager but also a great mentor to me during my time here. He presented me with many challenging tasks that really gave me the opportunity to expanded my knowledge, test my capabilities, and in turn accelerate my growth as a professional. I have no doubt that the skills that I have acquired from this experience will be instrumental in the advancement towards my future career goals.
What advice would you give to other students about the internship experience?
I would recommend that every student actively seek to complete at least one internship during their time as an undergrad and/or graduate student. The internship gives you a chance to actually apply the knowledge that you have learned, but also gain additional skills and experiences in the process that cannot be acquired from the classroom. It also provides an opportunity to figure out the type of things you would prefer to do in your career and are passionate about, as opposed to the things that you aren’t necessarily interested in. And finally, internships can also lead to more permanent positions within the company, which I am thankful to say has happened for me as a result of my internship here at Henkel.