Written by: Lexi Merritt
Taste Testing- My title couldn’t be more accurate. Nestle is 150% providing me with a summer full of “Good Food and Good Life”. About three weeks after I started working at Nestle this summer I finally went downstairs to the basement to participate in the daily taste testing of our potential new products. Since then, there hasn’t been a day I haven’t taken advantage of this activity-it’s become part of my daily routine. Basically, you go into a testing lab, taste anything from new candy bars to new Coffee Mate flavors, and then get rewarded with free breakfast. Free food for tasting free food? Works for me!
Volunteering-Last Friday Eric and I joined the Tech. & Mfg. Department’s Community Service Event at Hope Gardens Family Center. Hope Gardens Family Center is a transitional housing and residential facility in Sylmar, California that provides a safe environment, free of crime and full of hope so that moms and their children can get a fresh start. Nestle’s volunteer’s helped out by painting the inside of their main building. We had a great time, Nestle really showed how passionate we are as a company to serve others, and needless to say, I left with paint all over me.
Projects- It’s amazing to me how everything just works out. I remember feeling so overwhelmed Day 1 of this internship when I was told I had 4 projects. Well the number of projects I have is currently at 6 and even though I still have so much work to do, I look at all of my folders and somehow they’re getting done and I’m learning SO much in the process. Yesterday, I met with the manager of my last project and was so happy with how our first meeting went. Due to the experience I have gained on my other projects, I was able to ask him good questions that pertained directly to the project. It feels so good to feel like I’m speaking the right Nestle and business language! :)
Weekends- Every weekend I have spent in California has been incredible to say the least.
Two weekends ago- My cousin, Meghan came to visit me and we had an absolute blast. We explored Santa Barbara (it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever been) and Malibu. We both got some serious sun at each beach and managed to stop on the way home from Malibu at a Berry Stand on the side of the road and spend $21 dollars on the best berries we had ever had and also made a pitstop on the way home from Santa Barbara at the mall. Life is tough. :)
Last weekend- Five Nestle Interns (representing Logistics, Finance, and Purchasing) and I went to Big Bear Lake, CA. [Please click on the link to see how beautiful it is there]. We rented a log cabin for the weekend and had a great time…
Weeknight fun- Work hard, play hard. I’ve heard this term quite a few times- It’s a perfect life motto and I’ve really seen it come to life this summer. On the weeknights, I’ve attended several work happy hours and had a great time with the other interns and Nestle employees. Just yesterday 4 of us played sand volleyball after work and went swimming afterwards, and on nights where we don’t have plans, my friend Kelly and I watch “One Tree Hill” starting from Season 1.
As you can probably tell, I’m having the time of my life, learning so much more than I thought was possible, and I’ve met some absolutely incredible people this summer. Thank you Nestle :)