Internship Wrap-up

That’s a wrap!

10 weeks gone by in the blink of an eye. Another summer in the books as I prepare to head back to school for my final year at Ohio State. However, there is something a little different about this time, something more special and exciting than years past. This week, I’ll be traveling to Columbus with an offer into the Future Leaders Program at Unilever. Words truly cannot describe the relieving feeling knowing that I will have a job upon graduating at the company I have come to grow so fond of. 10 weeks of learning and applying have led to this and I am extremely proud of the work that I was able to accomplish this summer with the guidance of my team.

As a wrap-up of this summer, I cannot say enough good things about the internship program at Unilever. They do an excellent job of ensuring that you grow as an individual while broadening your business skills, all the meanwhile having a meaningful project. My particular project was the perfect mix of analytics, social, and creative/innovative work, allowing me to gain more exposure to a wide range of skills. The best part about the internship is that you don’t feel like an intern at all. You are truly treated like a full time employee, my opinions and research were not only listened to, but acted upon. I would HIGHLY recommend applying for this internship for all business majors. If you have any questions or would just like to talk about the program in general, feel free to email me (hennig.9)!

So in the end, if there is a lesson to walk away with here from my experience, it would be to take advantage of the opportunities that are in front of you at Fisher. Something that I realized this summer is that opportunities multiply as they are seized. One moment, I was in the Office of Career Management getting my resume revised. The next I was interviewing. Then in fact, I initially didn’t get the internship, but was offered weeks later. Then suddenly I was living in the most fast paced city in the world. Finally, I locked down a full time position. I met incredible people, learned new things, experienced new places and got a taste into the corporate world. Let me tell you, it tastes great. I was amazed at how fast things can develop and change, but Fisher provides all we need to not only adapt in this environment, but to excel and lead the way forward for the future of business.

I really hope you all enjoyed reading my blogs this summer, I had a great time writing them for you! I am happy that I was able to share my experiences with you and hope you were all able to take away something that you can use going forward. Thanks for reading! Signing off one final time.

Your Favorite Future Leader,

Austin Hennig

Unexpected Lessons Learned

With just three weeks left of interning at Unilever and living in New York City, there have been a myriad of lessons and takeaways I have have been fortunate enough to gain that will benefit me greatly in my career going forward. From social to analytical skills, it has been seven weeks of discovering new passions as much as it has been learning valuable life and business skills. Going into this summer, there were lessons I knew I’d be walking away with, but I did not expect to learn so many new things about myself and the ‘real world’ in such a short time. In this post, I’d like to share some of those surprises I’ve had along the way!

Unexpected Lesson #1: Coffee is GOOD (I think)

Not really sure if this is a good or bad thing to be honest. At first I thought it was bad because now that I’ve had it for a few weeks, I can notice a slight difference in my energy level in the mornings. However that feeling is usually instantly offset because it’s pretty darn good stuff and I just really can’t help myself. We’ll put this one as a toss up for now and then reassess in my last post this summer.

Unexpected Lesson #2: NYC is not that difficult to navigate

Now this one is definitely a good surprise, and really one I was not expecting to discover this summer. Not only does your iPhone tell you exactly how to get anywhere, but the general layout of the city is fairly simple once you gather your surroundings. It didn’t happen in one day, but surely happened quicker than I thought, which I was pretty thrilled with. Now, all the myths and rumors about NYC subways are TRUE, but they get you to where you need to go so you just have to take it in. Best part about the subway is that most trains are air conditioned. Most.

Unexpected Lesson #3: Work doesn’t really have to feel like work at all

This has probably been the biggest surprise of the summer, and one I found out fairly early into my internship. The combination of having such a fun project and working on an iconic brand has made the work so meaningful that I sometimes forget that I am actually doing this as a job! However, what makes everyday worth looking forward to are the people I get to interact with. I can honestly say that I get to work with some of the most genuinely friendly and intelligent people in the world. You read that right, the world. It is amazing that I consider the ones around me as friends before I say they are my coworkers. The culture here wasn’t built by accident and anyone who has worked there could probably tell you exactly what I am talking about. Getting to connect with people from many different backgrounds has been an incredible experience and I am so excited to continue to doing so! It has also been really cool to meet many Buckeyes here, hear their stories and share my own story with them! Every fellow Buckeye has been incredibly nice and welcoming and truly speaks to the large network and support system that Fisher and Ohio State has all around the country.

The summer up to this point truly has been an eye opening experience in quite a few ways. I have been able to get more out of this opportunity than I ever thought was possible, and I still have three weeks to go! I’m quite sure there are a few more discoveries I will be making before I return to Columbus for one last ride!

Your Favorite Intern,

Austin Hennig

Managing the Start: Ways to ease into an Internship

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed my first post and found something that may benefit you in your time here at Fisher. The main goal of each of my posts will be to have you walk away with a lesson or tip that you can use while starting off your career. In this post, I’d like to share some of the background of the summer and some tips to ease your transition into a new job.

Background

To set the stage, the Unilever Leadership Internship Program (ULIP) is a 10-week internship aimed at developing leaders and placing interns in the Unilever Future Leaders Program (UFLP). The UFLP is a three year accelerated leadership program that exposes you to many different functions of the business to develop both your leadership and overall business skills so you can make a real impact. This is the prize at the end of the tunnel that myself and the other interns are working hard for. To walk away with an offer into the program would be the most amazing outcome and a true testament of the hard work that I have put in not only during these 10 weeks, but overall at Fisher as well. No matter what, however, I know I will be walking away from these 10 weeks with an unforgettable experience and a new, truly unique point of view from one of the worlds’ most creative and diverse companies.

One of Unilever’s most storied and truly exciting brands is Dove, and this summer I have been  fortunate enough to be placed on their Global Skin Cleansing team. I was instantly ecstatic to be able to work for such an iconic brand, and after four short weeks I can already say the experience has far surpassed my high expectations. Having a meaningful project that can impose an impact on the business is such a marvelous opportunity for me to put the skills I have learned at Fisher into a real and practical use while learning from the truly brightest minds that marketing has to offer. Hopefully by following the two tips below, the transition into your working experience can be as seamless and fun as mine was!

Have an Open Mind

Being that we students are new to the working world, I think this is a really important mindset to carry into your first internship. Getting the chance to take on new experiences, try new things,  meet new people, and explore different cities is a wonderful opportunity to learn something about yourself. For example, there was this one time where I spent 20 years of my life not drinking coffee, then after being highly encouraged to try it, found out that it is actually delicious. Now I am probably caught in the caffeine trap forever. Opening yourself up to new opportunities reveals paths that you might not have even noticed were there, and to me that is really exciting! When getting started off with your job, I found that an open mind can go a long way. It made my onboarding process much easier to take in and assess instead of feeling overwhelmed with information right off the bat. While being constantly receptive to new work ethics and ideas is essential at the start, an open mind is something that you should be evolving in the duration of your internship and beyond. In the four weeks at Unilever, I can already identify new ways I have gone about thinking just by being open to learning and welcoming guidance from those with the experience I am seeking to gain. We are all eager to show what we know, and we must also be willing to learn and be open to new opportunities as they come!

Meet as many people as you can

Sounds cliche? Good.

Being personable is an essential skill required to flourish in the business world, and at a company like Unilever, it is the driver of success. The leaders of the company understand the power of people and emphasize the value of teamwork to win with consumers. Once I got a taste of the company culture by meeting my team, interns, and other coworkers, it became apparent that having a strong social connection with everyone will play a large part of my summer. This has allowed me to not only to connect with people on a personal level, but also opened up opportunities for them to share their experiences with me and contribute their ideas to my project. As an intern, these two aspects are extremely valuable to me and will be used to guide my decision making going forward. Whether it is talking about the World Cup with Pedro at the cash register or the mentor-ship from my UFLP buddy Katie (fellow Buckeye), networking and forming relationships is a key tool to unlocking new perspectives and having fun in the workplace. Getting to know your coworkers and interns essentially yields no risks. The absolute worst thing that can happen is that they may not be able to assist you in your project. However, the relationship you form is still valuable and well worth the effort to create.

Your Favorite Intern,

Austin

 

The Internship Search: Tips & Realities

Hello everyone! My name is Austin Hennig and I am a marketing major who will be entering my senior year at The Ohio State University. This summer I will be a marketing intern for Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers and parent company to brands such as Ben & Jerry’s, Dove, Lipton Tea, and Axe. I am really looking forward to blogging and sharing my experiences and hope it may benefit you during your time at Fisher. I would like to start off with some hard roads I faced in my search and a couple of things I did to finally secure a position.

“No.”

If you’re a college student seeking an internship, then you have probably heard some variation of this word during your search. You see a job posting, it seems like the perfect fit for you, you begin to look ahead to what a fun summer it will be, then before you know it they have decided to go with another candidate. Darn. This was surely my story for a long period of time. It’s easy to let a rejection impact your thought process and hinder your confidence, and if more than one comes in, you might find yourself thinking “I’ll never get one” or “I’ll just work at camp for the sixth straight year.” However, it does not have to be like this, and these were two pivotal actions and techniques I used that turned “No’s” into that sweet “Yes.”

USE THE RESOURCES THAT FISHER HAS TO OFFER!

The most advantageous choice I made in my internship search was to utilize the resources that Fisher and the Office of Career Management (OCM) provided. Many students do not realize the full scope of what the coaches have to offer and are thus missing out on potential tips and guidance. Not having the sharpest resume, I went to the the Peer Career Coaches and they did an extraordinary job of guiding me to redesign it, as well as upgrade it. Another time I went to them and they provided me with ways to connect with alumni on LinkedIn and identified websites that would be useful in my search, which is where I came across the application for Unilever. Another crucial tool I used was the QUIC modules and interview. The mock interview was able to highlight my strengths of interviewing, but more importantly we were able to identify what I needed to work on and exactly how to improve in that area. These resources proved to be an immense benefit to me and I would go ahead and say that I would not be interning anywhere had I not gone to the OCM for help.

Prepare, Prepare, Prepare

After you have gone to the OCM for guidance and have applied for potential internships, it’s time to focus on interviewing. Have you ever been listening to a presentation that you could clearly tell the speaker didn’t prepare for? An interview is much the same way, and they will be able to see right through you if you haven’t done your research and prepared. Use the feedback you have been given from the QUIC interview to improve yourself where you need it. Do not just look up facts about the company and memorize their values and beliefs. Make sure however to use those values to highlight past working experiences and connect the two. Without directly saying it, you will be showing that you have done the research, spent time preparing, and have a genuine interest in the company. The interview is the time to show yourself off, so make sure to put all you have to offer out there. Once you have prepared for just about everything, you will find that your interview feels much more like a conversation, which is going to ease your nerves and enable you to deliver a lasting impression in the interviewers mind. The more time you put in to prepare, the more you will thank yourself down the road as each interview gets easier and easier.

Of course this is no guarantee to land an internship and you might be doing these very things and not finding success. However, it is the persistence to achieve that will get you to where you want to be. It may not be at the company you envisioned, but there is a position out there with your name on it. Take “No” as an opportunity to learn and grow instead of letting it break down your confidence and belief in yourself. Searching for an internship is grueling, but rewarding when that offer finally comes through and makes it all worth it. I hope you take away some lessons from this and apply them to your own internship search to yield your own desirable results.