Henkel Interns. Fully integrated.

Are you one of our future interns? Meet the people that already shared and experienced our passion for excellence.

You know your potential but strive for more? We are looking for people who have what it takes. What it takes to make Henkel a global leader in brands and technologies. Completing a successful internship while being a student is the best foundation for landing a top entry-level position at Henkel and enjoying a bright career.

 

Find a selection of internship interviews below.

Theresia, Universität Augsburg

Beauty Care, Global Professional Partner Services, Communication

"I am really looking forward to going to work every day and it makes me proud and glad to know that I am serving the greater good with the CSR-project I am working on."

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Right now, I am proofreading the new brochure for “Shaping Futures.” It is a worldwide social initiative that brings Schwarzkopf Professional together with SOS Children’s Village to introduce disadvantaged youngsters to cosmetology and give them the support they need to improve their chances in life.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
I was really impressed at how kind and friendly all my colleagues are. I was warmly received and I got the impression that I could ask anybody anything. It is helping me a lot, and makes the work go much easier.

Furthermore, I was not aware that almost all e-mail contact is in English. At the beginning, I was a bit overwhelmed by this challenge, but now I really enjoy writing and talking in English and I even have the chance to improve my Spanish when I call colleagues in Spain or Latin America. I appreciate and enjoy this international atmosphere and the mixture of different cultures.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?
I am working in Hamburg, not in Düsseldorf, so I am mostly in contact with “Schwarzkopf Professionals”. But every time I call Düsseldorf I get to know kind, helpful people who truly make an effort to assist me. Therefore I view the people at Henkel as great team players.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?

For me as someone about to graduate, the intern alumni program at Henkel is very interesting. Due to the fact that Henkel and its employees are really interested in their interns, they stay in contact with good interns also after they leave. One of the most important values at Henkel is the great appreciation that interns experience here.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?

I just started my internship one month ago – right now, I cannot rate my development yet. There is so much going on and I am just learning the ropes. So ask me again in 3 months, and then you’ll get a proper answer.  =)

6) Would you do it again?

Definitely! I am really looking forward to going to work every day and it makes me proud and glad to know that I am serving the greater good with the CSR-project I am working on.


Shahin, Universität Frankfurt

Adhesive Technologies, Sales

"I will never regret taking a break this semester to work at Henkel. The time here has shaped my personality. Besides that, it is the best way to invest in your future career!"

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?

Right now, I am coming from a meeting with my mentor, where we discussed my last project. Provided that the situation within our daily business allows, I will start working on it later on.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
For me it was a completely new experience to get an idea of the functioning of a big company. To give you some examples: During the preparation of two exhibitions, I have been in constant communication with our Marketing Communication department. On a daily basis, colleagues from Controlling helped with advice. In addition, the Research & Development and Production departments demonstrated great cooperativeness and creativity whenever particularly challenging customer demands had to be met.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?
Helpful, friendly and forward-looking colleagues you can rely on.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
Interns have the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the areas of responsibility from colleagues working in different functions by visiting the “Job Presentations”. Furthermore these events are a great way to extend your knowledge about the company as a whole. And of course, when the internship has been successful, Henkel offers a number of ways to keep in touch after the end of the internship.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
From the beginning of my internship, I was able to work on tasks that came  up on a daily basis, and in several business-related projects, on my own. Looking back, I would say that especially the first weeks of my internship were extremely challenging because there were so many new impressions, but through the active support I received from all of my colleagues and the ongoing feedback from my mentor, we were able to keep standards of work high at all times.

6) Would you do it again?
Definitely! My task area has been extremely diverse and I had the opportunity to take responsibility from the very beginning. Furthermore, I never regretted taking a leave of absence for one semester and staying six months at Henkel, as I was not only able to gain valuable practical experience, but I also improved soft skills involving the development of my personality. And in these times, this is really a good investment for my future career!


Nina, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Beauty Care, International Brand Management, Skin Care

“Right from the beginning, I was treated as an equal team member and got valuable support in all matters.”

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
I have already finished my internship. So I am going back to pursue my master’s degree in Business Administration with a major in marketing and minor in management at the University of Muenster.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
Right from the beginning, I was treated as an equal team member and I got valuable support in all matters. Wherever applicable, I joined meetings and was involved in multiple projects, because my team and especially my mentor Christina always wanted to maximize the personal benefits I got from this internship.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?

I got to know Henkel employees as helpful and open-minded people. They are characterized by diversity and the common aim of steady improvement – of their company, their specific brand and their personal skills, combined with the focus on innovation.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
I really like that Henkel offers several activities to their interns: You have the opportunity to get to know other departments during job presentations, or to participate in the “Henkel Tour” to discover “Henkel City..” Furthermore, there are weekly events where you can connect with other interns at Henkel. On Facebook, there is an active community with Henkel interns from all over the world.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?

After a short introduction phase, I started to manage my own projects right away. The mutual confidence led to a perfect balance of working independently while at the same time always being able to get support from my team if necessary. Being challenged was another decisive aspect of my improvement, and resulted in an increasing number of tasks and responsibilities. My main project was developing new designs for the current German Diadermine portfolio, which included the coordination of the whole process till launch and close cooperation with the involved departments and agencies. The great advantage of this project is that I will see “my designs” on the shelves at the retailer next year – and I am really looking forward to that.

6) Would you do it again?
Yes, of course. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve had great experiences. My team was very supportive and I got highly interesting insights into the daily work of a marketing department at Henkel.


Nadine, FU Berlin

Beauty Care, International Marketing

"I am deeply involved in the process of developing and launching new products. I almost felt like I was a brand manager myself, not just an intern."

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Currently I’m working on a trade presentation for a new shade collection.
The presentation will be used in all countries where we are going to launch this product and will be presented there. Therefore it has to look professional and contain all of the information that is important.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
My biggest surprise was how much responsibility I was given. My tasks had nothing to do with copying or brewing coffee, but with being deeply involved in the process of developing and launching new products. I almost felt like I was a brand manager myself, not just an intern.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?
When I think about the people working at Henkel the first thing that comes to mind is “team spirit”. Especially when I think about the team I am a part of. I am always amazed by how supportive, friendly and understanding everybody is. It’s a great atmosphere to work in.  

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?

The thing I value the most is the support Henkel offers its interns. For example, the support interns receive to go abroad. I myself will go to England next month for another internship at Henkel and I am already looking forward to the new challenge.   

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?

I would say that I learned a lot. During my internship, I not only learned about the actual marketing processes, but I also grew as a person because of all the challenges I was given and the support of my team and my mentor. I’m very grateful for that.

6) Would you do it again?
Definitely.


Matthias, Universität zu Köln

Human Resources

"Implementing my own ideas is what I want. And this is what I can do at Henkel. Even as an intern."

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Currently I am working on the agenda for the Integration Teams 2011 Final Meeting in Rome. New concepts and proposals for European integrated solutions with topics which are relevant for Henkel’s HR development will be presented there.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
It surprised me the most that I have so much freedom regarding the implementation of my own ideas.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?

The positive working atmosphere. Of course, everyone is pressed for time, but there is still always someone who helps or supports you if you have any questions.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?

Here you have the opportunity to meet so many different people from so many different countries and business units. It is possible to build up a first career network during your internship.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
I became more and more self-confident and I am looking forward to new, challenging tasks. Certainly, the different personalities I worked with regularly had the biggest influence on me, because I had the opportunity to learn from them how to react in several specific situations.

6) Would you do it again?
Of course! I would do an internship at Henkel again any time, because it offers an international working environment with exciting tasks, personal responsibility and fair rewards.


Leandra, EBS Oestrich-Winkel

Laundry and Home Care, Marketing Dishwashing Somat/Pril

"I noticed that even within three months you can gain a great deal of valuable experience and insight. My internship at Henkel was definitely more than worth it!"

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
You are keeping me from doing my job as an intern in marketing, where I get to use my creative streak when it comes to packaging design, print ads and TV spots. Furthermore, my internship demands organizational and analytical skills, as I’m also involved in tasks that involve market analysis, market share, sales volume, and so on.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
At first, I was a bit concerned because I didn’t know if the short time frame of my internship would allow me to get an extensive overview of a brand manager’s work. So it really surprised me that I was able to get involved in projects from day one. I now feel like a full-fledged member of the team. I really value the important responsibilities that I’ve been given. This experience has definitely strengthened my career expectations.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?
Henkel is a company filled with sincere, open and communicative people, especially the ones I got to know and work with. Competence and fast-thinking are also attributes I would ascribe to Henkel employees. My colleagues always supported and furthered my professional and personal development.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
In my department alone we have 5 interns, so there is already kind of a small intern network. We eat lunch together, share our experiences at Henkel, and are able to talk about our tasks, because they are related. I like the intern communication tool InterNactive, where all interns receive information about planned activities and are able to communicate with one other. Here at Henkel, you get the chance to meet interns from all over the world. This experience has definitely expanded my outlook on the world and has fostered my communication and intercultural skills.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
I definitely became more independent and learned to see things from a long-term perspective. Always keeping the next step in mind when taking on a task is a valuable lesson I learned here at Henkel.
My mentor Carola has become a role model to me. Did you know that I first got to meet her at a Henkel Career Run Event? We ran for 6 KM and talked the whole time. That’s how I got the job!

6) Would you do it again?
Yes, absolutely! Sadly I can’t extend my term, because my studies do not allow me to stay longer. Nevertheless, I noticed that even within three months you can gain a great deal of valuable experience and insight. My internship at Henkel was definitely more than worth it!


Laura, WHU, and Jennie Jill, HHL

Beauty Care, International Marketing, Hair Color

Laura: "We constantly create and discuss new concepts about future hair colorations. Everyone can and is expected to contribute their ideas."
Jennie: "I value the camaraderie and openness that Henkel provides in the workplace." 

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Laura: You are keeping me from writing my bachelor’s thesis. I work as part of the hair coloration team for the brand Brillance. Henkel offered me the opportunity to write my bachelor’s thesis about the development of an online communication strategy for this brand.
Jennie: This internship is the final part of my MBA studies before I graduate.  I’ve always wanted to work in marketing for an FMCG company, and I chose Henkel because they made such a good impression on me when they came to my school to give a workshop.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
Laura: I was surprised by how involved everyone is in the innovation process. We constantly create and discuss new concepts about future hair colorations. Everyone can and is expected to contribute their ideas.
Jennie: I’m positively surprised by the rate of innovation and the care that brand managers put into details.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?

Laura: They are nice to work with, and the atmosphere among colleagues is very pleasant and inspiring.
Jennie: Their passion for their brands.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
Laura: Henkel offers its interns easier access to other positions within the company, which I consider very valuable for my future. At least from my point of view, my colleagues were very helpful in searching and finding another position for me during the time gap after my bachelor`s thesis.
Jennie: I value the camaraderie and openness that Henkel provides in the workplace.  Your team is not only concerned with your professional development, but your personal development as well.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
Laura: My development was definitely different than it would have been in a “typical” internship. Because I was working on my thesis, I have spent a lot of time focusing on the material needed specifically for that. Apart from that, I learned about the job of a brand manager and how important it is to listen to and value consumer opinion.
My development was mostly influenced by my colleagues, who have many years of experience, and who gave me valuable input. Apart from the professional knowledge they shared with me, they were role models in terms of self-management and setting priorities.
Jennie: You’re part of the team from week 1, and you have to get into the project quickly and competently.  Prior to my MBA, I already had several years of work experience, and my team recognized that.  Thus, they made sure to tailor my internship assignments to my capabilities.
My team influenced my development the most.  They involved me in their projects and gave me space to work independently while providing guidance when I needed it.  They were also super patient in giving me marketing insights one doesn’t easily find in the classroom or in books!

6) Would you do it again?
Laura: I am doing it again! My mentor helped me to get an internship with Henkel in Mexico, which starts in August!
Jennie: An internship? Not anymore…but only because I’ll be starting full-time with the company soon! :)


Justus, Munich Business School

Strategy

“It is really nice that every intern has an individual project during his/her internship at Henkel. This gives you the opportunity to experience a project in a working environment with your own responsibility.”

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Currently, I am doing an internship in the Group Strategy Unit at the CEO office of Henkel. The department thinks of Henkel’s strategic choices of tomorrow while keeping the focus on reaching the 2012 targets.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
My supervisors introduced me to all of the topics during my job interviews, so I had a good idea of what to expect. The really open-minded and proactive culture of Henkel surprised me most. If you have a question, everyone is more than willing to help you and to explain things in detail. Additionally, it is somehow expected and appreciated if you yourself take initiative.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?
For me personally, “Henkel” stands for a spirit or a feeling. During lunch break you see all the employees, then you recognize the size and scope of Henkel. This gives you a special feeling of belonging to Henkel. I would not necessarily use the word “family,” but strong community commitment would definitely best describe the spirit of this company.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
Besides the interesting work, Henkel has a really active intern community, which makes it easy to get in touch with other interns. For instance, you have two intern lunches per week. Furthermore, there are a remarkable number of recreational activities offered to Henkel employees - I played soccer with my Henkel colleagues against other companies. This was really nice and fun.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?

I think that the most important way that I grew was a result of being put in a new situation and learning how to handle it as far as communication, time pressure etc. Of course, my direct supervisors mainly drove this procedure. It is really nice that every intern has an individual project during his/her internship at Henkel. This gives you the opportunity to experience a project in a working environment with your own responsibility. Plus, I am learning how to develop my own approach to work.

6) Would you do it again?
Definitely yes! The internship experience at Henkel is great. The work itself and the excellent working atmosphere, combined with the extraordinary opportunities to meet new and interesting people and to gain insight into a lot of different topics have convinced me 100%.


Daniel, Universität Saarbrücken

Adhesive Technologies, Communication

"Working for a global player has broadened my horizons. But the real foundation of a company is its people. That’s what I like about Henkel!"

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Right now, I am editing some news for the new U-A Business Portal, which is the internal website for Henkel employees. 

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
The internship has given me a broad insight into the processes of a big company. After a short time, I was given a lot of freedom and I could do my work independently. I was immediately integrated into my team and given a lot of responsibilities. And none of it included making coffee or doing boring intern work.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?

A cohesive community!

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?

The internship at Henkel has shown me: Doing a great job, offers you a lot of opportunities.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?

Most of the impressions that I got came of course through my boss Ilona Indra and my department "Internal Communications for Adhesive Technologies." The nice thing about working in a communications department is that you quickly get a good overview of the entire company and that you make contact with many different people.

6) Would you do it again?
Yes, actually I just started working full-time for Henkel. So the internship was an important stepping stone in my career!


Christoph, Universität Mannheim

Beauty Care, Schwarzkopf Marketing Hamburg

"Even as a huge multinational, Henkel is like a huge family. The people at Henkel are truly open-minded and in my team hierarchies are practically non-existent."

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?

I am working for two Schwarzkopf Professional brands: ESSENSITY and BLONDME. My tasks are as varied as these two brands. For example, yesterday I prepared a questionnaire for marketing departments located all over the world, for the purpose of analyzing our brand performance. In addition, I always have an eye on the competition and track their actions. Moreover, I just started to work on the coordination of the sales promotions for the next two years and the pricing of a new product.
 
2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship!
I was very surprised my first day about the international atmosphere. My department is based in Hamburg, Germany, I have many colleagues from all parts of the world. Meetings, phone calls or conversations are usually in English. I can experience and appreciate every day that I work for a global company.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?

Familiarity – Although Henkel is a global company with some 47.000 employees, Henkel is like a huge family. Everyone is very open-minded and there is no rigid hierarchy. At the beginning, I was really confused about this openness, since I have not experienced this in previous internships.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
I think Henkel is very strong when it comes to involving interns in its business. The company shows that it has a strong interest in its interns and that it wants to help them grow. For example, just in the International Marketing department, several Brand Managers started their careers as interns at Henkel. My understanding is that the opportunity to join a program like “Career Track” is not very common and is an incentive for students/interns. How well interns are integrated into the business is expressed in the objective orientation and the variable remuneration that I have never experienced in an internship before.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?

I think I had a strong development during my internship. It is not just that you get a limited task but you experience all the things a brand manager has to do. As I have never done an internship in International Marketing before, I was confronted with new and challenging tasks. With increasing experience and the support of my mentor, I learned how to manage these challenging tasks.

6) Would you do it again?
Definitely! Why not? My internship is the perfect mix of challenging tasks, great support and a familiar atmosphere.


Bianca, Universität Hamburg

Beauty Care, Research and Development, Aerosol Schaumfestiger

"It’s very interesting to see the process from the creation of a new product until it is actually used."

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
I am currently writing my bachelor’s thesis about aerosols for styling mousses and how they are used in hair salons.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
One of my greatest moments was realizing that I just created styling mousses for the entire world! Really great!

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about “the Henkelaner”?
The people are intelligent, civil, fair and very funny.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
I gained good insight into the work of this industry. But furthermore, there are a lot of prospects for the future - to be part of the Henkel team, for example.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
Being able to work in both the laboratory (aerosol area) and the hair dresser studio was great. It’s very interesting to see the process from the creation of a new product until it is actually used.

6) Would you do it again?
Sure. Any time!


Bernhard, RWTH Aachen

Finance, Purchasing

"The fact that Henkel values its interns is also shown by the great organisation of events like BBQs and dinners to offer Henkel’s interns the chance to get-together and exchange their experiences."

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
I’m just writing down some short notes of my tasks from last week – at 11 a.m. we have our weekly conference call to keep all team members informed about proceedings of current projects. I’ve been an intern at Henkel Finance-Purchasing for four and a half months and within this frame a member of the Contract Manufacturing and Traded Goods-Team of Henkel’s cosmetic division. Main focus of the team is the global sourcing and development of strategic partnerships with toll manufacturers producing Henkel’s cosmetic products.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
The most significant surprise for me emerged already at the very beginning of my internship when I experienced how much responsibility and respect you get from all the other employees within and outside your department. In the early stages of your internship you get your own projects in which you can incorporate your own ideas and find possible solutions. However, it is always aligned by feedback and help of experienced managers who are really willing to support you.

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind, when I ask you about ‘the Henkelaner’?
A multinational and open-minded culture – I appreciate how people at Henkel behave and discuss the issues at work with you but also the daily life outside the company. Especially the huge diversity of national backgrounds of Henkel’s employees is so impressive that it makes you even more interested in meeting many different people from across the whole world.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
The fact that Henkel values its interns is also shown by the great organisation of events like BBQs and dinners to offer Henkel’s interns the chance to get-together and exchange their minds. For my part, I really like the so called intern-lunch where all the interns of different departments can have lunch together twice a week.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
My personal development during the internship was kind of dynamic and rapid – after six weeks it was already my turn to conduct presentations about my own projects in one of our regular workshops. Important persons for my development are my two mentors who give me the space to develop and present creative ideas and always give great feedback on it. Furthermore, I always find a sympathetic ear in the team for any problems or ideas!

6) Would you do it again?
That’s for sure. Reviewing the time, I’m really happy that I decided to do a six-months-internship at Henkel. First of all the complexity in Henkel’s product portfolio is so complex that you need some time get a profound understanding of it. Moreover, the time flies so fast at Henkel while meeting so many interns sharing daily work-experience and free time with you that some day you realize on a visit of a farewell party that you are the next one who is going to celebrate the end of your internship…


Anne, University of Maastricht

Laundry and Home Care, Marketing Spee & Weißer Riese

“I improved my practical knowledge and professional skills a lot.”

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Right now I am preparing the launch of a new online activity on www.weisserriese.de. This is one of the major projects that I assume sole responsibility for. Based on the overall idea to boost sales of our Weißer Riese Color products, I contacted our Internet agency and developed an online concept with them to trigger our customers’ interest in Color products. Due to the fact that the site will be published next week, I am quite busy coordinating things with our internet agency, the advertising agency and cooperating partners, who provide incentives to the customer within the scope of this new online activity.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
I was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and ambition of my colleagues. The job is quite involving and demanding, nonetheless you can tell that people here at Henkel love what they do. Although you are only one person among 5000 people working at Henkel Düsseldorf, you feel like part of a family, because the working atmosphere is very friendly and open-hearted. (this is a newly invented word, but  it’s basically fine to keep) ;)

3) What is the first thing that comes to your mind when I ask you about “the Henkelaner”?
Henkelaner are very open-minded and friendly. To me Henkelaner are extraordinarily helpful and fair people, which make them good team players. Moreover, they do not belong to one nationality, but reflect a very diverse mentality and international culture.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
At first, it’s great to be part of an intern group comprising around 500 interns in Düsseldorf per year. During the intern lunches twice a week, you easily get into contact with other students. This way you meet people from around the globe, since the interns are quite diverse and international. Furthermore, intern-specific activities are organized by Henkel, like Henkel-tours, after-work pub-crawls or city-specific events, which you can register for on the intranet or the Henkel facebook group.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
I improved my practical knowledge and professional skills a lot. In addition to being in direct contact with our agencies and being involved in internal and external meetings, this was mainly driven by my supervisors. I was integrated into the daily business and my mentors showed an interest in me as a person, willing to support my personal goals. The fact that I had my own projects set within the scope of the Target Dialogue* challenged my problem-solving, analytical and time management skills. I was able to participate in trainings on certain programs and analysis tools employed by Henkel.

6) Would you do it again?
Yes, of course! The experience and valuable knowledge I gained helped me a lot with regard to developing my professional skills and deciding about my future career path. Last but not least, it was a great networking opportunity within which I obtained many industry contacts.


Amaury, CEMS Student

Adhesive Technologies, International Supply Chain Management

 ”The internships have been a stepping stone to my career at Henkel!”

1) Which important tasks are we distracting you from with this interview?
Basically, from my job in international supply chain management. I coordinate projects and people to ensure an integrated information flow. Communication is key in my field of work. At the end of the day, everyone has to be on the same page. Right now, we are preparing a plant transfer from Paris to Lyon, which involves many conference calls, planning, and of course Excel sheets.

2) Tell us what surprised you the most about your internship?
I was seriously surprised by the amount of direct responsibility I got from day one. However, I think this might also depend on the mentor. My boss demanded leadership qualities from an early stage and rewarded me with a lot of freedom in how to do my work. In the end, only results count. The involvement and the openness of the people at Henkel were also surprising.

3) What is the first thing that comes to mind, when I ask you about the people at Henkel?
Above all, the intern culture comes to mind. Even outside of Henkel, we hang out together. We often have parties Friday nights at my place, which I share with another Henkel intern.
I appreciate the diversity at Henkel. The Henkel interns come from all around the world, and I enjoy meeting and getting to know them at Henkel.

4) Besides the job itself, what do you value that Henkel offers its interns?
Since I am a CEMS student, I appreciate the close contact between Henkel and CEMS.
I went to the CEMS Career Forum in Budapest last year to represent Henkel. I think it is great that my involvement is valued and supported at Henkel. Plus, I had a super nice hotel room with a Jacuzzi, which was cool.
Furthermore, I enjoy the intern lunches twice a week. It is nice to get in touch with Henkel’s large intern community, meeting interns from other areas and functions that I am usually not directly involved with is an opportunity to learn about other departments and areas.

5) How was your development during your internship – who or what influenced it?
Actually I got the offer to do an internship at one of the CEMS events in which Henkel participated. There I met my current boss Ralf Heumann at the CEMS Career Forum. We had a long talk and at the end he said: “I like you, when do you want to start?” This was all it took for me to get hired by Henkel. And this is how I got here.
I definitely learned to be more direct, to take the initiative and to be less shy. My tasks involve talking to other managers and employees. Some of them have 30 years of experience and I have to ask them to do something for me. I had to learn how to properly communicate, but at the same time make a name for myself, in order to be a respectable co-worker and to get my tasks done.