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Interview with Laura, WHU and Jennie Jill, HHL

Which important tasks we are 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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! :)