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Interview with Leandra, EBS Oestrich-Winkel

Which important tasks we are 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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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!