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Interview with Shahin, University of Frankfurt

Which important tasks we are 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!