Coming into Booth, I knew for my summer internship that I wanted to recruit for Associate Brand Manager positions in the CPG space, specifically in Chicago. When I heard that MillerCoors was sponsoring a Case Competition through the Kilts Center for Marketing, I was really excited to apply. I formed a team with some of my favorite people at Booth (Lindie Wang, Patrick Yates, David Hanna) and we named our team the Case Crushers. Follow along our timeline below as we tackled the case.
As I sit and write this blog post, I am nearing the end of a truly eye-opening and transformative internship experience at Nestle USA. I am actually one of three Boothies interning here this summer (pictured above), out of a group of four Summer Associates in DC!
I chose Nestle because I wanted to grow my experience in marketing within the food and beverage industry. That said, I ended up learning so much more than I expected: how to work with a cross-functional team, how to analyze a profit & loss statement, how to evaluate food like a true critic, and more than I could ever imagine about everything from powdered coffee creamer to Cold Brew. As the internship unwinds (and class bidding begins), I am left with a sense of what I’d like to learn more about once I get back on campus.
I was born in New York but raised in Beirut, Lebanon, with a brief stint living in Thailand as a child. After graduating from Barnard College with a degree in sociology, I worked for four years in the digital marketing space at a PR agency called Weber Shandwick in NYC. I came to Booth to transition into a brand management position at a food-related CPG company. This summer, I will be interning at Nestle in Washington, DC.
During the summer between my first and second year at Booth, I was a marketing intern for the Tropicana team at PepsiCo’s Chicago offices. For my intern project, I was tasked with evaluating the brand’s opportunity within the multicultural consumer segments and developing and recommending a go-to-market strategy. Many of the marketing principles and fundamentals that I had learned throughout my first year of classes applied directly to my project and played a big role in how I approached the work.
Before starting my internship in marketing, I was both excited to get back to the workforce, but also terrified how this role could impact my post-MBA position. Making a good impression was extremely important because my performance during the internship determined whether I would secure the full-time offer. And unfortunately, many of the larger companies with marketing roles do not necessarily re-recruit in the fall for full-time, so I did not want to screw it up!
The good news is that the marketing courses at Booth really prepared me to succeed on Day 1 during my internship. I learned a lot during my experience in pharmaceutical marketing this summer and here are the top three reasons why marketing was valuable during my internship.