Those Were The Best Days Of My Life – Sravanthi’s Internship Experience At HUL
Like many others, I was super excited when I was offered Sales and Marketing internship with HUL. It is a dream internship for many on campus and the excitement only increased as HRs rolled out tasks to connect us with interns from other B schools. No sooner than this happened, we were active on the facebook and whatsapp groups knowing each other.
Our internship started on 3rd April 2015, at the Mumbai HO with couple of days of induction to the company and the verticals. The induction was as much fun as it was hectic, we were divided into teams and were put through impromptu dance performances, followed by time bound games, treasure games, weekend parties at Juhu and to top it all- A chance at breaking the world record.
The internship started soon after and I was to work with the Brand building team of the leading coffee brand in the country. I received by project brief and the team members I would be working with. I was to handle two of the live projects for Bru which would define the future growth for the category. The level of expectation and responsibility were humongous and the team was always there to clear my doubts with all the patience.
I had a chance to visit the markets at Vijayawada, Khammam and Hyderabad in the second week of my project, followed by another visit to Chennai, Madurai and Bangalore in the 6th week. The team ensured that I have all the opportunities to understand the project and deliver my best. The amount of time they dedicated to hearing out my ideas and giving their inputs, making sure I feel at home and not take in the pressure ensured that my days of internship went off smoothly.
There were pressure points for sure, be it issues with getting the required data and software, mid-review deliverables and preparing for the end review, but I could sail through all of them happily because I had a team of HRs who were always available and a brand team that trusted my skills and ability. Had the category head not pushed me enough to think thoroughly, I would not have crossed my comfort zone and developed the insights I did. The managers here ensure you learn and move out of your comfort zones and that explains why this place is the CEO factory.
Over the past 2 months, the team has become a family, people I could comfortably share things with, discuss my passion for reading, food and GOT of course. As the last few days approach, I have already started to miss this place and the people.
Whether the future presents a chance to work at Unilever again or not, these are definitely the best days of my life!
About The Author:
Sravanthi Pothineedi is a student of PGP 2015-2017 batch, IIM Kozhikode. She is a member of the Student’s Council, and enjoys travelling, reading books and is a big foodie.