Friday, July 31, 2015

Summer Internship Series: Nura, Danny and Rupa

Hi all! I can't believe that tomorrow is already August!!! This summer is really flying by! Anyways, this week Nura Ghoneim, Daniel Papir and Rupa Banerjee are here sharing their internship experiences with us. Enjoy!

Nura, who is concentrating in Strategy and Entrepreneurship, writes all the way from Cairo, Egypt...

"This summer I decided to follow my heart to Cairo, Egypt. The past two months I have had the pleasure of interning with the Innovation Team at the United Nations DevelopmentProgram (UNDP). I was not originally aiming to intern in the innovation department, but was placed there due to my MBA specializations of Strategy and Entrepreneurship. The innovation team in Cairo is one of the highest recognized active teams in all UNDPs across the globe and has managed to create projects that have made substantial differences to Egypt’s development of an entrepreneurial spirit.

As an intern I am exposed to a diverse set of projects with the ability to choose which ones I see most fitting to work on, naturally I chose those dealing with entrepreneurs. During the start of my internship I had the pleasure of working with underprivileged men and women from various parts of the country, coming to share their ideas on the development of their country. As an intern I was responsible for documenting the outcomes of each activity and assisting the potential entrepreneurs with solutions to problems that arise when wanting to start a business. I was not only exposed to pitches (some great, some not so great), but also to a vast amount of exciting ideas that inspired me to help those whom are willing to grow and be better (which in turn will allow me to grow and be better). The team and I were involved with following up with teams and assisting them in further developing their ideas that have the potential to make it to the market.

My experience thus far has given me great exposure to the business side of the NGO/social sector. On a more cultural side, I spent most of my interning experience fasting for the month of Ramadan, and nothing is better than breaking one’s fast in a country where millions of others are also breaking their fast at the same exact time! (Literally millions) Last but not least, if anyone’s looking for a beautiful beach getaway, Egypt is the place to be! (I’ll protect you)"

Daniel, a Marketing and Strategy student, is working in Parsippany, NJ this summer...

"This summer, I am a Category Marketing intern at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare in Parsippany, NJ. GSK is the maker of prdoucts many of you have at home, including TUMS, Sensodyne, and AquaFresh. My project is to create a digital content strategy for Abreva cold sore treatment that could be scaled globally. I spent a lot of time learning about cold sores, cold sore sufferers, and  their digital habits. Of course, I’m not working on it alone. Our agencies and specialists are incredible resources that are answering my questions, pointing me in the right direction, and giving me great ideas. All that is coming together to hopefully create a strategy that will engage and entertain  our target audience.

As a Category Marketing intern, it took some time to start thinking from a Category perspective. It was important for me to realize that the commercials and campaigns we know and love begin as a overarching global strategy. Local markets then personalize those strategies to fit that market – that’s why campaigns and commercials could vary from country to country.

My project aside, GSK has given me and the other interns several opportunities to have coffee with the CMO and chat about our projects and anything else on our minds. We also went to one of our ad agencies to learn how a campaign evolves from an idea to final editing. Next week, I will be going to a film shoot for a 15 second iVideo commercial (those ads that play before you watch a YouTube  video). The summer has flown by unbelievably quickly. It’s hard to believe in 2 weeks, we’ll be presenting our projects to senior leaders. After that, I look forward to relaxing until the Fall semester begins, which is even harder to believe." 

Rupa, specializing in Supply Chain Management, is also working in NJ this summer...

"This summer, at Novartis, I experienced enormous compassion and heat felt dedication of a group of extremely motivated professionals helping the world to live a normal life because normal life is extraordinary!

As a strategic sourcing intern, with a focus on corporate spend, I worked on a couple of different super exciting projects. One of the most visible projects was around proposing and implementing a strategy to efficiently manage the external workforce across division, functions and operations. This gave me incredible exposure to collaborating with stakeholders from several different categories at the global level. This involved understanding the current landscape, identifying issues, risks and inefficiencies, proposing strategy to solve the problem and building a plan around partnering with business partners across organization to implement the solution. The best thing about this project was the experience of working with two super cool mentors who coached me, encouraged me and empowered me-best mentors ever!!!

My second project was around strategizing the fleet operations focusing on cost, efficiency, accident management and safety. It was fabulous to learn about the latest automobile technology, telematics and autonomous driving (which for the most part is still a concept!)

And the coolest thing was my adventurous trip to Texas where I experienced a lot of things for the first time in my life: hurricane, getting into a ditch, calling 911, getting towed, missing my flight, yet  making sure that I brought back home my first cowboy cap! :-)

Not just this, I had a fabulous experience visiting the Cart-19 manufacturing facility in Morris Plains, NJ. It really made me believe Novartis is pushing the boundaries of science to transform the lives of cancer patients all over the world.

In a nutshell, it was a summer very well spent with a lot of work, friends, fun, adventure and a ton of learning."

Summer is coming to a close, but we will have one more post next week about summer internships. Stay tuned! Oh and good luck to all of you who have final presentations next week!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Summer Internship Series: Vanessa, Joseph and Swathi

CPG, IT, Pharma - we've got it all this week! Thank you Vanessa Duvert, Joseph Jao and Swathi Rangan for sharing your internship experiences with us! 

Vanessa, concentrating in Marketing and Marketing Research Insights & Analytics, is working at Campbell Soup Company this summer...

"I was super excited to find out that I was assigned to the Chunky Soup brand this summer. It's a beloved brand that has a unique position in the enterprise. As an Associate Brand Manager Intern, it's a particularly exciting time to be on board. This year, the marketing internship program was revamped to provide a more robust experience. During the first two weeks of the internship we were spilt into two groups of five. One group worked on a recommendation plan to advise the company on corporate transparency efforts. My group worked on advising the company on how to capture millennial consumers. After presenting to the marketing leadership team We each moved on to our brand assignments. My project is to develop a marketing strategy for Chunky to create value and differentiation in the market. To do this I'm considering positioning and promotional tactics to drive demand. It's been a great experience and I look forward to presenting in the next 2 weeks. 

Although the office is in Camden, I've been living in Philadelphia. There's been so many fun activities planned for the intern class like Phillies games, consumer test kitchens, and bowling downtown. What I've enjoyed most are the weekly coffee chats with senior leaders including our president, CMO and several VPs. The level of exposure is outstanding and it's made for a great summer."

Joseph is a Supply Chain Management student spending his summer working in Boise, ID...

"This summer I am interning at Micron Technology, which is the last and only memory chip maker in the US. Micron provides comprehensive memory solutions in four major applications which are PC, mobile device, enterprise storage, and automotive. The company, founded in 1978, is based in Boise, ID and has global operations with manufacturing sites in the US and Asia.

I am working in the mobile business unit, which is the fastest growing segment in the company, as a Product Line Management Intern. One month before starting my internship, my supervisor took on a new role called Program Manager, and is responsible for executing and facilitating cross-functional team efforts to ensure smooth delivery of projects through a product life cycle. It is a new function area in the new organization. The selected projects are critical to the company’s growth and security of market share. So far, I have been working with my manager to get the alignment with all the stakeholders that are responsible for different function areas like marketing, R&D, manufacturing, supply chain management, etc. My job requires me to hold strong product knowledge, process familiarity and good communication skills to succeed. Since Micron has been expanding its operations through acquisition, we need to work with different geographical locations like Asia and Europe. I find it challenging, but very exciting to participate in the process as the program manager plays a key role in the success of the projects. The work culture in the company is good, I feel very comfortable working with my team. People in the company do not treat you differently because you are just an intern. People are so respectful of each other, and this is what the company appreciates and I like it very much.

Micron recruits most of the interns in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science from schools on the West Coast and in the Midwest. As a MBA student from New Jersey, I feel like I am a rare species in the intern groups. But it is very nice to hang out with those engineers after work hours and on the weekends, discovering Boise and its proximity. I am close to some interns who are living in the same complex with me and we have done some fun outdoor activities like mountain hiking and river rafting together in Boise. I still have six weeks to finish my internship and have been enjoying everything here so far. I think Boise is an underrated city in the US and I would love to come back for work!"   

Swathi is pursuing dual concentrations in Pharmaceutical Management and Marketing, as well as an MS in Biomedical Sciences...

"This summer I've been fortunate enough to intern with the US Marketing group at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, a (insert surprised reaction here) diagnostics firm based out of Raritan, New Jersey.  Ortho Clinical was initially a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, but mid-last year was acquired by The Carlyle Group- a private equity firm.  This divestiture has actually resulted in immense growth for the company, as it now functions as a stand-alone global firm that is able to specialize on certain product lines.

One of the greatest advantages I've had during this experience was in essence taking over a marketing role rather than an internship- while I do have one major 'intern project' within our clinical chemistry line, I get placed on other tasks as they rise in importance.  I've learned about pricing promotions, marketing communications, developing customer facing content and a vast majority of other marketing functions.  This has been accomplished all while interacting with sales teams, executives, engineers, and scientists proving to be a truly cross functional role.  Another huge benefit is that I've been able to travel to multiple locations- my internship actually started with a week in LA for a product launch within our transfusion medicine line.  I'm currently in Rochester this week for a series of meetings, and next week I will be off to Atlanta for the annual AACC conference (American Association of Clinical Chemistry), which is one of our most important events for the year. 

Since I'm still in New Jersey, I've been able to see some of our Rutgers MBA folk on occasion, and have been heading out to NYC on the weekends.  Next weekend I will actually be traveling out to Chicago for some fun (and I'll be able to meet up with some business school people as well)!  While it will be nice to get out of Jersey for a weekend, my internship has been (and I am certain, will continue to be) a great experience over the three month duration, and I'm excited to see the long term results of my direct work."

That's all for now! I know the summer is almost coming to a close and many people are finishing up the last few weeks of their internships, but have no fear! We'll be back next week to hear from more members of the Class of 2016!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Internship Series: Kamali, Kinshuk and Bryce

It's Friday!!!! Kamali Thompson, Kinshuk Saxena and Bryce Kanter are talking about their internship experiences today...

Kamali is a dual MBA/MD student at Rutgers Business School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School...

"This summer I am fortunate to work in one of my favorite places, New York City. Having explored many areas of the city, I am now able to familiarize myself with Hell’s Kitchen, the location of the Medscape office. At Medscape, a subsidiary of WebMD, I am interning with the Project Coordination team. 

One of Medscape’s main features is CME (Continuing Medical Education), a requirement for healthcare professionals to ensure they are learning about developing areas in their field. I have been given several responsibilities to complete for the duration of my internship. My purpose on the project coordination team is to manage the CME activities and ensure everything is in order for the project to move from one step to another. During my 5th week in the internship, I began a retrospective study in collaboration with the product management team. In the study, I am examining correlations between the activities Medscape offers and preference of these activities among specific age groups of physician completers to help Medscape increase efficiency in teaching.

Working at Medscape has been the perfect opportunity to combine my medical and business backgrounds. In the rare moments I have downtime, I watch Medscape lectures to recollect information I learned in medical school. Every Wednesday, the interns have a lunch & learn with one of the leaders of WebMD or Medscape to gain a better understanding of each department’s role. The best part of the lunch & learn is going to the downtown WebMD office, which is in the same building as Nike and Google!

After the completion of my internship, I have the pleasure of attending 3 weddings and a music festival almost every weekend! In the meantime, if anyone wants to visit a rooftop lounge after work in NYC you know who to call!"

Kinshuk is spending his summer in East Hanover, NJ...

"They say a picture is worth a thousand words and perhaps this one says it all. I feel privileged to be interning for a company with a true passion for transforming people’s lives. With over $47B in global revenue, Novartis is the world’s largest pharma major. I am currently interning at the company’s US Headquarters in East Hanover, NJ.

One of my projects have been centered around strategizing a model for selection of multi-media production agencies that would help us carry out product launches for key novel brands at Novartis. This involves interacting with supplier partners, evaluating their pitch and finally awarding the business to a select few based on a predefined set of holistic criterion. This role excites me because it requires a delicate balance of analytical skills, relationship development and of course consensus building. My other project is to create alignment around the competencies of more than 200 marketing vendors within the Market Access, Insights and Analytics category with a total spend of over $200 M.

Outside of work, I had a chance to volunteer for a walk in support of Cystic Fibrosis research (see pic below). The fundraiser helped collect around a million dollars in funds for research to seek a more effective cure for Cystic Fibrosis, a disease which affects thousands of patients worldwide. In addition, we recently toured a cutting edge manufacturing facility for CTL019, a drug that promises to cure Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, ALL, a type of cancer (top pic). In a nutshell, my second stint with Novartis has been a deeply gratifying and enriching experience."

Bryce is studying Pharmaceutical Marketing and Management at RBS, while simultaneously earning his MS in Biomedical Sciences at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School...

"This summer I am interning with the US Neurology Brand Team at Bayer HealthCare in Whippany, NJ. The main project I’m working on is to strengthen the claims and layout of the website for Bayer’s multiple sclerosis medication, Betaseron.  I have also been assisting with the vendor transition for Betaseron’s nursing support service, ensuring all previous business practices are maintained and improved where possible during the migration from old to new vendor.

So far it has been a great summer. Below is a list of my top 10 summer internship highlights:

1. Seeing firsthand how a pharmaceutical marketing team functions and makes decisions
2. Networking: I met a couple people who have given me meaningful advice as I move forward in my career

3. Working on a project where in a couple months I will be able to log onto the website for Betaseron and see changes that were the result of my recommendations

4.  Opportunity to go on a ride-a-long in the field

5. Playing basketball every Tuesday after work

6. Discounted Starbucks coffee shop on the first floor

7. Eating at the Bayer cafĂ© twice a day for breakfast and lunch: they got everything from fresh fruit, baked goods, and made-to-order omelets in the morning to make-your-own sandwiches and Mongolian grill for lunch

8. All you can eat Flintstones vitamins

9. Receiving a paycheck every two weeks: It is nice to purchase a beer after work with real money, not my student loan

10. No School/Homework/Papers/Tests: Freak that stuff"

Thanks Kamali, Kinshuk and Bryce for contributing! Tune in next week for more updates!