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Research and Development Intern

May - August 2021 • Burlington, VT

What I liked

I really enjoyed working with my team. They were immensely helpful and taught me so much over the course of my internship

What I wish was different

I wish my experience was not virtual but that probably was not going to happen given the pandemic

Advice

Definitely enjoy your time and spend time with your fellow interns
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Marketing Intern

June - August 2019 • Cairo, Cairo Governorate

What I liked

I was working on marketing for a new product that was launching in the market. It was very interesting to be part of something this big at a company like Unilever.

What I wish was different

I worked in a different city than where I lived, so it was a lot of commuting.

Advice

Try and learn as much as you can from experiences like these.
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FP&A Intern

May - August 2020 • Buenos Aires, Argentina

What I liked

Boss was very friendly and helpful

What I wish was different

Maybe some more work every week - it was a part-time internship so not very heavy

Advice

Be proactive when it comes to asking for responsibilities
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Supply Chain Co-op

January - August 2020 • Shelton, CT

What I liked

Unilever is the best company in the world to work for! There is a great culture and this co-op is exactly the industry experience I was after.

What I wish was different

I wish COVID did not happen so I could have finished my experience in person.

Advice

Always be yourself.
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Safety Health and Environmental Engineering Intern

September 2019 - March 2020 • Chicago, IL

What I liked

Ownership of my own projects

What I wish was different

Exposure to different teams across the business.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask questions.
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Digital Research and Development Intern

May - August 2020 • Trumbull, CT

What I liked

I really enjoyed getting experience in research and development as I had never considered going in to that field with a technology degree. I liked how I got exposed to many different sciences and how technology plays a role in product development.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship had been in-person, so I could see the day-to-day life more clearly.

Advice

I would tell people to network with as many people as possible, even if they are not in your field, The more you know about the company, the better you can contribute to it!
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Research and Development Intern

May - August 2020 • Trumbull, CT

What I liked

My coworkers and the environment/culture. While it was an all virtual internship, everyone I talked to was friendly and approachable, and willing to help in whatever capacity they were able to. Everyone also seemed to genuinely enjoy what they were doing and working with the company itself.

What I wish was different

Communication with HR. They could be difficult to get into contact with and often wouldn't give a straightforward answer to our questions.

Advice

Prepare to be pushed out of your comfort zone. As soon as I saw my project prompt I was extremely nervous about being capable of accomplishing the tasks set for me. But I was able to exceed the requirement with the help of internal resources and coworkers.
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Customer development intern

May - August 2020 • Englewood Cliffs, NJ

What I liked

I learned a lot and was my first real-world job experience.

What I wish was different

If it wasn't remote.

Advice

Talk to as many people as you can.
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Supply Chain Co-op

July - December 2019 • Suffolk, VA

What I liked

Unilever gives its co-ops a ton of responsibility and a variety of projects to learn and help you grow your skills over six months. I was busy from the minute I started until the minute I left. The people at my factory were also awesome to work with.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Customer development intern

May - August 2019 • Englewood Cliffs, NJ

What I liked

Hands on experience in a CPG company

What I wish was different

I wish it was more customer development / marketing oriented. I worked a lot with the IT side of the company due to the project I was placed on

Advice

Network as much as possible- any connections can help you in the future
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Customer Relations Representative

June - August 2019 • Englewood, NJ

What I liked

The culture

What I wish was different

The acceptance

Advice

Try it!
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Digital Marketing Intern

May - August 2018 • Burlington, VT

What I liked

The benefits Awesome culture Summer fridays The work from home policy

What I wish was different

The onboarding process and communication with hr

Advice

Do your best! Be yourself! Network!
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Category Management Data Analytics Intern

June - August 2019 • Rogers, AR

What I liked

I had the opportunity and freedom to work with a number of people across several departments in the organization and was consistently encouraged to learn and grow during my 10-week internship.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had more of a say in my location. It was chosen for me (and ended up being exactly what I needed), but I would have liked to choose.

Advice

Be your own best advocate. Ask questions and ask for opportunities with multiple groups to learn the most about the organization as a whole as each role works very closely with one another.
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Unilever International Finance Intern

May - August 2019 • Englewood Cliffs, NJ

What I liked

I loved Unilever. I loved the company culture, I loved the actual company products & business model, and I loved the fact that interns were given projects that made real, substantial impacts. I loved my boss and team and felt like I got a wide depth & breadth of experience.

What I wish was different

Nothing. I absolutely loved it.

Advice

Go for what you're passionate about. Unilever picked candidates who were passionate about Unilever & loved the company, and it made a difference when we went to work every day. We were genuinely excited to get to work & the company very much valued that. In addition, I would say never be afraid to go out of your comfort zone! It helps you to get even more experience and helps to grow your confidence that you ARE qualified!
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Marketing Intern

May - August 2019 • Englewood Cliffs, NJ

What I liked

I was given a lot of autonomy and encouraged to ask for help.

What I wish was different

I think I was given a little too much autonomy — to the point where I was out of touch with the rest of the team sometimes.

Advice

Ask EVERYONE for help. Make connections!
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Marketing Intern

May - July 2019 • Cairo, Cairo Governorate

What I liked

I loved meeting people from around the world all aimed at a similar goal. I got to see how a MNC operates first hand and how communication is achieved across multiple languages. It was very hands on and I felt very involved.

What I wish was different

I wish I knew how to speak Arabic, however I had a translator and learned a lot.

Advice

The advice I would share is that opportunities like this are worth leaving your comfort zone. I learned more from my time by myself in Egypt than I ever have before. I made a connection through a web of people in my life and made this crazy plan happen within a month. My advice simply put would be to go for it because odds are it's going to be worth it.
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Rotational Summer Intern

July - August 2018 • Colombo, Sri Lanka

What I liked

team building leadership skills on the floor experience

What I wish was different

Advice

working in groups can enhance the way you think and percieve things
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Marketing Inten

May - August 2018 • Englewood Cliffs, NJ

What I liked

I liked the fact the intern project was very hands on. It essentially was our own work to create and we had the freedom to tackle the problem or proposal however we felt was best.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship was longer, the project I assigned needed a bit more time to fully develop.

Advice

I would definitely make the most out of the people who work in the company outside of the ones you may directly work with.
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Marketing it

May - August 2018 • Englewood, NJ

What I liked

Greatest work culture I've been a part kf

What I wish was different

Long presentation that took almost 4 weeks to make

Advice

Build your network internally
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Business Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Phoenix, AZ

What I liked

I had a great summer with Unilever. While my experience was not typical as I was working remotely in the field, it was just as educational and impactful. I was very grateful that the Unilever Leadership Internship Program awards every intern a mentor in addition to their line manager. Additionally, instead of just getting some busy work, each intern is assigned a project that they get to take ownership of. This impact, paired with the great people I was able to work with, made for a great summer.

What I wish was different

While working remotely ended up working out for the best, it was a little stressful to find out so close to my start date. Additionally, there is a great orientation that educates all incoming interns on the company policies and SOPs, however, job-related training was more of a learn as you go type setup.

Advice

All in all, I had a great experience and would very much recommend this to anyone interested. To be successful, you have to be comfortable with asking for help and reaching out to people from different functions or teams in the organization that you may not know. Utilize your mentor and your manager as they will be huge resources. Finally, I found that I learned the most from simply having 1-on-1 conversations with people and challenging the status quo. Asking why things are done the way they are done uncovered lots of insights.
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