HR Leadership Development Program, Intern—Consumer Products
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, New Jersey
I am working in Johnson & Johnson for the summer in Consumer Products supporting Marketing. Marketing really drives the Consumer Products industry and is very fast paced. Every day I was faced with a new challenge while juggling my projects but almost daily I had reminders of the positive impact of the HR function. J&J is a people-centric organization not only with regards to the people they serve with their products but also internally with the employees and externally with shareholders and the communities in which they operate. I enjoyed learning about HR and developing my HR Competencies. My background is in finance prior to coming to business school, so HR is a whole new experience for me. I feel that I have found a career path that capitalizes on my strengths and stretches me to improve.
What are some outcomes the organization will have from your internship experience?
I have positively impacted the culture of the marketing organization. There is a big change happening at J&J Marketing with the goal of creating an Integrated Marketing Experience for customers globally. I have had the opportunity to create facilitation guides that foster dialogue and discussions to help first understand the change, then make the change happen, and finally sustain the change. I learned how to stimulate dialogue and use this dialogue as a tool for Organizational Development. We called these sessions Collaboratories and the first one in a series of three was launched worldwide in early July and the second in late July. The Collaboratories have empowered employees to have a voice as changes surround them.
How did you best prepared for your internship experience?
My background is not in HR or Healthcare so I decided to take Healthcare Operations class last spring and I also took some extra HR classes. As I was preparing for the internship, I spoke with several people at J&J who said that the best learning is on the job. I feel that J&J and the HRLDP Advisors have surrounded me with excellent employees who provide an example for me. They also equip me with the tools that I need to succeed even when faced with ambiguity. It has been great to see how HR is valued as a strategic business partner.
What do you enjoy the most in your internship?
I enjoy hosting Talent Talks which are a formal forum where we discuss departmental talent. I work specifically in Consumer Products supporting Marketing. It was great to see people working together to create a robust development plan for all employees. Specifically the part that I enjoyed was the discussion to accelerate top talent. It was more than just getting them training or a mentor. All managers and directors sought to learn about that top talent employee so they can advocate for that person as they seek out unique opportunities for acceleration or cross-functional moves.
How did you find your internship?
There was a resume drop on Purdue's CSM, J&J did not come to Purdue directly to visit. This summer there are 3 Boilermakers as HR Interns, so they are now planning to visit to recruit at Purdue next fall (Tuesday, September 9th). The interesting part is that the 3 J&J HRLDP interns are from 3 different Purdue programs, MBA, MSHRM, and EMBA. We are like a microcosm of what Purdue has to offer!