My strategic business unit and team were great. The willingness of individuals to meet to discuss my project or to have informational interviews was impressive. These interviews allowed me to understand different business units and where I would be interested in for a full time position. Also, there is easier access to executive leadership and C suite executives than I expected.
The amount of overlap between the innovation efforts of different business units was unexpected. Navigating the matrix to find information was challenging but interesting.
Advice to Potential Interns
This is a large corporation and getting used to that environment, sitting in a cubicle, can be an adjustment. Each strategic business unit has its different culture that supports the company culture. Get to know others outside your business unit to learn about what culture would be best for you. The company encourages networking, it is very important. The values and principles of the company are built into very thing that the company does, it is lived not just stated.
Sample Interview Questions
Tell me about a time that you dealt with ambiguity. Tell me about a time you influenced someone that you had no authority over.