Neha Sinha is a third year Mechanical Engineering major with a double minor in Spanish and Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT). Knowing she wanted to complete an internship during the summer of 2014,  she began her search in the fall of 2013. She attended GIT’s career fair, approaching the Proctor & Gamble recruiter who was, “very friendly, informative and encouraged me to apply. So I applied online and they got back to me about an interview on GIT’s campus. The on campus interview went really well, so a couple days latter they asked to fly me out for in person interview.”

Before being accepted to the internship, P & G flew Neha out to complete an in person interview. The process was detailed and rigorous, “there was an initial 45 min professional interview, which again consisted mostly of behavioral questions, ‘tell me about your past experience and teams you have worked on.’ I also took an online assessment, and then there was another 45 interview, to review my resume.” After reviewing her resume, Neha had a last interview with her potential manager, “to see if I was a good fit for that group.” Lastly, “a tour of the plant... and I met the Head of the Department, I got offered the internship on the spot. This was a very exciting moment in my career.”

So why did a mechanical major seek an internship with a marketing company? “I was seeking an internship that would allow me to work on top-level projects that were applicable to my major. I choose Proctor & Gamble (P&G), when you think of them they are marketing company, this fascinated me because I got to see a marketing company from an engineering perspective.”

Working on the Charmin initiatives, Neha was able to immerse herself in the family care industry, quickly realizing the importance of effective communication. “I worked with the head of the manufacturing line to see how lines are running, and run performances tests. There is so much more that goes into it making paper products then you could even imagine.” Neha was able to observe and manage the process of, papermaking and converting paper to product. "Each individual step takes a lot out of you because its going at a high speed and you don’t want to screw anything up, but through the course of my internship I became more confident through practice.”

Neha was assigned a variety of responsibilities, working on small line and, “cross functional communication”, working with research and development, finance and accounting. “I had 5 large projects, which were all different. At this time I was 19 years old, telling construction teams consisting of middle aged men what to do, this was an amazing experience to be given such great ownership as intern.”

At the end of her internship, Neha was given a return offer, but declined, to continue exploring other options. Neha stresses the importance of not breaking ties and staying in touch with past employers. Additionally, she notes that when it comes to searching for internships,

“Start early; don’t get discouraged when you don’t get the job offer or interview you were looking for... In the end, you will end up where you are supposed to be. When you do have the interview, enter with confidence... and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions.”

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