Name: Selina Dunbar
Type of Project: Internship
My STEP funds afforded me the opportunity to intern with Colgate-Palmolive in Nashville, TN this summer! It truly was a life changing opportunity. As a result of my internship, I was able to grow both professionally and personally.
As a customer development and sales intern, I got a lot of hands on experience working in the CPG industry. Whether it be attending meetings with customers, attending trade shows, or going on store checks, I was always busy. My internship allowed me to work in a fast-paced environment, which was very rewarding.
It was also a pleasure to work with a diverse group of talented professionals. Everyone in Colgate-Palmolive’s Nashville office had a unique set of skills and experiences that I was able to learn from. I was also able to do a lot of independent learning during my internship. This afforded me the opportunity to further hone certain skills such as analytics and public speaking.
Furthermore, my internship afforded me the opportunity to live in Nashville, TN. Prior to my internship, I had never been to Nashville. So, being in Nashville was a new experience for me. Although it took some getting used to, I did enjoy living in Nashville, TN for the summer. During my internship, I stayed on Vanderbilt University’s campus. Vanderbilt is in the heart of downtown Nashville so I was able to do a lot of sightseeing. I even met other college students interning in Nashville for the summer! It was great talking to them and learning about their internship experiences.
Prior to this internship, I was mostly focused on having a marketing career in the CPG industry. Because of my internship, I am now more open to working in sales. My internship provided me with a solid foundation of Colgate-Palmolive’s core business functions because, as a sales intern, I was as a was able to work on numerous cross functional projects. I was also able to network with upper management and get ongoing constructive feedback. This greatly enhanced my skills and equipped me with the necessary experience that will be useful to going forward as a pursue a full-time job post-graduation.
Overall, I had an amazing experience during the summer internship with Colgate-Palmolive in Nashville, TN. I absolutely love the company’s culture and people, and the numerous opportunities for growth and development that the company has to offer. I look forward to the possibility of working for Colgate-Palmolive as a full-time employee when I graduate in the spring!