3 Learnings from Joseph Gunn

Joseph Gunn

Job Title: Process Engineering Intern

Duration: 3 months

Business Unit: Laundry & Home Care

Three words to describe your internship experience: 
diverse, rewarding, educational

What is the greatest learning you will take home after your internship at Henkel?
One of the most impactful things I learned this summer was how much effort goes into creating a product we use every day. Our plant recently began to produce laundry pods, and the precision and intricacy that goes into such a simple product never fails to amaze me.

Being an intern at Henkel, what do you like most about it?
I enjoyed learning about everyone’s role at the plant. As an engineering student, I have learned that there are so many different areas in which I could work. Although I was assigned to the safety department, I still had the opportunity to meet people in other departments that are potential career paths for me, such as research and development. Listening to their experiences greatly helped me decide on what I want to do after college. In addition, I was able to get engineering projects by simply asking some of the engineers around the plant, so I was not tied down to one specific area this summer.

What is unique about working at Henkel?
Working at a global company such as Henkel gives so many opportunities to learn. The “Laundry College” week depicts this perk the best. Not only did I get to watch the creation process for so many different products, but I also got to experience a bit of the marketing and advertising side of Henkel. After learning about all of the factors taken into account when creating a 30 second ad about Snuggle or Purex, I no longer watch commercials in the same way I did before Laundry College. Finally, Henkel’s sustainability ambassador program separated it from the other large consumer goods companies. Learning about Henkel’s commitment to sustainability greatly motivated me to choose a career that aims to reduce environmental impact.