Hello everyone! We are Marie and Henrik and we are BI interns at Orkla Confectionary and snacks (OCSN). Henrik is majoring in Business Finance while Marie majoring in Strategic Marketing Management. Since we are studying different subjects, we work in different departments. In other words, in this blogpost you will get to know how it is to work as an intern at OCSN from two different perspectives. Let`s start with Henrik.
I am situated in the corporate finance department of OCSN. My tasks vary greatly, but most of the work is related to business controlling. This means that I am helping out with everything from providing relevant numbers for the CFO to creating Excel models for other departments. Although I really enjoy numbers and working with spreadsheets, it is sometimes nice that the work is so much more than that! The first week I was lucky enough to be included in a product launch meeting (looking forward to seeing those products in stores), and there are several non-work related activities around within the company, such as in-office light strength training and a running group. I really feel like I am contributing to the department and the company, and that the tasks given to me has value in the big picture. Over to Marie!
I have been allowed to be a part of the marketing team at OCSN, where my work is mainly focused on chocolate tablets. My supervisor has entrusted me with my own project this internship period, where I gather insight and conduct my own consumer research. Also, through smaller projects I have been challenged to be creative and come up with new solutions for in-store promotions, packaging and campaigns (exited to see if any of my ideas will be used in the future). I feel very included by the marketing team at OCSN, as I have been allowed to attend meetings, workshops and small coffee breaks in the social area. In short, my weeks here at Orkla has really gotten me exited for the future, and I am looking forward to working full time as a marketer when I am done with my degree.
All in all we have had a great experience so far. The work has been challenging, yet rewarding. Rethinking how things are done compared to studying and getting to know all the systems and routines almost seemed overwhelming at first. Luckily we have supervisors who follow up closely, and the work is facilitated such that it matches our capability. We feel welcomed into the work environment and it certainly does not hurt that we have access to free candy and snacks!