Two weeks from today I will be back in Iowa City, which means I only have 10 more days left of interning at Kraft Foods. The last few weeks have been extremely busy, but in a good way. Here’s a quick internship update.
Meet the Business Units
The last few weeks we have had the opportunity to learn about each of the Business Units or BU’s as we call them. My division Foodservice (or the best unit…what can I say I’m biased) presented first and served us an unbelievable breakfast. We had Panera bagels and cream cheese, Burger King breakfast sandwiches, Sonic hash browns mix, and a variety of pound cakes and muffins. As it turns out, Kraft Foodservice is responsible for many of the products used by these customers, and we even have our own Executive Chefs working to make some of these delicious recipes with these customers. I even won a cake for knowing how many flowers are on an Oreo Cookie (12 on each side, so 24 total). We also had a Pizza BU presentation where gorged on DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen, Tombstone, and Jack’s Pizzas…..all Kraft products. Lastly, we learned about the Grocery BU and they gave us a great goody bag of grocery products (Miracle Whip, Jello, MacNCheese, etc). The Cheese BU presentation is next week and I’m wondering if they’re going to feed us every type of cheese or send us home with a brick of Velveeta…I’m hoping for the latter.
Practice Final Presentation
On Friday I practiced my Final presentation by presenting to all of Foodservice Finance. The presentation went really well and it felt good to get such a positive response from my co-workers. I must say as I put my presentation together I suddenly realized just how impactful my projects have been. My two major projects fall right in line with two of Foodservice Sales Finance’s 2009 Goals. It makes me pretty excited to know that I am “acting like an owner” and making an impact in the short 12 weeks I have been at Kraft. Next week, Wednesday, I present in Northfield (Kraft Headquarters) to senior level Finance Management. I am the third of the four Finance MBAs and am pretty excited as I have a few tricks up my sleeve that are sure to make me and my presentation memorable!
Sears Tower “The Ledge” and Field Museum
One of the major perks of working at Kraft has been living downtown Chicago for the summer. It’s nice that I can zip home to my parent’s house (like I did yesterday for a family birthday party) or enjoy the city. Today my mom brought me back to the city and we decided to make it a tourist day. First, we went to the Sears Tower (I refuse to call it Willis Tower as that is just WRONG!). We went to the Skydeck and went out on The Ledge, which is a glass observation deck that sticks out from the tower so you can look down 103 floors over Wacker Drive. All I can say is AWESOME….see pictures below.
Then we walked along the lake front and went to the Field Museum where I get free admission as a Kraft employee and went to the Pirate Exhibit. I was a little disappointed with the exhibit but I got great pictures of my city along the way. I really hope I get the opportunity to come back to Kraft as I absolutely want to come back to Chicago and have more great times with friends (like the 4th of July Tippie reunion) and family (like this weekend)!
That’s all for now…..next blog, I’ll be done with my internship and headed back to Iowa City!