Internship Experience at GCPL with Shruthi Nayanar

As every B-school student knows, summer internships can be an inflection point in one’s
career- it is a time of significant change, chance and opportunity. My internship with Godrej
Consumer Products Limited was all that and much more. Filled with excitement, challenges
and learning, it was a truly memorable experience.
The internship began with a three-day orientation program at Godrej One where we got to know our fellow interns and took a deeper look at the businesses we would soon be joining.
We were also introduced to the Godrej Way and the core values of trust, humility and respect that lay the foundation for Godrej’s rich legacy. Post the fun filled orientation, all the interns joined their respective divisions to kick-start their projects.
I interned with GCPL’s Africa business and my project was to build a campus program for hiring B-school graduates across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. While the project was based entirely in Africa, I had to work on it from the Head Office in Vikhroli; this in itself was my biggest challenge. My project involved extensive research, data collection and benchmarking, post which I had to develop a strategy for campus hiring that could be used in all three countries.
While it seemed like a big ask, I had my mentor and buddy to help me out at every step of the way. They were ever-ready to solve any query that I had, always giving me valuable inputs and suggestions. Every conversation with my mentor was deeply insightful and left me with clarity and direction that I would not have been able to find otherwise. As an intern, I was never once brushed aside as insignificant- I could ask anyone at Godrej One for help and be assured that it would come my way. It’s this culture of openness and respect that allowed me to put my best foot forward, every single day.
My biggest learning from last summer would be that hard work really has no substitute. A solid work ethic combined with curiosity and a willingness to learn always pays off. I also learned the importance of camaraderie even in the face of competition. If it wasn’t for the friendships that I built with my co-interns and all the cheer they brought, the summer could never have been as spectacular as it came to be.