A Day in the Life of the Magid Glove and Safety Intern- Joyce Dong

Magid Glove & Safety Marketing Intern- Joyce Dong

I am Joyce Dong and an international student originally from China, Shanghai. I am working for Magid Glove & Safety as a marketing intern, which is my first job in United States. Honestly I was so excited that cannot wait to start my internship life. First let me slightly introduce the company I am working for. Magid Glove & Safety is a mid-size family-owned company dedicating in manufacturing and distributing in personal protective products (i.e. protective gloves, protective wearables, ear/eye protection). My company was posited in the mid-range amongst the entire PPE (personal protective equipment) industry, rooting in current position primarily depends on its value-for-money pricing strategy attracting corporate and individual customers pursuing high quality but fair price.

My daily working duty basically is coordinating to whole marketing department, being the back-up power. The range of my work is pretty wide, from conventional marketing dealing with prospective leads to marketing research to social media to event marketing and to such trivial works as data entry, hotel reservation and etc.

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When coming up with a special day so far at Magid Open, I will say that day belongs to Magid Open House Day.  I felt that it was the first time that I showed my value to be a Magid intern. Our marketing department worked for a whole month to plan for this event. Magid Open House, basically is the event to bring our big corporate clients and vendors to know about Magid products, including how it manufactured by showing them our manufacturing plant, how Magid do with the warehouse management system, exhibiting all Magid and vendor products.  We arrived at office and started to work at 7 a.m. on that day, decorating our venue with colorful balloons and ribbons, setting up sign-in table with sign-in sheet and name tag prepared, hanging up parking guiding signs and setting gift tables with souvenir bags orderly arrayed. Anyway, it was a busy morning. Our open house event started at 10:30 a.m. when clients, suppliers and vendors were coming one by one, my busy day official began. My duty at this event was to pitch photographer and accompanied to those suppliers from China doing translation if necessary when touring around Magid factory and warehouse. After lunch time serving them with snacks and beverage, those people started to visit around the exhibit booth for Magid and vendor’s products. This open house event offered a chance, for client, to better understanding Magid’s commitments that be your reliable safety solution provider; for vendor, showing them how Magid do business including manufacturing and distribution, basically exhibit Magid business potential for co-op program (co-op program is that Magid sold 3M, Ansell, DuPont products together with Magid products, in order to raise fund from those company for marketing use).

From this less than a month working experience in Magid Glove & Safety, I learned a lot from my co-workers about marketing professional knowledge. The most valuable part for this internship I will say it open a door make me start to know this PPE industry, which is a blank in my information base before. To be a good marketer, only know one or a couple of industry is far from enough. A good marketer should be an expertise in every industry and well informed about every industrial tendency lately happened worldwide, in which way one can develop an acute market insight to optimize marketing strategy pushed by mainstream impulse.

A Day in the Life of the Mead Johnson Intern- Katherine Harbin

A Day in the Life of the Marketing Intern

Hello!  My name is Katherine Harbin and I am a DePaul MBA student set to graduate in November 2013.  For the summer, though, I am working as a marketing intern for Mead Johnson Nutrition at their global corporate headquarters in Glenview, Illinois.  Mead Johnson is a company that specializes in pediatric nutrition – specifically, infant formula and pediatric vitamins.  It’s funny; one month ago I knew nothing about infant formula, breastfeeding or babies in general, given that I don’t have any children.  Now, however, I feel like I can go on forever about these things in surprising detail.  It’s all part of a day’s work here at Mead Johnson, and I’m certainly learning a lot.

The interesting thing about infant formula is that it has both consumer packaged goods (CPG) and healthcare/pharmaceutical aspects.  This allows me to gain experience in two very valuable fields.  I work with the team targeting the North American market, which is very different from the Global marketing team, whose main focus is in the developing world.  In the United States the birthrate is much lower than in the developing world, so there is a large difference in the macroenvironment and what the consumer is looking for.  I spend my days thinking about what can help new American moms take care of their babies, and how our company can better serve their needs.

This is the office Katherine works in.

This is the office Katherine works in.

As for the company as a whole, Mead Johnson is a major player in the international pediatric nutrition environment, with $3.9 billion in sales in 2012.  The company has operations in over 50 countries, and is truly a global company.  Since breaking off from pharmaceutical company Bristol Meyers Squibb and launching an IPO in 2009, Mead Johnson has enjoyed a rising stock price as investors appreciate its strong business performance throughout the world, and particularly in the largest infant formula market – China.

Given this background, I truly do feel lucky to be here and gaining corporate marketing experience, especially as I am undergoing a career change and did not have this kind of opportunity before.  Reading extensive marketing research and analyzing data have developed my way of “thinking like a marketer,” and Mead Johnson is very generous in allowing me to participate in daily meetings and interesting projects.  I can’t believe it’s already been one month since I have been here – pretty soon I’ll be back at DePaul, but for now it’s great to be back in the working world and gaining essential experience I know will help me in my career path.