A Day in the Life of a PepsiCo Category Management Intern- Nina Bulat

Category Management Intern at PepsiCoPepsicoBuilding-Chicago-00907-004a

PepsiCo – did over $66 billion in revenue in 2013, food and beverage portfolio that consists of 22
brands that each did over $1 billion in estimated annual retail sales in 2013

Day-to-Day Activities:

As a Category Management Intern my daily activities varied depending on what portion of my project I was working on. On a typical day, I would arrive at the office by 7:30AM and the first thing I would do is check my emails. This was always first on my list because if there was something important such as a calendar invite for that day or an email that required immediate action, I wanted to make sure I responded as soon as possible.

At the beginning of my internship, after checking emails I would normally begin pulling data from multiple sources to collaborate for my project. With the data I would conduct analyses utilizing different mathematical formulas in order to find out measures such as dollar opportunity, share of wallet, etc. Aside from collecting and analyzing data in order to apply it toward my project, I needed use those findings and recreate them in a visually appealing way in order to present it out in what is referred to as a ‘deck’.  A deck is just another word for a power point presentation.

Another part of my day was scheduling and attending connects. Connects are one on one meetings that are set-up in order to network, further your understanding of the business, and get a different perspective on other divisions within PepsiCo. Personally I did over 25 connects throughout the duration of my internship with people across various channels of PepsiCo I met with people from Space, Strategy, Supply Chain, Marketing, etc. which also included different brands within PepsiCo’s portfolio (i.e. Quaker, Gatorade, etc.).

Also, even though I had a project that I was working on, there would be times where I would need to pull data for my manager or update data in an existing deck. It all depended on what was going on or what needed to be done, but there was always something to be doing it was just a matter of what. A few other day-to-day activities included scheduled meetings with my manager or impromptu meetings with my mentor or other co-workers/interns. Grabbing lunch with fellow interns and/or co-workers was also something that was a frequent occurrence.

PepsiCo Chairman Indra Nooyi Speaks At Investor MeetingAdditional Activities: Aside from everyday functions within my internship, there were a number of other things I did while interning at PepsiCo. I joined an ‘ERG’ which is an Employee Resource Group, attended three different plant tours (two beverage and one food), did community service with other Chicago-based interns at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and doing a merchandiser route ride. A merchandiser route ride is where you go to different stores; I went to Walmart and Jewel, and stock/re-stock shelves and coolers with PepsiCo products.

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