Hunter Johnson is a Finance major and will graduate in May 2019. He interned this summer for HP Inc. as the AMS Personal Systems Marketing Intern in San Diego, California.
What was your favorite part of the experience? At HP, I was constantly invited to fun outside-of-work activities. As a network, we would go on hikes, have bonfires, see movies, and best of all, a catered Padre game. HP cares about retaining young talent, and they certainly love feeding us!
If you worked on a big project, please describe it below: I was tasked with reconstructing the Americas $50 million marketing budget. The document had opportunities for optimizations, and I made the data-entry process more streamlined and secure. The new version of the document is being implemented in 10+ countries in North and South America. Concurrently with school, I will retain my intern status and continue to work on this as well as marketing spend optimizations.
What did you find most challenging about your internship? This internship was a hybrid, I was exposed to many parts of the business, while functioning as both a finance and marketing intern. I did investment and budget optimizations one day, and the next was competitive review analysis. I was constantly shifting gears, which taught me to be flexible in problem solving.
How did Eller prepare you for your internship? First semester Eller was all I needed. As team leader, I learned how to deal with different personalities and backgrounds, conflict management, and doing whatever it takes to meet deadlines. Even if that means working alone till 4 a.m., proofreading, photo shopping, and editing. Also, winning Case Comp serves as a big confidence booster when working in the corporate world. My only advice is, be a standout in your Eller group; the work you put in won’t go unnoticed.