One of the best and most popular ways to get your foot in the door with a major corporation is through an internship. According to Forbes, Proctor and Gamble is one of the most innovative and profitable organizations in existence. Opening in the late 1800s, Proctor & Gamble has gone on to make some of the most popular household products, employing over 121,000 individuals and garnering over $84.5 billion in sales each year. If you’re looking to start a career with P&G, here’s how...
To get yourself started on the path to an internship with P&G, you will need to secure a degree or be on the path to securing a degree in the following fields:
- Business Management
- Public Relations
- Research and Development
- Business Logistics
Though it isn’t required you have one of these degrees, it will certainly help you closely align with one of P&G’s existing internship programmes.
About P&G’s internship programme
You must apply for a specific internship programme within the company. There are a wealth of internship types available with P&G, mainly for marketing & advertising, R&D, customer service, Human Resources, finance, accounting, management, and communications.
Internships can be applied for all year round and are considered "unpaid." Once you have applied, you will be interviewed, your department placement will be determined, and the length of your internship will be specified.
Hiring potential after internship
Upon completing your internship you could be considered for full-time employment with the company. According to P&G hiring statistics, about 70%-80% of interns are hired after they have completed the internship programme and are then awarded a handsome starting salary and benefit package. If, by chance, you are not hired by P&G, the intensity and wealth of hands on training you receive at Proctor & Gamble will up your chances of qualifying for a lateral position with another organisation.
Proctor & Gamble internship and training events
P&G holds several "workshops" and internship prep programmes throughout the year. Currently, The UK branch is holding a Commercial Career Academy Event for Sales and Business Management. This academy poises potential new hires for both internships and full-time employment with the company.
In order to qualify for the academy, you will need to prove:
- Good English communication skills
- Evidence of passion for your work and career through both academic and non-academic achievements
- A Bachelors degree in your chosen field or proof you will be receiving a degree within the next academic year
- Proof of leadership skills through both academic and non-academic achievements
Before qualifying for an internship you will be required to participate in an interview with a representative from P&G. During the interview you will be asked a series of questions about your career choice, behavioural qualities, and also how you would handle hypothetical situational scenarios. You should know your resume front to back since inconsistencies with even dates could count against you. Attention to detail is key for acing the interview.
Current salaries for P&G employees
Salaries can vary according to experience, but these should give you an idea of what you could earn if hired with P&G.
- Brand Manager: £66,900
- Assistant Brand Manager: £62,500
- Senior R&D Engineer: £67,000
If you are interested in working with Proctor & Gamble, the best way in is through an internship or other student programme. P&G like to train their own people, and they spend an enormous sum doing so to ensure their recruits know the business inside and out. To Increase your chances of qualifying, be sure to join one of their academies or seminars.