My Internship at Johnson and Johnson

October 11, 2018
• by
Alyssa Lam

I had the opportunity to intern this past summer at Johnson & Johnson down in Orange County, CA. As a Business major with a Nutrition & Health Promotion minor, I was eagerly looking for positions where I could combine my business and healthcare interests. As I was looking for internship positions, I stumbled upon a LinkedIn posting by a USC alumnus for Johnson & Johnson’s Finance internship. To all students looking for internships, don’t overlook avenues such as LinkedIn, networking panels, and Trojan Talks—you truly never know when the perfect opportunity will arise! I immediately applied as it seemed like the perfect intersection of the two fields that I wanted to experience and was beyond excited when I got an offer for a Summer 2018 internship position with the company.

As a Johnson & Johnson intern, every intern joins one of their many business divisions (they have over 250!). I was placed in their Surgical Vision division, which was based out of Santa Ana, CA. From the beginning, my internship with J&J was a bit untraditional, as my division was a recent acquisition that the company had made from Abbott Laboratories, another large healthcare company. The division was going through a major point of transition, from the systems that they utilized to the way they conducted their sales and expense reporting. I was able to help the division fully integrate into Johnson & Johnson by spearheading the deployment of Tableau and updating all the technologies and reporting systems.

While I enjoyed the formal work I was doing with J&J, I also loved the mentorship that the position provided. The manager and director that I worked directly under constantly gave me advice on areas of growth and were invested in my success. The CFO of Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision even took the time to know all the finance interns!

The amazing thing about working for a large company like Johnson & Johnson is the wide breadth of experience even within one company. One common theme that the company loved to encourage was changing positions in order to learn in a different business division or role. It is amazing to be part of a company that is actively working to improve the health of people around the world. Johnson & Johnson was an unforgettable experience, and I am forever grateful for the lessons I’ve gained through my 3 months there.