Dr. Katharine Brooks, Director FAC 18 / 2304 Whitis Ave. Stop G6200 78712-1508 • 512-471-7900
Coca-Cola FEMSA (Latin America)
Summer 2011 Site Review
Position: Intern, Costa Rica
Student: Economics Senior
It is very hard to describe how it was a common day in the office because the environment is very dynamic. Everyday there was something new from a different country because that office was the regional country for Central America. My day generally started everyday at 8 am, early in the morning everything was pretty slow. However I started my day checking my email account. This last week of internship I had a lot of meetings in the morning because I was working in the launch of a new bottled water presentation called Alpina (Similar to Dasani). In the morning I had meetings with people from public relations, accounting and supply chain managers where we discussed all the small details of launching a new product. At noon, I usually had lunch with my co-workers and went to eat to some restaurant nearby. Finally, the second part of the day I helped my supervisor with a wide range of activities. One day he taught me how to calculate the shortage of a product in Panama. This is done using excel spreadsheets and a program called SAP.
The activities that I did were very varied. From doing a census for the internal use of the company to helping launch a new presentation for a product. The responsibilities consisted in doing business analysis and presenting in a proper way. I think the first reports I drafted I felt very dubious because they were expecting me a great degree of precision. After a few reports you star feeling more confident. In overall I would recommend this place for anyone who wants to do a serious internship with a big company as Coca- Cola. Starting in a big company allows you to get a comprehensive insight of how businesses work and to put in practice all the skills you learned in college.