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Estee Lauder Company
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Faith Gongaware

Liberal Arts Major(s): Global and International Studies
Other Major: Supply Chain Management and Information Systems
Minor: International Business
Hometown: Export, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2020

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

This summer I have been working as an Indirect Procurement Intern at Estee Lauder. Though the program was forced to be conducted remotely due to COVID-19, I have spent six weeks learning about the company culture, indirect procurement as a whole, and specifically, the role of sustainability within the company's strategy.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has given me a deeper understanding of procurement, a core competency and major class within my major of Supply Chain. Additionally, because I worked on the travel procurement team within a large multinational company, I was able to understand business functions from a more global perspective supporting my second major of Global Studies.

...it has been very influential for me to meet and network with leaders working cross-functionally and in a global capacity

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This has impacted my career goals by enlightening me on how broad an area indirect procurement is. I have learned of many areas within this function that are of interest to me that I didn't know about before. Additionally, it has been very influential for me to meet and network with leaders working cross-functionally and in a global capacity.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Having the funds from the College of the Liberal Arts has helped me cover my living expenses during these extenuating circumstances. Although the funding is not paying for my apartment in New York City as I had originally expected, I am using the funds to live with my sister and cover my bills while there.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The emphasis of the Paterno Fellows Program on outside enrichment experiences since my entrance to the program has greatly encouraged me to pursue opportunities like this one and the funding provided from the college has enabled me to follow this dream of working here.

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