From Wall St to Wacker Dr.: The “Real” MillerCoors Internship

If you’re reading this blog, then you may have heard of Miller Lite’s contest with the movie The Internship. It awarded a group of friends a Miller Lite internship and a chance to attend the movie premiere. But you may not know that for a group of students, this summer has been a “real” internship experience at MillerCoors, and I’m happy to be one of them.

I spent almost six years working on Wall Street before heading back to school to work in marketing. I enjoyed my prior career, but I knew that I wanted to switch roles and work on products that touch people’s lives every day. Soon into my first semester, I knew that the beer industry was a perfect fit, because beer is a fun product that brings people together. Fortunately, I became one of the 14 interns who would soon spend their summer in Chicago learning marketing the “MillerCoors way.”

The first few days of the internship were intense, with many of us meeting our supervisors and learning about our summer projects for the first time. Before long, we had packed up our things and made our way up to the Milwaukee office for orientation. The highlight of orientation was definitely our tour of the Milwaukee Brewery. Watching hundreds of bottles, cans and kegs get filled and packaged made me appreciate how quickly our company brews beer and gets it to so many parts of the country.

One thing each intern has in common is that we all are attempting to solve a real problem facing MillerCoors right now. Receiving that level of responsibility can be daunting, but we have a lot of resources and people to help us arrive at the best solution. Who knows, very soon you may be enjoying a product that was developed by someone in the intern class!

There have been many things to like about my internship so far, especially enjoying the free beer at Fred & Adolph’s, our pub in the Chicago office. However, what I have enjoyed the most has been the relationships I have started to build with my fellow interns. We have already done weekly group dinners, started brewing our own beer, and had a great time at a Coors Light concert. No matter where we end up in our careers, I feel that our shared summer experience will enable us to remain a part of each other’s lives.

As I write this, I have about four weeks left in my internship. While it has been a great ride, I still have a lot of work left to do so that I can present my recommendation to several key people at the company. Working at MillerCoors has truly made me believe that going back to school was the right decision for my career, and I hope it will be the start of many successful years in the beer industry.

Until next time, cheers!

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