Summer Internship with Duane Reade – Jaspreet Kaur from Chandigarh Engineering College

Daily Winner for: –  30th August 2011

Name of the intern: –  Jaspreet Kaur

Institute: –  Chandigarh Engineering College

Organization interned with: –  Duane Reade

I could not hold back my emotions when I got my Internship confirmation. To work with one of the largest Pharmaceutical companies in the Financial Capital of the world would be a dream come true for any graduate. Just thinking about the fact that I would be spending the next six months in New York made me excited to the core. As time passed, I packed my bags and starting getting nervous as I never had been out on my own before. It was my first job and that too in a place totally alien to me.

Finally the D-day approached and it was my first day at Duane Reade, a Fortune 50 company, the largest pharmacy store chain in USA. I got down from the sub-way station to reach my destination, but looking at the huge buildings in the ‘Big Apple’ just bedazzled me.

At this time all the excitement had melted down and I was numb out of nervousness. I was all alone in a group of strangers, in a place completely unknown to me.As I entered my new work place, I was greeted by smiling faces and embracing arms. Such a warm welcome did make me quite comfortable. I was introduced to everyone from the pantry keeper to CEO of the company. Initially I was quite amused to address CEO as ‘Jim’ and not James Sir !

As the induction got over I was introduced to the IT team and my mentor. I was given 2-3 options for choosing my project. I took up Java based MQ Web Sphere project that could communicate protocols with the ability to transmit millions of messages from every store per day. I worked with Project Management team to analyze and prioritize information needs and functional requirements. It was very interesting and a learning experience. After a month I received my first pay cheque (stipend) in dollars and I could not believe my luck!

Being the only Intern and youngest of all, my colleagues helped me a lot and I must say my experience wouldn’t have been so great had they not been so friendly. I gained some valuable knowledge that helps me till date. Working in cross-cultural environment gave me a lot of exposure and confidence. As those six months came to an end, my colleagues gave me a farewell party. In just six months I had developed such a special bond that I feel nostalgic till date.

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3 thoughts on “Summer Internship with Duane Reade – Jaspreet Kaur from Chandigarh Engineering College

  • December 29, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Hey Jaspreet,
    Nice to know about you. I just wanted to ask that you were in which year when you got this internship.And how did you manage to get a foreign internship? I am a 2nd year student of biotechnology and i need to do a summer internship in Biotech core companies (like Pharma as was your case), so the information will be helpful to me.

    • December 30, 2011 at 11:13 AM

      Drop me a line in case you do not hear from Jaspreet soon – would try and see if I could connect you.


  • March 16, 2019 at 12:31 PM

    Great information Glad to find your article.


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