Former Research and Development Intern at Unilever
about 2 years ago
Most R&D interns are upcoming seniors or juniors in college that have either an engineering or science background, although there was someone that had a liberal arts major while I was interning. As for softer skills, I would say that time management and a willingness to learn are the most important skills. The projects only last 2-3 months, which isn't a whole lot of time. It's important to work with your manager often to ensure that you are getting the most out of your internship in the allotted time. In addition, don't be too worried if your project isn't 100% finished by the end. The best internship projects aren't necessarily the ones that got completely finished, but the ones that show a wide breadth of learnings.