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The Badger Way @ J&J

By Theo Prime

August 15, 2022

Johnson & Johnson's summer interns

Hi there! My name is Theodore Prime and I am a Consortium Fellow, Marsh McLennan RISE Fellow, and rising 2nd year MBA student specializing in Strategic HR Management at the Wisconsin School of Business at UW-Madison. 

This spring, I had the honor of being selected for Johnson and Johnson’s (J&J) Experienced HR Leadership Development Program (E-HRLDP) at their corporate headquarters in New Brunswick, NJ. The E-HRLDP Internship is a 10-12 week program enabling highly motivated graduate students to demonstrate their potential to be Johnson & Johnson’s HR Leaders of the future.

portrait of Theo Prime
Theo Prime

I was assigned the role of an HR Business Partner for the DePuy Synthes Knees Business within the company’s MedTech portfolio.  My summer project was designing a workplace engagement and culture strategy to improve leadership-employee communication and recognition to facilitate better employee retention and productivity. To address my assignment, I generated three low-cost, high-impact recommendations, three strategic action plans articulating step-by step project execution, and a two-page executive summary that would help future people leaders obtain leadership buy-in to further my work post-internship. 

Along my internship journey, I chronicled my learnings via several LinkedIn posts to help address common questions prospective candidates have about J&J and this elite program.

Below, you’ll find links to those LinkedIn posts spanning my first and last day in New Brunswick. You’ll learn about J&J’s culture, the nuances of HR at a Fortune 500 company, and how these insights will shape my perspective as a future HR leader and Wisconsin Badger alumnus. 

First Day

J&J Culture


J&J Benefits

J&J Project Management

Internship Midpoint

Last Day

Thank you for reading and engaging with my content. For more information about me and the programs I’m affiliated with, please reference the following links. 

About me

The Consortium Program

J&J’s HR Leadership Program

Marsh McLennan RISE Program