Michael Delfs

Nelson Mendoza
Yale University
Political Science and South Asian Studies
Mahindra Global Recruit 2013

What are you doing now?
I have spent most of my second year working in Marketing and Strategy for the Latin American and African markets of Mahindra Two Wheelers. However, I just transitioned to work on a project with Prochie Mukherji, Chief of Staff to the Managing Director, to unearth and exhibit the history of Mahindra since our founding in 1945. The opportunity to work for an amazing executive, with such autonomy, was too good to pass up. Talk about being able to explore as a GRP! 

Career Goals: Leading an organization in the public sector or leading an education non-profit in America
Hobbies: Watching comedy movies, trying tasty new foods, and catching up on daytime talk shows.

What were you doing before you joined Mahindra?
While in college, I spent a summer volunteering with Unite for Sight, a public health NGO, in Chennai, India, directed a college-prep summer camp for kids in my Houston neighborhood, and also studied intermediate-level Hindi at UW-Madison’s South Asia Summer Language Institute.
Why did you decide to join Mahindra?
For one, I am in love with Indian culture, and two, because I am still figuring out what I want to do in the future. Mahindra’s Global Recruit Program, in my opinion, is an excellent choice for those who still wish to explore their interests, because Mahindra allows you to explore a number of different industries and the types of work available in a company. The job also gives you a great slice of how the Indian private sector and economy functions. Therefore, I am not only getting to try the private sector to determine whether this is what I want, but I am also getting the exposure which may help me if I choose to enter the State Department or another international organization with strong ties to India.

How do you find Mahindra as an employer?
Perhaps because GRPs are foreigners, or because we are so young and bright eyed when we arrive, our Mahindra colleagues receive us with amazing warmth and hospitality. However, like many things in India, you have to be firm and push for what you want, whether it is to be invited onto a project, or to earn the professional credibility your older, MBA-wielding colleagues already have. Despite this, the process is just like getting on the train in the morning or ordering at Indian food stands: you may be intimidated at first, but it should become second nature to you.