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Mike Romenesko, Distribution Intern, Schreiber Foods


My name is Mike Romenesko and I’m a Supply Chain Management major. I’m currently the Distribution Intern at Schreiber Foods in Green Bay, WI. I’m a senior at UW Oshkosh and I plan to graduate from the UW Oshkosh College of Business in December of 2014.

Obtaining my internship

My first experience with Schreiber was at an APICS meeting. A few Schreiber partners came to speak to us and I remember noticing how passionate they were about their jobs and the company they worked for.  That really stood out to me and I realized that I also wanted to feel that way about my job and from that point on I wanted to work at Schreiber. When I came across the job posting from Schreiber for their Distribution Internship I jumped at the opportunity right away and applied for the position.

My first few weeks

My first few weeks were a little over whelming but looking back I feel they went well overall. There was a lot of new information to absorb but I was fortunate enough to have the previous intern there for three weeks to help me get up to speed on everything. One of the things that helped me transition into the new role was setting up one on one meetings with the members of my team so I could get to know them. After those meeting I felt more comfortable with everyone and I’m now okay with approaching them if I need anything. After about three weeks I had a good grasp on what was expected of me and felt comfortable with my responsibilities.

My responsibilities

I am responsible for supporting the distribution team with daily reporting tasks and different projects that they are working on. One of the things I have been focusing a lot of time on early in my internship was looking at the reports I’m sending out and making sure that they are as clear and useful as possible. If I feel that some of the reports can be improved upon I will look for ways to make them better. At Schreiber they don’t treat you like an intern and they expect you to use self-initiative to go above and beyond what is expected of you.

The most important thing I’ve learned so far

The most important thing I’ve learned so far at Schreiber is to really get the most out of every experience as you possibly can. Write down what you are doing every day and take notes when you are in meetings. The time that you spend with your company is usually short and you need to take advantage of every opportunity you get to learn something new. You really need to buy into the values and beliefs of the company, learn their language, ask a lot of good questions and most importantly show that you can contribute to the company.