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Internship Spotlight: Kenny Dornburg, FreightConnections

 

Kenny Dornburg, Finance

 

 

Internship Search

My name is Kenny Dornburg and I am an intern at FreightConnections in Menasha, WI.  My official title, at the internship, is a Finance/Strategy/Operations intern.  I found this internship through the emails I am sent by TitanJobs, through the University of Wisconsin.

When I first started searching for an internship I looked closer to home, Port Washington, WI.  I wanted be a part of a small company that was looking for a determined college intern.  When I came across FreightConnections I found out that it was exactly what I was looking for.

Internship Beginning

When the President of the company emailed me to set up an internship, I was nervous.  The fact that someone with that high of a status was going to be interviewing me put even more pressure on me.  Once I walked into the office and met him, all of the pressure seemed to disappear.  He introduced me to the employees and I knew this would be a perfect fit for me.

The first week I was there was all training.  I learned how to use Apple products as well as about the entire freight industry.  There is a lot more activity, than I previously thought, that goes on during every delivery.

Present

Even though it is summer, I am still a part-time intern because I am taking a summer class that takes up my morning hours.  I still have plenty of time to finish my work at the office.

On a typical day, I get there at 1 P.M. and get to work right away.  Since FreightConnections is a new online company, I have been doing a lot of quality assurance on the site.  This is a crucial part to the business because our site is the device our customers will be using the most.

They have given me projects to do as well.  I have made spreadsheets for the marketing department which included market research data.  Another project was a spreadsheet on the potential customers.  I recorded information for over 100 customers for the sales department to use.

My favorite part about my projects is that I learned how to use Google Apps.  I never knew about this applications and it is one of the most amazing technologies I have used.  There are some features that I would like them to change, but other than those I enjoy it.

Future

I believe that my future at FreightConnections is certain.  They have already told me that if I continue to do a good job they will not hesitate to hire me once I graduate.  I am hoping to intern here again during the school year, which will keep me up to date with the company.

I would love to stay with this company because I enjoy the tasks and projects they assign me as well as everyone I work with.  The work environment is perfect for me.

Internship Spotlight: Chad Durkee, Oshkosh Corporation

 

Chad Durkee, Accounting and Finance

 

Oshkosh Corporation: Overview and Background

Oshkosh Corporation is a top performing company in manufacturing, designing, and marketing a wide array of specialty vehicles, access equipment, and truck bodies. Oshkosh Corporation has been around since 1917, and what started as an early pioneer of four-wheel drive technology, has grown into something much more than that.  Worldwide, Oshkosh Corporation currently employs roughly 13,100 people.  Oshkosh Corporation is mostly known for its defense segment, which is where most of the income comes from.  The defense segment accounts for 57% of the company’s operations and Oshkosh Corporation has been doing business with the Department of Defense for over 80 years.

 

My Role

As a treasury intern, I am part of a small treasury department located in Corporate Finance.  Daily, I have many tasks which have strict time deadlines throughout the day.  I am mainly responsible for reconciling bank accounts, which includes verifying incoming and outgoing wire and ACH payments.  I also post foreign exchange rates company-wide for everyone’s use, and compile a spreadsheet throughout the day.  I am responsible for funding the cash necessary to pay our employees daily and wire funds to foreign employees.  At the conclusion of the day, I leave a daily debt message for senior management, which includes both the CFO and CEO of the company.

At month end, I also assist in creating financial reports and doing fee analyses of our bank accounts.  Lately, I also have been given special projects to complete when I have extra time.  Currently, I am working with people in other departments to change payment methods for disbursements we presently make, which will reduce our monthly fee charges.

 

My Advice

The earlier you think about your future, the better off you will be. Career services and titan jobs are two great resources which are available for you.  Post your resume to titan jobs as early as possible, and update it as frequently as possible.  When I gained this internship with Oshkosh Corporation I was a sophomore here at UW-Oshkosh, not actively pursuing an internship.  I became aware of the position solely because I had my resume on titan jobs and was notified that I qualified for the position.  Also, attend the career fairs on campus.  You may be uncomfortable with the thought of talking directly to strangers, but networking is a great way to get your foot in the door at one of the prestigious companies at the fair.

Kenny Dornburg – FreightConnections Internship

Kenny Dornburg

Kenny Dornburg

Internship Search

My name is Kenny Dornburg and I am an intern at FreightConnections in Menasha, WI.  My official title, at the internship, is a Finance/Strategy/Operations intern.  I found this internship through the emails I am sent by TitanJobs, through the University of Wisconsin.

When I first started searching for an internship I looked closer to home, Port Washington, WI.  I wanted be a part of a small company that was looking for a determined college intern.  When I came across FreightConnections I found out that it was exactly what I was looking for.

Internship Beginning

When the President of the company emailed me to set up an internship, I was nervous.  The fact that someone with that high of a status was going to be interviewing me put even more pressure on me.  Once I walked into the office and met him, all of the pressure seemed to disappear.  He introduced me to the employees and I knew this would be a perfect fit for me.

The first week I was there was all training.  I learned how to use Apple products as well as about the entire freight industry.  There is a lot more activity, than I previously thought, that goes on during every delivery.

Present

Even though it is summer, I am still a part-time intern because I am taking a summer class that takes up my morning hours.  I still have plenty of time to finish my work at the office.

On a typical day, I get there at 1 P.M. and get to work right away.  Since FreightConnections is a new online company, I have been doing a lot of quality assurance on the site.  This is a crucial part to the business because our site is the device our customers will be using the most.

They have given me projects to do as well.  I have made spreadsheets for the marketing department which included market research data.  Another project was a spreadsheet on the potential customers.  I recorded information for over 100 customers for the sales department to use.

My favorite part about my projects is that I learned how to use Google Apps.  I never knew about this applications and it is one of the most amazing technologies I have used.  There are some features that I would like them to change, but other than those I enjoy it.

Future

I believe that my future at FreightConnections is certain.  They have already told me that if I continue to do a good job they will not hesitate to hire me once I graduate.  I am hoping to intern here again during the school year, which will keep me up to date with the company.

I would love to stay with this company because I enjoy the tasks and projects they assign me as well as everyone I work with.  The work environment is perfect for me.

Internship Spotlight: Jesse Christianson, Thedacare

Jesse Christianson, Accounting

Company Profile

The beginnings of Thedacare can be traced back almost 100 years ago to the opening of Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah, WI. From the humble beginnings of a 20-bed hospital, Thedacare has grown into the largest employer in Northeast Wisconsin boasting over 6,100 employees. It currently consists of a family of five area hospitals, 22 physician locations, multiple senior care facilities, and numerous foundations. Thedacare is a not-for-profit organization and is owned entirely by the communities which it serves. They are the recipients of numerous awards including 2011 Business of the Year, awarded by the Post-Crescent for their positive impact within the community.

Getting the Internship

I am a nontraditional student with family responsibilities.  I needed to find an internship that was within a reasonable commuting distance. This worried me because limiting the geographic area in which I could search for an internship also limited the pool of internships available to me. I was afraid it would be incredibly difficult to land a quality, challenging position in which I could hone my communication and analytical skills. So I enlisted the help of several faculty members and paid several visits to the COB internship office. To make a long story short, a couple weeks later I was offered a position to work in Thedacare’s corporate accounting office located in downtown Appleton.  I am extremely happy here. Thedacare is the perfect fit for me. I thank all those involved in getting me here.

My Role at Thedacare

Right now it is tax season at Thedacare. This is my main focus right now and will be for the next couple of months. I am currently creating tax documents which breakdown compensation, revenue, and expense figures. I need to ensure that these figures tie into last year’s audited trial balance. In addition to learning about not-for-profit tax, I am also responsible for creating, charting, and sending out all corporate invoices, as well as month-end reconciliations. Once tax season is done I look forward to getting involved in the management of fixed assets and an upcoming insurance renewal. By the end of my internship I will have a wide variety of experiences in almost every aspect of accounting.

My Advice

My advice to anyone currently looking for an internship is to find a company to intern with that fits not only your expectations regarding experience gained but that fits your personality. Company culture has a great deal to do with how happy you will be during the course of your internship. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during an interview in order to discover the culture of the office. The better you fit in at a company the more comfortable you are and the more likely you are to ask questions and to learn. Don’t give up if you fail to get an offer after the first few interviews. You will be the perfect fit somewhere. Be persistent!

Internship Spotlight: Travis Derocha, Schneider National

Travis Derocha, Supply Chain Operations Management (SCOM)

 

The Search

My name is Travis Derocha and I am an intern at Schneider National in Green Bay, WI.  My official intern title is Commercial Performance and Operations Intern or Business Analyst for short.  I obtained my internship by searching the Schneider National job site.  I found this position, read the job description and liked what I saw.

Obviously we know already that COB students need an internship to graduate.  So when I started my search I looked at places close to home that had a small town family feel to them.  Schneider immediately came to mind.  Not to mention, as a SCOM major the transportation industry suits me perfect.

The Start

I started my internship on February 27th, which was a Monday.  Mondays are orientation days.  My job entails that I utilize Microsoft Software to build tools that automate repetitive tasks of associates in the many lines of business.  Having taken both Qualitative Business Analysis and Information Systems, I was able to pick up fairly quick.

The beginning of my internship was kind of stressful with work, school, and commuting to school but it proved to be a great success.  Meeting deadlines here at work can be a bit more stressful than class work though, due to the fact that I am being paid to do this work where as I am paying to do homework.

As of Now

Now that it is summer I am full time.  This takes a lot of stress off knowing I have more time for projects that are assigned to me and I don’t really have to worry about any class work other than this class itself.  I have completed several projects as of late and I am continuing to get new ones- some more challenging than others.  The intern group has their own room and there are five of us. We work together to create solutions for the other lines of business.

I would have to say my most favorite project so far has been my very first one.  It was challenging for me as I learned the ins and outs of the Microsoft tools and how to create an outcome to please our customer which happened to be the line of business, Van Truck Load.  It is a complex tool that provides call metrics of associates to managers.  The tool saves the leadership group an hour every day over the process that was previously in place.

The Future

I am very confident that I will be able to remain part of the Schneider family after I graduate.  I have had the opportunity to work with many different functions of the company.  After being here for about three months I am positive I made the right choice in majors and the right choice in choosing the Business Analyst Intern position here at Schneider National.

Internship Spotlight: Jamie Churchill, Materials Converting, LLC Company

Jamie Churchill, Accounting

Company Overview

Materials Converting, LLC is located in West Allis, WI.  They specialize in processing primarily flexible materials.  These processes include converting materials by sheeting, slitting, laminating, shearing, die cutting and any combination of these to meet the customer’s needs.  Because service is the most important aspect of the business, they strive to provide quality products in as little time as possible.

How I Got the Position

I received my internship through personal connections.  While going through the process of looking for an internship, I was using Linked In as one of my primary resources.  I noticed that the owner of Materials Converting, LLC, who is also my sister’s boss, had viewed my profile.  After mentioning it to my sister she put in a good word for me.  I emailed the owner my resume and met with him and his wife. They then offer me the position.

My Role

My responsibilities consist of every day accounting tasks done by the organization.  I am doing everything the accountants that actually work for the company do, which I love.  This includes the daily task of creating and sending out invoices, receiving and entering cash receipts, and matching purchase orders to received invoices.  Weekly I enter payables and payroll for both our company and our sister companies.  At the month end I enter the bank reconciliation and soon I will be involved in a quarter end.

Am I happy with my major selection?

Yes, because there are many different aspects associated with this job.  I am gradually beginning to understand the company, its customers, and suppliers.  I am learning something new everyday while still doing the staple responsibilities, such as invoicing and cash receipts.

Correlation to Course Work:

The basic knowledge I learned in my accounting classes comes in handy.  By knowing the basics, I can see how the transactions flow through and impact the organization.  Journal entries aren’t just used in the classroom!  Also, we use a computerized system here at Materials Converting and the experiences I had in my Accounting Information Systems course definitely helped introduce me to using a computerized accounting system.

 

 

Europe Day 16 – Heading Home

Submitted by Teri Valitchka

While we have a long day of travel ahead of us today, most of us are looking forward to reuniting with family and friends back home at the end of it. For some of us, this was our first time abroad and for the seasoned world travelers, this was another experience to add to a long list of adventures. On this last day, we each reflected back on the amazing trip we’ve had and commented on our favorite parts of this journey:

Amy – Being inside the tower of a cathedral in Hamburg when the bells began to ring; also noting comparisons between cultures.
Mark – The Swiss Alps were beautiful.
Bree – Relaxing alongside rivers, observing interactions between people, being in the mountains, taking in the lights and other sights we’d never get to see at home.
Jake – Hiking in the Swiss Alps was unbelievable.
Taylor – Being at the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps, as well as taking the tram to the top of the mountain in Heidelberg and enjoying the natural scenery.
Liz – The amazing views and feeling of being at peace in the Swiss Alps, and the picturesque views in general throughout Switzerland.
Megan – Swiss Alps are so pretty! When else will we see this?!
Sam – Swiss Alps were amazing and our pictures of the landscape are beautiful.
Katie – The entire day we spent traveling throughout Switzerland while based in Zurich gave us a good taste of the country (literally – cheese and chocolate!) and showed us why Switzerland is so unique.
Tyra – Exploring the Swiss Alps was awe-inspiring and the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam was great.
Mara – Our authentic German dinner in Heidelberg – we got in late and the owner of the restaurant prepared family-style platters for us to try a variety of German specialties such as schnitzel, sourcraut, pork shank, and fried potatoes.
Ashten – Experiencing new cultures together was a very deep experience and I made new lifelong friends.
Luke – The night in which we were served the family-style German meal was a monumental memory. The struggle to navigate a new city, find the restaurant listed in the guidebook, and get there before the kitchen closed resulted in a little frustration, but many more laughs. Our interactions with the restaurant owner and staff and the reaction of the local German patrons added to the experience, as well as the delicious meal.
Yuri – Meeting two German students in Osnabruck who went out of their way to be hospitable and help us find our way when we got lost. When we asked them why they put in such an incredible amount of effort to help us, they responded that they hoped if they were in the U.S. that someone would take care of them in the same way. This was not only a sign of great German hospitality, but also the basic similarities in human nature around the globe.
Craig – The best day was traveling up to the King’s Throne in Heidelberg, then eating goulash at a German restaurant, and ending the day watching the sun set over the castle from a park. Amazing!
Nicole – Meeting new people, traveling to four new countries for the first time, seeing the various sights; favorite planned group activity was visiting the mountain top in the Swiss Alps and favorite free time activities were touring the Anne Frank Haus and the German dinner in Heidelberg.
Kelsey – Climbing around the mountain top in Switzerland and meeting the helpful German students in Osnabruck.
Callie – Climbing “off the beaten path” to reach a cross set on the top of a mountain in the Swiss Alps.
Kurt – The first day at the festival in Osnabruck and enjoying each others’ fellowship more deeply for the first time.
David – Exploring the top of the mountain in Switzerland, the festival in Osnabruck, and the bus rides (joking).
Jeanine – Visiting the Anne Frank Haus, as well as exploring the various old town areas and marketplaces.
Steve – Climbing the tower of the cathedral in Hamburg when the bells rang; seeing the huge old bells just a few feet away and hearing the reverberations in the tower was great.
Teri – The numerous churches and cathedrals with beautiful stained glass, ornate decor, and centuries of history. The feeling of peace and reverence, in addition to hundreds of steps climbed to see out the bell towers brought us closer together as a group. Looking out over the beautiful cities of Cologne, Geneva, Zurich, and others from that viewpoint was amazing. Also, immersing ourselves in a group of former strangers, in new cultures, and in different languages helped us all to learn more about ourselves in the process.

We were all on the same trip, but each of us will take away from it our unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and feel fortunate to be given this opportunity.

Europe Day 15 – Geneva

submitted by Kurt Rottier

We began our morning with a tour of the Geneva United Nations (UN) facilities. Geneva houses the second largest UN facility, second only to the one in New York City. The New York office deals with political matters including the UN Security Council and the General Assembly. The Geneva offices, on the other hand, deal with issues related to Human Rights, Labor Relations and Trade. Interestingly enough, the Geneva location was the headquarters for the League of Nations, the predecessor to the UN that existed between WW I and WW II. Our group photo was taken in the largest conference room in the Geneva UN building.

One of the most interesting parts of the UN tour was the artwork that is located in and around the building, all of which were gifts from one of the 193 member nations. The artwork included a series of wall murals depicting concepts such as advances in medicine and the effects of war, a ceiling installation that represented the ocean floor, and various paintings and statues, including one of Ghandi located just outside the UN building.

After the UN visit, the group was able to divide into smaller groups to experience what the city of Geneva had to offer. Some of the main attractions we visited included Old Town, Botanical Gardens, Large Fountain and the Cathedral of St. Pierre. The photograph is a shot overlooking Geneva and The Fountain from the top of the Cathedral.

We concluded our day in Geneva with a group dinner at La Potiniere, a restaurant just off the shore of the lake. It was nice to have a final evening together to enjoy each other’s company and share stories from the trip. With the lights of Geneva reflecting off of the lake, we shared a picturesque walk back to our hotel to pack and prepare for a 4:45 a.m. departure time.


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