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Monthly Archive for October, 2012

Internship Spotlight: Brett Spangle, Miller Electric

Company Overview

Miller Electric is the world’s leading arc welding manufacturer. Starting back in 1929 as a one-man operation, Miller has grown into a global business, and employs close to 1,500 workers. Headquarters are located in Appleton, Wisconsin, which is where I started my internship eight months ago.

My Role

My frequent responsibilities involve purchasing raw materials, receiving raw materials, and sending out RFQ’s to potential suppliers. A larger project I worked on involved a four-month analysis on lost revenue and wasted costs from our paint line troubles and supplier paint problems. My spreadsheets and information gathered was used in an across the country meeting with our supplier’s board members.

Challenges

The biggest challenge with my internship is only working three days a week. I receive emails and phone calls from suppliers everyday. If it is a question that seeks immediate attention, they may have to wait a day to be assisted. This also tends to back up my workload. However, my supervisor is very understanding about reasonable time frames for projects.

My Experience

The very first aspect at Miller Electric that I noticed was its environment. Everyone is very caring and fun to work with. They are very helpful and I have learned so much from this experience. Not only has this internship helped with my understanding of the way a large business functions, it has also taught me how to present myself in a professional manner.

Internship Spotlight: Ashley Nealon, FreightConnections

Ashley Nealon Finance Major

How I obtained my position:

I am currently a Finance Intern at FreightConnections, Inc. in Menasha. I have also worked at Career Services for four semesters and obtained my job through our database, Titan Jobs. After submitting my resume and completing a job interview, I was offered to start the training process for my position.

Going into the internship:

An internship is not just a normal part-time job; it is the start to a professional career. I started this role in August, and was extremely nervous on my first day. I was afraid of being overwhelmed and lost when fulfilling my duties. But, my emotions were quickly calmed after meeting all of the welcoming people in the office and feeling comfortable right away.

Connecting with the other interns:

There are three other interns who work in the office from UWO. It is nice to be able to work and communicate with these other interns while we complete projects and tasks, keeping each other on the same page. Another Finance Intern and I are in a same class and choose to work together during our assigned group projects. Developing this relationship at work has positively affected my schoolwork as well.

My new feeling of Finance:

Starting my internship role, I always had a passion to go in to corporate finance. Projecting, budgeting, and analyzing data of a business have consistently been strengths of mine. By being exposed to FreightConnection’s five-year sales forecast, this has proven my projected career path of working in a corporate finance field.

What I wish I would have known:

My one piece of advice to College of Business students is to start looking for internships as early as possible. It is never too early to pursue any opportunity. Also, instead of focusing on getting an internship just to complete the college requirement, look for something that you will actually enjoy doing. It will only make the work and job as a whole more fulfilling. As I stated earlier, this position is essentially the start to a professional career.

Internship Spotlight: Kelsey Waldschmidt, Pierce Manufacturing

Kelsey Waldschmidt, HR Major, Pierce Manufacturing

Company Overview

Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. located in Appleton, Wisconsin manufacturers custom fire trucks. They have thousands of options available for their tanker, rescue, and aerial trucks. In 1996, Pierce was acquired by Oshkosh Corporation. This was the first acquisition for Oshkosh Corporation, which has since acquired several other companies and is now known for building specialty trucks for defense, concrete placement, refuse hauling, access equipment, and fire and emergency.

How did I obtain my internship and when did I start?

I started in mid-September 2012 as the Human Resources Intern. I used the school’s resources and I found the job posting on TitanJobs under the internship section. The posting intrigued me because Pierce is a part of Oshkosh Corporation and has a great reputation for their great internship program.

What feelings did you have going into my internship?

This is my second internship that I have had, so I feel that some of my expectations have changed since after my first internship. I was an HR intern at Magnum Power Products, LLC and I was much more nervous and didn’t know what to expect for that internship. I feel that it has changed since working there and starting at Pierce because I have had more experience.

I was still nervous starting at Pierce and didn’t know exactly what to expect. However, since starting there, the HR department was really welcoming of me and already have many different projects and experiences planned for me over the course of this school next year. I have expectations to learn a lot this year and apply them to Human Resources in the future.

My Advice

Start looking early. We all know, the College of Business requires an internship to graduate. I first started looking for my first internship at the beginning of the year in January. Once I obtained my internship in late February, I was relieved —to say the least.

I pretty much stumbled into the one at Pierce, but am very grateful that I have the opportunity. From when I starting going to UW Oshkosh and deciding on Human Resources, I knew my goal was to get two internships to get the most experience in the workplace. I am very glad I starting looking when I did and help obtain my goal of working in two different internships.

Apply no matter what. It doesn’t hurt to apply for an internship. Getting your name and information out there isn’t allows a bad thing. You may not think you have a chance of getting the internship, but if you don’t try you are never going to get it. Stay positive throughout the whole process; it is very competitive and you need to stay positive no matter what.


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