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Internship Spotlight: Allison Doerr, Mercury Marine

Allison Doerr, Supply Chain Management Major

Company Overview

Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. Mercury’s headquarters is located in Fond du Lac, WI with manufacturing facilities in Mexico and China. The company provides engines, boats, services, and service parts for recreational, commercial, and government marine applications.

Obtaining My Internship

I never underestimated the benefits of networking. I was participating in student promotion interviews at the University of Wisconsin- Fond du Lac campus when I met Laurie Krasin. She asked me about school and my major. When I told her I would be majoring in supply chain management, she told me about a friend of hers who worked at Mercury Marine in the supply chain department. She provided me with her contact information, and I e-mailed her about Mercury’s co-op program. When the career fair came around, I went to Mercury’s booth and talked to a few of the gentlemen for a while, mentioned that I had spoken to someone at the company already, and provided them with my résumé. Because I had connected with one of their co-workers already, I feel it really helped me in obtaining my position.

My Internship Experience

I have received more experience that I could have even imagined. I am responsible for numerous back order reports and metrics. I gather data, analyze it, and publish it for distribution across multiple levels of management. My role as a buyer/analyst allows me to develop my negotiation and communication skills. I have had a great experience in working with foreign suppliers from all over the world. I play a large role in inventory management by adjusting inventory discrepancies. Currently, I am involved in working on a lean six sigma project. I have been analyzing data from almost 3,000 lines of part information to perform a SKU rationalization to eliminate parts, resulting in thousands of dollars savings by eliminating part numbers that no longer need to be carried in Mercury’s system.

Looking Forward

I will be graduating this May 2013. I feel very prepared from my coursework and this internship experience to obtain a professional career in purchasing upon graduation.

Internship Spotlight: Jesse Lallier, Oshkosh Corporation

Jesse Lallier, Supply Chain Management Major

Company Overview

Oshkosh  Corporation was founded in 1917, where it produced four-wheel drive vehicles for the dirt roads of America. This increased transportation and commerce to urban areas helps make us who we are today. Oshkosh Corporation quickly expanded over the years and has recently became a fortune 500 company. Over the last 10-15 years Oshkosh Corporation has had many acquisitions making them very diversified. Currently the company has 10 distinct brands. These are JLG, Oshkosh Defense, Pierce, McNeilus, IMT, Medtec, Frontline Communications, CON-E-CO, London, Jerr-Dan, Oshkosh Airport Products, and Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles. Each line has a distinct product line but the top most familiar ones to the public are Oshkosh Defense, Pierce, JLG and McNeilus. As you can see Oshkosh is trying to expand and capture emerging markets globally. By expanding, they have captured a lot of attention and provided thousands of jobs to Winnebago County as well as around the world.

When Did I Start and How Did I Obtain My Internship?

I started at Oshkosh Defense on June 4, 2012.  The way I received my interview was through Oshkosh Corporation’s online application process.  Michael Godfrey, my advisor at UW Oshkosh, told me to look on their website and apply for a Team Coordinator Co-op position.  After I filled out my application online, it took about 3 months to get a reply back from Oshkosh Defense informing me that I have an interview.  In the interview we went over all my accomplishments, classes I have taken to prepare me for this position, previous experiences, etc. At the end of the interview he told me that he was amazed with what I have all accomplished and that I have received the Team Coordinator position at North Plant.

My Roles

As a Team Coordinator at Oshkosh Defense I have a lot of roles. These roles consist of managing 30-50 union production employees, production planning, safety and quality projects, scheduling, daily reports, time keeping, and payroll. All these roles are equally important and have to be carefully thought out to ensure continuous production, safety, and quality.  The most time consuming aspect of my day would be production planning and managing the 30-50 production employees. This is extremely difficult, but it is the most valuable experience for my future career path once I graduate.

My Future

Throughout my Co-op, Oshkosh Corporation has given me a wide range of experience that will help in any career path that I go into. I currently have one more year of college before I graduate with a Bachelors in Supply Chain Management and an emphasis in Entrepreneurship. With this degree I plan on getting into a supervisor role similar to the one I was in during my Co-op, and then eventually starting my own business after I build up enough capital.

Internship Spotlight: Tasha Gosselin, Deloitte

Tasha Gosselin, Tax Intern, Deloitte

Company Overview

 Deloitte is one of the leading professional services organizations in the United States, specializing in audit, tax, consulting and financial advisory services with clients in more than 20 industries. We provide powerful business solutions to some of the world’s most well-known and respected companies, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 100.

How I Got the Job

Everybody says that networking is the key, and its true. None of the “Big 4” accounting firms will recruit at UW Oshkosh because we are too small for them. I first applied online, but to a recruiter, those applications all look the same. Luckily, someone I knew through my previous internship had started working at Deloitte as a first year. I contacted her via LinkedIn and asked her if she would mind connecting me with the recruiter.  If I hadn’t had that connection to make me stand out, I never would have gotten my foot in the door.

My Role

My internship was in the audit area. Our first week was training in the office, after that we got assigned to our clients. I learned different methods to test areas of the audit and how to document support for each area. Because I was on private clients, our teams were smaller and I got exposed to several different parts of the audit that I might not have had the chance to otherwise. My favorite part of the job was when I got included on some of the conversations about how to apply theory to a particular accounting situation.

My Experience

They aren’t kidding when they say you will be working long hours. Once “busy season” got into full swing, I was working 70 hour weeks. I though it would be really difficult, but when you have so much to do, the time flies! I think the most difficult part of my internship was living in a hotel for 7 weeks straight. All of my clients were out of town so we stayed in hotels. On Saturdays, we worked from the office so I only had Sunday morning and afternoon to do laundry and get ready for the next week. There are some perks to being out of town; all of your meals are paid for and you don’t have to worry about doing stuff around the house after you work a 14 hour day. In the end, all the work was worth it because I got a job offer. I start in September of 2013 after I graduate and pass my CPA exam.

My Advice

Get involved in a club and go to campus events. Anybody can get straight A’s but it takes a lot of hard work to do well in school and be involved in other activities. Employers really look at those things because showing you can balance those things in your life right now shows them that you will be able to do it when you work for them.

Internship Spotlight: Corbin Stenz, Mercury Marine

What I Do

I am currently in the Trade and Compliance Department at Mercury Marine. I handle export shipments to branches in Australia and Belgium, and less than container loads to customers in Latin America. I also work in import doing the following: import security filings, 7501 entry forms and duty payments. I also monitor our denied party screening database and software.

Trade and Compliance

I personally think that the Trade and Compliance Department is one of the most important not talked about departments in large companies. Our department clears shipments through customs that arrive from foreign suppliers. Without us our production could become slow or nonexistent.  We handle all of the import documentation which if not filed properly or mistakes are made can result in fines in 10,000 per entry.  Our goal is to get freight in as quickly and smoothly as possible while keeping costs at a minimum.

My Experience

This is my first internship/CO-OP  I’ve had and it has been quite the learning experience.  I started my internship on January 16th. Mercury Marine has done a fantastic job at giving me opportunities to learn and be successful. They provide me with training seminars in-house and off site, lunch and learns, and job shadowing. This experience has given me an overview of a department I had no prior knowledge about and a potential new career path.

Lean Six Sigma

Mercury has also given me the opportunity to be a member on a Lean Six Sigma Team. Although I’m not going to play a major role, it’s an opportunity I’m extremely excited for. This project revolves around assists and customs valuation.  This will allow me to see how project are completed in a major company. I will also have the opportunity to work with several people outside of my department allowing me to network and possibly see different departs and how they do things.

Classification

Another area in trade and compliance at Mercury is classification. This team classifies parts and engines to tariff codes referred to HTSUS. Currently I am just starting in this area of the department. Classification gives me the opportunity to work with engineers and learn about engines and engine systems. I would have never thought I would get the chance to be an engineer with a business degree.

Overall Mercury has given me great opportunities and I would recommend them to anyone looking for an internship!

Internship Spotlight: Matt Smits, Mercury Marine

Matt Smits, SCOM Major

Mercury Marine Background

Mercury Marine has been in business for over 70 years and was founded by Carl Kiekhaefer in Cederburg, WI. Acquired in the 70’s by Brunswick Corporation, Mercury Marine rose to the top of the market and remains the industry leader in Outboard Engines worldwide. Headquartered in Fond Du Lac, WI, the 1,500,000 square ft facility produces inboard and outboard engines to satisfy global demand. In the Mercury Campus the company does its own casting, machining, and assembly to make the end product.

What I do Day to Day

I began my experience in January 2012 as a Supply Chain Analyst Co-Op from January to August 2012. I am currently responsible for most of the further processed parts used in main assembly, this means that we purchase a part and bring it in house, then it needs to be shipped out to an outside company to have more value added operations done to it (further machining, coating, plating, impregnation, assembly, etc.)

Overall I manage about $14 million dollars of inventory annually between the various plants. Another one of my biggest responsibilities is to ensure our Propeller Casting Plant has inventory to mold, pour, and box roughly 300 propellers a day. I face many challenges dealing with on time supplier delivery, quality of product shipped, and cost reduction to the overall supply chain. There are also many times I must internally communicate cross-functionally and technically with engineers to develop continuous improvements to the overall process.

A typical day for me consists of getting to work and gathering the daily reports for my team of 8 individuals. After I disburse the reports to the team I take a look over my reports to ensure the computer system we use is on track and planning correctly for use on the production line. If I find an issue from the reports I must manually intervene and call the supplier to work out a strategy to get the parts in earlier and expedite them so the assembly line is not shut down.

After this I sift through e-mails and prioritize what needs immediate attention and what I could put off for a couple of hours. These can be anything from lost parts in the plant (so I need to order & expedite more to cover the loss) to suppliers telling me they have a raw material issue and need to push their deliveries out. The emails are very unique to every day and every one requires a different action to correct. The rest of my day is usually filled with either meetings or phone calls- I can hardly find time to squeeze in lunch on some days!

What to Take Away

This position has given me the experience of an entry level employee and I already feel like I am out in the real world. There is really no hand holding and I am responsible for managing my parts and suppliers on my own. I am learning so much about how to apply what I have learned in my coursework to real world scenarios.

Not only does it make me realize how much I have learned in school, but now I will be able to finish my last few classes at UWO in Supply Chain and be able to apply what I have learned in the real world to my coursework. I cannot say enough about how grateful I am to have been presented with this opportunity and how much I have grown from doing it.

Internship Spotlight: Mike Drummond, Oshkosh Defense

 

Mike Drummond, Team Coordinator, Oshkosh Defense

Company

Oshkosh Defense produces high end military access equipment for customers all over the globe. Oshkosh is pushing new technology to better serve the world’s military’s in all types of missions.

My Role

My role as a team coordinator at Oshkosh is to operate every facet of the engine assembly process. Major concerns are quality, budgeted hours, manpower and 5S. These are simple concepts but executing them has been a challenge. This position has really put me out there. Managing people has been one of the most difficult things I have ever tried to do.

I have been becoming more and more valuable to the company as I get more projects and responsibilities. The engine line re-balance will be a significant project that I will be a large part of in the coming months. I have been receiving new opportunities as they become available. I will be running the trailer line in the upcoming weeks while a coordinator is out.

My Experience

This experience has been one of the most challenging things I have ever done. This position is not for the weak at heart. There are days that are a struggle and days that you feel like you can’t do wrong. I think that this job has made me a better problem solver. The root cause is not always at the surface. I’m not sure another internship would have offered this level of value to my professional skills.

When I head back to school in the Fall I think I will have a different outlook on life, work and play. Working 60 hours a week has added so much value to my professional skills and outlook on what is valuable to me. I love to spend time at work and feel like I am accomplishing things every day. Every experience I have had, good or bad, I have learned from. Every second of the day counts and shouldn’t be wasted.

Internship Spotlight: Mark Juedes, Clifton Gunderson Allen

Mark Juedes, Accounting Major

History & Background

Clifton Gunderson was founded in 1960 in Peoria, Illinois. Before the start of 2012, the firm ranked around 15th in the nation in firm-generated revenues. At the start of 2012, Clifton Gunderson merged with the similar-sized firm Larson Allen to form Clifton Larson Allen, the newest top 10 certified public accounting firm in the United States.

The firm has 90 locations throughout the United States and serves over 150,000 clients on an annual basis to bring in approximately $550 million of revenue in 2011, combined.  The main service areas for Clifton Larson Allen include audit, accounting, tax, consulting and advisory.

The primary industries include agribusiness, cooperatives, dealerships, employee benefit plans, federal government, financial institutions, health-care, manufacturing, distribution, non-profit and state and local governments. Employees within the firm generally work across one or a couple of these industries to gain expertise to maximize their efficiency and effectiveness for both the firm and the client.

My Role at Clifton Larson Allen

Throughout the spring, I have been able to experience a large amount of both audit and tax work. I started my internship in January working on audits up until the beginning of March. I was able to partake in audits for manufacturers in the paper industry, local-governments, service providers, medical production, and plastic manufacturing clients. This wide variety of experiences helped me see what kind of clients I would be most interested in working for.

For only an internship, I was provided a lot of opportunities to travel throughout the state and mid-west on audits. My most enjoyable audit was flying to Grand Rapids, Michigan for a week stay to work on the Oshkosh office’s largest audit client.

Early in January, I prepared property tax returns for both businesses and individuals using the MR & MP forms. Starting about midway into March, my focus shifted primarily to tax work. I started working on basic returns and rapidly moved on to more complex returns that included business income, partnerships, S-corporations, farm income, rental income and foreign businesses and residence. Additionally, I assisted in preparing some business returns, which can be far more complicated based upon the type and number of owners.

My Experience

Going into my first public accounting internship, I had no idea what to expect. I, like many others, was “thrown into the fire” in January and had to learn quickly. There was not much time for me to adjust to my new work place before I was being sent out to clients on audits. I embraced the time I had to improve my communication and problem-solving skills when working on these audits. Clifton Larson Allen was excellent at providing me these kinds of experiences in order to grow as a professional. Soon after my audits ended, I quickly picked up tax work. Being allowed to work on more complex returns, other than the basic returns, allowed me to become more confident in my abilities as well as become more marketable to the professional job-force.

Closing Statements

I was nervous going into my internship with all of the unknowns ahead of me. Looking back on it, this was the most invaluable experience I will ever gain heading into the work-force and by far out ranks any internship I have ever held.

A full-time experience working around 60-70 hours a week helped me “engulf” myself in the job and made a huge difference in the amount I learned, versus only working part-time or 40 hours at a regular internship. Being on the job so much forces you to pick up a lot of material that you otherwise would not have gotten the opportunity to work on or pick up. Given the opportunity, I believe all College of Business students would greatly benefit from completing a full-time internship.


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