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Internship Spotlight: Jessica Miller, Pinnacle Machine LLC


Jessica Miller, Human Resource Major

Jessica Miller, Human Resource Major


Company Overview

Currently I am a proud intern at Pinnacle Machine LLC located in Appleton Wisconsin. I work as a Human Resource Manager. This consists of aiding employees with any needs they may have from benefits to scheduling conflicts, designing and implementing recruitment and evaluation processes, modifying the handbook, and overall helping in the development of a Human Resource department for the first time.

Pinnacle Machine began production in 1993 as a small three man shop, including owner Don Miller. Since that time they have grown steadily into a forty-five plus employee operation. Pinnacle Machine specializes in using exotic materials in the engineering, designing and creating of various metal products; a major market being tha

t of hydro plants. Thirty machines varying from mills to lathes to CNCs produce products such as pumps, casings, shafts, and impellers. Pinnacle Machines products may be found around the local Fox Valley area, throughout the United States, and in a few other countries. Pinnacle Machine continues to become a key player in the machining industry and has recently began the acquisition of another plant which will double the size of the organization.


Obtaining my internship

Previous to being offered the internship at Pinnacle Machine I had worked as an employee for five years doing basic reception work. In that time I developed strong relationships with my supervisors and co-workers, making them aware of my studies and progress throughout my college career. I had discussed with the owner, of whom I often did secretary work for, about the benefits of developing a Human Resource department, especially given the growth planned for the near future. Shortly thereafter I was called into a private meeting with him and two of my other supervisors. At first, I was nervous that I overstepped my boundaries suggesting such a change as a whole additional department; after all I was there to answer phones, not give advice to a man who built a company from scratch before I was even walking. My fears subsided when upon walking into the room he smiled and asked if I was up for a challenge, knowing I was looking for an internship for school; he offered me the opportunity to head in the development of the beginning of a Human Resource department, given I could demonstrate it was beneficial. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity as I was already a member of the Pinnacle team and culture, and shortly after began the development of the department to the best of my ability; with him and other management mentoring and supporting my knowledge on the subject.


What I learned

I am forever grateful for the opportunity given to me by Pinnacle Machine and its management team, as it has taught me so much about myself, my career choice, and what I can expect as a business professional. I have learned that I can be confident in the education I am receiving as it truly does assist in my daily duties. I have also learned that if I truly am passionate about something and have the motivation I do have the ability to get programs implemented and make a huge difference in the organization as a whole. Perhaps the most important thing about myself that I have learned is that I am now viewed as a professional and can be proud of that. My internship additionally has made me confident in my choice of major and ultimately career. I actually enjoy getting up in the morning, going to work and feeling like I made the workplace a better place that day, or the company a little more efficient. Lastly, I have had the first opportunity to sit in with many of the management team and owners to get an idea of what a life as a business professional entails; things that you cannot read in books.

Inevitably, I also learned and developed many of the skills desirable in a Human Resource position. I was given the opportunity and resources to try new things and the support to implement many of my ideas. This gave me daily practice of a HR professional, only strengthening my experience.

The internship at Pinnacle Machine has been one of the most rewarding adventures of my college career. I was able to be part of a company that let me put all that I was learning in the class room to action and trusted in my education. This gave me the opportunity for hands on experience at both failure and success in an active work environment; allowing me to grow wiser on the subject. Upon completion on the internship at Pinnacle I am hoping to secure a full time position.

Internship Spotlight: Sarah Benben, Bemis Company

Sarah Benben, HR Major


I am majoring in Human Resource Management with an emphasis in Legal Studies, and I am currently interning with Bemis Company in the Curwood Division.  Bemis Company is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in flexible packaging used by leading food, consumer products, and medical and pharmaceutical companies throughout the world.  Bemis Company has about 78 facilities located in 12 countries with more than 20,000 employees worldwide.

How I Obtained My Internship

Last October, I began applying for HR internships throughout the Fox Valley, and I used Titan Jobs as my primary source.  One of the HR internships I found was with Bemis Company, in which I sent in my resume and cover letter to apply for the position.

A few weeks later, I had my mock interview as part of the requirement for the UWO Professional Skills class.  I ended up being placed with Bemis Company, and the interviewer recognized my name from the application I sent in a few weeks prior.  The interview went very well, and he gave me several good pointers.

Approximately a week later, I was called in for an on-site interview for the HR internship position with Bemis Company.  I interviewed with the same person for the mock interview and for three others.  I made sure to make the changes that I was given during the mock interview.  This really made me stand out, because Bemis could see that I was able to take criticism and improve on it.

What I do in My Internship

I began working for Bemis Company in March 2012 in the Corporate Talent Acquisition department in Neenah, WI.   In this position, I worked with other recruiters to fill positions ranging from coordinators to senior specialists to managers, in a variety of departments across the United States.

In mid-September, I was given the option to stay with the Corporate Talent Acquisition team or to transfer to a Bemis divisional plant to see a whole new side of HR.  I chose to make the transfer and am now working in New London, WI.

In New London, there are three plants with about 600 union employees.  I work with three other HR employees to support these plants.  My duties range from hiring, conducting testing, benefits entering, tracking affirmative action, updating job descriptions, data audits, going out on the plant floor daily to handle different HR tasks, and much more.

What I learned

I was amazed how different the plant work life is from the corporate work life.  Corporate has many practices in place and there are no ways around them.  Things tend to drag out and can sometimes never be wrapped up.  The plant life is very fast paced and things change very quickly, which means the employees must change gears quickly too.  It is interesting to see how the plants change what corporate gives them to make it work for the plant.

Internship Spotlight: Panda Lee, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh- Office of Equity and Affirmative Action

Panda Lee, Human Resources

Company Overview

I am currently an HR intern at the Office of Equity and Affirmative Action at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.  The main goal of the office is to ensure that all members of the University are able to pursue their academics and obtain and maintain employment without having to encounter any type of discrimination.  The office also focuses on eliminating under utilization of and increasing opportunities for women and minorities.

How did I obtain my internship and when did I start

I was able to obtain this internship position through Titan Jobs.  The position appealed to me because it wasn’t a regular Human Resources Intern, I would be able to learn about a different aspect of Human Resources that not many would have the opportunity to experience.  After submitting my résumé and completing an interview, I started interning at the office during the second week of September 2012.

Highlights So Far

So far, I have had the opportunity to attend several office sponsored training sessions.  It has been interesting to see how these training sessions are conducted and how those attending the sessions respond to the training.  I have also been assigned several projects, one being researching consensual relationship policies at Universities.  I am looking forward to having the opportunity to learn more about how policies are written and approved.

My Advice

I would advise other students to start looking for an internship as early as possible.  Taking advantage of every opportunity will help you to gain as much experience as you can.  This can help you to stay competitive and make you stand out as a candidate for other positions you apply for in the future.

Internship Spotlight: Brittany Lulich, Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh

Obtaining My Internship

I started working in the dietary department at Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh in October of 2010.  After working in dietary for almost two years, I decided to contact the Human Resources department to ask if they had any interest in having an intern.  I met with two of the managers and they offered to set something up for me to intern in their department.  I was extremely excited to gain experience to prepare for my future career.  I started interning in the Human Resources department at Lutheran Homes in late July of 2012, so as of now I have been there for 3 months.  Going into the internship I was nervous because I did not have any experience in a professional office setting, but the nerves were offset by my excitement to start the experience.

Challenges, Value, and Major

I have been able to incorporate my course work into my internship experience in different ways.  I use experience from the Professional Skills course while interacting with professionals in the office, as well as at meetings and meeting with potential candidates.  My Human Resources classes have provided me with materials I use for discussions with my supervisors regarding all aspects of the job.  Challenges I had to overcome involve my ability to choose proper applicants through résumé selection, but my supervisor is always very supportive of me and willing to discuss any questions or concerns I may have.  I feel very confident in my major selection while experiencing life as an intern.  I enjoy the amount of structure involved in the average Human Resources job as well as the heavy interaction with people.  I am very much a people person.

Internship Experience

The one thing I wish I would have known before my internship is the amount of technical knowledge on the subject.   I began interning before enrolling in my major courses, which I am now able to use and apply to situations at work that expand my knowledge. Some of my favorite projects within the office involve résumé selection, conducting interviews, and entering information into the computer regarding workman’s compensation claims and conducting background checks on new hires. The most important thing I have learned so far while working at my internship is acquiring basic knowledge in Human Resources.  I enjoy the real-life aspect of interning, not just textbooks and lecture from classes.  I am very  thankful for this amazing opportunity.

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.

Harley-Davidson Motor Company HR Co-op

Kristen EricksonKristen Erickson, HR Major

The company has two operations in Tomahawk, Wisconsin that produce windshields and cosmetic components for Original Equipment and Parts and Accessories, and also complete custom painting.

Currently, I am the Human Resources Co-op at Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Tomahawk Operations. In my position, one of the tasks I have the opportunity to assist with is the coordination of the co-op recruitment drive (posting positions, pre-screening candidates’ resumes, setting up interviews, attending a career fair, and assisting with interviews).

I also help plan employee relations events, track monthly safety training, archive grievance related documents for joint access by the union and company, and run reports in Business Objects, AS400 and PeopleSoft. Recently, I have also been fortunate to assist with the recall process of over 20 employees, the planning of Supervisor/Union Steward Training, and the coordination of Myers Briggs testing and 360-degree feedback.

One of the best things about the internship at Harley-Davidson is the fact that each day is different. I am constantly learning new things, and whenever I have questions, or need assistance, someone is always willing to lend a hand.

I was nervous to move to an entirely different area of the state for the co-op, but since it is an established internship program, they had many resources available to help make my move smooth; including a list of apartments previous co-ops have stayed in, and a workforce that has been incredibly welcoming to me and other co-ops.

My internship has taught me so much about Human Resources already even though it’s only been two months. I look forward to continuing to learn at Harley-Davidson over the next six months.

The education University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh provided me thus far has been incredibly helpful during my internship, and I find myself growing personally, and professionally with each passing day.

Children’s Hospital-Fox Valley Internship

Jessica MullerJessica Muller

My experience with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Fox Valley began Spring Semester 2010 when a classmate of mine (also an HR major and volunteer) recommended volunteering there in Volunteer Services. I became a Volunteer Services volunteer that summer and realized that a lot of the things I was doing paralleled with my major. From the moment I stepped onto the NICU floor my first day, during my tour, I fell in love with the atmosphere at Children’s.

I became the Volunteer Coordinator intern in January, 2011. Although I have taken on more responsibilities, the duties haven’t changed too much. My main role in this position is to assist my supervisor in getting passionate volunteers onboard. In conjunction with the staff in various units and clinics, in the past month I have assisted in creating 2 new volunteer assignments in NICU and at the Fox Valley Children’s Mental Health Center. I have been given the opportunity to be creative and use my HR knowledge in a unique way. For example, the concept of Job analyses, I have taken my knowledge and applied it to Volunteer Management by creating Assignment Analyses for each volunteer assignment. It is a lot of work in addition to my other duties, but it is a work in progress.

Some of my other tasks are:

  • Using a Volunteer Information System to track volunteers
  • Performing background checks
  • Doing Volunteer orientations and interviews as well as the prep work for them
  • Scheduling Volunteers
  • Email Correspondence

Even though I make mistakes, my supervisor addresses them in an open and kindhearted way and helps me learn from them. A lot of what I love about Children’s Hospital is how their mission and vision is reflected in every staff member and volunteer.

“Employment at Children’s Hospital and Health System is about much more than going to work. It’s about making a difference for kids … for families … for yourself. It’s about being inspired by the people you meet. It’s about learning and growing as a person and a professional. It’s about living life fully. And it’s why Children’s Hospital and Health System is considered a top workplace.”
I always felt so great leaving Children’s Hospital when I was volunteering, even though I felt like I didn’t make that much of a difference. It wasn’t until recently that I realized I was completely wrong. I have realized that I am able to help patients and their families through recruiting volunteers that have a certain passion. The new position in NICU is just that, helping parents feel comfortable and in return help their children feel comfortable. Children’s Hospital does all they can to achieve the perfect environment and I am so glad to be a part of it.

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