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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: Nick Lodl, Oshkosh Defense

Nick Lodl, Supply Chain Management

The Beginning

My journey to becoming an intern started with the job fair. I was new to the business world and I knew that I was good at networking, so I thought I would start there. I talked to a few companies, many of which did not interest me, until I spoke with the recruiters at Oshkosh Defense.

Oshkosh Defense seemed like an interesting place to work, and I thought an internship with the company would bode well for me in the future. It was spring semester and I knew that it would be a long shot, but I applied anyway. Months went by before I heard anything, then all of a sudden I received a phone call asking for an interview. I took the interview and was hired as a Team Coordinator Co-Op.

I was extremely nervous because my experience in the business world was vastly limited, and I was not confident that I was qualified for this position. However, I went for it and it has been the best decision of my life.

Day in the Life of a Co-Op

As a Team Coordinator it is my job to oversee production. We achieve success and continuous improvement by leading with Safety, Quality, and Work Place Organization. Each day is a new challenge with Oshkosh Defense. I get a lot of good exposure to many facets of the manufacturing world. Be it Quality, Safety, Production, Operations, Operations Finance, and Engineering; needless to say I wear a lot of “hats.”

What I have Learned

During my time at Oshkosh Corporation, I have found that if you can think critically, make sound decisions, work hard, and speak intelligently, you will be successful in any internship you choose to pursue. Class work is important. It is important to understand the fundamentals of cost and the concepts associated with many of the business classes. However, what you learn in your internship can never be taught in a classroom. It is important to embrace the internship experience and learn everything you can from as many people as you can.

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.

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.

Internship Spotlight: Mike Drummond, Oshkosh Defense


Mike Drummond, Team Coordinator, Oshkosh Defense


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: Julianna Race, Oshkosh Corporation

Julianna Race, Accounting Major

Company Overview: Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a manufacturing company which produces specialty vehicles.  The Defense segment produced military vehicles, Access Equipment produces various lifts and towing equipment, Fire & Emergency designs and builds fire and rescue vehicles, and Commercial manufactures mixers and refuse vehicles.  There are business units located in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

My Role in Corporate Finance

I work in the Corporate Finance Department of Oshkosh Corporation.  I have specific tasks that I am assigned to do at each month end close including bank reconciliations, keeping track of prepaid expenses, assisting with the compilation of the working papers, and more.  I also help with the preparation of the monthly reporting packages.

Quarter closes add additional responsibilities for me.  I am in charge of collecting all audit schedules for the company and verifying that the ledger balances match those on the schedule and that all the appropriate people have signed each schedule.  There are over 700 schedules that I need to keep track of, so it is important that I don’t misplace anything and that the books are set up in case auditors should need to review.

One of my other big responsibilities is completing Census Bureau Surveys.  There are numerous surveys that I get each month that need to be completed regarding various business units.  These can be a challenge at times because I need to reach out to people at the different business units to try to get information from them.  I like this aspect of it because it allows me to become more familiar with what each business unit actually does.

My job involves working with people in different areas of the accounting throughout the company.  I don’t have a set idea of what I want to do once I graduate, so this is a great opportunity for me.  I can talk to different people and see what their jobs actually involve, so I can get a better idea of what I may or may not want to do once I graduate.  It really is teaching me a lot.

For a while I wondered how much of the things that we learn in school really apply to what goes on in the real world.  This internship is really pulling concepts together that I may not have fully understood while going through classes.  Just recently in my Intermediate class we learned about Pension Expenses.  This idea was really solidified for me when I began working with the pension account at work.  The experience makes the concepts we learn more clear and clarifies why we do what we do.

My Advice

When I started in the COB, I dreaded the idea of the various networking events that were required of students.  I am not good at making small talk, and the thought of these events terrified me.  Last fall, I managed to make it through Networking Night and the Career Fair On the Fox, but didn’t make any lasting impressions on anyone.

Luckily, Dining with Professionals was a few weeks later.  I made sure to sit at the Oshkosh table where I was introduced to Tom Lyga.  We talked a little during the meal but again, I didn’t know what kind of impression I had made.  The following week, I attended an Accounting Club event which had Oshkosh as its presenter.  Tom was there again, and after the presentation was finished, I went up to thank him for attending the meeting.

I expressed my desire to work for Oshkosh and he told me to send him my resume and he would take a look.  I sent it to him that night, and the following week I had an interview with the company, and a few days after the interview I had a job.  I never realized how important networking was until that moment.  If it hadn’t been for the different events offered at the college, I know I wouldn’t be in the position I am today.

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