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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: Chao Lee, Voith Paper, Inc.

Chao Lee, Accounting Major

Overview

I am currently interning at Voith Paper, Inc. located in Appleton as an accounting intern. Voith Paper is a family-owned manufacturing company founded in 1867 with approximately 40,000 employees in 280 locations worldwide. To this day, it is still a family-owned company and one of the largest, directed by a management-holding from its headquarters in Heidenheim, Germany. The company consists of four main commercial sectors: Voith Paper, Voith Hydro, Voith Turbo, and Voith Industrial Services.

How did I obtain my internship? Resources I used?

I learned of this internship through our very own internship director, Jessie Pondell. As I was in the middle of applying and interviewing with different companies, Jessie emailed me about this opportunity and I applied for it through Titan Jobs. I was contacted by phone to go in for an on-site interview where I met and interviewed with the tax department team. About a week later, I was offered the position and started in June 2012.

What feelings did I have going into the internship?

Like many students, I was very nervous for many reasons. First of all, this was a full-time co-op dealing with high-level accounting and tax work, and on top of that, this was my first internship, so I didn’t know what to expect. I haven’t gotten very far in my education yet and I especially haven’t taken a tax course so I was afraid I didn’t have all the necessary technical skills. But on the flip side, I was also very grateful and excited going into this internship. I cared a lot about my accounting classes and work; therefore, I couldn’t wait to get hands-on experience in the field!

What are some of my favorite projects?

The quarterly tax installments and year-end tax provisions and extensions are a lot of fun. Not only am I learning a lot about the book-to-tax process and all the tax principles and regulations that come with it, but I am also challenged and kept busy with these projects. Another project I enjoyed includes the Process Documentation project that is new this season. Documenting each tax process from beginning to end has helped me see the department’s projects and tasks in a larger picture, enabling me to easily understand how and why they do it.

My Future

I am very content in my major selection thanks to Voith. My real-world experience in the accounting field reaffirms me that accounting work involves all the things I enjoy doing. I plan to intern more throughout my remaining time at UWO and hopefully end up with the perfect career after graduation. My ability to take on work and problem-solve through the challenging responsibilities at this organization has given me the confidence and skill sets to do anything. Nothing’s impossible.

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.

Internship Spotlight: Aaron Sellier, RR Donnelley

Aaron Sellier, Accounting

Company Overview

Before being acquired by RR Donnelley, the company I am currently interning for was known as the Banta Corporation of Menasha Wisconsin.  They were a major printing and imaging company for over one hundred years in Wisconsin.  In 2006, Banta was sold to the Chicago based firm RR Donnelley, another commercial printing company.

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

I started in May of 2011 as an Accounting Intern.  The school’s resources such as the career fair and titanjobs both provided me with interviews at a handful of companies.  RR Donnelley was at the top of my list because of their positive image in our community and there is a large opportunity for advancement after graduation.

Highlights So Far

Aside from my monthly duties and projects, there are a few things that standout for me so far in my experience here at RRD.

I was lucky to participate in an inventory audit by our internal audit group from corporate RRD.  This was a large scale audit that investigated our physical items on hand and also the financial documents related.  I was able to shadow one of the auditors through their process.

Being put in charge of an annual physical asset audit was my second highlight.  Each year, corporate RRD requires a listing of assets be evaluated for disposals, transfers, ext…  My supervisor gave me the responsibility to conduct this audit for each department.

The main highlight for me was my interaction with so many professionals.  Throughout my time there, there were people from every department that I had either worked with or at least had a significant conversation with.  The connections I made are most valuable to me from this experience.

Advice from My Experience

The one thing I would like to pass on from my experience is that a lack in confidence is normal before landing an internship.  I wasn’t sure if I was capable of reaching an internship, let-alone performing well in one.  I wish that I had not put so much stress on myself early on because now I have realized that my internship was actually there to build my confidence.  This is something I will remember when applying for jobs out of college.

Internship Spotlight: Lauryn Jashinsky, Keystone Click

Lauryn Jashinsky, Marketing

Company Overview

Keystone Click , a Milwaukee based web agency, offers website design, content management system website development, Social Media marketing and consulting services,  eCommerce, Internet marketing and more. Keystone Click works with clients to redesign their website to the exact request of the client. This can include the visual appeal, speed, functionality, or whatever the customer desires.

Getting the Job

When they say it is all about who you know, they aren’t kidding. Having an apartment lease that didn’t start until September, I needed a job close to home in Milwaukee.  Titan Jobs had a lot of internship opportunities but not any within a reasonable distance from my house. I searched multiple companies in Milwaukee looking for marketing interns but kept getting the same response. No one wanted a student just finishing their sophomore year to intern. I hadn’t taken enough classes related to my major. It was true. I had just started scratching the surface of my marketing classes, only having taken Essentials of Marketing.

When I had nearly just accepted the fact that an internship was no longer an option for the summer of 2012, my cousin told me the company she works for was looking for a summer marketing intern. The timing couldn’t have been any better. They wanted someone young and eager to learn. “Hey, I could do that.” The next thing I knew, I was applying, interviewing, and starting my first day.

My Role in the Company

My small responsibilities change from day to day, but there are core projects that I work on daily. I am in charge of all of the Social Media for the company. I manage the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest pages. Every week I fill out a calendar and schedule all of the different posts I will need to make that week. I am in charge of thinking of fun and creative ways to get people engaged in our Social Media pages.

Currently, I am in the process of planning and organizing Office Olympics! Other projects include: identifying niche companies and targeting them through a marketing strategy we are in the process of developing, exploring other ways to advertise our company, and working on my own core project. My core project consists of developing a customer service survey and collecting the data myself through contact with the company’s last year of clients.

Is Having an Internship really as Important as Everyone Says it is?

Absolutely! Now that I have begun experiencing what an internship is really like, I finally understand the undoubtedly important role it will play in my future. I learned more on my first day than I thought I would learn throughout the whole duration of the internship. I am learning marketing lingo I never knew existed, a multitude of Internet tools used for Search Engine Optimization, and what it feels like to just get a taste of the direction I’m taking with the career path I have decided to pursue, just to name a few. It feels great having a job with responsibilities and tasks that actually interest you. Coming to work every day doesn’t feel like a chore, and that’s the way it should be. I would encourage sophomores, even freshman, to start looking for internships now. The sooner you get your first internship, the sooner you can use that experience to get more internships before you graduate. The more internships and experience you have, the more appealing you are to future employers. Don’t wait. Start looking for internships now.

 

Spotlight Internship: Mike Golden, Engman-Taylor Company

Mike Golden, SCOM

My name is Mike Golden and I am going into my senior year of college planning to graduate May 2013 with a Supply Chain and Operations Management degree.   I am currently doing a Materials Management Internship at a machine tool distribution business in Appleton called Engman-Taylor Company, Inc.

When first trying to find an internship I searched a lot on TitanJobs but then I found a website called SimplyHired.com .  I could do a search such as “supply chain intern” and it would search that every day and email me with any job openings it came across.  It would search through many sites including TitanJobs, CareerBuilder, and Monster to name a few.  This seemed to be the easiest and most efficient way of finding job openings while taking seven classes during my last semester although it ending up not working out.

How I Got my Internship

My dad is currently a sales rep at Engman-Taylor and actually helped get me a position last summer as an Enhanced Services Specialist which deals more on the supplier end of things rather than my new position dealing with purchasing.  As this summer went on, I emailed the President on Engman-Taylor asking if there was any way I could work at ETCO again and do something to complete my SCOM internship.  He responded with saying how great of a field that is to get into and they actually needed some help in their purchasing department.

My Role as a Materials Management Intern

I spend each of my days in a cubicle in the purchasing department doing various different things with purchase orders.  My day mainly consists of expediting purchase orders and calling suppliers and customers.  I look up order purchase orders to suppliers and track where the product is; if it hasn’t been shipped on its expected ship date, I have to call the supplier and see where the part is or what the hold-up is.  If there is going to be a delayed ship date, then I have to notify either the customer or that customer’s sales representative.

Another part of my job is calling suppliers to find out what our current distributor discount is.  Since we are one of the biggest machine tool distributers in the country, we receive discounts off the tools we buy from all the different suppliers.  When I figure out what our current discount is, then I need to find out if we are receiving the biggest discount possible.  For example, if we spend $100,000 per year at one supplier and receive a 25% discount, I need to find out what we need to do get to the next level of discounts.  The next level could be spending $150,000 to get a 40% discount on all parts but in most cases we are already receiving the highest discount possible.

My Future

I have loved working at Engman-Taylor since the day I started there last year.  I have done so many different things there and learned so much about how a business operates on the supplier and purchasing end.  My different positions there gave me a great idea of what I want to do with my career and hope I will be able to continue working there after I graduate.


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