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Intern Profiles

Michigan State University Broad College of Business students travel the world every year on internships. They gain valuable work experience and get an opportunity to make connections that can last a lifetime. For a snapshot of where some of our interns landed this summer and to gain insight into what they learned from the experience, see the interactive page below.

Tim Vanderploeg
MBA Marketing
Barilla - Northbrook, IL

“Interning at Barilla gave me the opportunity to work closely with the talented brand managers of a highly respected brand and gain valuable cross-functional management experience. The market research and consumer research I performed, and my resulting recommendations, influenced real-world business decisions and new product innovation strategy. I also enjoyed managing a project in which I worked with Barilla's executive chef to develop recipes and with agencies to produce advertisements.”

Aditya Menon
AT Kearney - Chicago, IL

“I have learned the importance of communication and relationship building with clients to get buy in from their side. My favorite internship experience has been staying up late to send out 3 RFPs in one night!”

Ben Brooks
BA Supply Chain Management
Cisco Systems - San Jose, CA

“I have learned about the customer perspective of SCM and how companies need to use their supply chain to service their customers and build strong relationships. My favorite thing so far has been the experience of the culture at Cisco. The people are extremely friendly and willing to stop at a moment's notice to help with anything I am working on.”

Andrew Toloff
BA Finance
Deloitte - Detroit, MI

“My favorite internship experience so far has been using this opportunity to immerse myself in the financial services industry. I have learned about time management, prioritization, and effectively utilizing available resources. Most importantly, though, I have learned that communication is vitally important if you are working in a team.”

Madalyn Rodriguez
BA Supply Chain Management
General Motors - Warren, MI

“I’ve learned that there is always more to learn, no matter what. It is important to keep asking questions so you can really get the most out of your internship! I’ve learned so much about the purchasing aspect of supply chain in the automotive industry and I’ve gained skills that I can utilize in any future career.”

Damiano Baroncelli
MBA Marketing, Finance
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - Auburn Hills, MI

“I have learned how a large corporation with a flat organization and a matrix structure is organized. The success depends on the relationships and the collaboration you are able to build, the passion for your work, and the impact that the assigned projects have for the organization.”

Brent Kutcher
BA Finance
General Motors - Detroit, MI

“I have learned about the overall structure to the pricing team and how day-to-day work factors into the overall goal for the U.S. sales service and marketing team.”

Anthony Simon
BA Finance
Doeren Mayhew - Troy, MI

“The best way to learn is by getting hands on experience, and with special projects designed to advance my finance, accounting, computer, and communication skills, I have progressed in learning the day-to-day operations of a business firm. My favorite internship experience was being able to go out of town and assist with an audit by preparing documents and analyzing data in Boston, MA.”

Joseph Kim
BA Supply Chain Management
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - Auburn Hills, MI

“I have learned all of the behind-the-scenes complexities of the automotive industry and the importance of supplier relationships.”

Sophia Othoudt
BA Accounting, Spanish
Plante Moran - Chicago, Illinois

“During my summer internship with Plante Moran I not only gained technical accounting skills and professionalism, but I also gained real-life experience that I will continue to use in my career as an accountant. Plante Moran gave us many opportunities to work one-on-one with clients, which showed me that they truly want their interns to grow with them. ”

Alyssa Sitek
BA Supply Chain Management
General Motors - Warren, MI

“Time management is extremely important in the purchasing side of an automotive company. No day is the same so you really have to balance your time wisely to make sure you get stuff done.”

James McKillop
BA Finance
Bloomfield Capital - Birmingham, MI

“I have learned the fundamentals of real estate valuation from a creditor’s standpoint, and the overall thought process behind making a private equity backed investment. My favorite experience has been visiting properties and directly interacting with potential borrowers.”

Ethan Kok
BA Supply Chain Management
Dow Chemical - Midland, Michigan

“I have learned that supply chain is always changing. Everyone in supply chain has to be able to change and adapt to new ideas and new technology.”

TJ Ake
MBA Finance
Lancaster Pollard - Columbus, OH

“My favorite experience has been researching how the firm could implement an equity private placement product for clients. Throughout the summer, I have conducted private placement market research, modeled potential offerings, researched the legal and compliance guidelines, and built a presentation for senior leadership.”

Holly Baranowski
BA Supply Chain Management
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles - Auburn Hills, MI

“The assignments I’ve been involved with this summer have been providing me the opportunity to experience a side of supply chain management that I had not otherwise been exposed to. I’m learning first-hand how important the demand planning process is within a company such as FCA, while participating in their production plan handoff and reverse integration processes.”

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