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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.

Patrick Conway
BA Marketing
C.H. Robinson - Chicago, IL

“Working on the sales floor at Chicago Central has taught me a great deal about how to navigate a strategic B2B sales cycle, including researching and qualifying leads, calling on clients, uncovering needs, and effectively communicating a value proposition to a potential customer. C.H. Robinson gives you a lot of autonomy to make decisions and call on customers as an intern, which has been very critical in helping me to further solidify my selling skills.”

Timothy Garmo
MBA
General Motors - Detroit, MI

“As an MBA, the work is difficult, ambiguous, and strategic. Thus, there is never one right answer to a problem. Rather, it is more important to come to a recommendation in an unbiased manner and to justify a recommendation.”

Nick Zaggy
MBA Marketing
Wendy’s - Dublin, OH

“I have learned the issues in operating a large-scale franchise company: the challenges of national and international system launches, reaching conclusions and recommendations for action based on analytics of consumer survey data, managing business relationships with franchisees from all different walks of life, and the challenges of creating operational consistency across several thousand restaurants. ”

Grant Garbinski
BA Marketing
General Motors - Detroit, MI

“The biggest thing that I have learned so far is that the only constant in the automotive industry right now is change, which makes for an exciting, action-packed and worthwhile experience here at General Motors!”

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.”

Megan McGill
BA Supply Chain Management
Ingersoll Rand - Davidson, NC

“The company is in the middle of a Lean transformation, so I have been able to experience all of the work that goes into training employees, standardizing processes, and initiating pull systems into the manufacturing sites. It’s not an easy process, but it is exciting to see results and find areas where new improvements can be made.”

Alexander Sauchak
BA Supply Chain Management
Dow Chemical - Midland, MI

“I learned that our worldwide industry frontrunners need to lead the push for environmental sustainability. Also, there is a lot of value created by working in diverse, cross-functional teams. My favorite experience was taking the corporate jet down to visit Dow’s massive plant in Freeport, Texas. ”

Shannon Wong
BA Finance
General Mills - Minneapolis, MN

“My experience at General Mills taught me how to effectively communicate with global business partners. Working in the international segment, I found that terminology and business processes differ between regions, and it's critical to ask questions to help both myself and other partners understand the business.”

Olivia Goyette
BA Supply Chain Management
Hess Corp. - Houston, TX

“Since it is my first internship, I have been able to learn and grow a lot as a young professional. I have been working on value stream mapping the procurement process, so not only have I learned in detail the steps and responsibilities of the procurement role, but also understanding what steps are value added and non-value added.”

Kyle Telder
BA Accounting
Dow Chemical - Midland, MI

“By way of this internship, I’ve learned the nuts and bolts of private accounting, I’ve gained a unique insight within the corporate world, and I now possess an array of connections at my disposal. My most enjoyable experience thus far involves the friendships and networking that I’ve created with the diverse employee pool that is Dow.”

Yusef Tahawi
BA Supply Chain Management
General Motors - Warren, MI

“I worked with the stamping team, where I fine-tuned my Microsoft Office skills, putting what I learned in CSE 101 into practical use. I learned how to better communicate around the office and over the phone using persuasive language.”

Kaylie Milne
BA Supply Chain Management
General Motors - Detroit, MI

“My favorite experiences at General Motors were all the facility tours. I was always very appreciative of the opportunity to intern at GM, but the tours helped me realize the tremendous growth and innovation taking place at GM. There is so much opportunity at GM that allows you to constantly challenge yourself and grow as an individual.”

Cody Kahrs
MS Accounting
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) - Detroit, MI

“So far my favorite part of the internship has been putting everything I have learned at MSU the past four years to accomplish and solve real-world tasks and problems. I have learned that communication is the key to success.”

Carly Hilliard
BA Supply Chain Management
Stryker - Portage, MI

“My favorite part of my internship so far has been going on a delivery for the Neptune. We got to help deliver the product to the hospital and not only see the backend of logistics, but also the product being delivered directly to the customer. I've always been interested in the health field, so working for Stryker has given me the best of both worlds.”

Aaron Stanek
BA Supply Chain Management
AbbVie - North Chicago, IL

“I have been learning a lot about contracts and negotiations. I am learning a lot about building quality contracts with suppliers and finding places to save money within our contracts. I have also been comparing supplier rate cards in order to determine best prices and find opportunities to renegotiate.”



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