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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.

Marissa Alfano
BA Accounting
Deloitte - Detroit, MI

“The most valuable lesson I have learned is to take advantage of every opportunity to network. This was not always easy for me, but by pursuing these opportunities I have established relationships with colleagues varying from interns to partners and have acquired a sense of confidence in business communication and relationship building that has made networking something I genuinely look forward to.”

Audrey Koutny
BA Hospitality Business, Real Estate Investment Management Minor
Hyatt -

“My favorite part of interning at Hyatt this summer is their outstanding corporate culture. From day one they made me feel like I was at home and part of the Hyatt family!”

Marisa Jonna
BA Marketing, MS Marketing Research
Ducker Worldwide - Troy, MI

“The most valuable lesson I have learned in my internship thus far is the ability to understand my clients' clients. It is critical to the B2B marketing research process to understand not only what your direct client wants, but what their direct client wants, as well. This has given me the ability to widen my worldview, understand the industrial and construction industries more fully, and easily alter my perception to the perception of individuals who are very different from myself in order to attain valuable insights.”

Long Chen
MBA Supply Chain Management/Finance
State Grid Corporation of China -

“My primary roles include analyzing risks of different suppliers, processing sourcing in the SAP system, filing contracts, and making improvements among the whole process. The most valuable lesson I've learned is that speed is very important in business; we must be ready to be respond to many variable situations.”

Lindsey Biondo
BA Marketing
Robert Bosch - Plymouth, MI

“I coordinate meetings, customer interactions, and internal communications in order to complete tasks related to business acquisition, development, and management. I have learned how to prioritize and manage my time so I am able to get tasks done effectively and efficiently.”

Lewis Kordupel
BA Finance
Stryker - Kalamazoo, MI

“My primary role is generating competitor analyses and monitoring Stryker's investor presence. I have learned about the interaction that takes place between buy-side firms and corporations.”

Kyle Smith
BA Supply Chain Management
Meijer - Grand Rapids, MI

“Working as a Meijer supply chain intern, it has been amazing to see all the facets of the supply chain network. Whether it is planning, logistics, distribution, or manufacturing, we all have to work together to achieve our centralized goal. The teamwork is what makes this whole operation run.”

Kyle Marino
BA Supply Chain Management
Abbott Diagnostics - Abbott Park, IL

“Through this internship, I have learned how to manage multiple projects comprised of cross-functional teams. So far, my favorite experience has been the tour of the Abbott house during Intern Week. We visited a replica of the original Abbott house and had the opportunity to network with Abbott executives.”

Kevin Wenner
BA Finance
General Motors - Romulus, MI

“I have been analyzing the different cost accounts that Romulus and other GM propulsion plants account for and running several analyses to determine any risk or opportunity that may be evident in the forecast. I have learned about the different components that go into developing an attainable, yet challenging forecast as well as the importance of cross-functional communication.”

Kevin Boland
BA Supply Chain Management
Abbott Nutrition - Columbus, OH

“My internship has been filled with plenty of phenomenal experiences, but my favorite experience is working on meaningful projects that have a direct impact on the company. The work we do goes a long way, and it’s rewarding to know our summer projects are helping to improve our respective departments within Abbott.”

Kendall Wachowski
BA Supply Chain Management
Meijer - Grand Rapids, MI

“I have learned that you need to consider all business areas when coming up with solutions to problems. Just because it is a good fit for the supply chain does not mean it will be a good fit for every other department.”

Kelsey Lewis
BA Supply Chain Management
Stryker - Kalamazoo, MI

“Stryker has taught me that it is not necessarily about how much you know, but who you know and the relationships that fall around those connections. I have learned that maintaining healthy, mutually beneficial relationships across people and departments is vital to success as an employee and credibility as a team member. Network as much as possible, and never pass up an opportunity to meet someone new.”

Jordan Gooch
BA Supply Chain Management
ArcelorMittal - East Chicago, IN

“My primary role is to support the metallurgical coal and coke team in finding, arranging, and analyzing data to develop our purchasing strategy for 2018. My favorite part of the internship is visiting plants and vendor sites to learn more about purchasing and the steelmaking process as a whole.”

John Kody
BA Supply Chain Management
Cisco Systems - San Jose, CA

“I have a data analytics role within product operations where I implement automation for many of the team's tools and utilize value engineering to identify savings. I have learned that it's most important to find an organization that has associates willing to meet with you regardless of their title or responsibilities. This reflects greatly on Cisco's culture and desire for overall growth.”

Jessica McCleary
BA Accounting
Deloitte - Detroit, MI

“I will be spending six weeks shadowing professionals in audit and enabling areas. I appreciate the opportunity to train at the Atlanta, Georgia, office, and the ability to connect and network with the other Pioneer Interns from other offices.”



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