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Business Student Finds Lasting Benefits in a Summer Internship

Erin Phillips is a senior majoring in supply chain management. Phillips started out as an accounting major and switched to supply chain management her junior year of college. While Phillips has always loved business, she felt like supply chain management suited her future career goals better.
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“Supply chain is so interesting and very hands-on,” Phillips said. “I love how easily you can travel in this industry and would like the chance to do so.”


Wanting to explore the supply chain industry more, Phillips decided to search for a supply chain management internship. An internship is not required for supply chain management, although it is considered highly beneficial. Phillips said that she did not feel like she was strongly influenced by the supply chain management department to obtain an internship, but instead was strongly encouraged by the companies themselves.


The College of Business career fair guided Phillips to land two interviews with two different companies. The company that she felt best suited her was Cooper Industries. The division of Cooper Industries called Cooper Lighting is in Americus, Ga., where she lived the duration of the summer.


Phillips found the internship to be very beneficial for her future career in supply chain management, but did not think that Cooper Industries was a good fit for her.


“I would like to work for a third party logistics company, instead of a distributing and warehousing company,” Erin said.


This observation of her internship has given Erin the chance to narrow in on what goal company she would like to work for and what qualities best suit her within a certain company. This insight that she gained from the summer has given her the ability to look for preferable specifics in a company that she may interview with in the future.


The supply chain management department required Phillips to give feedback about her internship throughout the summer. She had to write a bi-weekly report every two weeks on what she had done and what she had been learning interning at the company. Phillips also had to write a mid-term report and distribute a mid-term evaluation among management to evaluate her performance. At the end of the summer, Phillips had to turn in a final report as well as a final evaluation.


“I was thankful for the constant contact with the supply chain management department,” Phillips said. “It kept me on track and provided a good insight on what I could improve on at work.”


Phillips felt like the internship was a once in a lifetime opportunity for her because she learned so much about the supply chain industry.


“I learned a lot things that I would not have learned inside the classroom,” Phillips said. “I became very familiar with the computer program that almost every supply chain company uses called SAP. Learning how to use that computer system is really going to benefit me in getting a job in the future.” 


Overall, Erin is happy with the way her summer turned out. She feels like it was an educational and successful summer because of the knowledge she gained about the supply chain industry. Erin had no previous working knowledge about the business and considers her internship at Cooper Industries an experience of a lifetime.


“I learned a lot about the ends and outs of a business, especially in supply chain and manufacturing,” Erin said. “This will all be extremely beneficial to me in the future and I could not be more grateful for the benefits of this experience.”

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