Category: Academic Advising

Internship Spotlight: Rachel Chard at L’Oreal

Supply Chain and Operations Management major, Rachel Chard ’18, interned with L’Oreal USA this summer. The cosmetics group operates in more than 140 countries, providing hair care, skin care, and makeup through a portfolio of 34 brands including Maybelline, L’Oreal Paris, Urban Decay, and Garnier.
Michigan Tech student Rachel Chard poses in the L'Oreal USA office.
Chard, who will graduate in December 2018, finds professional value in her business education rooted in a STEM university.

“L’Oreal’s fast-paced environment and entrepreneurial mindset challenged me to think outside of my traditional process-driven approach and adapt quickly. From day one, I was treated as a full-time employee who was empowered and expected to deliver high-quality results. Michigan Tech prepared me to be successful in this role, as our curriculum is focused on applying both interpersonal and analytical skills through practical application.
I submitted my application to L’Oreal’s website in November and received an interview for a role at their North Little Rock, Arkansas, facility in March. While the position was not the right fit, I was still motivated to work at L’Oreal. I connected with an HR recruiter on LinkedIn and continued the conversation, expressing my interest in working for the top cosmetics group worldwide. A few messages back and forth and two interviews later, I landed an internship in Indirect Sourcing!
It was my role to support both the logistics and industrial services teams in the implementation of sourcing projects to optimize cost while enhancing overall value. My main responsibility was to identify a transportation carrier who could deliver product directly from our retail stores to our customers within the same day. To achieve this, I followed the request for proposal process, which included data collection, market analysis, supplier onboarding, supplier bid evaluation, negotiation, and contracting.
In support of L’Oreal’s goal to bring more flexibility and agility to our facilities, I participated in projects to source forklifts and automated-guided vehicles. Specifically, I analyzed our network of forklifts across L’Oreal’s 20 sites to establish a baseline and identify opportunities for cost savings through the consolidation of vendors and comparing lease vs. buy models.
Given the variety and complexity of projects I worked on this summer, I am grateful to study at a STEM university where I am in constant communication with engineers, and I am provided with a technical perspective. Thank you to my colleagues at L’Oreal and the professors and the administrators at Michigan Tech for their continued support and guidance as I complete my final year and begin my career.”

Internship Spotlight: Jackson Pundt at Canadian National Railway

Fourth-year management major (supply chain and operations management concentration) Jackson Pundt is interning with the Canadian National Railway this summer. His classes in the Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics help him add value to the company while navigating corporate culture.

Fourth-year Jackson Pundt got on-the-job handMichigan Tech student Jackson Pundt stands at his internship post with Canadian National Railway.
Fourth-year management student Jackson Pundt is getting on-the-job hands-on experience interning with Canadian National Railway.

“I work as an intern in Canadian National Railway’s transportation department. My role involves examining the company’s operations across departments and looking for ways to consolidate and save the company money. I travel and observe operations at rail yards around the country.

I met with recruiters at Career Fair last fall, and they contacted me for an interview shortly after. I’m really enjoying the experience because I’m getting exposure to different aspects of a large company and learning all the ways my major can apply to the workplace. I’m using the soft skills acquired from my classes more than my analytical skills. My classes prepared me to handle conflict and work with a group to make informed decisions.”


Internship Spotlight: Tim Bart at Detroit Diesel

Tim Bart, a fourth-year engineering management major in the Michigan Tech School of Business and Economics, is interning with Detroit Diesel this summer. Detroit Diesel is an American diesel engine manufacturer headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. Tim supports their quality assurance efforts, utilizing his unique blend of hands-on engineering and management skills.

Student Tim Bart poses at Detroit Diesel where he is doing a summer internship
School of Business and Economics student Tim Bart is spending summer interning with Detroit, formally Detroit Diesel.

“For my role as a tactical supplier-quality engineer intern, I inspect parts subject to defects from the vendor. If they are in fact bad, we communicate the problem to get corrective action started. I read part prints and perform measurements with different gauges to confirm dimensions. I also work with other internal labs to obtain characteristics we can’t measure by hand.

The internship counts for 3 credits. The emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math I get in class, definitely comes in handy on the job. My engineering and Six Sigma classes prepared me to understand the prints and principals behind what we’re doing and how we verify parts.

I landed the role through my personal network—my brother also works in the company and helped me as I searched for an internship. I’m learning a lot about how design and materials affect quality issues, and I aim to use that knowledge in my project management career.”


Finance Information Session

Please join us in the School of Business and Economics on September 19, 2017 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.  in AOB 117 to network with finance students & faculty.  Additionally, you can learn about finance course offerings, career opportunities, the Applied Portfolio Management Program, Chartered Financial Analyst Program and the Finance Club.

Finance Information Session