Torres ’20 Ventures Outside his Comfort Zone at KPMG LPGA Women’s Championship

Marcus Torres ’20 KPMG LPGA Women’s Championship Operations Assistant Intern – As I reflect upon the first few days of my summer internship with the PGA of America staff, I cannot help but give thanks to Wabash College and IU Health for this incredible opportunity. Interning for a prestigious company such as PGA of America has taught me a great deal thus far, about both myself and my future endeavors. As a PGA Operations Assistant, work varies daily. Currently, my team and I are preparing for the KPMG LPGA Women’s Golf Championship at the Olympia Fields Country Club in Olympia Fields, IL. That being said, work has ranged anywhere from inspecting shipments that have arrived to the country club compound, to taking inventory of golf carts that will be used for the tournament. This variation of work requires effective communication and organizational skills. Whether I am interacting with my team, vendors, or other personnel, effective communication is what allows for these interactions to flow both smoothly and successfully, and I have learned this first hand. Having not been the best communicator before coming to Illinois, this internship has pushed me to move further away from my comfort zone, allowing me to try new things, while becoming a better communicator.

Though I have learned a great deal in such little time, my fellow interns and team members are what have made this internship experience well worth it. Interestingly enough, each of the eight interns, including myself, reside in eight different states. Therefore, it has been enjoyable to understand the way these others live and communicate, but most importantly, it has been a pleasure meeting new people and making new friends. The individuals that I have had the pleasure of meeting have been awesome and supportive thus far. Moreover, I have had the opportunity to work with a more familiar face, my fraternity brother, Terrence Bradley. Being that Terrence and I have an understanding of each other and each other’s habits, it has made work flow smoothly, especially when teaming up to work. When arriving to an unfamiliar place, it helps to have a familiar face to guide you, and that is exactly what Terrence has done for me, provided a sense of guidance. Although my internship with the PGA of America staff has just begun, I am extremely excited for the hard work and dedication to come together. The next two weeks of my summer internship will consist mostly of tournament preparation. However, once the LPGA Championship begins, I will be taking on role which is geared towards the public relations side of the tournament. Once again, I want to thank Wabash and IU Health for this incredible opportunity. It would not have been possible without the love and support that this exceptional institution provides.

Anguiano ’20 Learning Sales and Marketing Techniques at Summer Internship

Gabriel Anguiano ’20 Metal Bulletin -First and foremost, I’d like to thank the Andrew W. Mellon foundation for providing the funds necessary for this blessing of an opportunity for this summer internship after my freshman year. I can already say that this opportunity has placed me well ahead of my peers from high school and back home by being given a chance to develop and sharpen my skills in a professional environment. Most first-year college students from my hometown have not yet pondered the idea of an internship so soon, and for this I am most grateful for the help from Wabash College and the Andrew W. Mellon foundation for this rewarding experience. For this reason, my approach towards this learning experience is to take full advantage of such a privilege early on in my professional development.

Thus far, I have learned valuable skills here at Metal Bulletin. Learning proper sales and marketing techniques requires a competitive nature and drive, but most importantly, a strong willingness to learn. By being placed in a new professional setting, out of my comfort zone, I feel the urge to ask questions. At first I was hesitant to put myself out there, but my colleagues have made me feel particularly welcomed and have encouraged me to constantly ask questions, for only this will suffice my competitive willingness to learn and sharpening of my skill set. I have also had the opportunity to train individually with the Americas Head of Sales on ‘SPIN’ selling, or a strategic approach in sales communication, and effective marketing methods. The sales training has sharpened my communication skills by redirecting my thought process to reach a desired goal by structuring questions accordingly. These one-on-one training sessions have helped me develop a keen approach in uncovering needs and providing adequate solutions for potential customers and subscribed clients. This skill set was put in place while working account management with current customers and cold calls where communication is key to a prosperous service. Whether it is phone call, email, or interpersonal verbiage, such communication skills lead to the most effective work for an employer.

I have also had the chance to partake in video conference calls with London, New York, Pittsburgh, and Colorado where we, Metal Bulletin sales team, discuss potential market opportunities, sales strategies, and weekly check-ins/goals to maintain success in the industry. This experience has given me a feel of a professional environment, where questions and being put forth can only lead to answers and prosperity. My position here at Metal Bulletin has placed me out of my comfort zone, in an unfamiliar field, and helped boost my confidence in a new setting moving forward.

Overall, my experience thus far has been beneficial in every sense. Now, I can much more appreciate my partaking in Fullbridge@Wabash over spring break this past semester. Fullbridge@Wabash has taught me valuable skills such as conventional interaction with colleagues and the ability to work quickly while maintaining a strong eye for detail. This internship, so far, has already taught me some essential life skills that I will use both now, and in the future.

Esparza ’19 Confident in New Set of Skills for Future Aspirations

Lucas Esparza ’19 Commodity Transportation Services –First and foremost, I would like to thank Wabash College and the SBIF for giving me the opportunity to work and grow as a professional this summer at Commodity Transportation Services (CTS). I would also like to thank my boss, Erik Ness ‘94, for giving me the opportunity to prove myself as a Wabash man and show him I can handle this line of work. It has been a great pleasure to work as a freight broker intern for CTS. I was able to extern with the company over winter break assisting them with marketing. After my externship, I was somewhat familiar with the business, but during my time this summer I have become far more knowledgeable about the company and logistics as a whole.

At CTS, a freight broker’s day starts early in the morning due to different time zones; the job can sometimes run late into the night depending on the situation. The whole objective is to find a truck that can move a product from point A to point B, in theory, it sounds very simple, but it can get a lot more complicated than it seems. In logistics timing is everything, so you have to keep direct communication with drivers to coordinate their pick up and drop off areas, along with any other problems that may occur on the road. This responsibility has helped improve my communication skills tremendously, along with my ability to problem solve. This business has a lot of variables, requiring a lot of critical thinking at a fast pace. The rigor of Wabash has prepared me to think quickly and efficiently so I may solve problems accordingly. Interning at CTS has taught me a lot about communication, negotiation, and problem solving, most importantly how to work effectively under stressful circumstances. This experience has not only helped me grow professionally, but it has also helped me grow personally. Freight brokering has enhanced my confidence to handle different situations that will arise throughout life. I feel all of these skills will help me in the future whether it is in logistics or any other career path.

One of the most rewarding parts of the internship is the ability to learn logistics and overall business from outstanding Wabash Alumni. Working along and learning from great men like Erik Ness ‘94, Adalid Cruz ‘14, Alex Cisneros ‘14, and Tyler McCullen ‘15 has made this experience that much better. These men have played a huge part in having a successful internship at CTS, and I cannot thank them enough. It is internships like this that not only help students gain experience, which will assist them in their professional endeavors, but also builds that strong connection to Wabash which adds to our great alumni network. I look forward to giving back in the same manner as these Wabash men, as well as the generous alumni who have helped make it all possible through the SBIF.

Taliaferro ’20 Builds on Skills That Can be Used in Future Career

Arlen Taliaferro ’20 Gary Human Relations Commission – Earning an internship can be such and hard objective to achieve being student in college. You have so many other competitors attempting to be in the same field as you and it is often hard to make yourself standout to the employer. I have found that getting your foot in the door is the hardest thing to do in chasing the career path you aspire to haven go down. I have done this in deciding to intern at the Gary Human Relations Commission. The Gary Human Relations Commission is a place that promotes equal opportunity for employment and housing to people regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, sex, or national origin. A person may come in to file a charge and the commission will investigate thoroughly and impartially, since its job is to ensure the provisions of the equal opportunity ordinance is followed as well as promote equal opportunity reflecting the commitment of the commission to Civil Rights. What does this have to do with the career path I aspire to have? Well, everything as a matter of fact. I have and aspiration of working and having a career in human resources and the Gary Human Relations Commission has opened my eyes to so many things in a business setting, as well as the skill set and work that goes into operating a Human Resources department.

Even if I may not be in a Human Resources department specifically, I am still receiving the precious knowledge of working in an equal opportunity office. At the Gary Human Relations Commission, I have participated in and completed a number of things like filing a basic data charge, sitting in and helping with intake, and assisting with fact finding. I would say by far that my favorite thing to do is intake. Aside from actually filing the basic data charge, it is one of the first steps in actually beginning the investigation and finding out if there is a case to pursue. During the duration of my internship, I have found that the intake is the most important step in investigating a discrimination complaint. I had to be as clear and concise as I could possibly be, which proved to be quite a challenge at first but eventually I adjusted. I also learned that you need to be that clear, concise, and nit-picky to make sure the report is as accurate as can be. This is a skill that will help in the long run when I write reports in my future career in Human Resources. I am extremely grateful to have had this experience and have no one to thank but the generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for without it, this experience would not have been made possible to me.

Van Houten ’20 Developing a Variety of Skills in a “Soaring” Industry

Pierce Van Houten ’20 U2 Solutions – This summer I was given the opportunity to work with a company called U2 Solutions Corp. I owe many thanks to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for investing in my education and my future. U2 Solutions Corp. deals with unmanned aeronautical systems, or more widely known as unmanned drones. Over the last month, I have been researching the history of drones, learning the technical terms for the controls of the drones, flying the drones, taking pictures and videos of events, editing the pictures and videos, making one big slideshow-type presentation from the pictures and videos, and submitting the final presentation to the client.

Drones are a rapidly growing industry right now, and there are so many different uses for drones that I never knew about until I started my summer internship. For example, drones can be used to analyze crop fields and make a “prescription” to help maximize the growth of crops. Drones can even point out weak spots in the soil or spots in the field where a farmer may need to add more fertilizer. Also, drones can be used to analyze power lines or perform routine checks on tower-like power structures. Drones are much more efficient at performing these routine checks and they eliminate the risk of serious injury or even death to people who climb these power structures to do routine checks. There are so many more uses for drones and I will discuss a couple different ones I used during my internship.

Before I started flying drones for U2 Solutions Corp, I had to research the history of drones and learn some of the general guidelines enforced by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). I learned a lot of interesting facts in my research. One fact I found most interesting is that Joseph P. Kennedy, brother of President John F. Kennedy, died in a crash while flying a drone on the first mission of Operation Anvil in 1944. After I did my research, I started studying to get my Part 107 pilot license so I could fly. I had to study for this for two days straight and then take the test on the third day. I learned things like how to read aviation maps and how to read METAR (Meteorological Aerodrome) and TAF (Terminal Aerodrome Forecast) reports which deal with flying conditions/weather. I also learned that lithium polymer batteries commonly used in drones have to be charged and discharged properly. I plan on majoring in chemistry and this past semester I learned all about lithium batteries, so I was familiar with it already.

After earning my pilot license, I flew for the Roselawn Little League. I took videos and pictures of the softball and baseball games. Then, I edited the videos and pictures and put them into one video and burned it on CD’s for parents and fans to watch. One of my favorite experiences so far has been making a 50th wedding anniversary video from pictures and videos I took at the event with a handheld drone camera called the Osmo.

It has been an amazing experience to intern with U2 Solutions Corp. Again, I would like to thank the Mellon Foundation and Wabash College for giving me this wonderful opportunity.

Daugherty ’19 Learns Life-Long Lessons from Alumni Visits

David Daugherty ’19 LABB Intern – First off, I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment for this incredible opportunity to participate in this program – the skills and lessons I am learning during this program fill the gaps of a liberal arts education as it relates to business. This past week we visited Triton Brewery in Indianapolis. In class a couple weeks ago, we learned about the importance of stressing one’s competitive advantage(s). This is the same thing that Dave Waldman, co-founder of Triton Brewery, stressed the value of from that outset. From my years of experience waiting tables and serving beer, I never would have though that having the best water would be a competitive advantage as it relates to alcohol, but I am entirely on board now. Triton doesn’t merely preach that they have the best water, they even have it in the name. If you dig into the Greek mythology of it, Triton is the “bringer of good water.” This business lives and breathes through the water, and it was incredible to see how Triton Brewery demonstrated their competitive advantage.

When Mr. Waldman was talking, he said something that I found to be incredibly enlightening. As he was explaining how brewing beer is his passion, he talked about the importance of loving what you do before you start a business. He told us that the desire and strive will only take you so far if that desire is for money. He said that he often works 80 hour weeks in order to get everything done, and then he goes home and replies to all of his work emails. He continued to tell us that, if he didn’t truly love what he was doing, he would be long burned out. Although the glamour and the money might be in something like investment banking where individuals also work at least 80 hour weeks, he knew his heart wouldn’t be in it – regardless of his ability. For myself, when I first came to Wabash, I thought I wanted to be the next hotshot investment banker. As I have developed, however, I have learned that I am not quite sure that is where my passion lies. From this program I have been exposed to people like David Waldman, Tony Unfried, Jim Abercrombie, Bill Kirst, and many others who have shown me that success is incredibly different for every person. Although through this experience I might not have found my passion, I have certainly learned the value of finding your passion, and I have the Lilly Endowment to thank for it.

Baehl ’20 Meeting with Entrepreneurs Offers Valuable Insight for Business Proposals

Hunter Baehl ’20 LABB Intern – Week five of LABB we continued to focus on our consulting project for the college and business plans for apps. Each group gave their second business plan mini pitch to Roland Morin and Jacob Pactor. We gave the same pitch as the week before, but with slight tweaks and adjustments in the presentation, idea, or slideshow.

Friday, we took a trip to Indianapolis to visit alumni at Platform 24 and Triton Brewery. Tony Unfried was the first alumni that we met at Platform 24. He is a founder at Archon Tech Strategies. Mr. Unfried taught us about his app developing company and gave the LABB interns and me advise for our business plans. His experience opened my eyes to the hidden expenses we would run across and other ideas to implement into our app.

Tony Unfried later opened the floor up for questions leading to his story from Wabash and post-graduation all the way up to today. He talked about his career path especially the risk that he took to get to where he is today. Mr. Unfried gave us great advice that he learned through his life that I will not soon forget.

Our last stop was at Triton Brewery to meet another Wabash alumni, David Waldman. In 2011, David Waldman created his own brewing company making his dream come true. He gave us a tour of Triton and a description of how everything runs. Mr. Waldman showed us his passion of water and the important role it plays when brewing beer. Since many of us were not 21 we had the chance to try Triton’s unique home-brewed root beer. It was exciting to see their passion for everything they brewed. David Waldman taught me how important it is having a passion for what you do and to never lose sight of that passion.

LABB has been incredible program and helped  me grasp concepts in business and marketing that I never would have learned otherwise. With only a few weeks left, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the program has in store for us. I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment, Wabash College, and Roland Morin for allowing my peers and me to experience the LABB program. It truly is a life changing experience.

Karczewski ’20 Contemplates Future Career Possibilities After Visit to South Bend

Joseph Karczewski ’20 LABB Intern – This summer I was extremely grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the LABB program at Wabash college as an initiative of the CIBE program directed by Roland Morin. This program specifically has been very beneficial for my personal growth in understanding the elements of business through the eye of an entrepreneur. We have covered several Harvard business cases and materials that allowed for a hands on discussion of the best courses of action for these businesses. 

This program has also provided several networking and learning opportunities for me outside of the class room as well, which have provided me with insight into industries that I was not familiar with. More specifically, l we were given the opportunity to meet several alumni that were doing tech work in South Bend. South Bend is going to become one of the leading tech-cities in Indiana, which has been heavily influenced by Wabash Alums. We were able to meet with these alums, practice our networking skills, and take a tour of the areas and industries that they were working within.  This gave me insight into my future possibilities outside of Wabash College. After this event I finally realized the opportunity for growth that can happen in my home state. I would like to thank the Lilly Endowment for giving me such a great opportunity to attend this internship and I hope that Wabash men in the future are given this same opportunity for this opportunity has become a pivotal experience, for not only my future careers, but the way I think about business in general. Looking forward, I can only hope to gain more experiences like these in the years to come.