Ahmaud Hill ’21 TMC Workforce– This summer I was given the opportunity to internship at TMC Workforce a logistics factory located in Fort Wayne Indiana. My experiences while interning at TMC have been have been wonderful and very enlightening. A typical work day for me at TMC consisted of arriving at 8am to the warehouse where the first task would be to pick all the orders for that day. There are 2 sides to the warehouse UPS and FDX each side has their own specific orders. Picking is a process of finding a products location, picking the requested amount, and boxing it. After all the picking is finished next would be to ship all the orders picked to their proper destinations. Some packages are shipped out of the country most are shipped inside of the U.S. After the shipping is finished the day is pretty much over a few cleaning tasks and rapping the shipped orders. Although this is how most days went during week 6 of my internship the company was given a special task to help bring in more revenue by producing a new product to ship items cheaper and easier. I was tasked with producing these new products and was entrusted to bring in reliable workers from my personal circle to help complete the task. While the regular staff did the typical workload for the day I would work with the crew I brought in and a couple other to produce the products. I was the first to learn how to properly make them so I taught everyone else how to do so. The project was given until June 27th to be finished and we finished the entire task a day early. This is my favorite experience from the internship because the task was a big deal for the company and not only did we complete it, but we were early. Also, I proved myself to be reliable and able to handle a leadership role. I connected with everyone in the company and made a lot of new friends while gaining experience and proving myself to be a reliable employee. This internship has been amazing and I thank TMC Workforce and Wabash College for the opportunity.
Cesar Martinez ‘21 Museum Of Science and Industry – Being a Wabash man has allowed me to experience something so exceptional in this current internship. I’m interning at the Museum of Science and Industry at Chicago for this summer. The reason why I was looking forward for this involvement was because I truly believed that it would have been a great first action towards my career as a student and as my career after I graduate from college. I’m currently a Computation Math major and a Computer Science minor with the intension to become a Graphics and Film Designer, or a Programmer. While interning at this museum I have been gaining useful skills on software, 3D printing, graphic designing and communication.
When I started this internship, I was put on the Exhibit Research team and on the Fab Lab team. Olivia Castelleli is my boss for the research team and we work together on newly exhibit research projects. Currently, I am working on a Food Tally research project. Food Tally is one of the exhibits that is on action today in the museum but the museum decided to make an upgrade. This food tally exhibit consists on the balance of nutrition for every type of person. My job has been to do research on signature foods for every state in order to create a wide spread of options for the guest when it comes to creating their own dish. With that, I have been working on spreadsheets involving the nutrition facts for every type of food that will be displayed in the exhibit. Also, before putting this idea in action, a prototype must be developed. I have been working on a prototype that will involve accurate facts about maintaining a balanced diet between healthy foods and foods that you like to eat on a daily basis. This research project also involves a lot of interaction with people. In order to create valid points and facts towards nutrition and how people react towards the idea of healthy foods, I have been asking questions and creating conversations with guests around the museum about this topic. This research experience has been making me like research even more now.
Daniel Meyer is my boss for the Fab Lab team and we work together on helping him with Fab Lab workshops and camps. During this experience, I have been trained in how to become an expert on the following software’s: Flash Print, Sculptris Alpha, Inkscape, and Silhouette Studio. This variety of software deals with graphic designing, 3D printing, and vinyl cutting. The reason for this training is, for of course, to gain experience but also because these were the software that we are currently using on the camps for middle schoolers and high schoolers. These camps deal with helping kids gain computer, software, and communication skills. This camp will help them develop faster skill sets for their upcoming future as college students.
I have learned so much and I truly believe that I have been gaining a lot of experience through this great opportunity. I have been working with new software that I have never used before and it has created a better picture of how big companies like this one run.
Micah Walker ’21 BBS/CCSI Intern – For the past 6 weeks I have been interning for Mike Simmons, an alumni of Wabash college, alongside Max Kurkowski, who also is attending Wabash, at the Union 525 building in downtown Indianapolis, IN. Max’s projects have been more oriented towards marketing, while mine have been within the fields of designing databases, strategy development, and strategy implementation. I have created an Excel document with 4 different sheets in it that contain a plethora of data, pertaining to community services, stakeholders, and priorities. In addition to that, we as interns attend business meetings (together, or separately) with Mike if it’ll help with the progression of our projects. So far, we have met people at: Martin University, Wabash College, Butler University, andthe John Morton-Finney Center for Educational Services. He meets with us separately for brief updates about our progress, and even sometimes takes us out to lunch somewhere downtown to discuss about things collectively.
I have already learned a copious amount of new material in the little time I have been here. Since these projects, on both sides, directly result in something long-term and ongoing he has planned, we both have been exposed to new business literacy, collaborative movements, and business partners centered around his goal. We have gained a (small, but effective) level of intuition of certain things within this environment that we never would have known otherwise. Mike has allowed us free enough space and time within our work to do all the research and studying of things we need to help us progress in our projects, while also being a great asset of clarity to us when we have questions. I personally have learned terms like “stakeholders,” and “machine learning,” along with their concepts and how they apply to my work. I have developed a means of understanding certain processes involving the city’s methods of data collection and storage, and how they strategize their community elevation. This was assisted by me having to study 6 different quality of life plans within the city of Indianapolis, over the years of 2007-2011 and beyond. Most importantly, I have become more equipped in Excel Spreadsheet, having to create databases full of the information needed for my projects. Being able to self-teach through trial/error has allowed my skills in Excel to increase greatly. I am hoping that the remainder of this internship allows me to grow and become a more valuable asset, not only to the workforce and my [future] bosses themselves, but also however I can be in the world after I graduate from college.
Walker Fisher ’21 Veritas Guitars– This summer, I was given the opportunity of working at Veritas Guitars in Vancouver, Washington. This internship in many ways was more than just about the experience with guitars; it was about learning things about myself, addressing suppressed thoughts and reestablishing my morals. As someone who has always loved traveling, the opportunity to drive from my small hometown in Indiana to the pacific northwest was a daunting—but thrilling—idea. Being able to see things I had only dreamed of up to that point, while also having time to reflect on life and look myself in the mirror allowed me to think of what my affect on Wabash’s campus had been this past year and question how well I truly measured up when it came to standing TALL amongst my brothers. As for the actual internship, I began working on building pickups for electric guitars. Pickups are magnetic coils that capture the vibrations produced by the strings, and then converts them into an electrical signal that can be amplified. By altering the wire gauge, amount of wraps, or type of magnet used, I was able to create completely different styles of pickups. And although this process is fairly straightforward, it taught me skills such as using CNC machines, soldering, and chart reading. However, to me the most important skills I learned came from the time when I wasn’t building pickups; but instead, when I was talking with coworkers and other people. Traveling to Washington meant that I knew no one; that I was dropping myself into uncharted territory of which anything could be radically different from what I was used to. It was not that I feared a different atmosphere, where the majority of people believed in alternate ideas to my own; but instead that I would not be able to relate to others or find friends. I like to think that my people skills have always been pretty good but walking into a room and not knowing what would happen next did not seem like my idea of fun. I quickly found that my worries were for no reason, as the men I worked with genuinely cared about me and wanted to know me. Outside of work, I made friends with people at a church I attended, and again found that people were willing to do anything to help me. I still cannot begin to thank any of these people enough for everything. Driving home was a much different experience than traveling out. I left filled with much more creativity, positivity, and hope for the future than I had come with. I left with a family waiting with open arms for me, and one that was sad to lose me for the time. But most importantly, I realized that I, myself, had become a pickup in this world. As someone who aspires to be a medical oncologist, building guitars is not an occupation I plan on going into completely; but one of my deepest passions outside of medicine. The skills I have obtained through working with guitars has shown me that I need to be more like an instrument myself. I need to understand others feelings, and then help convert them into actions to better our communities. I cannot thank Wabash enough for the amazing opportunity they gave me, or the people in Vancouver, Washington that will forever hold a part of me nearly 2,000 miles away from home.
My name is Joel Bailey and I am from Indianapolis, Indiana, and I am a rising sophomore. I am currently interested in being a Mathematics major when I declare a major in the fall of 2018. My internship this summer was at Connecta Corporation, a small company in Indianapolis that produces precision turned parts for aerospace, electronics, and other industries. There were a variety of tasks and projects to complete from reorganizing hundreds of machine parts to heat treating; I didn’t take any particular role in the company.
My first project this summer was reorganizing the company’s large catalogue of collets, which the company uses to hold the raw material while a machine turns the material. There were hundreds of collets to sort through in nine different drawers; many were misplaced, and several were missing. The challenge with this project was that even small mistakes were big set backs for me; whenever I accidently skipped over a collet (which I did multiple times), I had to redo part of my organization to include that skipped collet. It was an interesting project for someone like me who likes thinking about systems and organization, but it definitely took a lot of patience.
Another project I worked on was preparing a new metal plate for heat treatment. Connecta received an order that required a plate to “pinch” the end of a small part in a hole at a certain angle, but the plate had to hold over a thousand of these parts. The only plate we had that had the correct hole sizes in the plate could only hold about fifty of these parts, so we had to order a much larger plate and make the holes ourselves and proceed with the order. Using some trigonometry, I compared the theoretical angle of the treated part based on its drawing and the actual measured angle of some test parts to verify that the old plate had the correct hole size. The angles matched within a margin of error, so I proceeded to make equations to determine the size of a plate that could have x number of holes. Once that was complete, I ordered the right size plate, and let the company take care of the rest. It was pretty cool to be able to exercise my math skills in a real life scenario.
My biggest take-away from this experience is that there is always something to do in the workplace. While organizing the collets was a big and important job, there were always smaller things that needed to be done, such as cleaning up a work space or updating an old document. Working in a smaller company presented a lot of tasks that needed to be done; a larger company may ignore smaller jobs, but that isn’t really possible in a small company.
David Duenas ’21 Lubeznik Center Intern– Throughout my first summer internship I have mastered a variety of skills. Those skills include consisting of Excel worksheets, communications, and merchandising which has also given me more exposure to multitasking and prioritizing activities. My experience interning at an art exhibit near home has been a convenient and comforting experience. Towards the beginning of my internship, it was extremely nerve wrecking because I lacked communication skills tremendously. For the two weeks every phone call was a nightmare because I thought I was never prepared for the questions that the person on the other line was going to ask. Eventually I grew more comfortable with the idea of not knowing answers by learning new communications skills such as telling the person “I’m not sure but please wait a moment and I’ll get that answer for you” or “Let me find that out for you”. Seeing how normal and natural not knowing every answer is I became comfortable answering phones and talking to the people that came into the exhibit.
Merchandise was a lot easier than I expected, it simply was taking photographs of items that are needed to be sold and posting them on their website. They knew about my photography skills and they provided me with a camera. They challenged with making the pieces seem more appealing to potential customers. This will help me in my future endeavors because I now have the experience. What I also now have experience in is Microsoft Excel. Many companies today look for new employees who have this particular skill because Excel has become such a mainstream part of a job in every field of work.
I have evolved with prioritizing because throughout my job my superiors would throw multiple tasks at me once. I realized that in order to properly organize and prioritize responsibilities I need to write everything down, even if it isn’t important. This system lets all the tasks be laid out in front of me and I can decide which ones have the most urgency.
At the beginning of this internship, I thought it was going to be like any other summer job, I didn’t hate it but I’d rather not have been there and didn’t think I’d get much out of it. As I explained above, it turns out I was very wrong. This internship has taught me skills that I will carry with me throughout my entire adult life, not only in the workplace but also in day to day life.
Malcolm Lang ’21 Choice Wellness Company – For the past few weeks of the summer, I’ve been working with the Choice Wellness Company that is stationed in the city of Chicago. My job as an intern is to market the company’s health and wellness strategies. Our job, as a company, is to improve the wellbeing of the employees in their workplace. This could be done at health fairs, company conferences, or at regular social events. We’re currently looking for the right partnership with another corporation to implement the wellness program we have as a company.
Along with learning what the wellness program encompasses, I also learned how to market a brand and engage with people from all different backgrounds. I have spoken with and emailed various owners of companies in Crawfordsville and Chicago. I was also tasked with making monthly newsletters that not only markets our company but also provide tips of safety for employees in their workplace. This includes tips on flex scheduling, what it means to live a healthy and balance life, and awareness on health problems that affect people on a daily basis. Each month, we put together a newsletter surrounding serious health topics. As a company, we have covered Men’s Health Awareness in June, Skin Cancer Awareness month for the month of July, and we are currently looking for other health problems to cover the fall. We try to place a huge spotlight on health problems that are either overlooked, or even unknown.
This past Monday, the CEO of the company and I had a chance to meet up with a lawyer to discuss the legal obligations as a company. As I took notes, I learned about what it meant to be an LLC, the idea of double taxation, equity interest, distribution, and the importance of waivers as a company. We also just had a health conference in downtown Chicago to stress the importance of proper eating and dieting. Each week, we try to promote healthy eating tips for everyone to follow. Our next big project is in Dolton, IL. We are going to a conference to cover the major health risks of senior citizens.
Nathan Young ’20 LABB Intern– Change very rarely brings about excitement around Wabash. We are a school built on traditions that define who we are Wabash men. Parking, however, is one tradition that we at Wabash are becoming more and more difficult to sustain without great frustration. With the development of new housing on the west side of campus, i.e. Rogge and Williams Halls, there is an increased need for a change to the current parking “policy.” Our current policy campus parking is an egalitarian system or free-for-all which follows the principle set forward by our Gentlemen’s Rule. This allows for any student, faculty, or staff member to park in any parking lot spot as they choose within reason of course.
As a result of a growing frustration and a goal of expanding the student body, my consulting group (Gabriel Anguiano ‘20, Zach Hogan ‘21, Charlie LeBlanc ‘21, and myself) set out to help ease the stresses of parking throughout the campus. Despite the large amount of time and effort done across the summer, our most valuable experience came in our practice presentation to the other LABB groups. By practicing our pitch to them, they asked critical questions that will allow us to hone our argument to our target audience and how we can pitch the idea as effectively as possible.
Overall, the opportunity to present our idea on the best approach to parking on our campus gave us insight into how many different parties affected by one policy. By using the LEAN model and help from Wayne Bewley ‘85, our group created an approach that attempts to utilize our existing parking infrastructure to its fullest capacity and minimizing additional spending. Presenting this idea clearly to our audience is crucial. Each person in the room will each have a different perception of the parking on campus and we needed to convince our audience that our proposed approach is the best method of improving parking on campus. Most importantly, we presented a vision of how parking can change from being a nuisance and struggle to being simple and easy as possible.
Max Flinchum ’21 LABB Intern – Throughout this week we took part in our first two negotiations, regarding the case “Adam Baxter vs. Local 190.” Each negotiation consisted of two teams: a management and unionized worker team. Each intern was provided with a variety of different negotiating techniques, in order to strengthen his ability to reason and comprise particular deals. Along with these negotiations, we reviewed several cases, including Zip Car, Kate Spade, Cirque du Soleil, Starbuck’s Delivering Customer Service, and San Francisco Coffee House. These cases allowed us to identify a multitude of business and marketing strategies that allowed each company to thrive in its given industry.
On Friday, June 15, 2018, Rob Shook and Corey Egler came to share their experiences with the LABB interns. Rob Shook, executive at IBM, shared his unique story. Starting as a Wabash student, Shook climbed his way to the top of one of the most iconic technology corporations. As an openly gay employee, Shook shared the challenges he faced throughout his academic and professional career. He shared the importance of standing up for what one believes in, even if it is not the most popular stand. Along with this lesson, Shook taught us the importance of knowing one’s personnel. It is critical for a leader or manager to know how to motivate each individual on his or her team. Shook shared these lessons and many more with our LABB team.
Along with Shook, Corey Egler shared his story with us. As an individual involved in the military, Egler’s decision could very well determine the outcome of an individual’s life. Similar to Shook, Egler stressed the importance of knowing one’s personnel, for knowing how they operate is crucial to the success of the overall team. He shared a story of man who needed “special” management due to problems at home and with alcohol. Egler was able to diffuse the situation and lead effectively. Week four was a very productive and knowledge week for every member of the LABB team.
Christian Miller ’21 Livernois Tap– This summer I got the chance to work in a newly opened restaurant named Livernois Tap. A great place that serves good food and advice. In my short time at this restaurant I have done a lot. I have focused a lot on doing prep for the restaurant. At first this was difficult as I did not know the locations of any the ingredients to complete the recipes. Luckily enough my coworkers are all nice and wanted me to feel welcomed. Any question that I have had and even now they will help and guide me to the right direction without hesitation. There are many various styles of kitchens in the world and I’m really glad I crossed paths with this one. Other kitchens would have me repeat the same job over and over to stay out of there way, but at this kitchen I have prepped almost everything on the menu. One main lesson I have learned through this internship is that you can’t do it alone. A kitchen is a team where everybody is relying on someone to get their job done to keep the system working. In my case as a prep worker/ line cook I wait for product to be delivered in the morning so I can prep it. As a line cook I have to rely on the prep workers to prep the food so I can easily cook it off and plate it for the customers. While teamwork is the biggest lesson I have learned, I still learned to when to become more independent at the same time. Everyone has work to do and you cannot constantly bother them for help. I had to learn to receive instructions and then be able to work. In this kitchen they like to prepare everything we use instead of purchasing it made already. Such as hot sauce, mayo, and ranch. I have learned how to make these from scratch as well as many other items. My favorite dish to create in the kitchen is a spicy eggroll that reminds me of a food my mom made when I was younger. It is not difficult to make but I usually make it in large quantities so it is time consuming. Every day the head chef is telling me facts about food so it is almost like I am in a culinary class. It is amazing. I am glad to say the offered me a job for rest of the summer. I am excited for the opportunity to keep working and learning.