Second year MBA students-they’re older, wiser, and more mature, right? The first one in that list is guaranteed to happen. The others, not necessarily, but the internship between the first and second year of the MBA program is aimed to help towards that. This summer I interned as a Global Supply Chain Project Manager at Greif, which is a $4.5 billion industrial packaging company headquartered here in the Columbus area.
It was a great internship. The Greif supply chain folks welcomed me as a full member of the team and never looked at me as an “intern”. The projects I got to work on were ones that the other full time team members would have been working on if I weren’t there. Not only that, but I also worked on a project that had an international focus and was able to travel to Amsterdam for a week during the summer to pitch the solution we had come up with to the leader of the business unit there.
I’ve found as a 2nd year MBA this year there are a lot of things I’ve been able to hit on from my internship at Greif while at career fairs and in interviews. The things I learned while doing the internship have been beneficial in growing my experience and understanding of supply chain management, and it was largely due to the role I had there. So, when looking for an internship it’s worthwhile to focus on what kind of internship it will be and if you’ll get a great experience out of it. I sure had that at Greif, and was more than happy to intern there this summer.