Written by: William Robinson
Hi everybody. My name is William Robinson, I’m majoring in Logistics at Fisher, and I plan on graduating in June 2010.
I guess I’m starting this blog a little late, but here is an update on my experiences over the last four weeks.
Seeing that I only have two quarters of classes left, this Autumn quarter instead of going to school, I’m interning at GE Aviation in Group Traffic and Distribution.
When I started interning here at GE Aviation in Evendale, OH, it was like a study abroad experience in a couple ways. I went into this Logistics internship being a Logistics major at Fisher, but I still wasn’t sure what to expect. On the first few days there were company names that I didn’t know, acronyms that I had never heard before, and a bunch of names to match with new faces, and naturally I felt overwhelmed with the necessity to not look and feel like an imposter. And just like studying abroad, not only is there a lot you don’t know, but there is also a lot that you need to know to get the most basic of tasks done. There was a lot to take in and learn in a short amount of time. Lucky for me, there was a week of overlap between the previous intern’s last day and my first. Mike, the summer intern, gave me the general idea of how things worked here in Traffic and Distribution, and how my responsibilities fit into the mix.
During this month, I’ve had to put a lot of energy into figuring out how to get things accomplished. With Mike it was easy, since part of the reason he was there was to answer the 500 questions a day that I had, but since he’s been gone I’ve been trying to figure things out on my own before bothering someone with a question whose answer is right below my nose. Working here reminds me of my teachers as well as my dad telling me how important problem solving skills are. I definitely agree that knowing how to ask for help is important, but I also think it’s important to be resourceful.
On another note, it’s comforting to finally be learning about Logistics through first hand experience as opposed to learning from a textbook. Since GE Aviation sends so much stuff in every direction, I see a lot of different aspects of Logistics on a day to day basis. I also get the chance to see how different freight forwards work with GE Aviation to get shipments where they need to be. One of the things my boss does a good job of is giving me different tasks to do, so I have a well-rounded experience here during my three months.
I feel like it’s too early to make up my mind about a lot of things, but for the moment I’m enjoying interning here this quarter. Everybody in my office has been very helpful and understanding.
For the most part I’m discovering that Fisher was right about everything, but avoiding the obvious, I would emphasize:
-CS&E 200 skills (obviously general Excel knowledge is important, but so are those random formulas and functions you thought you’d never use, i.e. pivot tables)
-the ability to multitask
-problem solving skills (haha)
Sorry about not having any pictures to share, it’s against company policy.