Written by: Kelly Straniero
I cannot believe I have already finished week six of my internship!! Time is flying by! It’s crazy to think that I only have six weeks left and then I head back to school. But over these past six weeks I have learned more than I ever have before in such a short period of time. I am having way more fun and enjoying my time with ArcelorMittal more than I could have ever imagined.
I figured I would spend all 12 weeks with one department doing busy work and tasks pawned off to the intern. I am happy to say that I was completely wrong. I spent the first six weeks working at Step 1 of steel-making, the blast furnace. There are only two other accountants in the blast furnace office so I get to spend most of my time with men and women who work directly in the mill. They are some of the most caring and hilarious individuals I have ever met in my life. I share an office with my manager and we split almost all the duties of her daily routine. Her biggest jobs include receiving and checking invoices, entering data and creating spreadsheets and ensuring all payments are authorized and entered into the correct accounts. Every month end there is a closing process that is extremely detailed and time consuming. Her and I calculated important data for her closing packet including a fuel rate, which is how many pounds of coke (dried out coal) necessary for one ton of molten steel. I’ve also done one main project that looks into moisture rates and over/under billing on the shipments of coke. I can definitely say I was kept pretty busy in my first six weeks.
For the next six weeks I will be moving to a completely different department in a different area of the mill: Maintenance, Energy and Utilities (MEU). There I will have to learn an entire new set of jobs and I get to meet all new people!
I am super happy with the way my internship is going thus far and I look forward to continuing my time here with ArcelorMittal. All companies try to hammer home that their people are the best, but the people at ArcelorMittal treat me like family and take time out of their busy schedules to make me feel welcomed. I am lucky to be in such a great atmosphere!