This summer we had more interns working for Evans Distribution Systems than ever before! Nearly every department had an opportunity to teach a bright young professional about the logistics industry and give them real-world projects in their chosen career paths. Now with the school year starting back up again, we asked our interns what they thought about working at Evans–what they liked, what they learned and the information that they will take along with them. Here’s a look at their responses from spending a summer at Evans Distribution Systems.
Jillian DeWitt, Value-Added and Warehouse Operations Intern
Jillian is entering her final year at the University of Dayton in the Operations and Supply Chain program. Jillian’s favorite part of the internship was learning all about foreign trade zones and working with a diverse group of warehouse employees. “It is so important to value every person. The people on the line are more than hands and you should treat them well,” DeWitt says. Her advice for future interns: “Ask questions. A lot of people don’t know what you know already so ask until you understand. The first day I got here I was told to always learn everyone’s name and that is so important.”
Amber Evans, Customer Service Relations Intern
Amber is a student at International Academy and is going to school to study business. Amber was stationed in the customer relations department at the Romulus facility. She learned about the warehouse management system and how to work with customers. “My favorite part was meeting all the people and seeing what all the warehouses were like,” Amber says. Amber’s advice to future interns: “Try to enjoy your time here and if you have any questions always ask them. Evans is an inviting community that will work through any problems that you may have.”
Victor Mgbeafulu, Information Technology Intern
Victor interned in the Evans IT department. He is entering his junior year in the mathematics program at Wayne State University. What’s one thing that Victor learned this summer? “One major thing I learned from this internship was how to problem solve and being able to attack problems in different ways,” he says. But his favorite part of the internship was integrating into the culture. “My favorite part was being enveloped in the family work environment. It made working at Evans that much easier and fun.”
Calista Nasser, Accounting Intern
Calista is an accounting student at Wayne State University. She enjoyed getting an inside look at our financial processing systems such as Sage and Sylectus. “Learning how invoices get transferred and paid or adjusted was very interesting; it was full-circle,” she says. “My advice for future interns is work hard and don’t give up. You’ll be surprised what you are capable of.”
Ariel Wesenberg, Human Resources Intern
Ariel interned in the human resources department this summer. Now going into her senior year at Western Michigan University, she is majoring in human resource management. Ariel was exposed to the holistic view of the human resources lifecycle. “It was a fulfilling experience. I learned a lot of in-depth information from the hiring process to the firing process.” The highlight of Ariel’s experience came from the team that she was working with. “Evans is a family,” she says. “My team and department made this experience amazing.”
Katie Schmidt, Sales & Marketing Intern
Katie is in her final semester in the M.B.A. program at Wayne State University. “I learned so much about supply chain and warehousing. I took maybe one class in college that didn’t even begin to explain all that went into it!” Katie says. She was excited about the variety of projects and was happy to explore the creative side of marketing. “Honestly, I would never have imagined that I could find a job that allows me to work on all of my favorite things, and to work with colleagues that are so kind and helpful. I cannot believe how great this summer has been.”
An internship gives students a chance to gain experience in their field of study to better understand what to expect in that career. This year’s class of interns received on-the-job experience that will help prepare them for their future. If you are interested in an internship or career with Evans Distribution Systems, you can visit our careers page for listings.
[Editor’s Note: Unfortunately, two interns had to return to school before the end of summer. Amber Boone and Vignesh Babu were both working in the value-added and warehousing department and we loved working with them. Thank you for being with us this summer!]