The value of internships in logistics.

Author:Varkonyi, Irvin

Have you ever considered seeking internships in career transitions? Depending on where you find yourself, an internship may be just the right option to take advantage of new career opportunities. Our recent NDTA-USTRANSCOM Fall Meeting University Day was successful in many ways, among them greater awareness by attendees of the need to continue a lifelong pursuit of knowledge. Identifying and completing internships with logistics organizations will complement knowledge that you've gained by providing an opportunity to learn on the job and apply knowledge.

Inbound Logistics magazine offered five tips to land successful internships: (1)

  1. Be focused and realistic, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Use tools such as LinkedIn; network with current or past faculty, alumni, and classmates. Find companies in the industry you may want to enter, and research their executives and job descriptions. Seek out appointments with the goal to receive their advice on internships. They may not have an internship, but people like to be asked for advice.

  2. Develop a plan that aligns with your personal strengths and professional goals. Target diverse industries that align with your skills, interests, and goals. Be prepared to consider several internships, but don't feel a need to accept just any internship. Try to find an internship that will best use your skills and provide valuable experience to help achieve your career goals.

  3. Take the initiative. No one cares more about your career than you do. Networking is tough and exhausting--until it becomes a hobby. Connect with people during organized events, conferences, and seminars, as many of you had the opportunity to do at the NDTAUSTRANSCOM Fall Meeting. Thank those whom you've met promptly.

  4. Don't get frustrated, never give up, and work hard. Your first interview may be via phone, so be prepared if you can't see an individual face to face. Speak clearly and slowly if on the phone. Consider practicing with friends or family.

  5. Supply chain jobs are not limited to one industry, so stretch your search parameters. Apply to multiple companies in several industries, including electronics manufacturing, social media, food producers, and fashion startups.

    Northrop Grumman is one of many companies in the defense sector which seeks internships. They offer internships to military, as well as to college students: (2)

  6. For college level internships we typically look for rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and...

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