The Supply Chain Management Association held our first official event of the 2011/2012 academic year, our Annual Intro to Supply Chain Luncheon. On Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 approximately 40 first and second year students gathered together to learn more about what Supply Chain is and about potential career paths in SC. We had a chance to listen to professors and students speak about courses and internships while eating delicious pizza. Professors Terry Harrison, Doug Thomas and Frank Chelko each spoke about their respective courses and what to expect from the program in general. We had great discussions regarding differences in the MBA courses compared to the undergrad courses, the Six Sigma offerings, and preparation for the internship/job search.
Next, Nick Mullett and Biko Taylor, both 2nd year students, gave thorough overviews of their own summer internship experiences. Nick talked extensively about his procurement project with Smuckers which took him from Ohio all the way to Miami, Florida. He gave insights into how he got his internship as well as some successes and difficulties that he had over his 10 week program. Biko walked us through his time at Hess in Houston, Texas by reviewing what he learned about “strategic sourcing.” Just like Nick, Biko provided some advice on getting his internship and gave some tips on how to prepare for interviews, especially in the oil/energy industry. Both gentlemen answered students and professors’ questions which allowed for some additional discussions regarding future careers in Supply Chain. Finally, Katie Pierce was able to come and give a brief background on her summer internship at Chevron, also in Huston.
Overall, the first SCMA event of the year was a huge success! The officers are excited to work with the new membership over the coming year. We have many more events planned in the coming months and we look forward to enhancing our members’ Supply Chain experience at Smeal.
-Rachel Jones, email@example.com.
Rachel is the VP of Student Affairs for the SCMA. Prior to coming to Smeal, she worked as a Project Manager at HealthAmerica in Harrisburg, PA She is currently studying Strategic Leadership and plans to pursue a career in Human Resources.