What made you want to intern with this business?
After hearing about the internship program at JLG Industries Inc., I knew that it would be a great fit for me. I was looking for an internship that would give me real-world experience, hands-on training and potential employment. As an intern at JLG, I have gotten and will continue to get training that is applicable to the job market.
What are your internship responsibilities?
I am responsible for the weekly and monthly financial reports that are sent to Oshkosh Corporation, the parent company of JLG. Also, I work on converting existing reports from old software, once used by JLG, to software to which the company is transitioning.
How do you think you might apply what you’ve learned in your internship to classroom or career situations?
All interns at JLG go through Continuous Improvement Fundamentals training, which includes Six Sigma, Lean and OOS principles. The basic lessons taught revolve around limiting waste and inefficiencies, and problem solving. What I have taken away from this training is the mindset behind all of these teaching principles, which can be executed in the classroom and career situations. I have learned to approach problems in a different way and understand that it is not necessarily the person that needs evaluated, but instead it is the process in which it is completed.
Also, I have learned about value-added services to our external and internal customers. To implement this concept, I will consider who the customer is, what their needs are and how can I make sure their needs are met before starting a new task.
What is a life lesson that you have taken from your internship?
Currently, I share an office with three other finance interns. They are extremely intelligent and motivated. At first, this made me nervous because I was not sure how I would compare. After the first couple of weeks of the internship, I learned that the best part of the internship was being in the same room as these other interns. We constantly pick each other’s brains about the work we are completing and our career ambitions.
In the past, I would have tried to compete with the other interns and show them how intelligent I was, but after listening to what they had to say, I realized how much more I could learn from them by embracing their talents instead of competing with their talents.