Ethan Ten gained insight into shipping operations with his internship at Spongellé.
What new knowledge or skills did you gain from your internship?
I learned a lot of things during my Internship at Spongellé. I learned about the ins and outs of a business firsthand. For example, I learned how the company ships their products by filing shipping forms and what specific wording is used regarding the importance of the shipment and its size. I also learned the importance of being patient and fully engaging with my fellow employees. I had to be more patient because the business was just opening back up after its closure due to COVID. As a result, there was some disorganization of what tasks I had to do as the workers were slowly returning to work. Often, I would start a job and then change because they needed me to do something else. This taught me to be more flexible and patient. I also learned that by talking and being more engaged with my fellow employees made them more likely to help me out and give valuable pointers during my internship.
One of the most satisfying parts of my internship would have to be engaging with my fellow co-workers. It was fascinating to learn how people got to the place they are at today, as that information can help you continue your career after college. I also learned that the simple gesture of getting lunch with a co-worker would foster a better working relationship.
What advice do you have for students seeking out internships?
My advice to new interns would be to have many options for internships and choose the one that is right for you. Ask yourself questions like: What do you want to do? How far do you want to go to get there? What do you like to learn? Asking yourself these questions will help narrow down some options for your Internship. Another piece of advice is if you feel overwhelmed during the internship experience itself, let your supervisor know. In most cases, they will accommodate you. Good luck!