I'm finally back home after spending the entire summer in Dothan, Alabama/Cedar Springs, Georgia! Before classes kick back up, I'd like to spend a little bit of time detailing my first internship experience.
I snagged my procurement internship with a large, private organization early on during my first year of graduate school. As a Supply Chain/Operations Management concentration, I knew I wanted to intern with a large company and in a buying/purchasing role and that's exactly what I was able to do this summer when working for an organization that manufactures containerboard.
Before diving into some tips and what I learned from my 10 week internship, I want to give a breakdown of my daily routine.
5am CST - Wake-Up
6am CST - Leave Dothan apartment
7:45am - Arrive at work
8:15am - Morning Mill wide call
8:45 am - Assist buyers with executing contract/service agreement, create bid events, source items for various mill departments
10:00 am - Weekly Procurement Department Meeting
11:15 am- 12:30 pm - wrap up desk work/quick lunch
12:30 pm- 4:30pm - head out to storeroom to work with buyers and clerks to order, put away, and drop off inventory throughout mill
4:30 pm - head back to office
4:45 pm EST - end work day and head home
4:30 pm CST - arrive back at Dothan apt
4:45 pm - 8:00 pm - dinner, blog, tv time, etc.
8:00 pm - shower
9:00 pm - watch one last tv show
9:45pm - 10:00pm - bed
I made this quick little video towards the end of my internship program to give you a better idea of my daily routine. ** Turn your volume down -- the audio didn't translate well between my iPhone and the blog and it's quite uneven.**
Yes, I lived in one time zone and worked in another! It took me most of the summer to get use to waking up an hour early, so needless to say I'm very happy to be back in the Central time zone.
With this being my first ever internship experience, I learned five key things: 1) Don't wait... dive in! 2) Ask questions 3)Make connections 4) Use this time as a learning experience 5) Apply knowledge you already have
Once you get passed the on-boarding and HR phase of your internship, work with other interns and your supervisor to dig into the inner workings of your area. Go to meetings, work across teams, and take charge with projects.
There are no "dumb" questions. If you're curious or concerned or just want further insight, ask about it! If you're working on a project and get hung up, ask someone instead of making a wrong move. If you just want to know more about your organization and the area you're working in, set some time up with your supervisor and others in the area for one-on-one discussions. Remember, this is a huge opportunity for you, so be sure to use your first hand resources!
You don't want to stay in your little department all summer, learning about only one area-- branch out and get in touch with the other areas your department comes in contact with. As a procurement operations intern, I had the opportunity to work with and meet people from everyone around the mill. It made sense for me to get to know them better since procurement is responsible for purchasing everything from hand sanitizer for dispensers located across the mill all the way to high dollar motors, valves, and bearings for our paper machines! Plus, working on projects throughout the summer allowed me to even work with managers from our corporate location. There will always be opportunities to make connections, you just have to grab hold of them when they present themselves!
Use the Internship as a Learning Experience
Internships are these fun little experiences that all you to get a better understanding of a company, its culture, and experience working a true 40 hour+ work week. Yay! No, but seriously, use this time and opportunity to gain further understanding of what exactly you want and don't want in a job. Plus, interning is a valuable opportunity to work with and gain experience with different systems, processes, and programs-- these will give your resume a strong boost!
Apply Knowledge You Already Posses
Remember that you're bringing skills that not everyone has to your internship! Whether they're soft or technical skills, find opportunities to apply them to the various projects and responsibilities you take on during your internship.
I had a blast at my internship and was able to learn a lot about the company, its vision, and what some of my responsibilities would entail if I'm offered a position. I also learned what I don't want in a role as well and it's definitely given me a much clearer idea on what I'm looking for career-wise.
If you have any internship experience or advice, feel free to leave it below in the comment section!
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Funny story, I was a CeCe to a Schimdt once. Things didn't work out but it was fun while it lasted! I've binge watched all the seasons of New Girl on Netflix and I have to say it's one of my favorite shows. It's hands down one of the funniest shows I've ever seen and I'm bummed out that next season is the last one. *insert sad face* I mean, honestly, how can any of deny that there's a little bit of Jess within us?! And who doesn't love Nick and his hilarious ridiculousness? Let's not forget Winston and his cat, Ferguson! Gosh, I love them.
"True Americans" comes from the drinking game the characters play on the show. Apparently there's a real True Americans drinking game, but the rules from the show are obviously a bit different. You can read about them here and here!
While roaming the internet one evening I found this New Girl shirt on Pinterest. It's from a fun Fayetteville, Arkansas based boutique-- Riffraff. As a fan of the show I knew I had to have it! Despite the fact that I'm in my mid-twenties, I asked my mom to get it for me for Christmas last year. It was honestly the only thing I wanted along with gift cards to Chipotle and Target (I'm a simple woman). My sweet momma got this shirt for me and I know I was the happiest person on Earth Christmas Day!
I wasn't able to wear this soft, fun tee until about 3 months after Christmas and I decided to keep the look simple -- busted knee jeans and simple heels gives this casual tee a little pick up. You could easily style this top with a sassy leather skirt, cut off jean shorts, fun flats or even a pair of sneakers. I've linked this entire outfit above!
I hope you all have a relaxing, binge-worthy weekend! What are some of your favorite shows to binge watch? Leave your answers in the comments below!
Obviously I'm still in Mexico in my mind you guys! I wore this look for a fun day of shopping in Playa del Carmen. We took a collectivo from Tulum into the city (about an hour ride + various stops along the way) and ended up at Paseo del Carmen shopping center.
There's actually a cool story behind this outfit. I won this shirt through an Instagram giveaway with BlaineBowen.com last year completely on a whim! I'm not really one to enter IG giveaways-the odds of winning are slim to none most of the time- but this time, the giveaway was super simple.
They posted a picture of where they most recently shot their new lookbook and asked where we thought it was. The picture was of Joshua Tree National Park (I've been there before!) and I answered right! They graciously awarded me with a gift card to their website and I picked this cute sugar skull top. Once I knew I was headed to Mexico for a week, I knew it'd be perfect to wear!
I decided to pair the top with white jeans and these fun, blue suede espadrilles my mom picked up for me from TJ Maxx. The espadrilles are by Fabiolas and they have an amazing collection online. I wasn't able to find my exact pair, but you can check out similar styles here, here, and here. She also grabbed this trendy pair of reflective sunnies too!
My saddle bag is out of stock as well, but I purchased it from ASOS last year. It's the perfect size bag to grab when traveling. It holds all my essentials like chapstick, sunnies, wallet, and cell phone without being too bulky. You can shop similar styles here and here.
Hope you all have a great rest of the week. Be on the look out for more Tulum vacation posts and I'll be recapping my most recent trip to NYC late this week and next week!
It's officially spring and I am loving this warm weather! I can finally pack up my "winter" coats and put the booties away and pull out fun skirts and strappy sandals.
I picked up this flirty, floral skirt during my recent trip to Mexico. My friend and I knew we had some down time before our cooking class later in the evening, so we hopped in a colectivo (Mexican shuttle service) and made our way into the city of Playa del Carmen. They have this great shopping center, Paseo del Carmen, we knew we wanted to check out. They have your typical American stores like Old Navy, the Nike Store, and Starbucks. Better yet, they have both Zara and Zara Home! We definitely did some damage in Zara!
Right as we walked into the shopping center we stopped in this store called Bershka. It's a Spanish department store with trendy pieces for both men and women. The best store I can compare it to here in the States is H&M. The vibe is very hip relaxed and all the associates had great style! Plus, when you pay for things in Mexican Pesos it doesn't hit your wallet as hard, lol!
No matter where or when I shop, I head for the sale/clearance racks and sections first and this time I was rewarded! I found this flirty, floral print skirt and knew I needed to bring it back with me. I don't have too many soft or feminine pieces in my closet right now, but I feel this adding this skirt to my closet is the perfect way to start to soften things up.
The Jacquard skirt is completely embroidered with flowers in the most delicate and cohesive way possible! It features a fun little (emphasis on little!) ruffled hem and a concealed side zipper. Be sure to size up when ordered (European clothing tends to run a bit smaller than US clothing).
I opted to keep the look simple by pairing it with a light-wash denim button up and tie-up nude sandals for an easy spring look. What are you most excited to wear this Spring? Comment below!
Photography: Kate Hampton
It's been forever since I've blogged! I have been so wrapped up in my graduate program and work that I just have not had the time to write. Honestly, I should be studying for an OM test I have tomorrow, but I couldn't fight the urge to post a few pictures from my recent trip to Tulum, Mexico!
I recently enjoyed a week-long stay in the magical town of Tulum, Mexico! Knowing that I'd be hanging out on the beach just about everyday, I ordered a few swimsuits prior to leaving.
This orange bandeau one piece ended up being my favorite. I knew I wanted a one a few one pieces to wear so I could just easily throw a pair of shorts on when roaming the town, so when I came across this suit by ASOS I knew I had to grab it. I originally wanted it in black but when I saw this bright orange I couldn't resist!
Staying true to my love of one pieces, I found this festive little number by Lovers + Friends while scouring Revolve's sale section about a month before my trip. Besides the fun pattern, the suit is actually this amazing cotton-y, terry cloth type of fabric that feels so good -- feels nothing like normal swimsuit material. Plus, the front zipper adds a bit of sassiness! The suit has a deep scoop back and adjustable straps.
**Revolve also carries this same style in a two-piece!
And who can resist throwing on a fun mix & match bikini?! I bought this Target bikini over a year ago and finally got to wear while south of the border. The hot pink fringing and colorful, funky stitching were perfect under the Mexican sun.
This is just a glimpse of my time down in Tulum. I can't wait to show you the rest of my exciting trip! Be sure to check back in later this week to find out the best places to eat, grab drinks, and explore!
Hello, I'm Margo.
25 year old laid-back lady currently pursuing my MBA in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Just using my blog to share my evolving style, favorite recipes, and exciting travels with you!
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