With Back-to-School right around the corner, it’s time to say goodbye to our summer interns. After hosting them for 10 weeks, we celebrated the completion of their projects at our corporate headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, with an event to showcase their work.
“Our interns have spent the summer building relationships with our teams, influencing business decisions and taking their classroom experience and using it firsthand in a corporate environment. Our final event, InternPalooza, gives our interns a chance to show pride in their work. The program is a great way to utilize their talents and give them a focus, purpose and the opportunity to make an impact,” said Deanna Fontana, director of talent management. “Each year, we are lucky to have such a smart and engaging group of students.”
SHC associates were invited to attend InternPalooza to support the interns and hear about their work. Below are some quotes from our interns.
“Business isn’t actually my background; I’m an aerospace engineer, so it was a great experience to see how things work in a large company like this. I’ve only ever worked in small organizations. Seeing thousands of people work together was really neat and I’ve learned a lot.
If I could use one word to describe my summer, it would be “expanding.” Since I don’t have business experience, I’ve really learned a lot about supply chain. For example, “How do the merchants interact with inventory or space planning?” This experience really expanded my understanding of how things actually get done in a real work atmosphere. It’s also very clear that people here are dedicated and focused on making progress and being better every day.” – Austin Gonzalez, Illinois Institute of Technology, M.E. Aerospace Engineering
“I’ve really learned so much, and I’ve gotten the opportunity to do actual analyst work outside of just focusing on my project. I have enjoyed the experience of having my own project that I’ve brought to completion which has been really cool. I also love the culture here; it’s been really welcoming, inviting, casual and fun. It feels like a big family. Because it’s a corporate headquarters, I was a little worried about that. I didn’t know how stuffy or serious it was going to be, but everyone has been so nice. ” – Maria Sperl, Purdue University, Finance and Accounting
“I enjoyed this summer because I was able to work on something that applied to my major and I also learned a lot about databases. I liked working with the other interns and actually seeing what business is like in the real world. It was a really great opportunity.” – Tony Kim, Georgia Institute of Technology, Computer Science
“Being as this was my first internship, I was a little nervous. I haven’t had that much experience besides obviously what I’ve learned in classes. But, my team has been so welcoming and they have helped me out so much. I’ve gotten so much exposure to a lot of different places in the company. I have also gained a stronger background in inventory management, so I think it’s going to help me a lot in my classes. With inventory, there are so many different aspects that can be applied to all the different areas of supply chain. This internship gave me a lot of real examples of my class work.” – Jacquelyn Ingolia, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Supply Chain Management & Marketing
“I had no idea how much goes into running a big corporation like this. Some of the aspects of the transformation have been really interesting. I worked in the Member Technology portion of the company. It was really cool to be in the mix of everything. When I came into the internship, I didn’t know how many products Sears sold. My idea of Sears was a brick-n-mortar store. Our online presence is great; we sell pretty much everything you need. That was surprising to me.” – Alex Wasserman, University of Michigan, Computer Science Engineering
“I love the atmosphere here. People don’t view you just as an asset. They are actually concerned about you and really care. People on the team are like brothers. I had a team member who had family issues and had to leave. My team Skyped with him and we have been there for him along the way. ” – Astrid Younang, Oakland University, Computer Science and Engineering
Thank you to all our interns this summer!