In today's economy, it is wonderful to hear the success stories, including internship and job experiences, that have been told by our OSM majors. Today, we feature three of our students, starting with David Salvo, who has been interning at Parker Hannifin.
David shared some of his experiences and duties at Parker Hannifin:
"This summer, I started working at Parker Hannifin as a Summer Supply Chain Intern, working on various projects for corporate supply chain. My focus was to work with our freight forwarders to lower our shipping costs across the board. Working with large logistics companies such as; DHL, UPS, Expeditors, and FedEx to eliminate over 3 million in spending in about 3 months out of the corporate supply chain. I was also responsible for developing a website for open communications between suppliers, customers and Parker, that still serves as an effective cost reducer.
I am currently working on a project that will enable employees to enter sales orders in a more automated fashion using about 1/2 the time. This used a massive amount of Excel VBA and Excel Solver. This method is currently being developed to be integrated into our supplier website so our customers and suppliers can start the ordering process themselves enabling Parker to provide better customer service overall."
Next up, Christopher Tidwell talks about his career path thanks to being an OSM major:
"I have been a student at Cleveland State University for the past 3 years and have been working my way through college (like most of you do). I started at the Gap as a sales associate before moving up into a part-time managerial position shortly there after. A few years passed and I began looking for an internship - partly for college credit and partly to get practical experience. After about 6 months of apply and calling HR departments for any part-time/internship positions (at least 4 times a week relentlessly), I finally had one that pulled through. It was with UPS Freight as a Weight & Research Inspector.
This was the type of position I had been looking for -- one that would enable me to have a first-hand understanding of how freight moves through the distribution network (from shipper to consignee), billing/rating, scheduling, and any processes that fall in-between. Through this position I honestly learned a whole semesters worth of material in about 3 weeks. I never truly grasped the concepts discussed in class until this moment and I am grateful for this experience - however it did come at a price. Once they put me out on my own, I was in charge of inspections for the entire Inbound Operations - which began around 1 am.
So, for the past 7 months I have been doing that, and school, until more recently I received a full-time-career-paying-job with Invacare Corporation, in Elyria, as a Demand Planner. In this position I will be, in a nutshell, responsible for a set number of SKU's from start to finish in the Distribution Network - by making sure inventories are at the optimum level in 5 Distribution Centers.
I believe that I would not have received this job without everything I have learned at CSU … paired with lots of hard work! I would constantly be asking faculty from the OSM department about what classes apply to certain aspects of the working world and how I can further my experienced to make me more marketable for a company. I always wanted to know how concepts/theories applied to the working world in all of my classes. Through all of the OSM and other classes I have taken (Statistics I & II, Operations Management, International Operations Management, Quality Control, Supply Chain Management, Strategic Sourcing, along with several other non OSM classes) and from building relationships with faculty in this department (and others) I was able to get what I was looking for. More importantly, what I needed to succeed.
Overall, I am very blessed to have all of my experiences and opportunities. If there is anything that I can relay on to the students it would be always push yourself to the edge. By taking classes seriously, studying not for the class but for the real world, getting connected with faculty, having patience, and putting forth a lot of hard work, I was able to get where I am at today. Being an OSM major has opened many doors for me, but I had to walk through them."
Our next featured student is Nichelle Marquez, who has been working with MP Biomedicals:
"I am an inventory analyst intern at MP Biomedicals in Solon, Ohio. At this distribution center we are in the process of automating our inventory systems. This involves constantly updating bills of materials, purchase orders, and production schedules. I have been working with multiple departments collecting data and inputting this data into the MRP system.
MP Biomedicals is working towards gaining ISO certification. To achieve this I have been composing standard operating procedures for the inventory control department. I have also been doing simple forecasting and hope to do more in-depth analysis with it."
Finally, we received a brief update from Calin Gogonea, who has been working with the Cleveland Clinic:
"I have had a consulting contract since September with the Cleveland Clinic, temporarily until they find me a position here in the SC department. I am working full time and getting paid so I am pretty happy. I should have a full time position here by the end of this year. Their SC department has implemented my project tracker that I have been designing for 3 months, and now it's the main source for the Clinic to keep track of projects and their savings, and also generate executive reports."
We would like to thank David, Christopher, Nichelle, and Calin for sharing their stories with us.