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Supply Chain Internships: Every Day is Different

Amazon, Walmart, DFW Airport, Hewlett-Packard and other major companies employed TCU supply chain majors to keep their vast moving parts running smoothly to deliver goods to customers. 

August 12,  2015

By Elaine Cole

“It has been very surprising to see the amount of people and processes that work together, correctly, just to get you the bottle of shampoo you need when you visit the store,” Sam Baxter said of his internship with Walmart. Kendall Szilasi spent her Walmart internship re-profiling one million square feet of warehouse space to ensure maximum capacity and utilization, while Onofre Chapa implemented improved replenishment points for the freezer dairy deli section of the warehouse, saving the company a possible $46,000 a year. Breanne Cooper enjoyed the real-life experience of working with Walmart’s distribution and supply chain.

Zachary Schober was the only intern at Amazon, where he acted as an area manager at a fulfillment/sort center, coordinating everything from planning future inventory to making sure every package is delivered on time.

Across the ocean at E-Heng in Shanghai, Mona Wang was surprised at the laid-back atmosphere of a successful international company.

At DFW International Airport, Tanner Stuewe learned how different departments affect each other during his summer as a parking intern. “For example, the marketing department designed promotions for the parking department to sell our parking spaces more efficiently,” he said, “And the parking department sent out construction-related traffic updates that affected nearly everyone in the airport.”

Nicole Luongo interned with Hewlett-Packard as the company was splitting into two companies. “I was exposed to project management at a revolutionary scale,” she said. “It was twice the work and twice the learning experience.”

Steve Hofmann’s internship at TAC Energy in Dallas taught him that every day was different, depending on market conditions. “I never realized all that’s involved in filling your car at the pump,” he said. “There are so many moving parts involved to get fuel to gas stations. We managed thousands of customers and sites.”

Chad Hamman was entrusted with important work at Bell Helicopter. “I was responsible for 58 contracts and over $3.9 million in program procurement,” he said.

Katie Drees enjoyed exploring the different strategies and stages of procurement at Lhoist. “The coordination required to successfully complete a sourcing project stretches far beyond the operational tactics that originally come to mind,” she said.

If your company would like to hire TCU supply chain majors for internships or fulltime positions, contact the Alcon Career Center in the TCU Neeley School of Business at 817-257-5572. For more info, visit