Week 1:TechSmith

Since starting at TechSmith in February I have learned a ton about not only the company but the technology industry itself. TechSmith is the industry leader in screen recording and screen capture technology. The company is family owned and has been in business since 1987. TechSmith has many goals as a company including staying on top of tech innovation in all sectors as well as creating user friendly tools that allow people of any type to communicate more seamlessly. Something that I really appreciate about this company is the dedication they have to their wide customer base. While obviously having a clearly defined target market TechSmith works with different users to meet needs that may be specific to their company or field. This includes having things such as multi-user discounts, for large corporations who constantly need to add employees to licenses, to special government and educational prices for their different user groups. Being on the customer service team for a company that cares so much about their customers challenges me to create the best experience for any consumer that has committed to TechSmith and their products. Lastly, when talking about the corporate culture of TechSmith, I believe we are one of the most unique companies out their. A few examples of this are that the CEO has an office in every single building on TechSmiths campus, allowing her to work in a different building every week in order to meet all the employees. Additionally, TechSmith records a Monday Morning Meeting every week, where people from every team speak about addressing the mission statement and vison of the company.

I can’t wait to continue my experience at TechSmith and look forward to sharing it with all my classmates!


Week 1 Zachary DeSimpelare

Two weeks ago I started working at Michigan Caterpillar where they put me in charge of quite a few important projects to work on throughout the course of the summer. This first project that I got mostly done already was to arrange a inventory yard layout that was efficient and customer friendly. I first attacked this project by getting the dimensions of the yard by measuring it out, then I took inventory of the yard to get the rough estimates of how many equipment they’ll have of each machine. Then I downloaded a CAD software program to create a layout; I then found out the length, width, height of most of the equipment in the yard and put it into the CAD program so that I could move the equipment around on it to find the most efficient yard layout. I’m still tweaking it day to day but it’s ready for the most part to actually move the machines and test out if it is more efficient than the yard layout currently. My boss just gave me a new project which I’m excited about because this will also have an impact on the franchise. He has given me the responsibility of logging in all of their inventory that they have logged in on paper to an excel doc so they can use it to filter and find inventory quicker than going through stacks of files. This project should take up a good portion of the next couple weeks I’d imagine. I’m excited to hopefully help my yard manager that I’ve become friends with these past two weeks become more efficient to make his job easier and quicker. If I can help him become more efficient than I’ll know I’m doing my job well and making an impact in the company.

Week 1 Wilbur Ellis

My name is Edgar Torres Salinas and I am interning with Wilbur Ellis in Hart, Michigan. My position in the company is orchard scout/field technician. My first week was overwhelming; I got a lot of books from my supervisor to read at home. These books where about diseases and insects in different orchards. I had a hard time understanding what I was really reading because I am an on hands person. Luckily for me, the next day I was paired with another orchard scout, named Alex, and we went to scout apples and cherries that day. Alex taught me so much that day; I asked him so many questions because I wanted to be prepared. I was going to be riding along with him and the other scout, named Andy, for a week and the second week  I would be starting on my own. Everyday of the week we have a different schedule but each day is the same. We get a list of growers and we have to scout their fruit orchards for insects and diseases. What I learned about scouting that day with Alex is that we will be walking, a lot. Each block is approximately ten to twenty acres, and we have about twenty blocks each day. I learned how to set traps for moths in apple and peach orchards. For apples, we have to set oriental fruit moth traps and coddling moth traps. For peaches, we only set oriental fruit moth traps. Lastly, for cherries we do not put out traps out just yet because we are targeting another insect that comes out later in the season. When we scout the orchards we have to pay attention to the leaves of the orchards and examine every other orchard while we are walking. It may sound overwhelming but you do not have to scout every single leaf in the orchards. After my first week of riding a long with the other scouts I feel ready to go out on my own and scout my very own blocks.

Week 1:Smithfield Farm Internship

I started to work on Monday May 23, 2016. I was expected to be at the office for orientation. During orientation, Mr. Porta welcomed us and showed allot of videos for our orientation. One of the videos was about animal care and behavior which involves respect and proper interaction with the sows (female hog), this involves how we had to approach sows and how to move them. After that we saw another video about safety. Since farms are the places where most of the accidents happen, we saw allot of videos of what to do and how to act depending on the citation ranging from common injuries ,fires ,hazards to even chemical spills. At the end of the session Mr.Porta went over the highlights of the video and asked us if we had any questions. At the end of the day we went over paperwork and each of the interns was assigned a different farm.

This is a new experience for me since I have never worked at a farm, the work was very fiscal but I still enjoyed the work and everything on the farm. The farm is divided into two sections. Breeding section is in charge of inseminating the sows and the farrowing part is in charge of nursery and delivery of the piglets.  I start on Farrowing

From Tuesday through Wednesday I was put to work with Angela. She is the person in charge of treating the sows and piglets who are sick and also checks the sows if they are eating well. Angela is also in charge of the feeding of the sows, she also helps the other workers on winning days, which are the days in which the piglets are separated by sex and also vaccinated so that they go to another farm to grow more and get fattened. With here I learned how to give shots to piglets and sows. I also learned how to cut the tails of the piglets.

On Thursday I had to start work at 5:00 a.m and start the day with the winning and also clean up the place where the sows where, so that the new sows would come there and take their place. After cleaning their feed, and cages my manager Laura put me with Felipe, he is in charge of the piglets and in their delivery as well, if the female sow is having trouble to deliver Felipe has to help them deliver. He also checks that the piglets get well feed from their mother, and also transfers them to other sows if they cannot feed because they are many for the sow. I had a little time to work with him but I will begin to work more on next week.

On Friday I the other interns and I were sent to another farm, to have a class on standard necropsy by the veterinarian in charge of the regional area.  We had to learn how to identify abnormalities within the pig, externally and internally and understand the cause of their deaths. We also had to open the dead pigs and we were taught to identify abnormalities and taught how to get samples from the organs, and the lymphatic system. I enjoyed the class allot and thought that it was very interesting. After the necropsy class we here done and I could not return to work on my farm because of the biosecurity measures, meaning that I cannot enter my farm because I went to another, This is done to prevent the spread of diseases.


I really enjoyed working with Smithfield, I am learning so much. I never thought farms where so complex, and there was more than meets the eye.

Wilbur Ellis-Blog 1

I just finished my third week at Wilbur Ellis as an intern and I am learning so much in the short time I have been there. I have done various tasks so far such as field scouting apple orchards, numerous ride-alongs with sale reps, visited a lot of specialty crops and row crop fields, and am learning the computer system in the office. I have done a lot in the short time I’ve been at Wilbur Ellis and I am looking forward to what this next week will bring.

Here’s a recap of my past week:

Monday: I checked apple traps and set out OBLR lures in traps all day. I ended the day helping in the office.

Tuesday: I started the morning out in the office and left around 11:00 to ride with a field scout/intern the rest of the day. We scouted a cabbage field where we found a imported cabbage worm moth. Then we went on to check apple trees, cherry trees, and peach trees. In the peach trees, we spotted peach tree aphids so we will kill that insect with a insecticide called Macho 4.0.

Wednesday: With it being the end of the month, I helped in the office all day.

Thursday: I made several spreader and tender deliveries and delivered a chemical order for a sales rep.

Friday: I helped in the office for the first part of the morning. After the office work, I rode along with a sales rep to do a blueberry plot field. From there I delivered a tender to a grower and then drove to Sparta, MI to pick up an order for our branch.

Saturday: Saturday hours are shorter so I stayed in the office and helped where I could.

I am looking forward to what this next will bring!

Meagan Ruff

CHS Internship – Blog 1

This week was my third week as an agronomy intern at CHS; I’m enjoying it so far and really looking forward to the rest of the summer. After a couple weeks of training and lots of ride-alongs with the sales reps we are finally out on our own. Mondays I go quite a ways South to the Dowagiac area and scout apples for a lot of smaller farms and cherries for a large cherry grower. I like scouting orchards because it’s something I’m familiar with and know a fair amount about already from my prior internships at Wilbur-Ellis.

Tuesdays are my row crop day and I have learned a lot already because it’s something new to me. Even though I come from a farm that raises corn, wheat, and beans, I’ve never had to scout them so I don’t know as much about them. Taking stand counts, population counts and plant spacing standard deviations all day was easy but it was something I had never done before so I learned some new things that day. I scouted with another intern Jessica who has experience in this from her last internship so if I had a question about something she was very helpful. We also put a Dekalb test plot in and that was interesting because everything has to be very precise and recorded in detail. That was also something I had never done before and I’m looking forward to seeing how the different varieties perform this year.

Wednesdays are long days scouting blueberries. It’s neat to see how berries in the South Haven area are so much farther ahead than the berries in the Muskegon area just because how location affects growing degree days so much. The berries that I scout to the North are still in full bloom the same time berries in the South regions already are in petal fall or even the green berry growth stage. Since they are so far apart I’m even catching fruit moths in my traps earlier than the other scouts that scout farther north. Blueberries are a new crop to me and I’m excited to see how they progress each week throughout the season.

Thursday I scout more orchards close to home and Fridays I ride along with a salesman so it’s different each week. I rode with Scott this week and he works with row crops so we stopped at a few wheat fields and checked to see how they were growing. Some of them looked really nice and some did not. One thing I learned is the salespeople at CHS don’t have territories, they sell based on their relationships with growers so they all cover a huge area and know their growers really well which I think is very important in this business.

Overall it was a good week at CHS!

Week 1: Meijer Retail Operation Internship

I am working this summer at Meijer. I have a Retail Operation Internship.

I will be working in Canton, MI at a retail store and also part-time in Grand Rapids at the Meijer Corporate Headquarters. My first week experience has gone well so far. I started my time a Meijer this week in Grand Rapids at headquarters. I went through an internship orientation with 101 other interns. In this orientation I got to hear many key leaders and executives speak. The president of Meijer, Rick Keyes spoke of to us about Meijer’s core values and also talked about how they are planning to move the company forward in future. We also got to listen to Michael Rotelle Senior Vice President of Human Resources who talked to us about new Human Resource initiatives and how they work to maintain their workforce. After hearing from these speakers we went on a tour of the corporate campus and were introduce to our First Assistants (Store Director) and District Managers of multiple regions of Meijer. In this program I am assigned a Store Director and a Mentor who will be helping me in any tasks that I need get completed. My Store Directors name is Pat Fuller and my Mentor is Clara Griffin who is the Line Manager of the Canton store. I feel these two individuals are going to be good mentors because they have a long history with the Meijer company and have a lot of experience. Overall I am excited about what the future of this internship holds and all I am going to learn in the coming weeks.

Week 1: General Mills, Buffalo Plant

This week I began my internship as a Logistics Management Associate (LMA) Intern for General Mills. I am working in their cereal manufacturing plant in Buffalo, NY. At this plant, they produce Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, and Lucky Charms. My job as a LMA Intern will be to work with the process of bulk unloading (raw materials and ingredients) and shipping finished product out of the warehouse.

First, I need to say that I was very impressed with the General Mills on boarding experience. It was certainly one of the best I have ever experience and not for any normal reason. The content was very similar to any company’s on boarding process. However the people and the culture of teamwork and wellbeing is what made it so great. I can say positively that every person I met made it seem like they had my safety and wellbeing in mind. It was a true safety culture and family culture as well. The amount of passion in the logistics department really shocked me. Every employee truly loves and cares about their job and the work that they do. I felt a sense of belonging right away.

Not only were they welcoming to me as an intern, but all of their union employees on the floor have a similar culture. I can tell they are treated well by the company and in turn they do their jobs well. It was very refreshing to be a part of this environment.

I am still trying to learn everything I can and be able to find my way around the plant. I can not wait to begin my project in logistics.  I feel very prepared for this job because I’ve had a descent amount of warehouse experience in the past. I really think I can make a difference and bring some positive change to the company. general-mills-logo-2012

Week 1 at Great Lakes Packing Co.

My first week at Great Lakes Packing Company–a cherry processor in the Traverse City area–has already had its twists and turns.

The very first day, after we signed our employment documents and watched the training videos, my supervisor informed me that the position for which I was hired was no longer as urgent to fill. So instead of starting my training in Quality Control and Production Tracking, I agreed to a last-minute switch: they requested that I start out on the day shift as Front Office staff and transition to the night shift office once harvest time starts.

In some ways I’m already thankful for the change; I’m at the center of the operation where I can familiarize myself with company employees, business associates, internal communications and important documents. I had hoped for a more hands-on experience as a Production Tracker in the processing plant, but I can already see how the office position will expose me to a bigger picture of the tart cherry industry.

I was also surprised to hear how many employees prefer the night shift. They describe it as a slightly less hectic time where it’s easier to have fun, to get to know each other, and to learn the most. I heard the same from a classmate who was in my position last year; she said that in the office, the night shift is when all the behind-the-scenes projects take place. And so, although I’ve never worked a night shift before, I’m looking forward to that inside-view of the industry.


Week 1: Green Valley Ag.

I finished my third week interning at Green Valley and this week was rather slow due to the scattered rain showers. Green Valley is an agriculture input supplier that sells fertilizer, chemicals, seed, and custom apps.  My main focus these past couple of weeks included; scouting fields, customer service, riding along with the sales rep, and making deliveries if needed. Although my week usually changes, I try to scout fields Monday and Tuesday, then help with customer service and ride with the sales reps for the remainder of the week. I was given a company truck which I use mostly on Monday and Tuesday for scouting then I create scouting reports and email them out to the farmers. I’ve been mainly scouting blueberries since we are located in West Michigan where the majority of them are grown, but I’m also beginning to scout row crops. Most of the blueberry fields are in the  petal fall growth stage and beginning to transition into green berries. In regards to insects and disease, cherry and cranberry fruit moths are beginning to fly and I am seeing a few symptoms of phomopsis blight and canker, a blueberry fungal disease that kills new growth. Since we are catching a number of fruit moths, we have been informing the farmers and reminding them to wait until the bees are removed and the growing degree days reach a certain level to spray their fields.

After I’ve finished scouting my fields and creating reports, I help in the office with customer service. I help create the paper work for the procurement and fulfillment process, answer phone calls, and print out maps for the delivery drivers. I also tag along with the sales reps as they drive around checking in on farmers and to try to sell them more product. I am now seeing first hand how building and maintaining good relationships with your customers is important in keeping them loyal to your company. When I am riding with the sales reps I always ask them about the customers we are about to visit. Most of the time the sales guys know a lot about their customers’ hobbies and personal life which I think is important.

Next week I get to help with corn test plots, we are testing a new pre-emergent herbicide that is not on the market yet and my assignment is to keep track of how well it controls weeds versus another type of herbicide. So far I am enjoying interning there and I am excited on what has to come.