As summer comes to a close, so does our time with our summer interns. This summer, we had Steve and Erin working in the Marketing department and Joe working in the Engineering department. Here is what they had to say about their experiences:
Being an economics student, I deal a lot with numbers and theory. While at Davies, I was able to focus on applying what I have learned in school to solve real world business problems. In doing so, I completed projects involving market analysis, lead generation, customer relations, and online marketing. It was very rewarding to see my work make a difference for the business.
Everyone at Davies was very welcoming and always encouraging me to learn. I was often invited into meetings even if I was not involved with the project because my mentors knew that I wanted to be exposed to as much as possible. I was very fortunate to be exposed to a variety of business functions from marketing to sales and even engineering. I now have a better idea of what I want to do with my career and what to expect when I enter the business world. For now, I am focused on having a strong senior year that will set me up for success in the future.
This past summer, I worked as an Engineering Intern for Davies and absolutely loved my experience. I came in with very minimal 3D modeling skill, no knowledge of what an ECN (Engineering Change Notice) was, no idea what a Cable Gland was (or what it did), and could have never begun to guess what an Insert Press was. As my 14 weeks end, I have not only attained THAT knowledge, but MUCH, MUCH MORE! Davies has provided me with opportunities to engage in communication through emails, refine my modeling ability, understand work world engineering terminology, such as ECN, and meet a host of wonderful co-workers in the factory and in the office.
Throughout my time here, I have learned what it means to be a professional and have grown as a person and an employee. I have learned to value relationships at every level of the employment chain, but more importantly, treat everyone with the same level of respect and gratitude and come in every day ready to work and perform. Davies has been a truly monumental stepping stone towards my professional career because of everyone's willingness to help me learn, challenge my abilities, and let me work on projects unavailable at college. It has been a true pleasure to intern for Davies Molding, LLC!
Post-internship, I head back to Iowa State University to start my Junior year! I will continue rugby, study abroad during the spring semester in Limerick, Ireland, and hope to continue my academic successes to attain an internship again next Summer! As much as I am looking forward to college, it will be tough to leave this wonderful company! Thank you, Davies, for everything! It has been an absolute pleasure!
Coming into this internship, I was not sure what to expect. I didn't know the first thing about knobs, handles, or cases. However, this internship turned into a fantastic learning opportunity for me. I not only learned about Davies Molding products, but about the marketing, sales, customer relations, event planning, and so much more that goes on behind the scenes. Everyone always kept us busy and was dedicated to helping us learn as much as possible from this experience. This summer was a great opportunity to develop my professional skills, interact and network with people from a variety of fields, and receive feedback and tips from company executives that will surely help me in the business world. I feel a great deal more confident as I enter my senior year and the work force after graduation. I couldn't be more grateful to the wonderful team of welcoming, dedicated, and hardworking individuals here at Davies!