My name is Alex Schussler and I will be graduating with a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas this upcoming spring. This past summer I had the opportunity to intern with L’Oeral in an operations role. I learned so much from this experience and I hope all of you find an internship as fun as mine!intern

Showing my family the facility re-design I got to implement!

I had never been inside a manufacturing plant before, and it was crazy how many different robots are used in the production of make-up. My job was specifically working in the distribution center with one other intern. My days started at 7am, where I’d make sure to walk around the facility to check on the teams I was working with. Then, I would attend daily production meetings where we would figure out which customers were the priority for the day, what shipments would make it out on time, and discuss any recent incidents. After these meetings, I spent the rest of the day working on my projects. One of the key things I learned from this experience was to always ask questions. Almost everyone you meet wherever you work will most likely be willing to help. I had the chance to work with some amazing people, and I wouldn’t have been able to accomplish a whole lot without them.

On top of all of the amazing people, I also got exposed to a new industry that I hadn’t considered working in before. Figuring out what you want to do for a career is hard, and internships are there to help you figure things out. With L’Oreal I got the chance to make some great friends, network with different types of people, and most importantly get me closer to deciding what I want to do upon graduation. I highly encourage every college student to intern for a summer or two, and if you’re given the opportunity to co-op, do it! These opportunities truly help shape you to become the best engineer you can be.