Another year in the books that the interns didn’t burn down IWCO Direct. I think I can speak for the group when I say it was an amazing summer full of learning. Below are some final words from both the IWCO Direct interns and their supervisors, reflecting on the past three months.
Nischal Bhandari, Business Intelligence (BI) & Software Engineer Intern
“The best part of working here for me was that I was given real projects to work on from the very first week.”
Nischal’s major project this summer was to redesign and automate manual maintained Excel reports using cutting edge Business Intelligence tools. Nischal’s supervisor, Korey Bushman, said, “Nischal has a focused and dedicated work ethic, is eager to learn, and always brought a positive attitude (despite a 70-mile commute) to work.” His plans after this internship are to finish his degree.
Sam Geddes, Electrical Controls Engineer Intern
“All of the coworkers at IWCO Direct have been great. Everyone has been helpful in making sure I have all the information I need to work successfully and collaboratively.”
Sam worked heavily on improving IWCO Direct’s Ethernet network to log and analyze incoming data. After this summer he is excited to explore opportunities for full-time employment.
Nick Hendrickson, Purchasing Agent Co-Op
“The best part of IWCO Direct was getting to know a bunch of people and be able to try to learn as much as I could every day.”
Nick was a huge help in assisting the transition of Little Falls’ entire purchasing process to be compliant with Sarbanes-Oxley Act. His supervisor, Karen Weil, said, “Nick is a great fit with the purchasing team and culture at IWCO Direct, and we greatly appreciate his humor.” He looks forward to graduating next spring and a future career in Supply Chain/Procurement.
Blake Lewko, Marketing & Corporate Communications Intern
“The best part about working at IWCO Direct is the people and the IWCO Direct culture.”
Blake’s project this summer was working side-by-side with Steel Partners to create informational material that will coordinate with the upcoming Skechers Moon Shoe employee appreciation release. After the conclusion of his internship, he plans to pursue a career in sales.
Ashley Luehmann, Marketing & Corporate Communications Intern
“I have to say the best part of my time here has definitely been my coworkers. They have all been so supportive and patient with me and really helped me grow.”
The project I worked on this summer was creating bus advertisements to promote careers at IWCO Direct. I will be returning to school to finish up my degree.
Zach McGovern, IT User Support Intern
“The best part about working at IWCO Direct was how much independence I was given and how I was encouraged to solve new problems we were facing.”
Zach upgraded many of our computers to keep the company up to date in technology. His supervisor, Len Johnson, shared this about their summer: “Zach brought strong customer service skills with him to the position. We taught him the technical side of our procedures, and he’s combined the two to become a very effective member of the support team.” He plans to continue his studies in Information Systems at UW- Madison.
Zach Myrvold, Continuous Improvement Intern
“The best part about working at IWCO Direct for me was working with lots of other people that create different opportunities.”
Zach created a quality reward system to encourage workers to reduce amounts of QIDs. His supervisor, Meg Hanaman, had this to share about working together: “Zach’s been a great addition to the CI team—he’s brought fresh, creative ideas that have been shared with Operations and gained positive traction, like his recommendation for a program that recognizes good/improved quality efforts. He’s also kept us up to date on the hot new music—Old Town Road.” His plans for the future are to return to college.
Carter Ruegg, Safety Intern
Carter’s summer highlight was his work with Aerotek. He created an accident process flow chart to improve injury reporting standards. Over the summer, he learned that asking questions is always better than doing something wrong and that obtaining as much knowledge as you can is very important.
Claire Schmitt, Business Services Intern
“I personally felt like IWCO Direct is a very good company because they care so much about their employees. From the standing desks to the umbrellas to cross the street, I felt like I was given all of the tools needed to successfully do my job and feel like I’m at home when I’m actually at work.”
Claire was extremely proud to have the opportunity to streamline all of IWCO Direct Chanhassen’s supplier list. After this internship, she plans to return to school.
Jeremy Siler, Industrial/ Mechanical Engineer Co-Op
This summer, Jeremy worked on developing a product planning tool. It is now being used as a reference point for multiple departments to reduce both front-end planning time and new hire training time. Reflecting on his time at IWCO Direct, he said he learned to be proactive and “embrace being stuck.”
Sam Wambold, Marketing Services Intern
This summer, Sam worked on a complex project compiling and analyzing data for a postage recap of one of our larger clients. Sam’s supervisor said, “He has the determination, initiative, and personality needed to succeed. I would say most of our team has been very impressed with his initiative and ability to build relationships with all teams of IWCO Direct, including production.”
Cally Wilkinson, Sample/SignOff Intern
“The best part about working at IWCO Direct is getting to work with a team that’s filled with great people.”
Cally worked hard this summer to create a system of getting project samples sent out in a more timely manner. She will be returning to school to continue her studies.
One of our final events was a live stream with Steel Partners Executive Chairman Warren Lichtenstein. In closing, he encouraged this summer’s more than 100 Steel Partners interns to consider careers with Steel Partners and its operating companies. It was an amazing summer and truly an honor to have been a part of IWCO Direct and Steel Partners. On behalf of all of us interns, THANK YOU!