As Haley entered her junior year at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, she knew she wanted to broaden her professional horizons through an internship in transportation.
Passionate about her major in Supply Chain Management, Haley was looking for an opportunity to gain experience and figure out what career path would best suit her interests. With previous experience as a logistics intern, she knew an internship with Paper Transport, Inc. was the perfect next step to advance her career. Accepting a position in the fall of 2019 as an Operations Support Intern.
Read about Haley’s experience interning with PTI.
Searching for the perfect internship
During my junior year of college, I started looking for local internships to gain experience and figure out what career path would best suit my interests. The internship market in this area is limited and I struggled to find an internship that checked all the boxes and would give me the experience I was looking for.
My Operation’s Support Internship
What first drew me to PTI was that they offered a variety of different internships when many other companies did not. Right, when you walk in the door you feel immediately welcomed and can feel the energy around you. I was drawn to operations by the fast-paced work, instant problem solving, and lasting relationships you make with your drivers and customers. Right away I was assigned a mentor who trained me and answered any questions that I had and made me feel comfortable. My mentor has played a huge role in my success and to this day I still go to her for professional advice. I sat with her for weeks just soaking in all her knowledge and asking a million questions to get a better idea of how the operation worked. The one-on-one training really helped me fine-tune my processes and learn how to have those tough conversations.
Accepting a full-time Driver Manager position
After sharing my interest in going full-time with my manager, my manager then took the time to sit down with me and create a path to help me achieve my goal. I was then promoted to Driver Manager and given the opportunity to show all the skills I learned as an intern. I am very grateful for Paper Transport taking a chance on me when I had very little experience and investing the time and resources to properly train and prepare me.
Starting your career in transportation
Haley dove in headfirst, taking on every opportunity to grow her skills in operations, eventually accepting a career as a Driver Manager with Paper Transport.