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Oct. 20, 2015 – By Richard Trey Good

This summer I got the pleasure of working for Newell Rubbermaid in Charlotte, North Carolina. More specifically, I worked as a pack- aging engineering intern on the merchandising team. It was one of the best experiences that an intern could ask for. I was given a project that was actually valued by the company and could eventually make a huge impact for the packaging team. My project was to review all of our display portfolio across the four main business segments, group them into “families” based on the most modular component, format this playbook into a way that is useful for the cross-functional team, and import it into our online spec system. Through this project, I was able to develop skills such as driving for results, collaboration, leading cross-functional teams, and how to problem-solve more effectively. At the end of the summer, I was required to give two presentations. The first one was in front of anyone who wanted to attend and it was considered our “technical” presentation. The presentation lasted 25 minutes with 10 minutes of questions at the end. The second presentation was for the VP of research and development and all of his direct reports. It was only for five minutes with five minutes of questions at the end. This was something that I have never done before and was actually harder than the longer presentation. This was due to there being so much work I had done over the summer. I had to compile all of that in- formation while still being informative enough for one of the Vice presidents of the company. I passed both though and received very valuable feedback from my manager on what I did well over the course of the summer.


Trey with his cousins in front of his office at Rubbermaid. Trey with his cousins in front of his office at Rubbermaid.


Aside from just the requirements for the internship, I was able to make lots of connections. I got to know a lot of different people from packaging, engineering, marketing, and sales. It allowed me to gain a whole new perspective on how these different functions work with one another. This is a skill set that I will be able to take with me no matter what company I go work for. Additionally, I was able to meet different interns from all different kind of universities with different interests in life. I made really good lasting connections that will last me a lifetime. It was also really helpful to have them to turn to when I have questions, and it gave me a good friend group to hang out with in an area that was just as new to me as it was for them. Luckily at the conclusion of my intern- ship, I received a job offer to be one of their associate packaging engineers after I graduate.

It was a great honor to receive this offer so quickly, and I am anxiously awaiting my official letter from the Human Resources department. I will most likely accept this offer of employment just because of my very positive experience over the internship, the culture of the company, and willingness to better their employees. Also, I think there drive to better their employees aligns with my future goals for my career. My future goals will be to go to the industry and work for a consumer packaged Goods (CPG) company then pursue an MBA in order to hopefully move up in an organization. While it is sad that I am starting my last year at Virginia tech, I am excited and optimistic for what the future will hold for me. I plan to finish strong and hopefully leave my mark on a university that has opened the door to so many opportunities.



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