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Internship takes student from Purdue to NC

Caleigh at her internship  in front of the InVue building

Friday, September 27, 2019

This past summer I had the opportunity to do a supply chain internship with a company called InVue in Charlotte, North Carolina. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going in, but it ended up being better than I could have imagined. Not only did I enjoy the work that I did, I thoroughly enjoyed the people that I met there. I knew that company culture was important, and certainly something to keep in mind, but I was completely unaware of just how big of an impact it could have.

I was excited to go into the office every day and looked forward to getting to work on the projects and tasks that soon became very important to me. I was surrounded by brilliant people that were passionate about their work. It was a tremendous atmosphere! I was also extremely fortunate to have a boss and a supervisor that took an increased interest in me. Whenever they saw an opportunity to teach me something that might go beyond the scope of the project, or even the internship, they took it. They were honest at all times and always pointed out room for improvement. I grew a tremendous amount through their generosity.  

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The real challenge of the summer was deciding to move to Charlotte instead of taking another opportunity closer to home. Initially, I was excited about the idea of an "adventure." But soon after accepting my offer, I distinctly remember a moment of panic wondering, "what have I done?" I couldn’t help but think how I wouldn’t be around my family, my friends, my hometown, or really anything that was familiar or comfortable. Once again, worrying proved to be a futile practice.

When I was sitting at my desk on my last day at InVue getting ready to leave and say goodbye to everyone, I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of gratitude. How lucky was I to have so many people I wanted to say goodbye to? How fortunate that I could look around the office and see the results of some of my work? I think about those moments of doubt and know that if I could have had a glimpse of how I felt that last day of work, I wouldn’t have worried at all. This past summer in Charlotte shaped me in a profound way. It gave me confidence, friendships, and work experience that I know I will carry into the future.

I hope that anyone that reads this will be encouraged to take the adventurous route and go into it ready to work hard and with a good attitude. I think you will find, much like me, that your takeaways will be more than just material for a resume.

 

Caleigh Tiley is a junior at Purdue University studying Supply Chain in the Krannert School of Management with a concentration in Management Consulting and a minor in Political Science.
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