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Direct Supply

Marketing Intern

January 2021 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I've been a Marketing Intern since January of 2021 and love working at Direct Supply! I'm excited every day by all the meaningful and impactful projects and business initiatives I get to be part of. I've been able to learn so much about different areas of marketing- digital, SEO, SEM, content, email, products...the list goes on. I also was able to work on a team project over the summer with 11 other interns from different areas across the company. I find I often learn more about Marketing/applicable business skills more from my internship than I do sitting in classes at school. Beyond work projects, my favorite part about the company would be the people. The Marketing Intern Program Leaders, as well as other leaders across the company, truly care about your success and career development, and I look up to so many of the smart and creative people around me. At Direct Supply, you're not treated as "just an intern" by any means, you're treated as a valuable member of the company and team.

What I wish was different

Nothing I can think of- it's been a great experience since Day 1!

Advice

Work hard, get involved, and network! No matter how big or small a task may seem, give it your all and always try your best. As an intern, you have the opportunity to join the Intern Advisory Board and can help plan and coordinate events for all the interns across the company. It's a great chance to meet other interns and develop your event planning skills. Direct Supply hosts many events where you have the chance to also network and talk with the company's executives, senior leadership team, and department leadership. You're also encouraged to grab lunch and coffee with company leaders to learn more about them, their roles, and their experiences. Make the most of your internship experience here- I can't imagine a better internship and am so grateful to work here!
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Direct Supply is a wonderful company with great culture. They are 100% employee owned, so everyone is a partner in the company. They really do care about their employees, providing tons of amenities to promote a good experience.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had more time.

Advice

One piece of advice I have is to give it your all. Direct Supply offers a fast-paced environment in which you are part of a real team doing real work. You will have tons of opportunity to adapt and learn to excel in your position. Make the most of your experience and you will come out with a wealth of knowledge and experience.
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Campus Operations

March 2015 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Diversity and ongoing professional development

What I wish was different

I wish I had the chance to work in a different department in which I applied

Advice

Take advantage of shadowing, net working, and campus wide career development opportunities. This allows you to get to know the prospective roles and team dynamics of that department, should you wish to apply. Communication is key.
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Interior Design Intern

February 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I got real-world experience in the industry that I want to work in. I got to work independently with customers and grow my skills as a designer and presenter.

What I wish was different

I only got to see some parts of the design process and I wish to have experienced all parts.

Advice

Everyone is really nice, but they have high expectations for their interns.
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Accounting Intern

June 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Awesome people here and the culture is great. Very good place to work

What I wish was different

None

Advice

The people here are actually genuine and care about helping you develop a career.
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Supply Chain Intern

May 2019 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

The amazing internship programs! They have a program called The Fellowship specifically for operations and supply chain interns, and another additional internship program. Everyone is very approachable and it is a fun atmosphere. They want to hire you post graduation!

What I wish was different

I wish I had a little bit more exposure to other areas of the business. My leader worked to get me in those areas as much as we could!

Advice

Be open to learning a lot and putting in 110% effort. You will be rewarded for it!
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Marketing Intern

June 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

The culture, the people, the mission of the company, the type of work that I was doing.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been able to do this role sooner.

Advice

You get what you give, work hard and be kind.
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Sourcing

July 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I am in a really strategic position that allows me to guide my suppliers as I see fit. This has lent itself as an incredibly great learning opportunity since the work has not set standards necessarily in how to go about and achieve goals. Multiple strategies can get me to the same end goal.

What I wish was different

The only thing that I would have wanted to be different is that I would have wished for more guidance from peers as to how to problem solve operational/tactical issues that do have very set standards.

Advice

If you are going to work at Direct Supply, it is important to learn all sectors of the business. There is a lot of horizontal movement in the company and this is to your great benefit once you find the area that you best fit (although the role you take on is likely this role).
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HR Intern

May - August 2018 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the company. Everyone was extremely nice and helpful when needed. I genuinely enjoyed working with my coworkers.

What I wish was different

The communication with my leader could have been more substantial, but that was partially due to a big rollout of a new program. I also think I earned a higher pay.

Advice

I think that it is important to try something new. While the internship was in the HR department, and my major is graphic design, I was still able to make connections and talk to some of the graphic designers at the company. My skills were also used whenever possible and I was able to take on a small design project for the HR Benefits team!
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Operations Intern

November 2017 • Milwaukee, WI

What I liked

Amazing culture and they truly invest in your professional development.

What I wish was different

I can't think of anything pressing.

Advice

Go in with an open mind and you'll be surprised at the amount of things you can learn.
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