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What Industrial Distribution Students Want from Internships, Careers

Many students have plans to work for a distribution or manufacturing company this coming summer. Includes video.

In a recent visit to the University of Nebraska at Kearney’s Industrial Distribution program, students told me that they were ready and excited to work in the industrial distribution industry.

Read more about college programs as a source for talent: Looking for Qualified Talent? Consider Industrial Distribution Programs

Many of the students have plans to work for a distribution or manufacturing company this coming summer. Those that already have that experience offered their thoughts on how companies can make those internships more valuable for both the student and the company.

“Have a structure or plan. A quality internship isn’t really busywork 40 hours a week, like getting coffee or making copies.” John Murray, a junior, said.

Murray said that he wants exposure to each piece of a company so that after the internship is over the student has learned more about how distributors operate.

Related: Training Future Distribution Salespeople to Sell on Value at UNK

In the video below, hear from University of Nebraska at Kearney Industrial Distribution students as they talk more about what they are looking for from internships, what they want in the companies they work for after graduation and why they are in industrial distribution.

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