Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Schwan's Interns You Need to Know

“Schwan’s Interns You Need to Know” is a new series of stories featuring some of the interns who help make Schwan’s Company and its subsidiaries a great place to work.

Kastner finds pride in contributing value-added work during internship

Kaitlyn Kastner joined Schwan's Company as an intern this summer.
Aug. 28, 2018 — For Kaitlyn Kastner, joining Schwan’s Company for a summer internship meant following in her parents’ footsteps. Her mom worked at Schwan’s in our finance department and her dad worked in one of our manufacturing facilities.

“I remember the Schwan’s Home Service truck coming to my house when I was a kid and knew it would be a great opportunity that would open many doors for me after graduation,” said Kaitlyn, who worked with Schwan’s as a consumer insights analyst intern.

Kaitlyn, who is a senior at he University of Minnesota Duluth, was one of several interns who joined our internship program this past summer. During her time at Schwan’s, Kaitlyn worked on analyzing consumer data to determine as part of an effort to make sure the foods we offer meet our customers’ needs. This work also included creating a “Boomer Deep Dive Deck” (presentation) that looked into the Baby Boomer Generation’s lifestyles, purchasing behaviors and product interactions.

Kaitlyn recently took some time to answer questions about her internship experience. This is what she had to say:

Q: Tell us something about you that most people would not know.

A: As a child I had a donkey named Eeyore, named after the character in Winnie the Poo. Also, before my internship with Schwan’s Company, I had interned in Australia for a month this past May.

Q: What have you learned so far this summer at Schwan’s?

A: I have learned how to manage my time with many projects and deadlines. I have also learned that you can’t control every situation, but what you can control is how you react to the situation and what you can contribute.

Q: What do you like best about your work at Schwan’s?

A: I like that it is actual work other people within the company would be working on if I wasn’t here to complete the project. I am also able to see how my contribution helps the company or informs other departments to make more informed business decisions.

Q: What are your thoughts on the Schwan’s culture?

A: I love the Schwan’s culture. You can tell the company cares about its employees so they can go home in the same condition they came to work. I think it is great they are so concerned about the safety of their team members.

Q: What’s your greatest take away from your internship at Schwan’s?

A: Expand your network. Your network will help you drastically in the future, and the types of relationships you have with those people are essential, so make sure you maintain those relationships.

Q: What is your favorite Schwan’s product and why?

A: I love Schwan’s® ice cream. It’s a nostalgic thing for me because it brings me back to the summers where as a kid we would be able to eat ice cream as a treat if we behaved. It also tastes amazing.

Q: What would you tell a friend considering an internship at Schwan’s?

A: I would tell them to apply for it. The internship prog
ram is awesome and is a great opportunity. You won’t just be doing busy work. You will be working on actual projects that contribute to the everyday operations of the company. Your voice is valued.

Q: How do you think your internship will impact your future career?

A: I think it will open up great opportunities for my career after college as I maintain my network and relationships with peers who I have worked with.

Q: What do you hope to do after you graduate?

A: I love to travel, so after graduation I might take a month off and travel around Europe or somewhere tropical. If that doesn’t work out, I will probably go right into working a full-time job.

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