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Goodyear Internship Program
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Frederick Mateo

Major: Labor and Employment Relations
Minor: Business and the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Chapel Executive Intern

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I went to the Career Days and spoke to one of the recruiters from the Goodyear booth. I asked them if they had internship programs within human resources, and if they could tell me about the program itself. They were very motivated on telling me about the program and I was enthusiastic to learn more about it so the recruiter invited me to a next day interview.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My Goodyear internship experience gave me the opportunity to learn more about my career path within HR, improve my managerial skills, and expand my professional network. I was assigned 5 main projects to complete during the summer which dealt with research, compiling metrics, and forming a proposal to improve efficiency. They also organized several networking events for the interns to meet with Goodyear leaders and to learn about the different career paths that people have taken. Since Goodyear is a global company with many different departments and operations, we as interns were able to tour many of the functions. I toured the famous Goodyear Blimp facility, a warehouse facility, a retread center, the race tire creation facility, the testing center for innovation and current tires, and many more. Those ten weeks felt very pivotal for my career and I had a fantastic experience.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship experience expanded my knowledge about HR and the different functions that it could branch out to. I specialized within the executive compensation department so I learned about compensation as a whole, stock and different stock options, and incentive programs. During my final year at Penn State, I will be taking classes dealing with compensation, accounting, and finance so I have a great opportunity to use my real-world experience and utilize them in the classroom. The compensation department gave me great exposure to the business side of the company so some of the terms that I will learn in my business classes will not be new to me.

Goodyear did a phenomenal job at connecting me with leaders within my field and learning about their career paths.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

Goodyear did a phenomenal job at connecting me with leaders within my field and learning about their career paths. In addition to their testimonials, I was able to work in and with several departments within HR and feel out some of the departments that I could see myself working in. Prior to my internship, I did not know what aspect of HR I wanted to pursue but Goodyear helped me put it in perspective. If I pursue HR as a career, I would like to specialize in a more technical department such as compensation because of its complexities and laws are constantly being changed. Then I would like to try a more generalist role to support a business function and expand my knowledge of HR. I also learned to try and have some type of growth every 2 to 5 years by either a promotion or changing roles, especially in the beginning of my career.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, absolutely. Everyone that I spoke to or worked with during my internship did a great job at making me feel welcomed and was more than happy to help me with anything. This internship allowed me to be hands on in my field and gave me work that made a difference so it helped me grow professionally. I would recommend this internship to anyone.

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