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Facilities Management Internship Program (Aramark)
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Samantha Baskin

Major: Economics

Minor: Political Science

Hometown: Quakertown, Pa

How Did You Learn About This Opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity while searching for summer internship openings online.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

While completing my internship with the Facilities Management Team at an institution of higher education, I helped to maintain the accuracy and completeness of a work order database management system, among other things. I learned how to develop effective and efficient solutions to issues occurring within the custodial, maintenance, and grounds departments, and collaborated with management and hourly employees to improve upon standard operating procedures. In addition, I compiled cost analysis data and various other pieces of financial information, transformed this data into easily-consumed graphs and tables, and created a presentation to be given to the client.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience has provided me with the opportunity to witness firsthand the importance of client relationship management in sustaining a successful long-term business relationship. The Facilities Team I worked with had a very strong and trusting relationship with their clients, and the relationship continued to strengthen each day because of the little things the Team went out of their way to complete on behalf of the client.

I've learned how to network, interact with supervisors and produce quality materials in a timely fashion in order to meet a deadline, among other management procedures and best practices.

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

As an Economics major, there are several career paths that I may embark on, though I am not positive which one I will end up choosing. My time with ARAMARK has helped prepare me for working at a professional organization. I’ve learned how to network, interact with supervisors, and produce quality materials in a timely fashion in order to meet deadlines, among other management procedures and best practices. This internship experience is something that I would not trade away, as it has allowed me to develop as a student, a professional, and an individual.

Would you recommend this experience to other liberal arts students?

Yes.

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