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By Elizabeth Reichert
Moving products by truck, keeping an iron ore mine running smoothly, getting cargo off a ship and on its way to market -- students majoring in Transportation and Logistics Management at UW-Superior are doing all that and more this summer as they fulfill the internship requirements of their major.
Earning a degree takes more than listening to lectures and taking tests. In the Transportation and Logistics Management major, all students are required to complete an internship in their field of interest. Students choose where they want to work and go through an job application and interview process at the company before being selected for an internship.
Kenneth Chong, a senior from Mountain Lakes, N. J., is working in purchasing operations at Cliffs Natural Resources Northshore Mining Company in Silver Bay, Minn. He's looking forward to gaining experience in his future career field.
"I really want the experience, to have something to show for the past two and a half years," he said. "I will be using a lot of information from my supply chain classes and some of my transportation classes."
Applying classroon knowledge
Brady Peterson of Superior works at Halvor Lines Inc. as an operations manager intern. He wants to gain experience and knowledge of the trucking industry and apply what he's learned in the classroom.
"Every note, homework assignment, and exam will turn into real-life situations that will increase my knowledge in the industry," he said. "It will benefit me by adding experience to my knowledge and prepare me in the matter of knowing how the industry works when applying for future jobs."
Logistics and government, too
In Duluth, Lindsey Paradice is working at the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, gaining first-hand knowledge of the complex web of business and government issues involved in operating a port.
Paradice is learning about port operations from port authority officials and working with the port's warehouse operator to understand the complexities of moving cargo by ship, train and truck. She's also learning about issues such as harbor dredging as well as industrial development, working with the news media, and even hosting visiting groups of port users.
Working with technology
Yasith Samarakoon, a senior from Kandy, Sri Lanka, is an intern at DART Transit based in Eagan, Minn. He's working with the core operations, learning about sending and handling loads, and how to use the Electronic Data Interchange -- an important piece of technology that tracks freight.
"It's a real position and potentially could be what I'm doing as a real career," he said. "The internship gives you real-world experience."
Out of the 'comfort zone'
Kale McConnell, a senior from Duluth, also is an intern at DART in the Twin Cities. He'll either work with customers, blocking loads and planning, or in dispatching, doing route planning and matching loads with trucks.
McConnell is pursuing a railroad focus, but he wants to take himself out of his comfort zone and learn about the trucking industry.
"In an interconnected world, the likelihood is increasing that in a railroad position I'll be working with the trucking industry," he said. "I hope to broaden my skills and develop ones I never knew I had."
High marks for program
McConnell gives high marks to the Transportation and Logistics Management program and its faculty.
Chong agrees. "You don't just briefly cover topics; you 'deep dive,' " he said. "When you talk with professionals in the industry, you know what they're talking about."
The program provides a good foundation and building block for students interested in numerous areas of transportation and logistics.
"We learn the basics of transportation in class," Samarakoon said. "Once you get those basics, it's not very hard to get into that industry-specific."
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