T.O. Plastics internship program has grown over the years and it is continuously improving. We believe there is no better way to learn than to get hands on experience. This year we expanded our internship program to the largest it’s ever been. 5 interns joined our team for the summer including: 3 engineering interns, 1 quality intern and 1 marketing intern.
With T.O. Plastics being a company of 195 employees, there are many resources here for interns. Our employees want to help students learn while mentoring and encouraging them. One intern said, “employees are extremely welcoming and willing to help interns learn in any way that they can”. While another one expressed that, “You can always ask for assistance to get pointed in the right direction whenever you find yourself stuck”. They described T.O. Plastics as a “warm and inviting environment” to work in and said “the culture at T.O. Plastics is great and the friendly environment is what makes their internship program successful”.
We believe an internship is for hands on experience. We want to teach students about their field of interest. By giving interns their own projects, they learn by doing. At the end of the program, all interns are asked to present what they have learned over the summer to the T.O. Plastics leadership team. We believe this program provides invaluable experience. The interns agreed, “This experience has taught me more than any class could” and “I learned things I would have never learned in a school setting with the help of my knowledgeable mentor”.
The interns learned skills such as:
- Project management
- Time management
- Improving processes
- Designing components
- Creating website content
- Writing instructions
- Collecting data
Internships are the perfect way to experiment in your field. Internships are typically for college students looking for real-world experience. At T.O. Plastics we make the interns feel a part of our team. We want them to experience the culture of the company as a whole. An engineering intern agreed, “Interns know they are a working part of a larger whole- tasks that are assigned are non-remedial and truly provide the experience of working as an engineer”. Another intern stated, “I felt I was given the opportunity to make an impact within the company.” We want to give our interns a taste of the real world in their field but also let them bring change to our company. We love their new perspective and are always looking for ways we can improve.
Amber Laudenbach, an intern supervisor, states, “Internships can be overlooked by college students but in today’s world, it is crucial students make an internship a top priority to learn how to balance work, friends, and family; all while gaining professional experience and contacts for their future endeavors”. Jeremy Greeley, another intern supervisor, said, "As always it was a joy to see all of our interns thrive and develop in such a short span. Every one of them produced results and value far exceeding any of our expectations." Thank you interns for all your hard work this summer!
A word from our interns and their supervisors:
"My experience as an intern at T.O. Plastics provided me with invaluable experience. All the employees were very welcoming and willing to help me. Not only did I get to learn more about my major but the business world as a whole. I got to observe meetings first-hand and watch how an office runs with communication, authority, and organization. As an intern, I still felt I was given the opportunity to make an impact within the company. This experience has taught me more than any class could and I am very grateful for this opportunity." - Madeline Torve, Marketing Intern
"My internship at T.O. Plastics has been an educating experience, in my time here I have had the opportunity to learn from and be a part of a variety of projects and tasks that have shown me the process of finding things that can be improved and then taking the steps to figure out what it is that you will do to make it better. I have learned new programs to find a better way of packing the products, collected data to try and root out which are the parameters that you need to keep an eye on, used 3D computer modeling to design fixtures, and I have learned the importance of consistency in the quality of a product. The internship program has been a great experience because you are given task and project that you work to achieving but you can always ask for assistance to get pointed in the right direction whenever you find yourself stuck." - Alvaro Robles, Quality Intern
"From the first day at T.O. Plastics, a wealth of intellect and information has been accessible to me. From process improvement to iterative design to learning the ins and outs of the plastics industry and much more, the education I have received during my time here is invaluable. The experiences I have had through meaningful interactions and constructive instruction will boost me ahead of my colleagues and give me an edge moving forward in my career. Being an intern at T.O. has been a unique experience. T.O.’s team of engineers and all other employees are extremely welcoming and willing to help interns learn in any way that they can. They also make sure that interns know they are a working part of a larger whole- tasks that are assigned are non-remedial and truly provide the experience of working as an engineer. All things considered, these are the factors that make the intern experience at T.O. Plastics successful, enlightening, and enjoyable." -Ben Zipoy, Manufacturing Engineer Intern
"This summer I gained real-life experience of a manufacturing engineer from writing work instructions to designing components. I was able build off previous experience I would have never learned in a school setting with the help of my knowledgeable mentor. This experience taught me the direction I want to continue with my career. The best part of the whole experience was being able to work in such a warm and inviting environment which is the reason T.O. Plastics internship program is so successful." -Michael Fischer, Manufacturing Engineer Intern
"During my internship, one of the main lessons I learned is project and time management. As part of working on different projects, communication played a huge role in the success and completion of projects on time. These skills will help me in my future career in terms of successfully completing and managing several projects in the most efficient way. The culture at T.O. Plastics is great and their friendly environment is what makes their internship program successful." - Jamal Abdulrahman, Manufacturing Engineer Intern
"This year I had the pleasure of supervising our Marketing Intern, Madeline Torve. The internship program was not only a huge success for our marketing department but it also benefit the business as a whole. Gone are the days where inters are in charge of non-essential responsibilities, like running errands or fetching coffee. Madeline made real contributions from providing us with business analytics to assisting in an entire company rebrand and website launch! She also assisted in launching new products, marketing campaigns, SEO efforts, and keeping the website up-to-date with new products and photography. Madeline “owned” a lot of marketing tasks this summer and was able to be her own creator of flyers, landing pages, and content for our blogs and social sites. She even stepped into the Photographer role and did a photo shoot at our Otsego facility. I contribute the increased productivity this summer to Madeline. Internships can be overlooked by college students but in today’s world, it is crucial students make an internship a top priority to learn how to balance work, friends, and family; all while gaining professional experience and contacts for their future endeavors. I am very proud of all the interns this summer – thanks for all you hard work and giving it your all!" - Amber Laudenbach, Marketing Manager
"The engineering group tackled countless tasks from design upgrades, complex assembly tasks, professional level documentation and instructionals, and even small capital projects. They worked through countless procurement and manufacturing issues and drove more than a dozen key projects to the finish line. The quality engineering intern teamed up with the manufacturing team and rehauled our machine setup procedures, packaging issues and worked diligently investigating and resolving our primary extrusion issues. We were also pleased to have our first marketing intern this summer. She was pivotal in revamping the company website, sales literature and expanding the capacity of our marketing team. As always it was a joy to see all of our interns thrive and develop in such a short span. Every one of them produced results and value far exceeding any of our expectations. Their service and attitude was greatly appreciated and we cannot wait until the 2020 class of interns joins us next summer." - Jeremy Greeley, Senior Process Engineer