206 Student Services Building
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Employer: Perrigo Company
Description of the Organization
Perrigo Company produces, manufactures, distributes and markets pharmaceutical products. The headquarters is located in Allegan, Michigan; however Perrigo Company has locations all around the world.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
One of the projects that I worked on included organizing information pertaining to all the bank accounts related to Perrigo Company, and creating a database for easy reference. Also, I was a part of creating electronic copies of all important documents related to our Treasury Department, and organizing files online for easy access. I also was able to use my knowledge of excel and create a worksheet that was a lead schedule to a forecast model that was developed during my time at Perrigo. Towards the end of my internship, I would help consolidate the forecast model on a weekly basis, and provide changes to the document when necessary to keep the document dynamic. I would also run reports on a weekly basis to determine and analyze customer trends.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
During my time at Perrigo, I learned many different valuable skills. I was able to increase my knowledge of Excel and SAP while doing the everyday tasks. I also learned how to efficiently manage my time, especially during the school year when I went down to only working 20-25 hours a week. I learned many intangible valuable skills about the culture of working at a corporation.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part of this internship was being able to learn the different things about the corporate culture at Perrigo Company. This was my first time working in an office setting, and this internship allowed me to understand more about the finance world. It has also provided me the opportunity to apply the different aspects of my finance degree to the real world.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
This experience has influenced my career goals by providing realistic expectations of the corporate world. It has influenced me to excel at the things I am good at, and has been an amazing experience. It has also proved to me that I have chosen the right degree, and has influenced my decision of obtaining a Master's degree within the next few years.
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