How has the
internship enabled you?
It has given me a broader perspective on the foodservice industry. I never realized how huge the industry was. I was also surprised at how many connections exist in the industry. I've been very fortunate to be able to network with some of the industry's leaders.
What are 5
programs or projects you participated in during your
- I attended IFMA's Foodservice Fundamentals Fast Track which is a one-day event that provides a basic understanding of foodservice for people who are new to the field. This event took place before my internship started, so it acted as my training course. It provided me with the core knowledge I needed throughout my internship. It also gave me a chance to network with IFMA members.
- Another event that I had the opportunity to attend was IFMA's Strategic Issues Series which is a one-day event specifically for foodservice manufacturers that covers important issues. This event allowed me to see how manufacturers work and think as I was able to sit in on group discussions covering challenges in the industry. I also was able to network with the manufacturers.
- One of my mentors and I were invited to an on-site visit with Vanee Foods. We were shown around their facility by Mike Vanee, vice president of sales. It was really interesting to see product being made and packaged in the plant. We also had the opportunity to see the R&D team working with a customer on a product. The visit was exciting and I was able to meet most of their employees.
- My main project throughout the internship was a database project for the membership team. I helped research and populate IFMA's database with information on their manufacturer members. This project was truly a "kill two birds with one stone" situation - this information was important for IFMA's purposes and for my own. I was able to research companies I never knew about before that I could end up working for in the future.
- My internship also involved working on various marketing projects. This included helping with the "Fresh From IFMA" monthly e-newsletter, member communications and articles for the website. I enjoyed seeing these projects through from start to finish. I would draft the first copy of these projects and was able to see the final product go live. I also had the oppotunity to review statistics such as the open rate and click-through rates which allowed me to reflect on my work and determine what resonated with IFMA members. It's surprising how much wording and formatting really affect the readers' interest. I have learned new writing skills that I can apply to my school work.
What is your
All I need is a good piece of salmon.
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