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Q&A with Intern Joshua Peterson

July 7, 2020

Name: Joshua Petersonjosh_2020intern_webblog.jpg
Title:  Application Development Intern
Location: Moundridge
Hometown: Lindsborg, Kansas
College: Kansas State University

Why did you choose to pursue an internship with MKC/TMA?
I made the decision to apply for an internship with MKC after working at the Lindsborg elevator last summer. I really enjoyed the people I worked with and getting to know the customers. I recognized that MKC values their employees and really invests in their lives, so I decided that applying for an internship would be the best opportunity for my summer and future.

What does a day in the life of an MKC/TMA intern in your role look like?
My day starts in the Moundridge East office with Mandie Lyons (my internship mentor) and Branden Bearden (a fellow intern) with our daily “stand up” meeting. It is a meeting where we announce our plans and goals for the day so we can visualize our tasks and quickly share solutions to issues from the previous day. I spend all my time working on my internship project, which consists of a website that allows customers to fill out a feed order form and an app for the feed mills to see those orders. The primary goal of my project is to use technology to eliminate communication errors, save time, and allow for the creation of a historic list of orders so it will not be lost or forgotten.

While working on my project, most of my time is spent on addressing visual or technical issues that arise. I must ensure that what I create will makes sense and be useful to the people who will end up using it the most.

What has been the most exciting or interesting thing you’ve learned so far?
I’ve learned a lot about website and app designing software and what it’s like to work in a professional setting. I have been really motivated about my project since, when completed, it will be implemented in the company. Being able to make an impact on others is something that is really inspiring and exciting to me.

What is one thing you have learned in your college education that you’ve been able to apply to your experience this summer?
Through my college experiences, I would say I have learned the ability to solve problems with only the tools provided and limiting constraints. This comes in handy as most of the time I am in uncharted territory.

What have you gained from your internship experience that you will carry with you in the future?
The biggest thing I have learned through this internship is how to balance my workload with the expectations of my employer. While I may be responsible for this project, it’s important to understand how to be creative when following an outline and keep in mind the expectations and requirements of the project.

Posted: 7/7/2020 1:02:37 PM by Katlin Allton | with 0 comments
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