Lorenzo Smith Internship
Lorenzo, a Computer Software Engineering Technology major, interned at WebstaurantStore over the summer.
WebstaurantStore is the largest online restaurant supply store serving professionals and customers worldwide, shipping millions of orders of wholesale supplies including healthcare, educational, food, beverage, office, parts, hotel, shipping, and industrial supplies.
How did you find out about your internship as an opportunity?
I applied on LinkedIn to Clark Associates.
What does your day-to-day look like at the internship?
As a database developer, I am working through coding for data management needs, which can include testing and running queries, deploying formatting and function updates, modifying files to make improvements and cloning models.
What is something you were surprised to learn in your time as an intern?
Like many workplaces, there is a fair share of office banter as there is work; however, there's balance that you learn to master. Ultimately, it’s best to focus and spend your time wisely, efficiently, and most of all, love what you do.
What’s been something challenging about your internship?
Learning to sit back and listen, take notes, and pay attention. Bringing a notebook and pen has been helpful. As an individual, you don’t always have to jump to the front of the line or dive into swampy, unknown water – you can and should learn the basics first!
What’s been the best thing about your internship experience?
I feel like the best thing about my experience has been the team I’m on. Secondly, the company’s core moral principles, guidelines, and ethics. These make for a great experience.
Share a story about something that happened one day as part of your time as an intern:
One day midway through the internship we had to scrap an entire project, and I did not feel good about it. However, it taught me that beautiful things can come from such set back. I value that continuing to work hard is important but somethings you cannot manage that are out of your control.
Would you recommend seeking out an internship to other students at Thaddeus Stevens College?
The internship was fundamentally priceless in my learning and career growth not only as a professional but in interpersonal development. I’m thankful for the team at Clark Associates!
How do you think this experience will help you in the future?
This internship has been pivotal in helping to transform me into a professional, technically savvy business person I aspire to become. I can highly recommend WebstaurantStore and Clark Associates as businesses to consider working for.