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Alejandro Saucedo

My summer at Starbucks

by Alejandro Saucedo Thursday, October 17, 2013

This past summer I had the pleasure of interning at Starbucks Corporation in Seattle, Washington.  I interned for the quality assurance group in the global supply chain department.  I had a great time working on my project, participated in many internship program events, and enjoyed the city of Seattle.

As a quality assurance (QA) intern, I worked in a process improvement and change management project evaluating the replacement of QA equipment.  I was able to utilize lean six sigma methodology and the multidisciplinary training from my first year of the Wisconsin MBA program.  This was especially important because I had just learned lean six sigma, and obtained my Yellow Belt Certification, through the Grainger Center for Supply Chain Management. At Starbucks, I had the opportunity to work both in the Seattle corporate office and the Kent roasting plant allowing me to get full exposure to the coffee supply chain.

The early career talent group at Starbucks planned many events throughout the summer.  Among the events, were a citywide scavenger hunt and a boat cruise through Seattle’s beautiful Lake Union.  Additionally, we got the opportunity to attend “lunch and learn” events with top management, like the chief financial officer and the executive vice president of global channel development.  Furthermore, working as a summer intern allowed us the same perks as full-time employees.  A weekly free pound of coffee and a discount at all retail stores were among the benefits.

Seattle is a beautiful city in the summer.  It only drizzled two mornings and the majority of time it was mid-eighty degrees and sunny.  My favorite Seattle activities were eating at its many places, like Tom Douglas’ famous restaurants, and enjoying the lakefront on weekends.

I feel the Wisconsin MBA curriculum truly prepared me for a successful internship at Starbucks.  Through the specialized, industry focused program, I was able to hit the ground running from day one of the internship.  My project was successful and the result was a full-time offer.