Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on the Interns Expose Amway blog.
Please welcome Jessica and Ashley, two interns in California who have joined our team of Amway intern bloggers. They will be sharing their internship experiences as they happen on the other side of the country. Jessica works in Quality Assurance for Nutrilite in Buena Park, Calif. and Ashley is an intern at a Nutrilite farm in Lakeview, Calif.
Before they start blogging, let’s get to know them a little by reading an introduction written by each of them.
Hello fellow Amway Interns! My name is Jessica Bird and I am an intern out in beautiful Buena Park, California. I am from Indiana, thus coming out to California has been such an exciting experience. The fact that I have been here for almost 1 month and have yet to see a drop of rain is probably the most confusing/amazing thing I have ever experienced! It’s my understanding that there has not been much blogging coming from the west coast locations, so I volunteered to share with you my (and other Cali intern’s) experiences at Nutrilite. I’ll start with telling you a little about myself, and what brought me to California….
I just graduated from Purdue University and double majored in Dietetics and Nutrition/Fitness/Health. To become a Registered Dietitian, I am required to complete a clinical internship at another university. This usually lasts about 1 year, depending on the program. A friend in my major at Purdue, Samantha Izzy, had been an intern at Nutrilite the past two summers. She convinced me to apply for an internship, and after hearing about the wonderful experience and amazing location that Nutrilite has to offer, I applied with little hesitation. Upon hearing about my placement into Amway’s Internship program, I was able to move in with Samantha (who has since accepted full-time employment here at BP Nutrilite) in West LA.
Now, starting my fourth week in the Quality Assurance branch of Nutrilite, I can honestly say I am having the time of my life. Not only are all of my coworkers and fellow interns welcoming and amazing to work with, we also get to do fun activities as interns. Last week we (each intern and his/her mentor) got to go to the House of Blues in Disneyland for a dinner. I think it is so great the lengths Amway goes to make their interns feel comfortable. Earlier in the week, Dr. Sam even had a lunch and learn with us! He talked about his book, his experiences at Nutrilite, and answered questions from the interns. It was so special to be able to get the experience to meet him. I (as well as the other California interns) am also looking forward to going to Ada for the Reverse Career Fair in July!
Hi everyone! My name is Ashley Wright, and I am from Sand Lake, Michigan and a recent graduate from Michigan State, with a degree in Food Science. This summer, I am an intern in Lakeview, CA working with the Powder Drink manufacturing group and am currently in my 5th week. But this isn’t my first rodeo. Last summer, I was a Food & Beverage intern at Amway, working with chocolate! It was a great internship as I learned how to create chocolate-based products that incorporated ingredients similar to those found in vitamins.
This summer, I have a completely different role; I am working on optimizing the Positrim line-looking into ways to make it run better and perform as efficiently as possible. Additionally, I am creating training manual for the line operators, specifically focusing on pH testing and sensory characteristics so that when they start a new flavor, they don’t have to wait for QC before they can continue running. Finally, I am shadowing as many people while I am here as possible, so that I can learn how different areas in manufacturing function and interact with each other, because my ultimate goal is to be in management. So that’s a brief overview about what I am doing, but I really want to focus on the question I am asked all the time: What is it like in California compared to Michigan?
There are some differences-California has LOTS of traffic, Michigan does not; Michigan has pine trees, California has palm trees; Lakeview is very small, Ada is large (in comparison). While there are many surface differences, the most important elements are the same-the people. Everyone is willing to stop what they are doing to help you solve your problem-be it chocolate that tastes funny, or teach you what all the buttons do to run the equipment. They are warm, friendly people who genuinely care about you and helping you grow in your career choice. They want you to succeed in what you are setting out to do. I even found this true of the people in the surrounding cities. I was new in town, and the person showing me around the gym near my apartment gave me his number (not trying to hit on me!) and told me to call him if I ever needed help or got lost or even just needed to know how to get to the grocery store. The same is true of the people in Michigan. So while there are differences between the 2 regions on the surface, the people are the same-always willing to help everyone around them be as successful as possible.