WDSrx summer intern Maxx Estrin is the exception to the supply chain industry rule.
A recent international survey revealed that available supply chain jobs exceeded applicants by a factor of six to one. WDSrx sponsors a summer internship program for university students to learn about the logistics industry that may foster continued interest in pursuing a career in the industry.
Making the hiring process more complex is the perception of manufacturers that the candidate shortage is caused by educational coursework not keeping up with the shift in skills required by the introduction of advanced technology and automation.
At WDSrx, the continuing expansion of our client base and capabilities requires hiring team members at several levels of company hierarchy with a working knowledge of the job skills required to function effectively from their first day on the job.
To support the reduction in the skills gap between qualified candidates and subject knowledge, WDSrx serves on the Supply Chain Management Business and Professional Council of Palm Beach State College. This committee supports the administration of the Supply Chain Management program as they promote the degree and certificate programs and develop job-relevant coursework. Our company also works closely with Florida Atlantic University, the Ohio State University, Rutgers University and Florida International University with supply chain educational initiatives.
Estrin, a freshman student at the University of Michigan, accepted an internship at WDSrx and committed to write a research paper about a continuous improvement initiative at the company. Titled “Establishing Performance Metrics Creating Increased Efficiency and Employee Engagement Assuring Client Satisfaction.” The subject matter enables Maxx to become involved with several WDSrx departments including Client Services, Account Management, Information Technology, Logistics, Marketing and Human Resources. “I feel like part of the WDSrx team even though I am here only for the summer,” states Estrin. “Starting with zero knowledge about pharmaceutical logistics, I now possess a significant amount of information that will benefit me in school and in my professional pursuits.”
According to WDSrx Marketing Director Larry Hotz, “The internship program establishes a mentor-student relationship with a deserving student and it is gratifying for all of us to witness the professional growth of these students as they manage an important project from start to finish.”