Grant Gruen Internship

 

Grant Guen and supervisor Jill Wright under the flafs representing countries helped by the Hospital Sister Mission Outreach
Grant Guen and supervisor Jill Wright under the flags representing countries helped by the Hospital Sister Mission Outreach

My name is Grant Gruen, a 2016 graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  My Applied Study Term took place at a local Springfield Illinois non-profit, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. Jill Wright was my supervisor. The non-profit’s overall mission is to recapture medical supplies and distribute them to recipients worldwide including “gently used” or excess medical supplies. My internship with the Mission Outreach encompassed their Operations Warehouses.  My work included:

  • To identify areas within the Warehouse that could be streamlined to ease congestion of incoming donations from donors.
  • To experience and recognize the importance of establishing an accurate inventory at the end of a fiscal year for the organization.
  • To identify and research how the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach serves both the donating hospitals and the citizens throughout the world that receive the donations.
  • To summarize the skills that an effective manager of a supply chain must develop to effectively maintain the inventory of an organization.

My experience and the knowledge that I acquired at the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach was amazing.  I experienced how a large non-profit handles, inventories, and distributes donations to recipients in need.  My internship also allowed me to apply many of the contexts explained in my courses at UIS in a real world setting.

My overall experience with the organization and the AST course was fantastic.  Not only was I able to apply many fundamental business concepts, I developed a deep understanding of why it is important to use my skills to assist others.  As I continue to further my career, my AST placement will always be something that I reflect on and cherish.