Company/Organization: Winebow Inc.
Mentor(s):Mr. Brendan Reilly, Mr. Daniel Basille, Mr. Mike C
Topic of Internship
Located in Montvale, New Jersey, Winebow is a thriving business with more than 400 employees, including a sizable national sales force. The company’s distinct mission statement is as follows: To be the premier U.S. importer and distributor of an international portfolio of premium quality fine wine, spirits and sake — all with an emphasis on education. Winebow’s continued success has been driven by a winning combination of extremely high quality products and one of the most well educated and knowledgeable groups of professionals in this competitive industry. As a testament to its success, Winebow has grown its revenue every year since being found in 1980. At Winebow, employees are passionate about what they do and it shows tremendously every day.
Summary of Internship
Every Thursday, I have the unique opportunity of gaining real workplace experience instead of learning in a traditional classroom, as an intern at Winebow Inc. Each Thursday morning, I immediately sit down at my desk, where my computer and personalized helpdesk phone are exactly as I left them the week before, and promptly check for any emails or helpdesk tickets that may be waiting for my arrival. Upon completing these basic tasks, one of my mentors will either assign me a job, or invite me to observe beside them at their desk. As time passes and my mentors begin to see my skills and improvements, it is becoming more and more apparent that they are now trusting me to do less observing, and more working. During my time as an intern, I learn various things, ranging from the undeniable importance of technology in a large company, proper helpdesk procedures and appropriate communication skills, to the different kinds of software and equipment utilized by employees of Winebow. The most important thing I learn, however, is gaining a genuine feel of what it is really like to work in the professional world. As the weeks pass, I find myself becoming more familiar with the material being presented to me, and building positive relationships with my intelligent coworkers and mentors. This is an incredibly rewarding experience, and one in which I am truly grateful for.
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