Path of Progress Intern Feature: Brandon Williams
As we look for interns to join our team this summer, we wanted to highlight some team members who started in that role at Harbor, and went on to start their professional careers.
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Path of Progress Intern Feature: Brandon Williams

May 5, 2022

How did your internship experience at Harbor prepare you for your professional career?

As an intern here at Harbor I was fortunate enough to work on the implementation of a new Warehouse Management System. Working on a project that is so impactful to the daily operations at Harbor I had the opportunity collaborate with several different departments to understand how each department and every individual at Harbor work together to achieve their goals. After school I was unsure on the direction I wanted to take my career, my time as Intern gave me the opportunity to explore my options for a career path and go in the direction that I found best for me. I have been with Harbor for 5 years now and they have been great about allowing individuals to take control of their career path and goals.

What was the most important thing you learned from your time interning?

As an intern I was very excited to work and collaborate with so many different people in the company. During my internship I quickly learned the importance of communication and working together as a team to achieve our goals.

What roles have you’ve held at Harbor?

-Information Technology/Logistics Intern

-Business Analyst

-Enterprise Systems Analyst

-Software Developer

What is the most important piece of advice for having a successful career at Harbor?

Be accepting and excited about change, to be a successful business you go through a lot of change and improvements over time. Harbor has grown a ton over the years, and it has been fun to be a part of the growth and work with so many people that have years of knowledge and experience. Being prepared to take on the challenges of growth will set you up for a successful career at Harbor.

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How did your internship experience at Harbor prepare you for your professional career? The internship experience helped me learn the importance of building an effective report that everyone can understand. I learned that it’s not about how much data you have, but rather it’s about how can you make the data accessible to everyone. Having numbers is a great tool to have but unless you are able to break it down for others to use then it will not be useful. In my current role I am always building and maintaining reports that are used across multiple departments. Each time I build a new report I always pull from my past experiences as an intern. What was the most important thing you learned from your time interning? The most valuable thing I learned was how each department fits within the operation. The internship program allowed me to meet with many people in different roles in the business. I spoke and learned from people in just about every department. Understanding how every department worked helped me see the entire picture of the operation. What roles have you held at Harbor? Order Selector pick mods for two summersOperations InternQuality Assurance CoordinatorQuality Assurance and Safety Coordinator (Same position as above, but just added workplace safety to my role) What is the most important piece of advice for having a successful career at Harbor? The most important piece of advice that I can give someone would be to never be afraid of making a mistake. Harbor is a great working environment that will allow you to used missed opportunities as a chance to grow and learn in your career.
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How did your internship experience at Harbor prepare you for your professional career? My internship at Harbor allowed me to have a hands-on experience applying the knowledge from both what I had learned in school, along with new knowledge I gained during the internship. Collaborating with different departments gave me the chance to ask questions and learn about different roles and responsibilities within the company. An important component of an internship is to learn from others around you and everyone at Harbor is willing to put their current "to do's" down to talk or let you shadow them if you are interested. Harbor puts you in a position to grow both your hard and soft skills through different day-to-day tasks, projects, and activities that will help build a foundation for your career. What was the most important thing you learned from your time interning? I was able to increase my comprehension of the supply chain and get a more in-depth understanding of all the components. Throughout my internship, I learned how vital each role is to get the right product to the customer at the right place, the right price, the right time, and the right quantity. What roles you've held at Harbor? Procurement InternReplenishment BuyerItem and Pricing SpecialistLogistics Manager What is the most important piece of advice for having a successful career at Harbor? Always be willing to take on a challenge. Many opportunities will arise as Harbor continues to grow that will allow you to improve not only yourself but the company as well. Do not be afraid to take something on that is asked of you even if you don't know the answer right away. Reach out to those around you to piece together a solution as there are many talented people within the Harbor family with years of industry experience.