Last week, all of us at Dot Foods celebrated #NationalInternDay, and got to spend the week honoring our interns and the hard work they’ve put into solving Dot’s business problems this summer.
About Dot’s Internship Program
On average, Dot has around 30 interns each year in various departments across the business and the country. In the Dot Foods Internship Program, our interns spend 8-10 weeks not only learning the Dot Foods business, but working on projects that tie directly into our strategic initiatives.
It’s not just a job; it’s a way to jump-start your career.
Top 6 Things to Know About Dot’s Intern Program
1. Departments our interns have touched
- Accounting & Finance
- Corporate Safety
- Customer Service & Development
- Human Resources
- Industrial Engineering
- Meetings & Events
- Occupational Health
- Sales & Business Development
- Supply Chain Analysis
- Transportation Safety
- And more
2. Endless networking opportunities available
We ensure our interns get to network—not only with fellow interns, but also with leadership from all areas of the company. Before the program begins, our recruiting team sets out to plan a handful of networking events for all interns to attend throughout the summer.
3. Our interns get paid
Yes, you heard us correctly. We pay our interns. They are doing important work—so we believe they should be compensated for it!
4. We value our interns
These students bring fresh perspectives to the table—They are in college and eager to apply their new-found knowledge to the real world. Our interns can be credited with some of the great resources Dot has today.
5. Interns are doing important work at Dot
“Interns are assigned projects that are meaningful and impactful to focus on throughout their time with us,” said Senior Corporate Recruiter Brooke Fosdyck, who oversees the intern program.
Dot prides itself on the real-world experience we provide our interns. The goal is to allow interns to put the skills they already possess to use, while developing and learning new skills throughout the internship.
“Dot provides interns with real-world work that is meaningful to the company. My projects have challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, which in turn has been very rewarding,” said Accounting Intern Maddie Ramsey. “I have learned so many skills here at Dot that I am positive will be necessary to be successful in my future professional career.”
Aside from professional development, Dot wants to be sure our interns get an accurate feeling of what a day in the life of a Dot employee is like. Because of this, we not only assign each intern a list of meaningful department-oriented projects, but we also ensure they partake in the day-to-day work the other employees in their departments experience.
Interns attend meetings, respond to emails, are asked to consult on projects, and so much more.
“Dot Foods seeks interns with the intent of placing valuable projects as well as day-to-day departmental work in their hands,” said HR Intern Bella Curless. “Dot invests time and energy into our development, allowing us to take ownership of our projects and produce diligent work for the betterment of the company.”
6. From Interns to Full-time Employees
One of our main goals is to offer full-time positions to qualified interns who successfully complete our program.
“The program serves as a successful recruiting tool that helps bring diverse talent into our business,” Fosdyck said. “Oftentimes, internships lead to full-time employment with Dot.”
What the Interns Have to Say
“You can teach people how to crunch numbers or move product, but the challenging thing is to make employees, as well as interns, feel like a part of the company. And that’s something Dot does so well. From day one, Dot has made me feel comfortable here, allowing me to learn and grow—I am so thankful for that.”
“I love Dot because the managers and employees truly invest in their interns to help us grow as professionals and individuals. Even though I’m far from my Pennsylvania home this summer, everyone at Dot has been so welcoming and the family-oriented culture has made me feel right at home.”
“Being able to intern for this company is an honor. Interning in the IT Warehouse Systems Team has allowed me to practice skills, which I have learned in school, and also learn and develop new skills… Knowing that these projects have a great impact on Dot Foods is a really big morale boost.”