Hello, my name is Jared Karlson. I am Distributor Wire & Cable’s (DWC) Sales Intern. I am currently a student at the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK) majoring in Industrial Distribution (ID). The ID Program helps prepare students for a career in technical sales or for a future in business leadership. I am graduating in May of 2018 but the only thing standing in my way is a required internship. Long story short, that is how I ended up at DWC!
Prior to my internship, I didn’t know a lot about DWC or wire and cable but on my first day everyone made me feel welcome. One of my favorite things about DWC is that they have developed a well-rounded, strong culture that makes it enjoyable to be at work. Being in the sales pit daily with all the the account managers was always interesting. I never knew that selling wire and cable could be so fun!
During my internship, my main goal was to work in every department to find out what I loved to do the most. I accomplished this and many projects along the way. One of my favorite things was Outside Sales. I like to talk to people face-to-face. When I traveled with one of our Business Development Specialists, Kyle Emge, I got to experience meeting with customers first hand. The hardest part of the internship was getting a feel for the products. It all started in the warehouse when I took total inventory. Taking inventory helped me understand what products we stock and where they are located. After getting an understanding of our product base, I rolled into the other departments and learned how everyone contributes to DWC.
It was a big adjustment getting used to Colorado living. For starters, there is a lot less corn. Also, there aren’t as many cows, making cow tipping out of the question. However, trying new things wasn’t a problem for me! For example, I went hiking and kayaking, checked out a few concerts at amphitheaters and attended Rockies games too. I had a blast over the summer.
No words can describe how thankful I am to everyone at DWC for welcoming me into the family. This was an amazing opportunity to gain experience in the industry. DWC provided me an outstanding insight on how to operate a successful company.