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ALE’s Superstar Interns – November 2018 Edition

ALE interns working hard to solve a difficult problem together

Internships at Atlantic Lab Equipment

Dani, Luke, and Ryan – ALE Interns 2018

Meet Ryan, Dani, and Luke. Atlantic Lab Equipment is lucky to have three talented interns working with us this semester. Two of them are sponsored by the Massachusetts Life Science Center’s Internship Challenge program. All three are here with us for the Fall 2018 semester from Endicott College in nearby Beverly, MA. We didn’t plan it that way – after interviewing many candidates these were the standouts. We’ve had great interns from Endicott College before, so they must be doing something right.

Interns have been a regular feature at Atlantic Lab Equipment for years. It’s a great way to benefit both the student and our company. For ALE, we’re busy and growing, so there’s always more work to tackle – we can use the extra hands on deck. For the students, it’s a great way to get some practical experience and exposure to the biotech business environment.
 

Their internships will be winding down in December, so we decided to talk with them about their experiences at ALE. Here’s what they had to say.

Ryan C. – Marketing

Ryan is a local, coming to ALE from Medford, MA. He’s majoring in Entrepreneurship at Endicott College and works with us as a Marketing Intern.

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m very interested in online sales and e-commerce. I’m currently opening my own Amazon marketplace brand and I’m excited to see how it turns out. My life goal is to have financial freedom based on a passive income. I am aiming toward this passive income lifestyle because I would like to travel as much as possible, support a family, and provide a healthy home for my future children. I know there’s a lot that I have yet to see, but ALE has given me direction towards achieving my goals. ALE has helped me a lot by providing me with experience in online sales and marketing. I have attained understanding and a sense of security with e-commerce, as well as my long-term plans during my time with Mike, Phil, Clark, and Victoria.

How did you hear about the internship opportunity at ALE?

I heard about it through a website called Handshake. ALE posted that they were looking for interns and it fit my field of study.

What is your internship role and typical responsibilities?

As a marketing intern, I work with the online store, website, and the online software and data logging tool. I have three main responsibilities working with ALE: I’m in charge of making sure the inventory for the ALE Outlet has high-quality pictures for the online store. I also do some editing. This includes ensuring that the inventory items we carry are labeled correctly in our online data system. Lastly, I work with item listings, optimizing them and producing item descriptions and keyword-related titles for increasing search volume.

How does this internship experience help you in your studies and your future career?

This has helped me with my studies and my career because I learned that there is more to a business than the data, numbers, and sales. There’s also a lot that goes into making sure your employees are happy and comfortable in their environment. Healthy employees will produce a healthy business.

What’s the most (surprisingly) beneficial thing that you learned during your internship?

The most surprising thing that I have learned about ALE is the fact that there can be a healthy balance in freedom and success. When I think of most companies, I think of people barely talking at work, with their eyes locked on their computer all day. I say this because I have worked as an intern with other companies that had this type of environment. I learned that there’s a way to balance your freedom at work, in terms of clothing, conversations, and flexible hours, while still achieving the goals that we set out to accomplish daily.

What’s the best part of your experience at ALE?

The best part of my experience here at ALE is not dreading going to work in the morning. I think that this should be a goal for many people since you spend 60% of your day at work. I enjoy coming to work and I feel like it provides me with a sense of value. I feel like my decisions and actions directly affect the company, which makes me feel important.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

After graduation, I’ll be starting my own Amazon FBA (Fulfillment By Amazon) brand. I am in the starting phase right now and I hope to have my first product listed by the end of this year.

Any helpful tips for the next interns?

It’s easy to make friends with everyone here at ALE. Victoria, Phil, and Mike are wonderful to work with and they are very understanding, which I am very grateful for. Make friends with the warehouse staff, they will surely put a smile on your face. When you don’t know where something is, ask Kim, I guarantee she knows. Alex and Clark are great guys who will be there for you no matter what you are going through, both in and out of work. Finally, if you get to experience a birthday lunch at ALE and they decide to order Howling Wolf … get the Howling Wolf Burrito.

Danielle C. – Engineering

Dani is from Tujunga, CA and is studying Bioengineering at Endicott College. She’s a Service Intern working on instrumentation in the ALE Service Dept.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I’m fulfilling a semester-long internship here at ALE, as I prepare for life after graduation in the Spring. I’m from the greater Los Angeles area and chose to travel to school when I was 16. I went to a boarding school named The Loomis Chaffee School in Connecticut where I was a tri-varsity student-athlete. After high school, Endicott College recruited me to play NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey. I played for two seasons. I’m now focusing on my future, which will hopefully entail pharmaceutical sciences one day. The opportunity given to me by ALE has provided me with real-life experiences and skills I can take with me along to any of my future jobs, not to mention the introduction it offered me to meet some amazing people along the way.

How did you hear about the internship opportunity at ALE?

Mareena, an intern last year, was my roommate and encouraged me to look into the internship here at ALE.

What is your internship role and typical responsibilities?

I’m an intern in the Service lab, working on diagnostic testing and troubleshooting for the lab equipment.

How does this internship experience help you in your studies and your future career?

This internship provides me with experience with different types of lab equipment, software, and even expands my network.

What’s the most (surprisingly) beneficial thing that you learned during your internship?

The most surprising thing I learned is not necessarily about my internship, but how Phil (ALE’s Chief Procurement Officer) and Victoria (ALE’s CEO) both studied things completely different than business management and sales yet they are thriving in this small business.

What’s the best part of your experience at ALE?

The best part of this internship is working with a close-knit group of people. I felt very welcomed at ALE. It’ss nice to know that coming to work is a friendly and even fun environment to be in.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

After I graduate, I hope to gain a little more experience in biotechnology before going back to school for pharmaceutical sciences.

Any helpful tips for the next interns?

Some helpful tips for incoming and/or future interns are to manage your time wisely, allow yourself to be patient when working on more difficult projects, and that it’s okay to double and even triple check your work to ensure the best outcome.

Luke W. – Engineering

Luke is from Pleasant Hill, CA, near San Francisco, and is majoring in Bioengineering at Endicott College. He’s also a Service Intern in the ALE Service Dept.

Tell us a little about yourself

I live about 30 minutes northeast of San Francisco in a city called Pleasant Hill. I’ve been a student at Endicott since 2015, but plan to move back to the Bay Area after graduation. I’m majoring in Bioengineering. I’ve always done best in math and science compared to other subjects such as history and English. I figured I could combine my math and science passion by studying Bioengineering at Endicott.

How did you hear about the internship opportunity at ALE?

A former classmate of mine previously interned at ALE and loved it. She was also a bioengineer and enjoyed the small company as well as the hands-on aspect of working at ALE.

What is your internship job and typical responsibilities?

My position at ALE is an Intern with the Service and Testing Lab. On a typical day, I’ll test multiple machines for Novartis and the ALE Outlet. Testing can vary from basic functions such as on/off and motor operation to diagnostics and repairs for broken equipment. After servicing a piece of equipment, I will write a service report. This will inform the sales department about the equipment, if it can be sold, and how they should list it.

How does this internship experience help you in your studies and your future career?

This internship provided me with hands-on experience for common laboratory equipment. I have knowledge of a variety of equipment types and manufacturers now. I believe hands-on experience opens many different career opportunities and will allow me to strive in the career that I choose.

What’s the most (surprisingly) beneficial thing that you learned during your internship?

Other than the knowledge I have gained on specific pieces of equipment, the most beneficial thing I’ve learned at ALE is the importance of networking and connecting with your co-workers. ALE has a tight community between its employees and I was able to make connections quickly and feel comfortable with my co-workers.

What’s the best part of your experience at ALE?

It has to be the wide variety of equipment that I get to work on. I also enjoy the supportive and friendly community between the employees of ALE. It’s great to see that the community feeling at ALE is also shared with the customers.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope to become an Associate Sales Representative at a medical device company. I plan to go back to California and work near home for a year or two before finding my way to San Diego. I’m striving to work at a medical device company in San Diego, and looking forward to the future experiences that will be added to my ALE experience.

Any helpful tips for the next interns?

Work hard on each project and don’t be afraid to branch out of your comfort zone.

Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) Internship Challenge Program

ALE is fortunate to be in the heart of the global biotech industry. There are many benefits that Massachusetts has to offer, and great internship opportunities are one of them. Two of ALE’s interns are supported through the Massachusetts Life Science Center’s Internship Challenge program this semester. This is a great program that helps match companies that have available internships with students looking for opportunities.
 
The goal of the MLSC Internship Challenge program is several-fold, providing:
  • an enlarged pool of young talent for Massachusetts biotech companies
  • more real-life experiential opportunities for students in the life sciences
  • support for the Massachusetts life science community for education and business
In addition, the program offers a stipend to help companies fund internships. We’re happy to participate in this wonderful program. It allows Atlantic Lab Equipment to offer more internship opportunities.
Thanks again to our incredible interns. We wish them lots of success in their future endeavors. And a special thanks to the MLSC for their Internship Challenge program.
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