Last summer, Pittsburg State senior Jason Kurzweil began a six-month internship at a Case New Holland plant in Grand Island, Neb.
In December, just about the time he was to return to Pittsburg, his phone rang.
“We got a call that week and found out that CNH needed some help in Brazil trying to get some combines out by the end of the year,” Kurzweil said.
It was a great opportunity to contribute and gain valuable real-world experience, and Kurzweil took it. So, too, did fellow PSU student Matt Horne, who had interned at CNH in the early part of 2012. The two PSU students were part of a 12-member quality control team at the Brazil plant, located in Sorocaba.
“We left here on Dec. 26, got down there on Dec. 27 and began work that day,” Kurzweil said. “It was our job to set up quality checks and make sure that the machines that went out were good machines.”
CNH is a world leader in the agricultural and construction equipment businesses, employing approximately 30,000 people worldwide with a network of approximately 11,300 dealers in 170 countries.
Horne, who already has a full-time job lined up at the Grand Island, Neb., plant, said the internship experience in Brazil was one he’ll never forget.
“It was a real unique experience to go down and see a different culture and be involved in what is truly a worldwide industry,” Horne said. “You can talk to those guys on the phone and hear things about them, but to be there and experience it all first-hand is a really cool thing.”
The work experience was one that will benefit both students as they begin their professional careers.
“Your professionalism and abilities to communicate in the business world are far and above what they would be without opportunities like that,” Horne said. “You learn so many different things that they can’t teach you in the classroom.”
Both students praised PSU for providing its students opportunities for travel and real-world, professional experiences.
“The connections Pitt State has in industry allows our students to excel quickly,” Horne said. “Everyone wants to lend a hand back to Pitt State and give opportunities to hard-working students.”