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Purchasing Intern - Songa R. 

On value-based, project work while interning at Cummins…

“My internship project focused on researching the best practices of managing supplier capacity and how Cummins measures this across the company.  During my research, I investigated different practices that could be beneficial for Cummins to utilize. To determine the best practice, I used Six Sigma tools and a Pugh Matrix to lay out all the options available. The result of my project was a recommendation report for Cummins Corporate Purchasing Functional Excellence. In the future, this report will be reviewed and utilized to determine how to best approach supplier capacity planning.

Throughout my internship, my soft skills have been critical. Honing in on my time management skills has been essential to ensure I complete and close my projects.”

On accomplishing your goals and the Cummins culture…

“My team was really helpful in providing direction and assistance throughout my internship, in addition to the mentors who supported me throughout my internship. Coming from an Industrial Engineering background, I didn’t have a complete understanding of Supply Chain. At first, I felt a bit out of place but with the great support of my coworkers and team members, I quickly got up to speed. My manager, who was also a Purdue graduate, understood my degree and educational background. This made me confident that I would be successful on the project that I was assigned.

Cummins is a global company and you quickly get a feel of how a full-time employee must constantly think globally. Cummins employees are very diverse and there is a big push to think of things in a diverse way.  This makes Cummins better at serving their global markets.  Another key, cultural aspect is how the Company supports communities in which they are located. It’s easy to see how Cummins values corporate responsibility and demonstrates its commitment all year long.”

On experiencing technology and innovation… 

“I had not been exposed to Six Sigma before interning at Cummins. I was really impressed by how often the Six Sigma tools are used by employees to complete their projects. Process improvement is a key focus at Cummins and allows their employees to think outside the box in terms of innovation.”

On impacting the customer…

“My project laid the foundation for improving supplier capacity for years to come. This will allow the Company to have the ability to quickly respond to customer needs and improve the ordering process in a shorter period of time.” 

On company and community involvement…

“I participated in the ‘Take your Kid to Work Day’ event.  It was really cool to see that Cummins wants to share its work environment with the families of its employees.  Also, I participated in a few African & African-American Affinity Group events.  I really enjoyed building a comradery with other employees in my affinity group as well as others.”

On the benefits from your internship…

“I gained exposer to the Supply Chain function, which I found very beneficial as I continue to study industrial engineering. Also, having the opportunity to work for a company like Cummins has really shown me firsthand what it’s like to work for a Fortune 500 company.”

On what you enjoyed most about working at Cummins…

“I really enjoyed being in Columbus, Indiana, the Company’s global headquarters. I was surprised by all the things Columbus had to offer and the convenience of being able to travel to so many surrounding cities such as Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indianapolis.”

On Working Right at Cummins…

“For me, Working Right means never assuming I had all the right answer when first presented with a question.  During my internship at Cummins, I learned that I should work with others to gather several different people’s thoughts and ideas, then ask questions or seek help to determine the best answers.” 

 

.Update: Following Songa's internship, he has accepted a full-time role at Cummins Inc

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