By Miranda Daily
On June 3rd, an unfamiliar scene unfolded in the lobby of the OK Foods Corporate office: twelve college students from across the state of Arkansas were exchanging names and majors, patiently waiting to start the first day of their summer internship.
During their 10-week paid internship, these interns will work in Live Production, Agribusiness/Processing Plant Operations, Research & Development, Sales/Marketing, Supply Chain, Accounting, and Management Information Systems.
OK Foods looks for interns who are ambitious, take initiative, and desire a full-time career with the company after graduation. The summer interns said they sought after an internship that would give them real-world experience close to home.
“This program is a great opportunity for professional development. I witness our interns develop both professionally and personally,” Amy Douglas, Human Resource Services Manager, said.
Though no two days are ever the same at OK Foods, each intern has their own daily tasks to perform. Accounting intern, Elizabeth Martinez, works on pay roll, cost accounting and SOX testing. Reed Williams, the Research and Development intern, tests and controls food samples to collect data. Sales intern, Keesler Nye, gathers sales data to create spreadsheets for the sales team.
“I really appreciate that the sales team is like one big family,” Nye said. “And the free coffee is a great bonus too.”
Of the twelve, four interns signed with OK Foods after being chosen by the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce to work for companies across the city. One of the interns selected by the Fort Smith Chamber of Commerce, Natalie Chilton, is a recent graduate of Southside High School and will attend the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith in the fall.