Jonathan Bruss

Internship Spotlight – Jonathan Bruss, Raytheon Missile Systems

Eller PDC Coordinator Student Stories

Jonathan Bruss is a MIS/OM major set to graduate in May 2020.  This summer he interned for Raytheon Missile Systems as a Global Supply Chain Intern in Tucson, Arizona.

How did you get this internship?

I applied on their website and interviewed. I was already working at Raytheon as an IT Intern for a year which I believe helped a lot.

What was a typical day like?

I didn’t really have a typical day. This was a huge reason why I enjoyed my internship so much. I had one main Strategic Sourcing project to work on but the things I did each day included tours, training’s, shadowing, meetings and I even traveled to Louisville for a week to work on my project at the production facility for the program I was on. I also had the opportunity to work on side projects with other folks from other groups so each day was different and exciting.

What was your favorite part of the experience?

My favorite part had to be traveling out to Louisville and doing work at the production facility. Raytheon develops and manufactures cutting edge defense technologies and to be a part of that at the ground level was an awesome experience. Navigating the cultural differences between the Raytheon sites was also extremely interesting.

If you worked on a big project, please describe it below:

My project was to develop a 4th Party Logistic Strategy for the program was on. The goal was to consolidate the supply base and transfer procurement responsibilities to an outside vendor. The desired outcome was for Programs Material Program Managers (MPM’s)to get back to working on Strategic, Proactive measures. We wanted to do this because the program I worked on had a huge Bill of Material compared to most programs, putting the MPM’s at a disadvantage. To do this I had to gather cross-functional requirements and document them, develop a high level strategy, gain buy in from Management, and develop the agreement to implement the strategy. It was great to work on strategic efforts rather than tactical efforts even as an intern.

What did you find most challenging about your internship?

The most challenging part about the internship was working at a strategic level with almost no background ion supply chain. My manager admittedly “threw me and the deep end” and that was challenging at first not knowing who to ask for certain information or who to set up meetings with. This lack of direction helped me become more independent as a professional. It was great to really get the opportunity to “sink or swim”.

What advice do you have for other students looking for a similar internship?

Get out there and talk to people that aren’t recruiters. Recruiters job is to make the company sound great but how great is it really? Reach out to employees of the company in a similar role that you are pursuing on LinkedIn and ask them about the experience with the company. Everyone wants to help as they were in the same place we are so go get that help. Lastly, take a chance. I was dead set on IT and just for the heck of it I applied for a supply chain job because there was an opening, i interviewed and it seemed interesting. It is important not pigeon hole yourself and get a diverse skill set from many disciplines.

How did Eller prepare you for your internship?

MIS 304 was huge for this internship. Technical ability is still required to some extent even in a Business job. Having the ability to effectively use pivot tables, and intermediate excel functions are vital to success across any business job. BCOM also gave me little more confidence as far as presenting and slide design.