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Kalyn Medendorp

Major: Culinary Food Science



Company/Organization: Barilla America
Company/Organization website: https://www.barilla.com/en-us
Destination: Ames, Iowa
Timeframe: Summer

Advisor/Coordinator Email: ebeirman@iastate.edu

I was responsible for...
- Learned how to use different lab equipment - Updated Standard Operating Procedures - Communicated and interacted with various other departments outside of the quality department - Drastically increased my knowledge of Microsoft applications - Increased my communication skills, both verbal and written

I accomplished...
My greatest accomplishment was working all summer to help the Quality team to prepare for their upcoming audit. This showed me that there is a lot of work that goes into preparing for audits.

I learned...
I learned how vital it is to have communication throughout all departments and that for people to feel like they're valued employees they need to be listened to and feel like they are important to the organization.

Advice for others...
Barilla was a great place to have my first internship. The people that I worked with were very helpful and accepting. Internships are a great way to gain experience and make professional connections.

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