was anything but a time to goof off for Paige Wallace, a senior from Erie.
not surprising, considering that she is double-majoring in communications and public relations and double-minoring in accounting and
been putting all of her varied skills to work the past four summers with
different internships at GE Transportation in her hometown.
Transportation is a global technology leader and supplier to the railroad,
mining, marine, stationary power, drilling and energy storage industries.
with the industrial giant included global security, base-cost productivity,
communications and pricing.
She had the most
success, she said, being a base-cost productivity intern in the summer of 2012.
Her goal, she
said, was to work together with a team to dissect the costs associated with
producing each locomotive and see if she could find a more cost-effective way
to produce them.
“We really helped
lower the production cost without devaluing the locomotive, which was a huge
success for GE,” she said. “I feel we really made a difference.”
base-cost productivity, she said, was much different than her first internship,
which was in global security. There she organized
international meetings, helped write out company policies and procedures, and
helped run drills, she said.
Another year, she
worked as a communications intern, helping to reorganize the company’s website
and make it more user friendly and the information more readily available to
those who needed it.
her most recent internship, Wallace said, she was able to use her skills in
communications and accounting as a pricing intern.
job then was to figure out why clients chose to drop contracts with GE
Transportation and how to look better when compared to competitors, she said.
“It is amazing to
take part in such a successful internship,” Wallace said. “I have met so many
nice people,and I personally had an effect on the business.”
internships, Wallace said, she was able to apply the knowledge she acquired at
Pitt-Bradford to help make a positive impact on the company.
advice to future interns?
is key. People are more willing to help you if you help them,” Wallace said.