As a part of the top Supply Chain education program in the country, the Supply Chain Management Association (SCMA) strives to provide students with exceptional learning experiences and development opportunities beyond the classroom environment. This is accomplished through exposure to leading industry practices and business professionals, as well as an additional forum for student/faculty interaction. We appreciate your interest in SCMA and encourage you to get involved with any/all of our events! We are always looking for innovative ideas for our events, so please share your creativity with us if there is something you would like to see SCMA pursue!
Meet Our Team
This summer, I will be interning with Accenture based out of the Detroit office as a part of their Consulting Development Program. I also hold a role with the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State as a Marketing Intern managing their social media accounts and marketing activities. This role was directly related to my position on the Executive Board last year, Director of Public Relations, regarding communications with the public.
Last summer, I had the pleasure to intern at Martinrea International, Inc. in Auburn Hills, MI as a Supply Chain Intern. I learned that the Supply Chain industry is full of opportunity and diversity, and I look forward to what is to come not only at Martinrea, but in the industry as a whole.
Throughout the school year, my primary role will be to ensure the longevity of the organization through administrative activities within Broad and support of the Executive Board positions. I am honored to work alongside this fantastic group of individuals, and I will support them in any way possible. SCMA is a fantastic organization to grow professionally, academically, and personally; I would encourage anyone interested in supply chain management to join SCMA. If you have any inquires or questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to a great year!
I joined SCMA my Freshman year, where I was a general member and became one of the Most Involved Members. The summer after my Freshman year (summer of 2021), I interned at Rockwell Automation and worked on price mitigation among supplier contracts and spot buys at the component level. Then, this past academic year, I held the role of Director of Operations and was able to plan and execute our Fall and Spring trips, which I encourage everyone to apply to attend!
SCMA has been an amazing organization that has allowed me to realize what I want to major in and do as a career through real connections and application. Through the club, I have been able to meet like-minded individuals who are driven to learn more about supply chain and have fun doing so. Because of this, I have found a focus on my future career goals, have made amazing memories, and even better friends. With that being said, I am ecstatic about what our team has planned for SCMA this year. We will be able to learn more about supply chain, take part in valuable networking, and make truly amazing memories. I highly recommend joining SCMA for great, second to none, professional, educational, and social experiences. If you have any questions on MSU, SCMA, Supply Chain, classes, or anything else, please reach out; I’d love to speak with you!
In early 2020, I worked as a Purchasing Intern at Fastenal Company, a leading supplier in construction parts and fasteners. For the summer of 2021, I interned with Great Lakes Packing Co., a fresh cherry packer in Kewadin, MI, where I worked as a Logistics Assistant. There are not too many places better than Northern Michigan during the summer months. Most recently, I interned with Caterpillar Inc. for summer of 2022 at their Minneapolis Global Paving Products facility. We built pavers and asphalt/soil compactors that you’ve probably seen in road construction zones all over the place. I'm very thankful to have interned for all of those companies and if you're interested in any company, do not hesitate to come talk to me about my experience.
From 2019 to 2022, I've been one of the most involved members in SCMA and I can say that most of the Supply Chain Management knowledge I have thus far has been a result of my involvement and participation with the organization. We've gone on some fantastic trips and heard from some great individuals and companies in the past. I know that is something that won't change.
Our GMMs are always the highlight of the week for me because it's such a great opportunity to engage with other SCM students and professionals. The trips that we go on have been planned out so well in the past and our upcoming trips will be nothing short of the same. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone once the school year kicks off! Don't hesitate to come chat with me or any of the other E-Board members about anything SCM or not.
While growing up, I have been working at our family business, Griffin Beverage, every summer since I was about 14. I have had many different roles within the distribution center like fulfilling orders for accounts, taking inventory ensuring its accuracy, and Order deliveries. This summer, I worked at McCain Foods as a Customer Solutions intern. My duties consisted of working closely with distributors to make sure that their orders were getting fulfilled by our factories, and relaying information between all my accounts and factories. It has been a great opportunity for me, and I am excited to see where my career takes me.
I am excited that I was given this opportunity to be one of the leaders in this fantastic organization. There are many events that we host that are not only networking with companies but with other students with the same interest. My favorite is our fall and spring trip. We get to visit many companies as well as explore and do different things in these cities. I am looking forward to this year and inspiring others to learn, grow, and network in this organization.
As Director of Operations, I am in charge of organizing our annual fall and spring trips that SCMA will be taking. During these trips, we go and visit companies in large cities for professional connections and to educate ourselves more about their supply chain processes. We also do a lot of social bonding during events so we can all get to know each other better and form lifetime connections!
My involvement with SCMA has introduced me to some incredibly hard-working and amazing people. Every event and gathering that SCMA hosts are sure to enhance your knowledge of the supply chain field. I also created some outstanding bonds with people that I am sure I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life. As an international student, SCMA has provided me with a home in a larger community. Michigan State can be overwhelming sometimes, so it is important to find groups inside the community that you fit in.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions about the upcoming trips we will be taking! It is a great time for everyone involved and I highly recommend you attend if you are at all interested in supply chain. Also, reach out if you have any other questions about SCMA, or any questions in general. I will be graduating by the end of this year so I have had a lot of experience with the business school and Michigan State in general. Hope to see you on one of our trips!
During the summer of 2022, I interned with ZF Friedrichshafen as a Global Commodity Purchasing intern where I am learning all about the materials management side of supply chain. Another big summer highlight was my study abroad trip to Europe. Enrolled in the “International Business Studies” led by Professor Richard Spreng, I got the great chance to visit London and Paris where I visited multiple companies such as Googe and EY, saw and learned about famous landmarks, and met lots of new people. Study abroad trips can seem scary up front, but I would recommend everyone to try to do at least one before they graduate, even if it is only a two-week program like mine. They can provide amazing experiences that are impossible to obtain by staying on campus and MSU is great at providing a wide variety of cost-affordable trips that anyone can participate in. I am hoping to be able to study abroad again in the future.
During my time at State, I have been involved with the Professorial Assistantship (PA) Program working with Dr. Steven Melnyk to help develop solutions to cyber security in the supply chain and researching impacts of supplier relations between firms. This research has allowed me to dive deeper into the supply chain field by learning from the unique perspective of a researcher, not a student. However, my research endeavors do not stop in the business field, I have been involved in research of fostering animals in the animal science field. I enjoy conducting research in many different fields and am always looking to be involved in future projects.
SCMA has provided me with countless opportunities as a young business professional, student, and leader. I am very thankful for being able to give back to this amazing organization, our members, and the supply chain management students at Michigan State University through my role as a career fair director. If you have any questions, concerns, comments, or just need someone to chat with, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. GO GREEN!”
This summer, I was an Intern at Boeing in supply chain systems and contracting. I had the opportunity to do research, take part in negotiations, create and implement new information matrices to benefit the team, and have a great time while doing it. I was also able to learn how many different types of opportunities there are in supply chain and would love to bring awareness to them in the coming school year. I am also a teaching assistant for GBL 323/385-Business Law which helped better my knowledge of supply chain contracts.
I have been a part of two study abroad programs during my time here at MSU, both of which have left me with lasting memories and education. I believe studying abroad is a must in most student's time in university and encourage everyone to give it a try. I will also be taking part in the CSCMP Edge Supply Chain Conference in Nashville this year and am looking forward to this awesome experience.
SCMA has helped me grow professionally in so many ways and has also helped me make amazing friends and memories that will last me beyond my college years. I look forward to working with everyone this year and meeting new members that will join. If you have any questions about anything I’ve mentioned or otherwise, please reach out! I look forward to having a great year.
In the summer of 2021, I worked as a Supplies and Logistics Intern at ZFC, a leading manufacturer and distributor of fertilizers and agrochemicals in my home country, Zimbabwe. This last summer, I interned with Johnson Controls Inc., a leader in the HVAC and building technologies, out of their Milwaukee, WI office where I worked in the Transportation Planning Department. I'm very grateful to have interned for both of these companies, and if you're interested in learning more about my experiences, don’t hesitate to reach out!
And while again, I’m grateful and honored to have had the experiences which have helped in refining my skills in analysis, project planning, and communication, I can still say that a large majority of the Supply Chain knowledge I have managed to gain so far has been as a result of my involvement and participation with SCMA. I have been a member of the organization since my freshman year, and throughout these past two years, it has been an invaluable resource not only due to the insights I’ve gained to help me progress professionally, but the friends I’ve made in the club while doing so as well.
I encourage everyone to come and join a meeting if you want to learn more about Supply Chain you or make connections with your peers, and I’m looking forward to having a fantastic year!
This past summer I interned with Genpact, who is a leader in the professional services and Management Consulting. I worked in their Supply Chain Department and focused on strategic procurement and product development for its clients. It was interesting to get some exposure and work for multiple clients in one internship. This helped me expand my base of knowledge and I am very excited to see what the future has in store for me whether with Genpact or another company.
The 2021/22 school year was my third year involved with SCMA, and although it was a very different year in all aspects, I was so thankful to be in an organization that persevered through the hardships to provide its members with the best experience possible. The kind of exposure this organization provides is extremely beneficial for students interested in supply chain management as a profession. I participated in so many events this year and each event helped me develop either professionally or personally. This organization is open-minded, driven, and full of amazing individuals which is what has made it successful in many ways. This year, I hope to continue the strong tradition of SCMA and provide you with many fun events for you to make an impact outside of the classroom, while preparing for the future. My best advice for anybody considering SCMA is to simply show up and let us show you what we can do for you. If you ever have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to reach out to me anytime and I would be happy to talk. I am so excited for this year and can’t wait to see everybody in person!
During the summer of 2022, I interned at Rack Room Shoes Corporate (Charlotte, NC) as a Supply Chain Intern in their Logistics Department. Here I spearheaded the research and selection process for a major IT/Software Implementation Project. Not only has this experience educated me in the Corporate Culture of a billion-dollar company, the Retail Industry, and the logistic opportunities at all Senior, Directorial, and Presidential levels, it has also allowed me to translate the relatively theoretical knowledge from my major and minors into tangible skill sets that I am now comfortable leaning on outside the classroom. On a more technical level, I learned to analyze entirely new systems, identify its shortcomings, and find cost-effective solutions externally.
In the school year, my primary role will be to organize Social Events, keep members informed via the Weekly Newsletter, showcase club spirit by creating Apparel Catalogues, and communicate through various Social Media Platforms.
As Michigan State University's largest Student Organization, SCMA will build you a broad and genuine network as you dive into the intriguing world of Supply Chain Management. I look forward to meeting you at our events!
During my past two summers, I interned at Abbott Laboratories in various capacities as an Operations intern. In my first internship, I learned various demand planning tasks and responsibilities which had allowed me to create a manual so various people in the department would be able to utilize it for greater efficiency. Additionally, during my first internship, I had worked on inventory management so we could optimize our inventory to only keep the most valuable inventory on hand. This first internship in the middle of COVID-19 played a large impact in how I view supply chain today. This summer, I work on optimizing how we manage past data to have a sustainable archiving process throughout our manufacturing facilities. This summer, I am a Supply Chain Management intern at Stellantis. From my internship in the automotive industry, I have been able to learn a lot about the various activities that occur and new trends. The group that I am a part of is cost management. In this group, I help track and manage various expedites to maintain data integrity and demonstrate areas in which we can become more effective as a company.
My time throughout SCMA these past three years have been extremely valuable since it has provided me opportunities that I would not have been able to access. My involvement has allowed me to obtain my first internship and network with many companies to learn more about industry-changing philosophies. I encourage everyone to come and join a meeting if Supply Chain interests you.
If you have any questions or would just like to chat, feel free to contact me. I would be happy to answer any questions and get to know you. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Kelly M. Lynch is the director of the Corporate and Student Relations Office (CSRO) with the Department of Supply Chain Management in the Broad College of Business at Michigan State University (MSU) in East Lansing, Michigan. Mr. Lynch’s primary responsibility is to connect undergraduate students and employers. The CSRO partners with approximately 200 employers to help them enhance their message and visibility to students, faculty and staff. Kelly works with students to better prepare themselves for job opportunities that include co-ops, internships and full-time positions. Prior to coming to MSU in 2018, he spent over 28 years at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility and authority. Mr. Lynch’s last position at FCA was as the director of purchasing and supplier quality operations and integration, where he was responsible for integrating the global processes and systems used by FCA for the procurement of parts, capital expenditures and services. He retired from FCA in August 2017. Mr. Lynch earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology from MSU in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration in materials and logistics management from MSU in 1986.