TNT Fireworks
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Whitney Boyer

Major: AFR
Minor: None
Hometown: Cressona

How did you learn about this opportunity?

The manager of TNT Fireworks in Ocala, FL. is a Penn State Alumni who comes to Pennsylvania for every football game. He put flyers in Willard Building for an internship opportunity in Florida over Christmas break. I immediately contacted him because I definitely wanted to spend my Christmas in beautiful summer weather. After speaking with him, he set up an interview with me where he came to Penn State and we spoke in person at Willard. He liked me, and told me he would get in touch with me on his decision. The next day, he called me back and told me that I could come down and help his team for the busy time of their year.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience with TNT Fireworks was incredible, and I would do this again in a heartbeat. Only two students from Penn State were accepted for this internship after many interviews were conducted. The other interns that I worked with where from other colleges. Personally, I never worked so many hours in my life. We would work from dark in the morning until the dark at night. I was working fifty-two hours a week for three weeks straight. I never knew of my capabilities before this experience. TNT Fireworks had interns file papers in their office, create excel sheets for budget costs, work on Oracle (a shipping and handling program used by big companies), sign off on merchandise to ensure the fireworks were within sell by date, and much more. We would drive to Tampa and Miami to be sales reps that marketed and sold merchandise at tents and Sam's Clubs. TNT Fireworks treated the interns very well; they would order lunch for us almost every day and had a small party for us on our last day.

"My experience with TNT Fireworks was incredible, and I would do this again in a heartbeat."

How did this experience impact you academically?

First, I learned that I am capable of working long hours for long periods of time. I have never had a full-time job, so the fact that I was working 50-55 hours every week is amazing when you put it into perspective. Next, TNT Fireworks helped me experience what it is like to work in an office setting. The white collar jobs are not what I'm used to. Filing papers all day and being on the computer was a different atmosphere for me, but I enjoyed it and would definitely do a job like this again. Academically, I want to do this internship again next Christmas and am thinking about looking for jobs in Florida. The weather and people in Florida are very positive and uplifting. Waking up to seventy degree weather everyday had a positive impact on how I approached my internship and I would like that mood to continue into my career.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

My career goals and plans are to find a position humanitarian work. TNT Fireworks needed interns to help them during their busy month, and we knocked work out for them like no other. We really worked hard for them and they were so happy that my colleague and I came down to Florida to help out. Aside from helping others, I liked how this internship opened my eyes to other job choices. People have many jobs and career paths throughout their life, so this only increased my knowledge on the ways I can incorporate office work into my major and it allowed me to look at other career paths.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, the TNT Firework's crew is extremely welcoming and they took really good care of me. My first day, I actually got lost going from the hotel to the job and the manager stayed on the phone with me until I made it to the job.

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