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Summer Intership in Oshkosh, WI at Viking Electric Supply

Date Posted: 1/27/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Intern
  • Location:
    Oshkosh, WI
  • Job Type:
    Other
  • Experience:
    Not Specified
  • Date Posted:
    1/27/2018

Job Description

Do you have a great attitude and a curiosity to learn about a wholesale distribution company?  Viking Electric Supply is excited to have opportunities for three 2018 summer interns to learn our business by experiencing it from the perspective of multiple departments and multiple locations.  We want the opportunity to show YOU your potential for success in a career in our industry.

To Qualify: Interns must be within 2-3 semesters of graduation

Majors: This internship is open to students from all majors pursuing a 2 or 4 year education. However, this is a business focused internship where our interns will gain firsthand experience in all aspects of Viking’s business operations (Sales, Operations, Marketing, Purchasing, Finance, Accounting, and Customer Service)

Internship Objective: Understand Viking Electric’s value proposition in preparation for a future career by providing customer service through taking, entering and filling orders, gaining product and sales knowledge while becoming more proficient with departments, systems, and procedures, learning our operations processes and procedures, and understanding of our corporate functions.

Internship Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Learn and understand the systems and programs necessary to provide high service levels to our customers and to maintain the operation of the Viking location and its inventory.
  • Gain product and application knowledge of materials sold by Viking in the course of working at the City Desk, utilizing individual training from location manager and co-workers.
  • Work with location account managers and/or account reps to meet their customers’ needs and providing back-up responsibilities to sales associates as necessary.  
  • Maximize sales and profitability by knowing the marketplace, competition, understanding customers’ needs and up-selling, while working closely with the Marketing & Materials group.
  • Provide support to the store/operations manager in the operation of the location. Receive and stock material on shelves, maintain showroom and warehouse areas to provide a clean and safe environment to shop and work in.
  • Learn and understand the company culture of Viking Electric Supply by working closely with associates and managers from multiple departments and locations.
  • Execute an ongoing professional training plan by actively participating in all job related and company training, informational seminars, business meetings, and job shadowing.

Viking Electric Supply is a wholesale distributor of construction and industrial electrical supplies and equipment operating in 21 locations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Viking Electric is part of Sonepar USA.  Sonepar USA is an independent family-owned company with global market leadership in B-to-B distribution of electrical, industrial and safety products and is part of the larger Sonepar Group, the world's largest privately-held electrical distributor. The Sonepar Group is present in 41 countries with approximately 2,600 locations and over 40,000 employees. 

In the USA, Sonepar is represented by Viking Electric as well as 15 other locally managed electrical and industrial distributors with over 700 locations and coverage in all 50 states.

Viking Electric is an M/F/Disabled and Vet EEO/AA employer

Required Skills

Strong math aptitude, organizational, time management and interpersonal skills. Excellent verbal & written communication-plus the ability to create, compose and edit written documentation.  Strong computer/technology skills. Sales and technical aptitude and the ability to work independently.  Basic understanding of financial information and effective negotiating skills.  Must be self directed and able to prioritize.  Must maintain and provide a positive company image.

Required Experience

Past experience with customer service is essential

exposure/experience with electrical or construction is helpful.

Past experience with sales

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