Will Hoffman Internship Experience

 

This Summer I interned at a paper mill in Montville Connecticut. The mill was owned by Rand Whitney Containerboard (RWCB), which is owned by The Kraft Group. The Kraft Group is a privately owned company and their chairman is Robert Kraft. The Kraft Group owns the New England Patriots, the New England Revolution, Rand Whitney Containerboard, and more. My experience started off with great excitement when I was sent to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Massachusetts for orientation on my first day. Gillette Stadium is the home of the New England Patriots, and having won the super bowl earlier in 2017, every employee had a smile on their face. At the orientation I was able to take a brief tour of the stadium and One Patriot Place. One Patriot place had cool scenes with an outdoor shopping mall right at the stadium. I am an ardent supporter of New Era Field for Buffalo Bills games and so witnessing Gillette was a totally new experience. Following orientation I was introduced to my co-workers and upper management. I was given an office, an iPad, safety orientation, and several assignments.

The position I held at RWCB was “Process Engineer Intern” or “Engineering Intern” and a couple key responsibilities I had were attending meetings, checking process data and trends, communicating with the operators, and learning. The main thing my supervisor wanted me to take from my experience was to learn the role of a process engineer. I believe through the 12 week duration of my internship I learned very much and I am prepared to seek full time employment after my graduation in May 2018. My supervisor along with my general manager assigned numerous projects for me. A few projects include running a process chemical trial, calibrating inline freeness analyzers, completing convergence module training, attending brainstorming sessions, designing a pump system, updating P&ID’s, assisting with PI data extraction and many more. The most challenging project I worked on was the calibration of the BTG meters. The project went beyond the anticipated deadline, however the results were successful. I was able to troubleshoot and find the underlying problem. It emerged the previous lab data had been shooting out incorrect data trends. So I recorded new data, deleted the old, and the trend line flattened out. Moving forward I needed to obtain more data to increase the R^2 regression. I was fully engaged over the summer alongside enrolling in fluid mechanics online at the same time. Striking a balance was challenging but it was worth the time. Sometimes using the concepts I learned in fluid mechanics to solve problems arising from the projects.

During my time in Connecticut I traveled to New York City, Boston, Rhode Island, and surveyed a greater part of Connecticut. I went surfing at Misquamicut beach in Rhode Island, enjoyed the  Kraft Group box suit at the Boston Red Sox Game, and made new friends in my maiden dorm experience at Connecticut College. My summer experienced was great with a mix of work, study and fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My experience at RWCB was awesome and memorable and am glad to have made connections which will last for a lifetime. I would highly recommend RWCB as a company for others looking for internships and even full time employment. They care about the growth of their employees and sustainability of the paper and forestry industry.

Enjoy the Photos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Will Hoffman, BS Paper Engineering 2018

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