Fall 2011 TRINITY Magazine, Chicago
Jason Genzink ’11
Title: Account manager
Jason Genzink ’11, a business management major while at Trinity, enrolled in Chicago Semester with the goal of stretching himself socially and professionally and taking advantage of the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom.
“I needed an internship to prepare me for graduation and job searching, and I knew the program would push me outside of my comfort zone.”
As part of the learning process and the process of being matched with the most suitable internship possibilities, Genzink interviewed with three companies and landed an opportunity with C.H. Robinson Worldwide, one of the world’s largest third party logistics providers.
His responsibilities included assisting sales reps and account managers with day-to-day operations such as scheduling and tracking shipments for both Fortune 500 accounts and smaller “mom and pop” companies; quoting transactional freight; resolving daily problems; and shadowing reps on sales meetings. Genzink appreciated the “plan for achievement” that involved supervisors setting goals and benchmarks for interns, and in turn, interns setting goals for themselves.
Chicago Semester met the expectations Genzink had about his studies and internship but exceeded those expectations in another area—the relationships he formed with fellow students at Chicago Semester and co-workers at C.H. Robinson.
The biggest challenge during that semester? Facing the job search. But this wasn’t a challenge for long. Genzink was hired soon after graduation at C.H. Robinson’s Grand Rapids, Michigan, branch as an account manager.
And the biggest reward? Genzink said, “I have grown in every area, socially, professionally, and spiritually. I learned daily to trust more in the Lord; my future was so uncertain, but I knew he had a great plan.”