The Intern Experience

Reba Basore


  1. Why did you want to intern at JM?

    When I first noticed the opening for a JM internship I was a little bit hesitant to apply. I had no experience in the world of manufacturing and was unsure of what the internship could bring me. After two great interviews and discussing possible projects, I got a feel for the culture of JM. I could tell it would be a great fit for me, and I’m so happy with the opportunity to intern at JM. They have truly helped me grow closer to my career goals.  

  2. What does a typical day look like?

    A day in my shoes changes every day, and that aspect added a lot to my experience. No matter what's scheduled, I'm always greeted by lots of friendly faces. From there, I balance my time between preparing for and attending meetings, working on projects, and helping out around the office where I can. I'm able to jump in and help out on real projects that are ongoing in the plant. Everyone's very willing to help me get a full understanding of what we were working on and how it can add value.

    Something really cool that the employee engagement team at my plant does is give each employee a candy bar on their birthday. The celebration was a great way for me to be able to go out onto the production floor and connect with the employees. I also got to help with the development of job descriptions. To see my work being used added a lot of value to my time with JM.

  3. What was the most memorable part of your internship?

    My most memorable moment at JM had to have been on my first visit to the plant. Everyone was very inviting and I felt like a kid in a candy store on the plant tour. Seeing the production process first hand was very intriguing; it was even better to see employees who have been with Johns Manville for years and hear how much they knew about the process.

    My birthday was also very special. I got a call from HR at corporate and was sang happy birthday over the phone. Someone even made me a bunch of cupcakes; it really made my day and just showed how much JM truly cares about their employees. I would be surprised if I get that treatment anywhere else.  

  4. What was your favorite project or biggest accomplishment?

    It’s hard to even begin to think about everything I was able to achieve over the internship; one of the most impactful projects for me was rebuilding the orientation process. Someone’s first day on the job can really set a big impression on them for how their time at that job will be. It was great to research and develop ways to get new employees inspired and motivated to work. It brought me a lot of satisfaction to then see them lead and interact in that process.  

  5. What is the biggest takeaway from your internship?

    I would say the biggest take away from my time with JM would be my professional improvement. I got to develop skills, like effective communication and time management, in ways that are more relatable to the workforce than everyday life. I was given the opportunity to grow and be influenced by some amazing professionals in the HR field; making those connections alone is priceless.

  6. How would you describe JM’s culture?

    The culture of JM is something I would hope every business owner dreams of. They prioritize the truly important things like safety and employee development. JM stays true to their core values and pursues new ideas from any level in the organization. Something that spoke volumes to me as an employee was how much visibility of corporate we had. The connection to management was very strong and our plant had a lot of co-workers from corporate visit to help get things on track or just to check in to make sure things were going smoothly.  

  7. What advice do you have for future interns?

    Some advice I would give to future interns is to make the most of every minute. Time goes by too fast to not have a great day every day; keep your goals in focus and make stuff happen. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for guidance, and be open to constructive criticism.

  8. Anything you want to add?

    Having the opportunity to work directly at a plant and to be around the production everyday was a huge benefit for me. It helped broaden my horizons and opened me up to the manufacturing world because it was not at all what I had pictured it to be. This brought me an appreciation to the workforce here and the products we produce, and in result gave a lot of value to the projects I was assigned to.



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