By Justin Holding
“Bringing people together for a better world” is Anheuser-Busch’s purpose. This is accomplished by AB’s 10 Principles that encompass their Dream, People, and Culture. I got to experience every one of these principles firsthand during my Supply Chain Trainee Program Internship this summer in St. Louis, Missouri.
AB’s 1st principle is “We dream big.” They are continuing to innovate and grow as a strong, successful company. AB’s 2nd principle is “Our greatest strength is our people.” This is my favorite principle. Coming into the STL Corporate Office every day allowed me to interact with the incredible individuals who contribute to the renowned AB culture. I learned to understand the importance of developing people that are better than ourselves and fostering a collaborative culture.
At AB, I was assigned to the Planning Division to work on an innovative Material Requirements Planning tool. My intern partner and I became experts in the new tool. We created documentation such as operating procedures and process maps to help new users fully understand the tool. We worked with several teams from other countries to resolve issues and help develop the tool. We presented our work to senior leaders and were complimented for our diligent effort and future recommendations.
When I wasn’t working on my project, I attended other AB events or explored the St. Louis community. AB brought in many leaders from across the company to teach and educate the interns on every aspect of the company. We learned about new products, product distribution, the history of Anheuser-Busch, and the brewing process. By the time I left, I knew the ins and outs of the brewing process. I went on a brewery tour where I saw everything from the inbound materials to the final packaged product. One of the most fun activities was visiting Warm Springs Ranch, the breeding facility for the World-Famous Budweiser Clydesdales. We took a tour of their lovely property and got to see the baby Clydesdales.
Throughout the summer, the interns went on many trips around St. Louis. We went to a couple of St. Louis Cardinals games, saw a show at the Muni, visited the Museum, Aquarium, and Zoo, toured the Meramec Caverns, and took a trip to the Ozarks. It was great to spend lots of time with the other amazing interns. Their diverse perspectives, ambition, and enthusiasm reflect that AB hires excellent individuals who foster their fantastic culture.
My 10-week internship in St. Louis with Anheuser-Busch was terrific. I gained a better understanding of optimization processes, complex supply networks, and the incredible importance of outstanding people. I am grateful for all the wonderful individuals I met at AB and hope that we can all come together to make the world a better place!
Justin is a Junior in T&M Class XXVII. He is studying Industrial Engineering and recently completed his Supply Chain Trainee Program Internship at Anheuser-Busch this past summer.