This summer, senior forest management major Daniel Fichtel completed an 11-week internship with Weyerhaeuser, one of the world’s largest private owners of timberland. We reached out to Daniel while he was in Dierks, Arkansas, to learn more about his experience.
Can you tell us more about your responsibilities?
My duties as an intern changed every day. I mainly cruised timber, but I also flagged boundaries, participated in auditing log loads coming into the mill, environmental audits post clear cut, checking on loggers, collecting paperwork and general office work. I also scouted timber, met with road contractors to show them roads that needed to be built or worked on, and showed loggers new tracts. I also spent time at other mills and with other employees learning how they do procurement and buy timber.
I was assigned a project where I cruised timber but included the top wood as well. They have their way of cruising timber, but they wanted to see how it compared to what I was doing. I was assigned 10 tracts of timber that I cruised, and after I compared the old data to the new data, I delivered a presentation to my supervisors.
How has this experience furthered your undergraduate career?
This experience benefitted my undergraduate career by letting me apply what I have learned in the classroom or working for Mr. Grogan in real world situations. It also gave me a chance to learn new things that will help me as I finish up my last few semesters at SFA. I also made contacts in the field that could potentially lead to a career after graduation.
What was your favorite aspect of the internship?
It’s hard to name one thing that was my favorite part of this internship. I really enjoyed seeing other mills and logging operations. But, if I had to choose one thing, I think it would be working out in the woods cruising timber. Whether I was cruising alone or with someone, being out in the woods and seeing different places was great. I loved how the scenery changed and each place I went was different.
I learned about this internship from career fairs and the emails that Mrs. Bishop sends out with intern opportunities. I think this internship was very beneficial and I would recommend it to any forest management major that has an interest in procurement. This internship and other internships are a great way to get your name out there and show a company your work ethic and abilities.