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Working As A Logistics Internship

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Make Decisions

  • $64,730

    Average Salary

What Does A Logistics Internship Do

Logisticians analyze and coordinate an organization’s supply chain—the system that moves a product from supplier to consumer. They manage the entire life cycle of a product, which includes how a product is acquired, distributed, allocated, and delivered.

Duties

Logisticians typically do the following:

  • Manage the logistical aspects of a product’s life cycle from design to disposal
  • Direct the allocation of materials, supplies, and products
  • Develop business relationships with suppliers and clients
  • Understand clients’ needs and know how to meet them
  • Design strategies to minimize the cost or time required to transport goods
  • Review logistical functions and identify areas for improvement
  • Propose improvements to management and customers

Logisticians oversee activities that include purchasing, transportation, inventory, and warehousing. They may direct the movement of a range of goods, people, or supplies, from common consumer goods to military supplies and personnel.

Logisticians use software systems to plan and track the movement of products. They operate software programs designed specifically to manage logistical functions, such as procurement, inventory management, and other supply chain planning and management systems.

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How To Become A Logistics Internship

A bachelor’s degree is typically required for most positions, although an associate’s degree may be sufficient for some logistician jobs. Industry certification and work experience in a related field is helpful for jobseekers.

Education

Logisticians may qualify for some positions with an associate’s degree. However, as logistics becomes increasingly complex, more companies prefer to hire workers who have at least a bachelor’s degree. Many logisticians have a bachelor’s degree in business, systems engineering, or supply chain management.

Bachelor’s degree programs often include coursework in operations and database management, and system dynamics. In addition, most programs offer courses that train students on software and technologies commonly used by logisticians, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID).

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate professional competence and a broad knowledge of logistics. Logisticians can obtain certification through APICS or the International Society of Logistics (SOLE). To become certified, a logistician typically needs to have a certain amount of education and work experience and to pass an exam.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Prospective logisticians can benefit from previous work experience in a field related to logistics or business. Others gain work experience while serving in the military. Experience allows a worker to learn about products and supply chain processes. Some employers allow applicants to substitute several years of work experience for a degree.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Logisticians need strong communication skills in order to collaborate with colleagues and do business with suppliers and customers.

Critical-thinking skills. Logisticians must develop, adjust, and carry out logistical plans. They often must find ways to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Organizational skills. Logisticians must be able to perform several tasks at one time, keep detailed records, and simultaneously manage several projects in a fast-paced environment.

Problem-solving skills. Logisticians must handle unforeseen issues, such as delivery problems, and adjust plans as needed to resolve the issues.

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Logistics Internship Career Paths

Logistics Internship
Operations Manager Purchasing Manager
Director Of Purchasing
10 Yearsyrs
Management Trainee Sales Manager Purchasing Manager
Director, Procurement
13 Yearsyrs
Management Trainee Account Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Security Officer Operation Supervisor
Distribution Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Operations Manager
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Business Development Manager Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Global Supply Chain Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Logistics Director
10 Yearsyrs
Logistics Management Specialist Senior Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager
Logistics Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Material Handler Production Supervisor
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Operations Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Coordinator Logistics Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Operation Supervisor Account Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Operations Manager General Manager District Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Specialist Logistics Supervisor Logistics Manager
Senior Logistics Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Business Analyst Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Analyst Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Logistics Manager Supply Chain Manager
Supply Chain Logistics Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Logistics Analyst Logistics Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Quality Assurance Manager Material Manager
Warehouse Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Logistics Internship Demographics

Gender

Male

60.2%

Female

32.2%

Unknown

7.6%
Ethnicity

White

68.0%

Asian

19.9%

Hispanic or Latino

9.0%

Unknown

2.4%

Black or African American

0.7%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

27.4%

Chinese

15.7%

Mandarin

12.9%

French

10.1%

German

6.6%

Korean

3.8%

Japanese

3.5%

Italian

3.1%

Portuguese

3.1%

Hindi

2.8%

Russian

2.5%

Cantonese

2.2%

Carrier

1.9%

Vietnamese

1.3%

Arabic

0.9%

Bengali

0.6%

Urdu

0.6%

Swedish

0.3%

Tagalog

0.3%

Telugu

0.3%
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Logistics Internship Education

Schools

Michigan State University

12.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

9.8%

Central Michigan University

9.2%

Pennsylvania State University

7.5%

Iowa State University

6.1%

Arizona State University

5.2%

Ohio State University

5.2%

University of Texas at Dallas

5.2%

Auburn University

4.6%

Syracuse University

4.3%

University of North Texas

3.7%

Purdue University

3.7%

Lehigh University

3.7%

University of Alabama

2.9%

Appalachian State University

2.9%

Florida State University

2.9%

University of Houston

2.9%

Clemson University

2.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.6%

Duquesne University

2.6%
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Majors

Supply Chain Management

26.6%

Business

26.0%

Industrial Engineering

6.9%

Management

4.8%

Finance

4.7%

Marketing

4.7%

Economics

3.3%

International Business

3.1%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Operations Management

2.3%

Political Science

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Small Business Management

1.8%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.8%

Psychology

1.5%

Information Systems

1.4%

Communication

1.2%

International Relations

1.2%

Management Information Systems

1.2%

Hospitality Management

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

62.4%

Masters

24.1%

Other

8.7%

Associate

1.9%

Certificate

1.5%

Doctorate

1.4%

License

0.1%

Diploma

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Logistics Internship

DeliveryRoutesSupplyChainProceduresDataEntryLogisticsDepartmentSafetyERPPurchaseOrdersCostSavingsInventoryManagementCustomerServiceInventoryControlKeyPerformanceIndicatorsDistributionCentersProcessImprovementLTLInventoryLevelsAuditLogisticsSupportSigma

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Top Logistics Internship Skills

  1. Delivery Routes
  2. Supply Chain
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Optimized delivery routes by analyzing logistics data and arranging trucking routes by geographic location, delivery needs, and utilization rates.
  • Led and supported Supply Chain department initiatives during summer internship.
  • Identify, develop, and document standard operating procedures for warehouse Create training materials and programs for warehouse operators
  • Initiated data entry, tracking, proof of delivery, and payment for customers and assigned shippers.
  • Assisted logistics department in shipping repaired and refurbished hardware.

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