Business: Gaining further knowledge at Sherwin Williams
Ryan Condello, a senior business management major from McMurry, Pa., began preparing for his future in business as a student at Waynesburg University, but little did he know his newfound skills and knowledge would lead to something bigger than scoring well on exams during his undergraduate career.
During the academic year, Condello is active on campus as the acting vice president of the Investments Club and section leader for the Symphonic Band. And after the spring 2013 term concluded, he was ready to put his effort toward something equally fulfilling—a summer internship as a sales management intern for Sherwin Williams.
“Several aspects of the program appealed to me,” said Condello. “The fact that it relates so closely to my major had a profound impact on my decision.”
Condello’s ambitious character, as described by Gordon McClung, professor of marketing at Waynesburg University, facilitated his transition into the position at the renowned paint company.
“Ryan is a very well rounded student with a personality and demeanor that works well for managing others,” said McClung. “These characteristics of Ryan's made him an ideal candidate for the Sherwin Williams internship program. His strong work ethic served him well during his tenure as an intern, as demonstrated by the highly positive evaluations he received.”
During his internship, Condello spent 40 hours per week applying practice and theory to real-world situations, where he was able to have his voice heard by management.
“My favorite internship experience was being privileged enough to present my findings and recommendations on company email capture rate policies to members of upper management,” said Condello.
In addition, Condello had the privilege of learning new concepts he will later be able to apply to his own life and future career.
“The growth that I have seen from my experience with Sherwin Williams has been twofold,” said Condello. “Firstly, I was able to learn exactly how a multinational corporation functions in a variety of areas. Secondly, I gained a more vast understanding of what post-graduate life will incorporate.”