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Christopher Schell
Christopher Intern Spotlight

Our Summer 2021 Intern Program included 70 talented interns from across the United States who have made valuable contributions to many aspects of our business, including R&D, manufacturing, Sales, Marketing, Tech & Digital and Enabling Functions. Here is Christopher, a student at Ohio State University, working as an Engineering Intern at Zoetis’ manufacturing facility in Charles City, Iowa. Learn more about Christopher’s story and experience below.

What are you studying and what is your position?

I attend Ohio State University and I am studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business. I am an Engineering Intern at the Charles City, Iowa Manufacturing Plant.

What brought you to Zoetis?

I am originally from Southeast Minnesota, and we have a family farm where I have used Zoetis products before. I understand the mission of being able to help livestock and companion animals and that is what led me to join Zoetis’ team.

Can you describe a day in the life of an Engineering Intern at Zoetis?

We are always working on multiple projects at once. Our focus depends on the day, what resources we must work with and what everyone on the team is working on. Within the engineering department we have done a lot with the utilities in the plant. For example, completing a chilled water assessment. We used existing data and knowledge from our utilities team which allowed us to make calculations and determine if we need to upgrade the system, what parts we might need, etc. 

How has Zoetis’ culture impacted your internship experience?

I am in contact with at least 30 people daily through the different projects I am working on. If I have any questions, problems or confusion, I can always go to someone who specializes in the topic, and they either get me the answer or point me in the right direction. Everyone I have encountered would drop anything to help me or anyone in the department out. We are all here working as a team to make sure everything runs smoothly.

What have you learned from your experience as an Intern at Zoetis?

I have learned so much this summer. My first two weeks mostly consisted of me asking constant questions, there was definitely a learning curve. As the internship has continued, I have gotten to build on my knowledge and learn how everything on the plant interconnects.

What has been the most impactful aspect of your internship?

I have been given projects that are real, important manufacturing problems that need to be solved. I feel as though I am being treated as a colleague right off the bat.