The Daily Grind, Ground Beef!

I chose to intern at Heartland Brothers this summer because I wanted a marketing internship in the food industry. They import and fabricate beef and pork which comes from farms in the Midwest of the US. When consulting with our internship coordinator, I also heard that they always make lunch in the office, and if I wasn’t sold before that I was then.

I had no clue what to expect from the internship; I wasn’t sure what exactly I would be doing yet and I didn’t know what to anticipate working in a completely different culture. My first day I was a little nervous, but as I was still working out how to get to work, I was more focused on the commute until I was standing outside the office. I wasn’t sure what to do until my supervisor pulled up on a moped (which are very common in China especially on the sidewalks!) and he led me into the temporary-office which was actually an apartment. I met the team of 7 and immediately sat down to have lunch with them, which went over pretty quietly because I wasn’t sure if anyone spoke English besides my supervisor, and my Chinese is not that strong. However, one of the women from sales asked me a few questions, I relaxed, and then spent the day learning about the company. This led into my big project which I was assigned to for the two months—a research project on the various sub-primal and fabricated cuts of the chuck primal.

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Snapshots from my project!

Most days at work I would research this cut and various preparations of it. I started out by inputting everything into one big spreadsheet but found that it was getting too clunky to read so I decided to put everything in a booklet where everything would be more organized. I had a lot of fun designing it out and filling it up with all of the information I could find everything from the Chuck Tender which actually isn’t tender, to Flat Iron Steaks, Short Ribs, and more. 

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My best day at work actually took place outside of the office and in a butcher shop. I was originally just supposed to meet my supervisor there so he could take a look at my progress with my project, but when I walked in I asked if they needed any help, and so I got to make ground beef with them. I loved getting out of the office and doing something hands on like that, and I’m grateful for all of the other experiences I had through this internship as well.

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