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Grasping the concepts

Hahn’s internship turns into a career after graduation
Rob Hahn describes the advantages of pursuing a business degree at Huntington University.

“I feel that the education that the business department has provided and the knowledge they have blessed me with has given me the opportunity to learn even more. I learned the basics in the classroom, and now that I am in real situations, I can grasp the concepts and quickly turn them into results. It has really solidified my belief that I am right where I am supposed to be.”

Rob Hahn was speechless — probably not the best reaction when you’ve just been told you got the job — but what could he do? He had just beat out five Indiana University students for an esteemed internship at Amazon.com, the nation’s largest online retailer.

“When she told me, I just sat there,” said Hahn, who completed a 10-week internship at the company’s fulfillment center in Whitestown, Ind., just outside of Indianapolis, during the summer before his senior year. “It was hard for me to form words. I told the lady, ‘Hold on. I have to let this sink in for a minute.’ ”

It was the second internship during his college career, but it was the first in a lasting career.

Shortly after graduation, Hahn was offered a permanent position with the company as the operations area manager where he is responsible for quality control to ensure that customers receive what they have ordered.

“I love this job. The fast-paced environment and Amazon's commitment to excellence provides opportunities for growth that I have never seen before,” he said. “I never imagined that I could be part of a company that is so good at what it does. I am surrounded by the most intelligent people I have ever met.

It would be hard not to grow both personally and professionally.”

Hahn, a Whitehouse, Ohio, native, graduated with a business management and entrepreneurship/small business degree in 2011. He said it was his experiences at Huntington that prepared him so well to work in the field.

“I feel that the education that the business department has provided and the knowledge they have blessed me with has given me the opportunity to learn even more,” he said. “I learned the basics in the classroom, and now that I am in real situations, I can grasp the concepts and quickly turn them into results. It has really solidified my belief that I am right where I am supposed to be.”

Student body president during his junior year, Hahn is ambitious by nature so it is no surprise that he sought a position at one of the most highly respected operations agencies in the business. He liked their core values, and they liked his work ethic.

“I really enjoy operations. I think I’m unique in that,” Hahn joked.

“This (was) an opportunity to learn a market where I think the whole world is going — which is digital — and they are the best at it,” he added.

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