CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Working to establish a career with one of the world’s biggest names in e-commerce, recent Islander graduate and former student of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s National Spill Control School (NSCS), Nezar Jifi has spent the last 10 weeks as a Safety Specialist Intern in Amazon’s 2017 Summer Operations Internship Program. Jifi graduated during the summer 2017 commencement ceremony where he received a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science with a focus in health and monitoring.
“This internship has been very hands-on and I get a lot of similar job duties as the full-time Safety Specialists,” said Jifi. “The learning curve has been very steep for myself, going from full-time student to a warehouse leadership position working with countless employees was daunting at first. On that note, it has also been a highlight to get the hang of things and become more comfortable in my work environment.”
Jifi says his duties include, orchestrating safety auditing of the production floor, providing associates with safety information and if necessary conducting injury investigation processes. He credits the NSCS and his former Islander professors for introducing him to the field of environmental health and safety (EHS) where he acquired his Hazardous Waste, Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification – something he says is the primary reason he was selected for this internship over hundreds of other applicants.
“EHS isn’t well known but it is vital to the success of any industrial company,” said Jifi. “Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and specifically the NSCS, helped prepare me by introducing me to an industry I didn’t know existed. I know the classes I took will help me as I come across moments of success as well as times of adversity in this internship and my career.”
Since 1977, the NSCS has prepared Islander students through professional certification courses. Beyond the intensive curriculum, what’s most unique about the school is the learning environment. The NSCS uses the Gulf of Mexico waters, Corpus Christi Bay, Mustang Island and the Padre Island National Seashore as living laboratory. With industry-specific content taught in a variety of courses, students leave the school prepared and certified for employment within the petrochemical and refining industries as safety managers and environmental specialists.
“These classes we offer help our graduates by not only providing a professional certification, but allow them the opportunity to hold a significant economic and academic advantage over other applicants in EHS careers,” said Mr. Tony Wood, Director of the NSCS at A&M-Corpus Christi.
Jifi who applied for the Amazon internship in early fall of 2016, says that students interested in applying for internships should start preparing their resumes and practicing for interview questions early.
“For anyone looking to pursue an internship I would say, be sure to tailor your resume to the position you are applying for and take advantage of the resources available to you at the Islander Career Center,” he said.
Looking to the future, Jifi hopes to gain a permanent position with Amazon and continue his work in the EHS field. To find out more about internships and resume services available on campus, visit http://career-services.tamucc.edu/index.html.