Meet Chandler Dorsey
Hometown: Stockbridge, Georgia
Grade: College Sophomore (in fall 2018)
School: Georgia Institute of Technology
For Chandler Dorsey, a 2017 Power for Good scholarship winner, seeking an Internship with John Deere was an obvious choice.
“Everything at John Deere is about philanthropy — making things better for people,” said Dorsey. “I had seen the reverence people have for John Deere. Deere is different. And I’ve been able to see that in person now that I’m an intern” at the John Deere Waterloo Works Product Engineering Center.
Dorsey is part of a generation committed, like John Deere, to improving people’s lives. “Most people think engineers build stuff, make money, and get out,” said Dorsey. “But my generation is more concerned with how we can make a positive impact on the community through our skills.”
His path to the internship began a little over a decade ago in Atlanta, near his home, when he joined The First Tee program.
“My mom’s dad played golf a lot, so she wanted to get me involved,” he said. “She also saw the opportunities that came with it, and she wanted me to get in the program. At first, I didn’t like it, so I took a year off. But I have a strong urge to give back to the community and I saw the opportunities The First Tee would give me.”
Dorsey rejoined, and in the ensuing years he became an accomplished player and an instructor for younger The First Tee members.
One reward of winning a Deere & Company-sponsored Power for Good scholarship in 2017 was the John Deere Classic VIP Experience. He played in the pro-am, was part of a panel at a fundraising luncheon for The First Tee of the Quad Cities, received the behind-the-scenes tournament experience, attended an equipment demonstration, toured Deere & Company World Headquarters in Moline, IL, and met with Deere executives. The weeklong visit increased his interest in the company.
Dorsey began thinking about an internship with the company. He’s a member of the National Society of Black engineers, and spoke to a mentor from the group, which led to his successful application.
Just a month into his internship, Dorsey already sees the benefits. “It’s giving me an opportunity to grow as an engineer and a person,” he said. “Engineering is more than just trying to solve problems. The managers here challenge me, but they also show me a lot of trust. They’re helping me to really push myself to learn. It’s a great experience.”
During his internship, Dorsey is reporting to Andrew Rekow, manager – Autonomous Solutions Engineering at John Deere. “Chandler clearly has a desire to make a positive impact in the world around him,” said Rekow. “The First Tee program has given him a head-start in developing the hard work and leadership skills required to put that ambition into action, not only in his neighborhood, but also in his professional career.”
In fall 2018, Dorsey will begin his sophomore year at Georgia Tech, majoring in Mechanical Engineering.