AnnMarie Clarke

Senior AnnMarie Clarke has been a hard-working student from the get-go. Majoring in both business and communications, her four years at ECSU certainly haven’t been an easy ride. “I originally started off with business as I took a lot of business in high school,” said Clarke. “Then I took a communication’s class in my freshman year as an LAC requirement and I just fell in love with it from there.”

In the last few months, AnnMarie has searched out two internships, one for business and one for communications. Her first internship came last summer working for Aflac insurance company, which she found through a career fair held at Eastern. Being a requirement for all communications majors to take part in an internship in the communications field, AnnMarie began pursuing a second internship, this time in the media. After having a difficult time in her search, AnnMarie decided to make use of Career Services. Finally, with the helpful information that Career Services had given her, AnnMarie obtained a position with the popular Willimantic radio station WILI.

Not a newcomer to the Career Services office, AnnMarie is pleased with all the assistance that Career Services has given her. “I have been attending almost every event that Career Services has put on since my sophomore year,” she said. “I always send them copies of my resume and do mock interviews. They throw the tough questions at me so I’m aware of what could be asked.”

Good luck in your future internship AnnMarie!

Interview conducted by Career Services intern, Kyle St. Jean

Colton Crosdale

For Colton Crosdale, taking an internship during his sophomore year really paid off – literally. Two years ago, Colton successfully found an internship with MetLife Insurance Company. Now a senior at ECSU with a business administration major and communications minor, Colton is still employed with MetLife and works with the insurance company during his winter and summer breaks.

During his sophomore year, when Colton was searching for an internship, Career Services led him to INROADS — an organization whose mission statement is to “develop and place talented minority youth in business and industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership.” Utilizing the tools that INROADS gave him, Colton was given the opportunity to work at MetLife.

With MetLife, Colton has worked as a documentation specialist and claim manager. He also traveled to New York and New Jersey with the company where he gave presentations for some of the top executives in the corporation.  “Working with people who have degrees has been cool,” Colton said. “They gave me a lot of help on what I can do with my major and career. I have a good sense of what’s out there after doing this.”

Other than MetLife, Colton is a heavily involved member of M.A.L.E.S. and works at the Planning and Institutional Research center at ECSU as a web designer and research analyst assistant.

Interview conducted by Career Services intern, Kyle St. Jean