Justin Ferrari

Justin Ferrari
Business Information Systems
Class of 2012

Title: Programming Intern

Employer: CIGNA

Justin Ferrari is a senior at Eastern and will be graduating May 2012. As a Business Information Systems major with a Computer Science minor Justin plans on working for large businesses and creating different kinds of programs. He is a member of the Association of Info Tech Professionals at Eastern and has a true passion for anything that has to do with computers technology. Although an internship is not required for his graduation he has interned for Aetna and is now interning at Cigna for the experience.

                Last summer, working at Aetna he learned a lot about the structure and organization of the company’s business information systems. Learning the entire system helped him understand the way that the entire field works and how it is systematized. Matt Tebow, an Eastern alum, helped him in his learning experience at Aetna.    

                For Justin’s last semester he will be working at Cigna for a paid internship program. Here he is expecting to acquire a lot more about website maintenance. He will be working more on the company’s website to provide updates and new programs for customers and employees. He will be working on creating a fascinating program called Webalive. This is a virtual reality program with virtual avatars for people so they can do their meetings and presentations right at their own desk and computer. This will allow them to accomplish more and not have to do so much traveling.

                He has met with a counselor here at career services to have his resume and cover letters reviewed. He enjoys getting paid to learn about something he is excited to do in the future. His advice to people in search of an internship is to apply for everything, and do not be picky. You cannot expect to get something specific so you need to be open minded. Even if you do not require an internship to graduate it is still a great way to get your foot in the door and let your self be known.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini

John Stephenson

John Stephenson
Business Major
Class of 2013

Title: Emergency Dispatch Intern

Employer: OTIS Elevator

John has been attending Eastern for the past three years as a Business major, Accounting minor with a concentration in Finance. This past summer he landed a full-time paid internship at Otis Elevator, one of the largest elevator companies in the world. At this internship he was considered an emergency dispatcher, specializing in data entry and customer service, dealing with people from multiple countries.  His main job was to dispatch any technical problems to certified mechanics worldwide through phone calls and computer programs. He also learned short hand typing skills, how to work in a fast paced environment and many clerical skills that helped him meet his quota. Although this internship he is not directly in line with his career path, he saw it as a good opportunity for him to get administrative and customer service business skills. Eventually, he plans to obtain another internship in the field of finance, which is more closely related to his career goals

Career Services helped John prepare a plan for his duration at Eastern consisting of goals he wanted to reach and how to succeed in reaching these goals. John has a strong drive to become successful and is willing to dabble with anything that will benefit his success. As a member of Pathways and a mentor for the Accounting Department he shows many strong leadership skills. As a self-starter he is also able to maintain two additional jobs as a Student worker for accessibility services where he does note taking and proctoring, and he is a Certified Recovery Assistant for the State of Connecticut where he helps clients transition from being institutionalized to living in the community. Everything he is involved with now is giving him a foundation of connections and networking opportunities, while sharpening his customer service skills and understanding people across all levels. His dream career is to get into business real estate and investments internationally.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini 

Victor Harley

With the help of Career Services and the Social Work Faculty at Eastern Victor Harley was selected out of a large pool of candidates by a government agency nearly 5,000 miles away! 

                As a Social Work major with a minor in Criminology his dream job was to work as a Child Protective Services Social Worker. After graduating he found out about the Social Work Position with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children’s Services by visiting the Alaska state employment opportunity directly and searching for job postings.

During his time at Eastern Victor was involved in many internships in the Willimantic area. His most intensive internship took place throughout his senior year with over 500 supervised hours in the Drug Intervention Court Program at Perception Programs Inc. For his criminology minor he also spent a semester with the State Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division in the Office of Adult Probation in Willimantic, CT. He enjoyed this internship so much that he took time out to volunteer for the next semester.

                Throughout Victors time spent here at Eastern he has visited Career Services many times to stay on his career path. It was an excellent resource for him and his future. The career counselors spent a lot of time answering his questions, helping him with his resume, cover letter and interview strategies for upcoming opportunities.

                After graduating Victor had many job opportunities to pick from, including the Perception Program Inc., The State of Alaska, the State of Delaware and being accepted into the AmeriCorps to teach special education in New York City.  Victor is now living in the state of Alaska where he works at his dream job everyday with children!

“My story is evidence of the fact that the opportunities that come from an Eastern education can provide you is obviously unlimited” said Victor.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini

Carissa Laudano

Carissa Laudano has a strong passion for helping young girls succeed in life and being a role model they can look up to. She is a Child Psychology major with a minor in criminology here at Eastern and will be graduating May 2012. Carissa has landed an inspiring internship at Juvenile Matters in the Juvenile Superior Court house in Willimantic, CT, during her last semester at Eastern.  As an intern she is mentored by a probation officer who is also an Eastern Alum.  Her responsibilities include observing non-judicial hearings and court hearings with her mentors. Once she has an overview of the process the probation officers at the court will help her build her own case load and work with juveniles on her own.  She will be conducting in-depth interviews with them, their parents, and social Service agencies and programs. Some of her other duties at the court house include supervising clients at their assessed level of risk, conducting drug tests and being a mediator for conflicts.

                Carissa has been to Career Services where she has met with a career counselor for career path guidance, and found this extremely helpful. She is involved with many extracurricular activities such as the dance team at Eastern and works as a Student Assistant in Eastern’s Housing Department. Her future goal is to become a Clinician for young girls in detention centers. So far this internship has helped her make connections with important people who have provided knowledge about the judicial system, helping her see that positive reinforcement is needed especially with children who have a background of neglect and little guidance. This is why she has such strong enthusiasm for helping these young women become successful.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini