Eric Alan

Expected Graduation Date: December 2012
Major: English

Title: Officer Support Assistant

Employer: United States Coast Guard

In today’s economy, turning an internship into a career is a hard trick to pull. Most college students work for free and are given valuable real world experience, but don’t have the career to show for it. Eric Alan, due to graduate this December, can say he beat the odds. After having served in the U.S. Coast Guard for many years and lovingly tended to his farm in Mansfield, CT, Eric returned to school to study English at Eastern Connecticut State University. Through his military experience, he eventually acquired a working role with ECSU’s Vets Center. It was with their guidance that he secured his spot in his life’s goals.

Over the summer Eric interned with the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as a Library Assistant. His day to day tasks included book sorting and shelving, interpersonal interaction, and manning the circulation desk. Eric inevitably hopes to receive a MS in Library Science and pursue wholeheartedly his dreams of being a librarian. This internship, to say the least, was a perfect fit for him. And in the end, it was his internship with the US Coast Guard Academy that gave him a full time job staffing their library. His internship turned into success, bringing him where his goals wanted to take him.

While not every internship will turn into a job, it is important to give it your all. Working hard is the path to success. “Work as hard as you can, even if you are just an intern,” Eric adds, “If you impress the right people you can get a full time career position.” He followed his own advice and now comfortably begins his life in the book shelves.

Story by Alexandra Remy

Kelly Hill

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Communications (Photography), Philosophy and Studio Art Minor

Title: Radio Host/Assistant Intern

Employer: Radio i98.3

How many times have you searched for an internship and none of them seemed to interest you? They all seemed boring, dry, and the standard office slave work. If you don’t want your internship to revolve around retrieving your higher up’s coffee, then maybe look into something more innovative. Take, for instance, Kelly Hill’s internship. A senior with her plate full studying Communications and two minors, Kelly won this past Spring’s Excellence Expo for her work done relating to a Communications Law and Ethics class. Luckily, the judges were so impressed by her that an internship offer came out of it. One of the judges worked for Willimantic’s Top 40 radio station i98.3. Since then, she has been working a unique and youthful internship with the radio station, quite happily too.

Within her internship, Kelly is given dual roles as a radio host and an office worker. While in the office, she’ll work on compiling the events calendar and put on air the most important ones. But it’s on Friday mornings from 6-10 that she gets to have all the fun. As an on air host with her own time slot, she has to conjure up plenty of material to keep listener’s interest. Jokes, politics, and news are aplenty in Kelly’s average morning routine and her time at the i98.3 microphone has proved to be eye opening.

It’s not unusual for a to-be-college-grad to not have an exact career direction. Kelly was one of these prospective grads. She began her focus in Photography with the aspirations of being a Sports Photographer. Since then, though, she has become a bit unsure. “This [internship] has broadened my horizons,” Kelly proclaims of her time at i98.3. Through her radio work, she’s begun to lean towards the career path of radio host. Her internship accomplished one of its many purposes: to give direction.

While not everyone will have such a “cool” and “hip” internship, it’s important to know that anyone could have one just as equally fun and worthwhile. It’s just a matter of looking. As for Kelly, she recommends you begin your internship journey at a point in your college career when you have the time. Squeezing it in with a hectic schedule, though sometimes unavoidable, has potential to ruin the experience. Outside of scheduling, “leave a good impression”. Kelly even admits that how you act during your time spent at your internship is vital because inevitably, “they’ll be the ones writing your recommendation”.


Story by Alexandra Remy

John Bronzo

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Business Information Systems

Internship Employer: Windham Hospital

Internship Title: Entry Level Intern

This semester John Bronzo got the chance to intern at Windham Hospital right here in Willimantic Connecticut. He spent much of his time shadowing the Director of Clinical Informatics. His main responsibilities included helping with any clerical office activities, and interacting with nurses and physicians. He got the chance to get a close look at the operations at Windham Hospital, and asked many questions along the way to further his understanding of how the hospital works.

John even had the opportunity to sit in on training sessions with clinical analysts to learn the inner structure of the computer systems used at the hospital. Seeing how nurses, physicians, and patients interact with the healthcare information systems has allowed John to better understand the system as a whole, and how it is applied to the operations at the hospital.

John hopes to one day obtain a job position related to healthcare informatics. He has enjoyed his time at Windham Hospital and is eager to get into the field full-time. The skills and knowledge he has gained during this experience will be nothing but beneficial going forward. He heard about this internship opportunity through faculty in the Business Information Systems department. John urges others looking for an internship to be eager to learn from the experience. “Come eager to learn and be open to any opportunity that presents itself.”

Story by Dan Calzone