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