Tierra Downie

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Business Administration (Management)

Internship Employer: Enterprise

Position Title: Intern Management Trainee

As a teenager, Tierra Downie’s parents required her and her siblings to work at Six Flags as a means of developing character and work ethic. Not only has her work experience done that, but it has also created a very humble, down to earth woman. She has since moved on to be a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, studying Business Administration and Management. In addition to her studies, she remains President of the on-campus student organization F.E.M.A.L.E.S., is a Peer Counselor for the Center for Internships and Career Development, and holds an internship at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

For five months Tierra has worked hard at Enterprise [Windsor, CT & Springfield, MA], a position she learned about through a guest speaker with F.E.M.A.L.E.S. Through her internship she has learned valuable lessons in customer rapport, networking, and general business. She assists with sales, customer service, and upselling from day to day. Tierra puts emphasis on the fact that Enterprise is an “open door” business. Managers and executives work on a name to name basis and, like all employees, even washes cars with them. For her humble upbringing, it’s a very accommodating work environment.

Unlike many of her peers, Tierra feels that uncertainly post-graduation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After school, she’s unsure of whether she’d like to go to Graduate school or start her own business in healthcare contracting and supplies. “Get out there. Go,” is Tierra’s philosophy, “Try it. It’s alright to be unemployed. It’s alright not to know. I can fail and get back up.” For now, she’s working towards her degree with plenty to keep her occupied in the meantime.

Her “if you fail, bounce back up” theory applies even to the hunt for an internship. “Just because it doesn’t pertain to your major, don’t count it out. There’s always a fit for someone. Never take no. No means ‘not now’. Go somewhere else. A lot of people are so easily discouraged.” If you fall down, simply brush yourself off and get back up again.


Story by Alexandra Remy