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Four Eastern Students Intern with the Auditors of Public Accounts

Accounting majors meet Mr. Walter Felgate! Mr. Felgate is one of the Principal Auditors at the State of Connecticut Auditors of Public Accounts and is also a member of Eastern’s Employer Advisory Board. Mr. Felgate and the team at Auditors of Public Accounts (APA) have had great success in employing Eastern students as interns and indicted Eastern students enter their internship with a strong foundation in accounting and a strong work ethic. Currently there are four Eastern students completing internships at APA. According to Mr. Felgate, “each intern has shown professional growth and gained knowledge about the audit process” during their time in the office.

Students interning at the APA have the opportunity to actively participate in all facets of audit and work as part of a 2-6-person audit team. Interns work both independently and within their assigned group, while also shadowing an experienced staff member. Mr. Felgate noted that, “we have seen each intern gain confidence in their ability to complete their assigned tasks” throughout their internship experience.

Jenny Banh, a graduate student at Eastern, is currently part of the team working on the University of Connecticut audit. When asked about her experience, Jenny shared, “this internship is a great place to start as you not only get to work with experienced auditors, but you also get a thorough understanding of your expectations as an auditor.”

Eastern student and intern, Sophia Chen highlighted her experience is giving her the opportunity to learn the office’s system and work effectively in the office. She also shared that her supervisor is always available and willing to answer her questions and provide her with the help she needs.

A common theme between the interns and Mr. Felgate is: interns at the Auditors of Public Accounts play a functioning and integral role to the team. Both Shirley Huang and Peter Lyon shared that their experience at the APA has prepared them for their career journey. Peter, who is part of the team auditing the Department of Transport, shared that this internship allows him to demonstrate and grow his writing, critical thinking and reading comprehension skills. He also shared that having the opportunity to work alongside his supervisor has been particularly helpful. Shirley indicated she has gained the opportunity to build professional relationships and network with her co-workers and hopes to build on them as she continues her career path.  

Each intern indicated having the right experience can provide a lot of insight to your chosen career field that being in a lecture often can’t. Seeing and experiencing the daily tasks and requirements of the profession offers an idea if you are on the right path.  Internships also serve as a great way to learn and develop skills you will use in your future career.

When asked about job opportunities with Auditors of Public Accounts, Mr. Felgate noted that having a successful internship does not guarantee a full-time position with the APA. However, having completed an internship in the office is very favorable in the hiring process when openings are available.  Mr. Felgate noted, “the APA has hired a significant number of Eastern interns over the last 20 years and we hope to continue the relationship with the university for the years to come.”  

By Kimberly Allen, ‘20

April 2019

RJ Dewar

This week’s intern is RJ Dewar! RJ is a Communications Junior who will be graduating May 2020 and is currently interning with the Student Affairs Office right here on campus. Working as the Social Media Intern, RJ is responsible for updating and monitoring the Office’s Instagram page, as well creating new ideas to get students more engaged on campus. RJ has utilized and grown his communications skills through constant interaction with student organizations and his posts on social media.  In addition to working with his supervisor, V.P. for Student Affairs, Dr. Walter Diaz, RJ has also worked with Eastern’s Dean of Students, V.P for Equity and Diversity, and the Public Relations Officer in the Office of University Relations.  RJ chose this internship because he saw it as a great opportunity to learn and network with individuals in the Student Affairs division and stated it “will serve as a great preparation tool” for his future career within higher education.  His internship is helping him build his professional network, develop time management skills, and learn how to work independently.  RJ often presents new ideas to his supervisor and receive beneficial feedback from him while developing those ideas.  RJ also shared how his supervisor has helped his personal and professional growth by advising him on proper office etiquette, how to develop business proposals,  and how to effectively communicate with members of the university staff at Eastern.

Sarah Diaz

Meet Sarah Diaz. Sarah is a Psychology major who will be graduating this year and she is our intern of the week! During the 2018 spring and fall semesters, Sarah interned at the Windham Center Elementary School as a School Social Worker intern. In her role, Sarah met with students during their lunch breaks to help them improve their socio-emotional skills. She accomplished this through playing games and engaging in conversation and built a level of trust with the students. Sarah also had the opportunity to assist in classrooms and work alongside special education teachers, paras, behavioral tutors and the school’s social worker. Sarah noted she had to practice patience when dealing with the students who needed behavioral support and often relied on the intervention strategies she learned in class. On a daily basis, Sarah not only interacted with students but also with principals, teachers and special education specialist, who all helped to shape her experience by providing her with advice. Sarah chose this internship because her goal is to attend grad school and pursue a career in social work. All the best as you get ready to walk in May Sarah!

Justin Berak

The intern of the week goes to Justin Berak!! Justin is a senior completing a double major in English and Psychology and will be walking spring 2019. During fall 2018, Justin participated in an Experiential Learning Program and interned at the Norwich Superior Court, where he served as an Office of the Chief Clerk. By doing his research, Justin was able to find an internship that would matched his desire to pursue a career in law and gave him an idea if this was the career path he should be pursuing. During his internship, Justin had the opportunity to assist in handling evidence, maintaining the evidence databases, correctly filing physical evidence and retrieving this evidence when needed. During his time at Norwich Superior Court, Justin had the opportunity to speak with a variety of judges, the Chief Clerk of Norwich’s Housing/Civil/Family Court as well as the Deputy Chief Clerk. His internship also provided him opportunity to meet with judges after court sessions, to ask them questions to gain a better understanding of the legal process, strategies used by attorneys and the legal decisions that were rendered. At the end of his internship, Justin gained advice from his supervisor on choosing and applying to law school. In addition to this, Justin also gained a firm understanding of his career goals and how he should go about achieving them. Justin now has a [better] understanding of Connecticut’s legal reasoning and is ready to take on Law School. All the best Justin!

Elizabeth D’Alessandro

Meet Elizabeth “Liz” D’Alessandro. Liz is a Communications Senior who will be graduating December 2019 and is currently interning at the Office of Student ActivitiesThrough her own research, Liz was able to find the Social Media Internship, which was a great fit for her, as she aspires to go in the advertising field. Liz, had prior experiences with working in a Student Activities Office and saw this opportunity as a way to add to add to her experiences. On a daily basis, you can find Liz monitoring the campus event calendar, making posters to promote upcoming events and monitoring the social media accounts for the Office of the Student Activities. Her internship has allowed Liz to utilize and grow her communication, time management, public relations, networking and creative skills, all while preparing for her future career. Having the opportunity to meet new people and making new connections are Elizabeth’s favorite parts of her internship, so far she has had the opportunity to meet with club representatives, Dean Candidates and graduate Interns.

Patrice Eugene

Meet Patrice Eugene! Patrice is a junior, completing a double major in English and Sociology and will be graduating May 2020. During the summer of 2018, Patrice interned at the Chicago – Kent College of Law in Illinois. While there, he participated in the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program, where he worked with Federal judges and lawyers at government law firms.  Patrice, who aspires to be an attorney, found this experience beneficial, as it gave him an early introduction to law school. Patrice learned about this internship through independent research and was able to receive academic credit for his participation. For several weeks, he attended law classes taught by experienced attorneys, professors and legal experts. Through this, he had the opportunity to sharpen his critical thinking and writing skills.  Patrice added this internship gave him a preview of the lifestyle that he will soon commit to when he pursues law school. He also shared that his supervisor advised him to “take your experience a step further and dream bigger.” Getting the opportunity to collaborate with people who have similar interests and networking with them, was the best part of Patrice’s internship.  Congrats on an awesome internship Patrice and all the best for the semester! #InternshipWednesday

Kate Cobb

Our intern of the week is Kate Cobb! Kate is a Communications major who will be graduating May 2019. She completed a Social Media internship with Eastern’s Office of Alumni Affairs in the fall of 2018.  In her role, Kate managed the office’s social media sites, responded to messages, and engaged with their audience. Kate had the opportunity to find innovative ways to communicate with the social media audience and engage them in the activities she was promoting. In addition, she was able to present her ideas at weekly staff meetings on how to engage a wider audience. Kate gained valuable digital technology experience by using social media to maintain constant, professional communication with the office’s followers.   Kate stated she worked with inspiring co-workers and had a lot of fun at her internship, but never let it be a distraction from her work and professionalism.  Throughout her internship, Kate was able to utilize and develop her communication and digital technology skills and her professionalism and work ethic. Kate added “it’s easy to feel like you can slack–work wise and attire–but always dress to impress and work hard. Even though it’s not a full-time job, it becomes an amazing recommendation.” Congrats Kate and all the best for the rest of the semester!

Catherine Falvey

Meet Catherine Falvey, an Economics and Mathematics major at Eastern who recently completed her internship at Travelers in Hartford, CT.  Catherine learned about the Business Intelligence and Geospatial Internship Program at Travelers when she attended Eastern’s Career & Internship Fair offer. Throughout her internship, Catherine had the opportunity to work on projects and develop her teamwork and collaboration skills while interacting with other interns. Many of the projects she worked on allowed her to apply her critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills.  Catherine indicated her experience at Travelers prepared her well for the future and encourages students to pursue internship opportunities.  She stated: “They are a great experience as you get to see yourself in that area or business to pursue.”  All the best Catherine Falvey as she gets ready to walk in May!