Gordon Peckham III

G. PeckhamEmployer: Traveler’s Insurance

Major: Business Administration with Concentration in Finance and Minor in Business Information Systems

Expected Date of Graduation: December 2017

With graduation approaching fast, Gordon knew that he wanted his internship experience to not only be related to his major but also give him the opportunity to make great connections with his employer. During the summer, Gordon was the Business Intelligence Intern at Traveler’s Insurance in Hartford, CT which opened many doors for his future career.

Gordon had many different tasks throughout the internship. For instance, he created dashboards for management to help them track projects, check on certain tasks that people were assigned and understand the workload for each employee. This particular internship was handled like a regular job position. He would go in, check his emails, and work on whatever project he had going on for that particular day. There were no repetitive tasks, which was important for Gordon because he felt as though the work that he was putting in each day was going towards something and had value. He was very appreciative that he had a variety of new things to do and learn. Throughout this internship Gordon was able to apply what he learned from his major to the office, along with picking up on new and different business intelligence tools.

One thing that Gordon really enjoyed during this internship was the people he worked with on a day-to-day basis. He believed the environment of the company as a whole was very collaborative and everyone he met at Traveler’s was willing to help one another. Not only did he gain a ton of experience but Gordon’s internship led him to a full-time position. By learning about all the software programs, the core work of his particular department, and making connections with people throughout the company, Traveler’s was very impressed and hired Gordon before he even graduated!

In the department he works in right now, there’s always room for growth and opportunity for advancement. Gordon hopes to establish more of a skill set, which will then lead him to a promotion and eventually becoming a manager. “We have business insurance, personal insurance, bond and specialty insurance, and so on…there could be a job in any of those different areas, there’s so much opportunity.” When asked what advice he would give to other students trying to find an internship, Gordon stated, “Use the Center for Internships and Career Development at Eastern! I went and talked to someone there, got the pamphlet with resume and cover letter assistance and used that to redo my resume. Use the resources on campus and relate the courses you took in college to the tasks you do at your internship. Confidence is key, be proud of what you accomplished.”

Written by Kim Tallard

Nadia Balassone

Employer: The Institute for Sustainable Energy at Eastern Connecticut State University

Major: Double Major in Business Administration with Concentration in Marketing and Major in English with Concentration in Rhetoric and Composition

Expected Date of Graduation: May 2018N. Balassone

All ready for graduation in the spring, Nadia had a good idea what kind of internship she wanted to take on for her senior year. Since she is very passionate about the environment, The Institute for Sustainable Energy here at Eastern is the perfect fit. But, getting to that point wasn’t so easy. Nadia had a few other internships over the course of the past two years, all in very different fields. She was a grant writing/marketing intern at the Jordan Porco Foundation in Hartford, a strategic business solutions intern at Waste Management in Windsor, and even a tutor at the Writing Center right here on campus. Nadia is grateful for all these experiences because she learned a lot along the way and feels it led her to where she is now.

Her internship at the Institute for Sustainable Energy entails a lot of marketing tasks like helping to make flyers for campus. If you’ve ever seen the stickers on the recycling bins in classrooms with the green “E” on them, Nadia was part of that creative process. Since Nadia eventually wants to go into Environmental Law, she also has been given the opportunity to help edit legal documents about the environment, which is wonderful exposure for her. At this internship, Nadia never feels bored. She’s always keeping busy whether that’s continuing with an ongoing assignment from the previous day or receiving a new task. One main thing she loves about being an intern is the people she works with. Nadia says, “They have a policy that when you come in, you have to sign in and then go and say hi to everyone in the office.” She believes that it’s a really great way to connect with people and talk about certain tasks everyone has been working on. Nadia feels like her ideas are being heard and her skills are being utilized, which she really appreciates.

Nadia has gained a lot from this experience, building tons of connections by going to conferences and meetings. She has also had the opportunity to tour other sustainable colleges, learning about new features and ideas that can be put to use on our campus. After graduation, Nadia wants to attend UConn School of Law and eventually work in the field of Environmental and Animal Law. She would be interested in participating in cruelty cases involving animals. Her ultimate goal is to work for the World Wildlife Foundation in Washington, D.C. because it would combine her interest in law and passion for animals all together into one job. One important piece of advice that Nadia would like to share with other students seeking to find internships is to “Do everything you can get your hands on. Try all kinds of things, because it will help point you in the right direction.” Sometimes people would recommend a certain internship but she felt as though it wasn’t the right place for her. “Always listen to yourself at the end of the day.”

Written by Kim Tallard

Rebecca Pilney

PilneyRebecca Pilney

Employer | The Walt Disney Company

Major | Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date | December 2017

Rebecca had a very rare and exciting internship which allowed her to figure out a future career goal of hers. Rebecca was able to have an internship with the Walt Disney Company down in Florida. After being there for a semester, she realized that after graduation she plans on applying for a second internship within the Walt Disney Company. She then hopes to grow within the company and land a full time position with them.

During Rebecca’s internship, her role in the company was a lifeguard at two of the Disney Worlds Value Resorts; Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s Pop Century Resorts. A typical day for Rebecca would include scanning her section of the pool to make sure all of the guests were safe and visit all of the other themed pools at the resorts. She would either work nights, which the hours were from 4:30 PM to 11:00PM or she would work the whole day which would be from 9:00 AM to  10:30 PM. On days where she would work the whole day, she would walk up to 14 miles!

Rebecca said that the most interesting part of her internship with the Walt Disney Company was all of the connections that she made. She met people all around the world that are not only a connection, but she also considered friends. Rebecca learned a lot from her internship including gaining knowledge about the company. Going into this internship, she hoped to learn more about how the Walt Disney Company uses leadership within their company.

When Rebecca was asked what advice she would give to college students trying to find an internship she said, “The advice that I would give to other students is find an internship that you find interesting with a company that you would possibly be interested in working for after college. Do your research on this internship and know what your role in the company will be before you accept the internship. Also make the best of the internship, this could be the first step towards your goals so be positive and work hard.”

Zach Baskin

BaskinZach Baskin

Employer | Winsupply Company

Major | Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Zach has known for a while now that he would like to be able to own his own Winsupply branch in the future. His goal is to become a successful entrepreneur and his current internship will help him accomplish that goal of his. Zach landed an internship at a Winsupply company where he is learning more and more from them every day!

At Zach’s internship, he has to make sure that the products and paper work are ready for customer pick up. When he is done with that task, Zach  is busy learning the ins and outs of the day to day business. By doing this, Zach is hoping to learn how to run a business of his own someday. What Zach finds most interesting about how internship is learning about the software that is used and how it interconnects between all of the Winsupply branches.

As a college student, Zach knows how difficult it can be to find an internship that has to do with your major. With that, Zach’s advice to other college students trying to find an internship is, “The best advice I’d give to college students trying to find an internship is to use your connections. There are many places on the Eastern campus that will help you find an internship.”

Alex O’Bernier

obernierAlex O’Bernier

Employer | Enterprise Holdings

Major | Business Administration, Concentrations in Marketing, Management

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Senior Alex O’Bernier has been a Management Trainee Intern at Enterprise since May 2016. Since he began his internship he has gained a substantial amount of knowledge including practicing marketing in the field, customer service, and learning how to become the manager of his own store.

When Alex was asked what a typical day at his internship is like, he said, “Getting to work, the first thing we do is close customer’s files, and get the storefront ready for incoming customers. After we open, customers come in expecting cars, and exceptional customer service. This is where sales come in to play. It is my job to sell our products, such as XM radio, vehicle upgrades, and our protection products.”

Alex said that one of the best parts about his internship is that because Enterprise is a young company, the majority of the workers are young too. It creates a fun environment for everyone to work in because they are all in the same age group, including his manager who is only 26 years old!

Advice Alex has for college students trying to find an internship is, “To apply to as many places as possible, to open their horizons outside of their comfort zones, and to create as many connections as possible on the way. I would also advise that wherever your internship ends up being, work hard, stay late, and go above and beyond. Jobs come out of internships all the time to the best employees.”

ChazChazeray Briscoe

Employer | WILI i98.3 Radio

Major | Business with a Concentration in Marketing

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Ever since Chazeray came to Eastern Connecticut State University in 2013, he has known that he would like to work to obtain a career in the entertainment industry. With his graduation coming up in May 2017, he knew he needed to find an internship that would benefit him in the long run.

When Chazeray found the internship with WILI i98.3 Radio, he knew that working in the radio industry would only further him with his future career goals. Going into this internship, he knew he wanted to learn from the experience he was about to have. Chazeray hoped to learn how to improve his production skills, how to organize a radio show, and how to go through the creative process of making advertisements for the radio.

Soon after beginning his internship, he learned that he had many important roles to keep up with. From recording and editing the audio promotions that inform listeners about events, to searching for local businesses that want to get their name out there on airwaves, then to simply answering phones; Chazeray does it all!

When asked what advice he had for other college students trying to find an internship, Chazeray said,” Advice I would give to anyone trying to find an internship would be to stay focused, diligent, and open minded. You get the opportunity to test drive a career. You’ve probably have been spending the last couple years sitting in chairs listening to people talk about being in the work force and now is your chance to actually go out and experience things first hand so just be optimistic, because you never know if an internship can turn into a career you fall in love with.”

Daniel Manzi

DanielDaniel Manzi

Year | Senior

Internship Title | Marketing Intern

Employer | Three Rivers Whitewater Inc.

Major | Business Administration

In northern Maine this past summer of 2016, Daniel Manzi was a marketing intern for the Three Rivers Whitewater Corporation. Daniel had multiple responsibilities such as creating and applying innovative ideas, working outside in the elements, video/photo capture, creating good business contacts, karaoke and working nightlife events.

Three Rivers Whitewater offers their interns excellent perks. For example, they pay for housing and one meal a day (on rafting day trips). The company also paid for Daniel’s whitewater rafting guide training. Although you must first pass the test, whitewater raft training comes in handy on the days that you have “off” from being an intern. Therefore, Daniel had the ability to work as a raft guide on his days off to earn some extra money. Other benefits include, hands on experience with the marketing team and owners, discount rates on skydiving, and free whitewater rafting.

Daniel’s internship was more than getting the knowledge, skills, and benefits of whitewater rafting.  “You can make an actual impact on the company, versus just learning from the company.” Daniel really enjoyed his internship experience and has a set of new skills to operate with such as market research techniques (excel and google sheets knowledge), leadership/confidence skills, media editing skills, and collaborating with other companies.

Daniel encourages students to complete an internship, especially those students looking for careers in the fields of business, communications, and graphic design. Internships are key if you want to attain the skills and knowledge of working in any industry that you want.

Written by, Sofia Amaral

Katie Wilson

WilsonKatie Wilson

Year | Senior

Internship Title | Summer Camp Coordinator & Office Assistant

Employer | Portland Parks and Recreation

Major | Business Administration

After working for the Portland Parks and Recreation for 6 years, Katie Wilson decided to increase her responsibilities by becoming a summer of 2016 intern. Her duties included; clerical work, filing, payroll, customer service, and calling customers to follow up or confirm camp trips. The Portland Parks and Recreation ensures that all of the parks are up to date regarding safety codes. In addition, Portland Parks and Recreation surveys the public on past programs to ensure 100% residential satisfaction.

Katie learned a lot this past summer and there were some bumps in the road along the way. Depending on the situation, Katie would try to solve a problem by putting herself in her supervisor’s shoes thinking about what he would do. There were urgent cases when she had to ask her boss to take over. Katie would analyze how her supervisor handled the problem and then would make a mental note of what to do the next time something similar happened. “Everything can be a learning experience, even when you’re doing something as simple as observing others,” Katie stated.

Even though Kate’s major, Business Administration requires completing an internship, she noted that every student should intern before graduating. An internship builds professional experience and serves as a resume builder that future employers will recognize. Katie feels she built a quality professional relationship with her supervisor. Now that she has completed an internship, she is confident that she has earned herself a great letter of recommendation for the future.

Written By, Sofia Amaral

Gina Trasacco

TrasaccoGina Trasacco

Year | Senior

Internship Title | Administrative Assistant

Employer | Westbrook Marine Center

Major | Business Administration

Gina Trasacco is currently a senior at Eastern and completed an internship during the summer of 2016 at the Westbrook Marine Center as an Administrative Assistant.  As an intern her responsibilities included answering phone calls, responding & scheduling boat rentals, organizing & restocking inventory, performing the environmental checklist in the boat yard, working with Marina Quest Systems, and payroll count.

Gina mentioned, “I would 100% recommend doing an internship to other students. This internship really open my eyes about the business environment and it made me realize that I was interested in working in the marine industry. I believe internships are very beneficial to students. They give students an amazing opportunity.” She also states, “Most internships that students participate in are in office buildings, but I had the opportunity of working outside and inside.” Gina had the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather by the water, instead of working inside an office building all day. It is beneficial for students to know that internships can be located just about anywhere; the possibilities are endless.

Gina’s internship was rewarding, it made her realize how much she liked working in the marina industry. It taught her useful skills such as how to effectively and efficiently work with customers. All of her experiences working with the Westbrook Marine Center will aid in what she will pursue in the future. Gina said herself, “The skills and tools I have learned will help me become successful in the business environment.”

Written by: Sofia Amaral

Cory Derohanian

CoryCory Derohanian

Year | Senior

Internship Title | General Intern

Employer | Nobile Hinchey Private Wealth Management & CPA Squared

Major | Business Administration & Accounting

Cory Derohanian scored an internship this past summer of 2016 at Nobile Hinchey Private Wealth Management and CPA Squared, both owned by the same supervisor. Cory’s responsibilities over the summer were to market new services with the ultimate goal of attracting new clients. In other words, his job was to market the CPE Symposium and to market to wealth management clients as well as alliance partners from CPA Squared.

While gaining experience, Cory also spent time each day learning about the financial side of business. Understanding what the firm does for their clients and learning how to retain clients, a great base for interpreting how a successful industry works. He took on every project with open arms receiving projects from upper level management.

Dedicated to enhancing his skills even further, Cory has accepted another exciting internship opportunity in the summer of 2017.  He will be an accounting intern at CohnReznick, a firm located in Hartford.

Written by: Sofia Amaral

Michael Vacca

Michael Vacca

VaccaHometown: Stonington, CT

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2017

Q:    What was your internship position?

A:    My position includes talking with clients about desired projects and detailing their needs before the actual construction work begins. Essentially, there is a lot communication that goes into this. Also, I help  with financials and organizing everything into Excel.

Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?

A:    Overall, my responsibilities were to make sure everything was running smoothly. I am primarily involved with project management, payroll, and filing weekly and quarterly taxes.

Q: Did you have any work experience prior to this internship?

A:    I feel I had a good amount of experience before this position. I have over five years of payroll experience, and have two years of project management experience.

Q: How prepared were you for this internship?

A:    I was somewhat prepared for project management, but only through experience do you realize how hard a new job can really be.

Q: What were the best parts of your internship?

A:    I really enjoy the employee empowerment with my position. I am so used to being in the role of the student that I really appreciate the ability to make decisions on my own. It is nice to know the owners and other project managers trust me that much.

Q: What are your career goals?

A:    My career goals are to work in upper level management within some organization. I really enjoy the process of overseeing a project from start to finish. I think I am getting a good start with that now in my current line of work.

Q: How important do you think internships are going forward?

A:    I feel internships are very important. For me, it has added a great deal of experience to my resume. I find that this experience that I have been gaining also helps me contribute in class discussion a lot more, and helps me relate to what we are learning.

Q: Advice to others?

A:    I would recommend students aim high with their goals. I also strongly feel that they should choose an internship/job that you really enjoy and are interested in. If you can picture yourself doing that job, you should pursue it and try it out. If you like what you do, it will make work that much more fun and rewarding.

Alexandra Olsen

Alexandra Olsen

OlsenHometown: Woodbridge, CT

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2016

Q:    What was your internship position?

A:    I interned at Foxwoods Resort Casino in multiple positions. My internship included  work in e-commerce, social media, and public relations.

Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?

A:    My responsibilities varied from day to day since I had so many distinct roles.  That being said, a lot of my hours revolved around putting together radio speaking points, drafting corporate press releases, and creating and managing our social media content.

Q: Did you have any work experience prior to this internship?

A:    In the past, I have had  multiple part-time jobs that I felt somewhat prepared me for my internship. My prior experience ranged from hospitality and food and beverage to marketing and some administrative  work. Due to my work history, I was able to appreciate how Foxwoods operates their business as well as the respect they give to customers and their employees.

Q: What were the best parts of your internship?

A:    The best part of my internship was that every day was different and exciting. Instead of being dedicated to one specific job, I was immersed into three different departments which not only kept things new and lively, but I learned the basics of each area. Within all these functions of business, I was exposed to many industries such as entertainment, retail, hospitality, gaming, and many more. Also, unlike other organizations, I was treated as a professional, and not an “intern.” This made me feel respected.

Q: What are your career goals?

A:    My career goal is to be a manager and eventually  run my own business.  When initially searching for internships, I looked for ones that were intriguing  and those that matched my interests. Primarily, I was looking for internships in entertainment and social media. So far, this has really helped me narrow down which areas I will pursue going forward with my career.

Q: How important do you think internships are going forward?

A:    This internship has been life changing for me.  Not only have I gained a lot of experience and knowledge, but now I have confidence with this internship to move on to a real 9-to-5 job. The connections, networking, and the mentors that trained me, benefitted me more than I thought possible. I really cannot stress how much this internship helped me with my future.

 

Sherry Gilronan

Sherry Gilronan

Picture2Hometown: Darien, CT

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2015

Q:   What was your internship position?

A:    I was one of the marketing interns at the Norwich Bulletin, a local newspaper.

Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?

A:    My main responsibility was managing our social media presence. This meant primarily posting on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Our goal was to always stay relevant: in the news, and to our customers. I am also in charge of reporting and writing up stories for our ‘Article of the Month.’

Q: How was your experience with the ‘Article of the Month?’

A: Well, it is challenging. Currently, I am working on an article called “Go Summer.” Our objective is to report on events, activities, and locations that will be very interesting come summer time. I have to go to Mystic and research restaurants, bars, shops, and even spas, to give our readers a taste of what’s coming in a couple of months. It takes longer than you would think, so I have to start early.

Q: What do you like the most about your internship?

A:   My favorite aspect are the people I work with, and the environment I am apart of. I think when it comes to work, this is very under valued. My co-workers and co-interns are very friendly and a pleasure to be around. This makes everything more enjoyable throughout the day. As far as my work, I also enjoy going to the primary source to get our information and data. In classroom settings, it is expected that we go online and search for information, but going out into the field and interacting is much more engaging.

Q: What are your career goals?

A: After I graduate in May, I plan on going straight into the work force. I am not definite about my career path, but I am really determined to gain as much experience as I can, so I can decide to go to graduate school or enter a specific line of work.

Q: How prepared were you for this internship experience?

A: I was very well prepared. After spending so much time in class, I was interested to see how I would do in a real work setting, with actual work. I really wanted this internship so I can gain experience in the “9-to-5” working world. The training that the Norwich Bulletin gave me was also very helpful.

Q: How much help have you received from the Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD)?

A: I received ample amounts of help from the CICD over the years. I remember Mrs. Janice Patry helped me substantially with my resume. Although I got critiqued multiple times, my current resume is more professional because of that. I also interviewed with Target through the CICD. Their department is constantly striving to give their students opportunities, and I try to take advantage of that as much as possible.

Jason Plummer

Internship Title: Data Management and Analytics Intern

Employer: Babson Capital Management

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Jason scored a paid internship for a very large corporation at the company headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts. He worked for Babson Capital Management, which is a global investment management firm with investment teams on four continents managing more than $200 billion in assets for clients in more than 20 countries around the world. Babson also has over one thousand employees worldwide.

Jason helped transfer all financial statements from companies with the investments portfolio and helped transfer them into a unified data base. He also reviewed investment deals, acquisitions, and mergers. Jason even sat in meetings where other companies would have presentations about what they want to invest in. He gave input on why Babson should accept or deny an investment.

“I learned about acquisitions, mergers, and specific types of debt in the finance world that will help me in my future,” says Jason. This business administration student definitely worked in the business end of things at his internship.

story by: Nick Quattropani

Brandi Borowski

Internship Title: Brand Ambassador

Employer: Big Fish Promotions

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

“I was just a curious about the Internship & Career Fair so I went and found the internship opportunity I had been looking for,” says Brandi. “I took a marketing class in high school and loved it, so I always knew I wanted to do marketing for a company in my future.”

Big Fish Promotions is an organization that delivers interactive experiences to clients to increase sales and brand loyalty of a product of brand. What they do is “old school social networking” by talking to clients and letting them try a product before buying it.

As a Brand Ambassador, Brandi was assigned a brand to promote for an event and she would have to learn about the product. After learning about a specific brand, she would have to learn the marketing and advertising techniques that company uses to sell their brand. Brandi would then have to go to different kinds of events and promote her assigned brand. She traveled to Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and other cities for large or small venues to promote the brand. “I loved this kind of work,” says Brandi. “I want to go into sales or marketing, so this internship helped me learn how different companies advertise and successfully sell their product.”

Going to the events also helped Brandi meet people. In the advertising and marketing world, networking is especially important. “While I was at one of the events selling peanut butter for Jiff, I was approached by multiple agents who saw what I was doing and wanted to hire me for their company!” she said.

Brandi was very good at her job and within two months, she was promoted to Event Manager, where she was then in charge of a team of Brand Ambassadors. Not many interns get promoted during an internship, but Brandi showed how hard working and determined students from Eastern Connecticut State University are.

“I am so happy that the Center for Internships and Career Development hold the Internship & Career Fair in the gym every year, without that, I would probably still be looking for an internship!” says Brandi.

story by: Nick Quattropani

Gabby Wrobel

Internship Title: Management Trainee Intern

Employer: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Major: Business Economics and Sociology

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Gabby decided to check out the Internship Fair that we have here every year in the gymnasium. She noticed the many tables set up for various businesses, thinking like every college student, “I hope there is something here for me,” and there was. Gabby’s attention was drawn to the Enterprise table where one of Enterprise’s representatives sparked her interest and she submitted her résumé. Enterprise is a rental car business who saw the talent and potential in Gabby and hired her as their Management Trainee Intern.

This internship was a sales based internship, which had her opening and closing contracts on rental cars, selling insurance, and setting up billing between dealerships, insurances and Enterprise itself. Gabby also did a lot with customer service as she persuaded clients to purchase various plans and rental car insurance.

Gabby was very good at her internship, so good that she was actually ranked third best Management Trainee Intern in the entire New York/Connecticut area! She was so good at her job that she is even set up to be a branch manager of an Enterprise when she graduates! Gabby represented Eastern and helped demonstrate how great our students here are.

story by: Nick Quattropani

Lauren Williams

Internship Title: Talent Acquisition Intern

Employer: Enterprise

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Lauren has always thought about working in the human resources end of the business spectrum and during the summer of 2015 she was able to find herself an internship in the HR department of the Enterprise headquarters. She was part of the recruiting department and her main duties were job postings, phone interviews, personal interviews, payroll, and even created career fairs.

This internship confirmed Lauren’s thoughts about working in a human resources department of a business. She ran background checks on people using Global HR, a background checking software, and welcomed new employees to the company. While at Enterprise, she contributed to five direct hires and even was part of the “club elite” which meant she was one of the top HR interns in the entire Enterprise Corporation. “After working in the human resources environment all summer, I could really see myself doing this kind of job as my future career,” says Lauren. “I was so happy to find an internship that not only fulfilled my credit requirements but also played a huge part in preparing for my future.”

While being very professional in any corporation is important, Lauren believed that some fun is necessary in any workplace. She planned and held a paintball intern outing for all of Enterprise’s summer interns. She believed that this was a great way to connect with other interns as well as have some non-traditional fun.

“I was so happy that I decided to go to the Internship & Career Fair,” says Lauren. “I found the Enterprise booth and ultimately, found a life changing internship!”

story by: Nick Quattropani

Kurt Turnier

Internship Title: Housing Intern

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University’s Department of Housing and Residential Life

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: December 2015

Recently, there has been a tremendous increase in interest in the field of Higher Education Student Affairs.  Schools across the country are not only working to improve themselves academically; they are also striving to enhance the student experience. This has resulted in increased demand for professionals looking to be a part of this change. Here at the Center for Internships and Career Development, we are fully equipped to provide advice and help you network within these fields. The close knit Eastern Connecticut State University community provides a wide array of on-campus internship opportunities to help develop future Student Affairs professionals. A shining example is Kurt Turnier, a Business Administration major in his senior year, whose career goals include impacting the lives of college students through a career in Student Affairs.

Working as an Intern at Eastern’s own Department of Housing and Residential Life, Kurt was able to play a very active role in the day to day workings of the professional Housing Staff. Amongst the many responsibilities Kurt was assigned, the most notable included evaluating the school’s Themed Housing initiative, analyzing department assessment data and examining the best practices implemented in professional training programs. “Interning for the office of Housing and Residential Life [has helped] expand my knowledge as I pursue a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education.” says Kurt. “There are a variety of departments in this field and starting within the housing department will help me in getting my foot in door for others.” With the expansive knowledge and experience offered by the Department of Housing and Residential Life, Kurt’s chances of being selected for top programs across the country have been increased tremendously. To complement his experience, the Eastern Community allows Kurt to network easily, allowing him to help him find the perfect fit for himself for his future career.

Surely, Kurt’s success in finding such a beneficial internship has helped him tremendously. Kurt advises all who are currently on the hunt to stay connected to the professionals they know now, while also branching out their network to larger organizations. He stresses the importance of going out and networking in person. “Keep asking around. Current, former employers, friends and family can all help in your job search. You can even contact administrators directly and ask if they have internship opportunities that relate to your goals.” When asked how the Center for Internships and Career Development has helped him, Kurt stated, “The Center for internships and Career Development has always been a resource for me while at Eastern. The Director, Clifford Marrett, helped point me in the right direction as far as what career path I should be headed towards…”

Written by Andrew Way

Brett Boissonneault

Internship Title: Business Intern

Employer: Farmer’s Cow

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

For some students, their ultimate goal is to work for organizations in their home communities and create change from within. Here at Eastern, many students share this passion, and as a result surrounding businesses open their doors to the young and motivated students looking for internships. Junior Brett Boissonneault, who majors in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance shares his local community internship experience.

Priding itself on its ability to produce natural products and farm-fresh goods, The Farmer’s Cow has made a huge impact within our community and our state. By participating as a Business Intern, Brett was able to take full advantage of what Farmer’s Cow had to offer its employees. He was able to network and expand his understanding of common business practices beyond the confines of the classroom. “This internship helped me to see the day-to-day operations of a large organization.” says Brett.  Brett became involved in implementing new, and altering existing marketing strategies, having a direct effect on how the company reaches its clientele.

Brett would like to let all students know, especially those who are currently on the hunt for internships or jobs, that they should keep their own career goals in mind when it comes time to choose a position. “Find somewhere you would enjoy to work. You have to think about the big picture. Ask yourself ’How will this help me in my career down the road?’ and then execute!” says Brett.

As always, whenever you take on the endeavor of finding a job or internship, make sure you stop by the Center for Internships and Career Development. We can not only help you market yourself to future employers, but also help in refining the essential skills to help you ace that next interview!

 

Written by Andrew Way

John Maura

 

John Maura

John is standing in back row, fifth in from left

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Double Major: Business Administration and Business Information Systems

Employer: Webster Bank

Internship Title: Investment Intern

Do you love money? Have you always had an interest in customer service and assisting people with investment opportunities? John Maura, a junior as well as a double major in business administration and business information systems, could have had your ideal internship.

Maura’s Investment internship was at Webster Bank in Waterbury, CT, which he found with help from the Center for Internships and Career Development; a process he highly recommends. Some of the responsibilities that Maura had were the following: to understand different types of investment products, review deposit and investment books, analyze data to identify accounts and contact former clients with new investment opportunities.

“This internship relates to my career goals because finance is my concentration that I’m studying and this internship puts you right in the heart of finance. It’s a subject that I am really interested in and am eager to learn more as I continue the internship,” said Maura.

Are you thinking about applying for an internship? The Center for Internships and Career Development is located on the second floor of the Wood Support Services building of Eastern’s campus. Student find opportunities to get the experience they need to graduate college and to build on what could be a successful future.

“My advice to a student seeking an internship would be to be pro-active with your search and network with everyone possible. Make a lasting impression, and most importantly visit Career Development because they offer all of the products and services needed to get an interview and nail it,” said Maura.

Story submitted by Aidan Sherman