Enidza Torres

TorresEnidza Torres

Employer | Center for Community Engagement

Major | Communications

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Enidza landed an internship with the Center for Community Engagement office on the ECSU campus this semester. Through this internship, she hopes to gain better media literacy skills as well as being able to form lasting relationships through interviews.

Enidza works with a student leader from the Center for Community Engagement, attends their weekly programs and their special events. While attending these events, she takes pictures of what is going on at the event and the Eastern volunteers that are participating and helping out. Enidza is responsible for interviewing the volunteers about the event they worked. There are times that she will then write an article for the Campus Lantern or bring students to the radio station for an interview about their experience during the CCE event.

The part that Enidza likes the most about her internship with the CCE is that she gets to attend all of the events, but she also likes the fact that she can see how engaged Eastern students are with the community around Eastern. She enjoys being able to spread the word through social media platforms as to what Eastern volunteers are doing to make an impact in the Willimantic community.

Advice that Enidza has for other college students trying to find an internship is, “Try something new. Don’t worry about whether or not your work will be perfect, there are plenty of people who are willing to make sure you succeed and gain the skills you need post-graduation.”

Kay Mullen

MullenKay Mullen

Employer | Natchaug Hospital

Major | Communication

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Since Kay’s future career goals are to have a job as a social media expert or to work in Public Relations at a hospital, the internship she accepted was beyond ideal for her. Kay accepted an internship at Natchaug Hospital as part of the social media division. Her roles at Natchaug Hospital include searching for content that are appealing to people of all ages to make them want to read more about mental health and wellness. She also has to proofread or look over articles that are about to be published. Kay then makes any revisions necessary and provides her coworkers in the social media division with feedback.

Kay believes that the most interesting part of her internship is learning more about the health care system in Connecticut. “I am starting to realize that health is so much more than your physical state but your mental health is such a crucial part of being healthy as well. Seeing what the work force is going to be like after graduation is also interesting because this is the first desk job I have had.”

To anyone looking for an internship, her advice to you is to “Apply to a bunch of internships even if you think you are underqualified. You just have to keep trying,” said Kay. “Getting an internship at a company you are interested in will give you a leg up if they ever open up positions in their company.”

Brian Dostaler

DostalerBrian Dostaler

Year | Senior

Internship Title | Production Assistant Intern

Employer | ESPN

Major | Communications

Brian Dostaler interned at ESPN, the worldwide leader of sports as a production assistant. Some of his responsibilities included creating highlight packages, completing research on teams and logging the game scores into a system based application.

Brian spoke about the excitement of working for a company like ESPN and some of the challenges he faced. “When you’re in an environment like this, and now you’re on the other side and you’re the one who has to produce those highlights, there’s a lot of pressure to deliver, there are times where I literally had 90 seconds to get everything put together for live television.” Brian overall enjoyed his experience and sees the pressure as an opportunity to get meaningful work done.

ESPN really allowed Brian to apply his skills in a productive way. The connections and possibilities are endless. Brian states, “It’s so important! You can be great at anything but if you don’t know anyone, if no one knows who you are, it does not matter. In this business you definitely need people to help you.”

Written By: Sofia Amaral

Kara Dotolo

Internship Title: Event Coordination Intern

Employer: Susan G. Komen Connecticut

Major: Communications

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Kara took this non-paid internship because it was an organization holding an event for a cause close to her heart. The Susan G. Komen Connecticut organization is a breast cancer awareness group who frequently funds testing, screening and helps educate about breast cancer. Kara wanted to be a part of this pink parade of strong women so it was a perfect place for her internship.

Her job as Event Coordination Intern, was to help set up a huge event, which was the 22nd annual, Race for the Cure, at the Bushnell, in Hartford, CT. Kara would call sponsors who would donate for the race and set up tents and booths for all the supporting sponsors. Aetna, St. Francis Hospital, the Hartford Courant, and Pratt & Whitney were just some of the big donators that Kara helped get a hold of for this event. She also registered people for the race, helped with advertisement ideas and promotions for the event, and even helped draft press releases. “My input actually mattered,” says Kara. “Nonprofits are an awesome place to start out and because they are very hands on!”

Students are always looking for the internship that pays the highest and want to work for the “big companies.” According to Kara, “It wasn’t about the money I could make somewhere else; it was about learning skills that I would need for my communications background, while also helping out a great cause. Making money is important don’t get me wrong, but making other people happy is what makes me the happiest and that’s what I want out of whatever job I choose.”

If you can take anything away from Kara’s internship success story it should be that you ultimately do what makes you the happiest.

story by: Nick Quattropani

Dane Paracuelles

Internship Title: Employer Relations Intern

Employer: Center for Internships and Career Development

Major: Communication

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Here in the Center of Internships and Career Development, we not only help students prepare for and obtain amazing internships, we also provide internship opportunities ourselves. Dane Paracuelles, a senior Communication major, was one of the many interns to work for the Center for Internships and Career Development as an Employer Relations Intern.

During his internship, Dane’s variety of responsibilities ranged from event planning to reaching out to professionals in numerous fields of work. “Some of my responsibilities involved recruiting institutions of high education and businesses for the Fall Graduate School Fair and Career/Internship Fair…” says Dane. “This required a lot of organization, especially with keeping in close communication with the places I contacted”.  Through his internship at the Center for Internships and Career Development, Dane was not only able to exercise his own skills in writing, networking and event planning, but he also contributed to delivering helpful career-related resources to the entire Eastern Community.

When we asked Dane what advice he would give to a student who is currently looking for an Internship, he stressed the importance of utilizing the Center for Internships and Career Development. “[What] I really appreciated were the resources and choices available to me.” added Dane. “Not only was I able to use them as a resource to find an internship, but also to perfect my resume for future job searches”.

The professional staff in the Center for Internships and Career Development urge all students to take advantage of the center’s one-on-one career counseling, workshops and online resources. Whether you are looking for the perfect internship, need assistance writing a strong resume or just need help getting started, a quick visit to the 2nd floor of Wood support Services could mean the difference between just getting a job and starting a career.

Written by Andrew Way

Jaime Hansen

Internship Title: Communication Intern

Employer: Hall Communications WILI i98.3 AM/FM

Major: Communication

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Here in the Center for Internships and Career Development, we connect with local employers and organizations to ensure that Eastern Students are provided access to internships across the state and even the country.  Many students who have utilized the Center’s services have landed successful internships within our own community. A prime example would be Senior Jaime Hansen, a Communication Major who currently interns at our local radio station, WILI i98.3.

As a Communication Intern at i98.3, Jaime works closely with radio host Pete Nichols, participating in the production and recording of the shows. In addition, Jaime also aids in the organization of radio station events and planning future shows. “I want to work within the field of Public Relations, and in this internship, I work with non-profit organizations and help their advertising and public relations departments.” In addition to working with the radio station, Jaime is able to network and gain hands-on experience practicing public relations. The interactions with the professionals that Jaime comes in contact with on a daily basis help her to get more out of her internship, and also further establish her professional network.

When asked what Jaime had to say about the Center for Internships and Career Development, Jaime says, “I would definitely work with the Center again if in the future I decide to look for another internship. They were very helpful with the internship process, but also resume building and cover letter writing”. Jaime advises that any student looking for an internship should focus on finding one that they find enjoyable. “Find one as soon as possible, especially one that you can have fun with. It is a great experience and will help you in the future no matter what you may decide to do.


Written by Andrew Way

Andrea Sylvester

Internship Title: Special Events Intern

Employer: Channel 3 Kids Camp

Major: Communication

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

If you are like most people, chances are you don’t have every part of your life figured out yet. Sometimes, students may ask themselves, “What exactly do I want to do?”  If you can relate, you’re not alone. Internships don’t always have to be something that evolves into a permanent career. As Andrea Sylvester found out, being an intern can serve to help you find out what you would really like to do.

Being interested in not only higher education, Andrea also displayed strong interest in working for a local non-profit. As the Special Events Intern at the Channel 3 Kids Camp, she became a key part in implementing social and educational events for campers and even the surrounding communities. Falling back on her experience as a student worker for the Department of Institutional Advancement on campus, it helped ease the transition from higher education to the non-profit sector.

Andrea’s responsibilities required extensive writing and research opportunities, allowing her to improve existing and develop future camp events. In addition, Andrea spent time collaborating with sponsors and donors for the events. Following through from the start to the end, Andrea also volunteered during each event to help promote the Channel 3 Kids Camp to patrons and potential sponsors. Andrea highlighted her experience during one event known as the Holiday Light Fantasia held during the holiday season. “I volunteered at the event, speaking to patrons, and handing out fliers and tickets…I was even there prior to the start of the event to help with the set-up and opening of the event” says Andrea. “…Between my job on campus and my internship I had a front row seat to higher education and non-profits, two areas I am highly interested in, which often go hand and hand with each other.

To those currently looking or considering an internship, Andrea encourages choosing an internship that compliments the skills you currently possess, in addition to giving you the opportunity to develop some new skills and partake in new experiences. She adds, “Make sure it’s something you have at least a small amount of interest in…do your homework and know exactly what you hope to get out of your internship!”

Written by Andrew Way

Christopher Weedon Jr.

Internship Title: Sports and News Intern

Employer: NBC Connecticut (WVIT-CT)

Major: Communication-Broadcast Journalism

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Being able to get the most out of your time here at Eastern and your chosen Internship should be the highest priority of all students. Serving as a prime example, Senior Christopher Weedon did just that. As a Sports and News intern for the NBC Connecticut News Studio, Chris was able to experience what the broadcast industry truly has offer. From supporting the production of studio recordings, to writing and interviewing important figures for breaking news, Chris has done it all.

As a Communication-Broadcasting Journalism major, Chris’ passion for broadcasting started through his involvement in Eastern’s very own broadcasting studio. Gaining experience and knowledge working within the TV studio and the classroom, Chris was able to develop a strong foundation in his chosen field, aiding him in landing the perfect Internship at NBC Connecticut.

This internship was incredible. I learned more in the 4 months that I was working there than I could ever in the classroom” says Chris. “The hand on experience was great, and when news/stories broke, learning how to operate in a timely fashion as a team, is a skill that will only help me in the future”.

Chris, having worked with numerous professionals, remains connected even after departing from NBC Connecticut. The networking and connecting with his colleagues has opened a vast array of opportunities for Chris upon graduation and starting his new career. “I had worked with colleagues all throughout the newsroom, including the president and general manager of the station, Ric Harris. Ric even took the time to sit down with me following my internship, to make sure we stayed in touch after I leftsays Chris.

Chris advises that anyone who is interested in obtaining an internship should take the time to establish a LinkedIn profile and begin to connect with professionals within their chosen career fields. He also stresses the need in being proactive in your search for a job or possible career, “If you take advantage of seeking out these people while you are in college, you show initiative, if you wait until after college you’ve already missed out and just become like everyone else” Chris adds.

Written by Andrew Way

Martin J. Ralda-Martinez

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: Housing and Residential Life at Eastern Connecticut State University

Internship Title: Housing Intern

It is clear that Eastern provides students with the opportunity to further enrich their academic knowledge but also allows students to gain a better understanding of their career goals. Some of the many different internship opportunities on campus that are offered to students could be in various departments which can include some of the following; the Intercultural Center, the Women’s Center, the Office of Admissions, Housing and Residential Life or the Center for Internships and Career Development.

One student who was given an opportunity to act as a Housing Intern on Eastern’s campus for the Office of Housing and Residential Life was Martin J. Ralda-Martinez, a senior and communication major. “As a housing intern, I have the responsibilities of keeping up to date with all the theme housing current events, act as an intern-advisor for the UROC club on campus, learn about different theories and inner workings of student affairs, help with the RA process, and participate in any other events or meetings that are happening,” said Ralda-Martinez.

With more experience and knowledge in the Housing Office, Ralda-Martinez is also able to understand the production that goes into working in Higher Education. Ralda-Martinez mentioned, “I want to work in Higher Education, so with this internship it helps me get my foot in the door of Housing and Residential Life and I will be able to work my way through the ranks to ultimately become a Dean.”

When asked what advice would you provide to students who are interested in completing an internship Ralda-Martinez suggested, “I advise students who are required or want to do an internship to really work on their resumes, and to really do some research on the internship they want to do. It’s a great way to use your skills and also develop new ones in the field you want to pursue.”

All students should be aware of all the different resources there are on campus that not only provide networking and internships opportunities, but also help you decide what your career path will be. “The Center for Internships and Career Development is a great way to find ideal internships that will interest you and fulfill your major requirement. The CICD Office will also help you after college too which will benefit you in the long run,” said Ralda-Martinez.

Story submitted by Aidan Sherman

Gabrielle R. Palladino

Gabrielle R. Palladino

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: Sports Center at ECSU

Internship Title: Sports Broadcasting Intern

When it comes to hard work and dedication, Gabrielle R. Palladino is a clear depiction of how passion for a certain career path can lead to a future dream job. As a Communication major and a senior at Eastern, Palladino was able to combine her love of sports with her talent in news anchoring. This semester, Palladino is an intern in Sports Broadcasting at the Sports Center at Eastern.

In this position, she is not only able to learn about the different sport teams here at Eastern, but also puts her communication skills to work in a fun and significant way. Palladino is expected to manage a variety of tasks which include setting up camera equipment, managing a camera and she also color commentates. “I have learned how to set up new pieces of equipment like the tricaster and I have learned how to provide color commentary. Prior to this internship, I was only familiar with news anchoring,” said Palladino.

As a Sports Broadcasting Intern, Palladino is able to apply knowledge that she has gained in her communication class and allow her passion to thrive in this internship. Palladino mentioned, “I want to be a sports anchor in the future, and attending sporting events that are unfamiliar to me such as field hockey have helped me obtain basic and essential knowledge I would need to communicate with my viewers.”

Students who are in search of an internship should always remember that there are resources on campus to assist with this process. Resources can include a professor, advisor, peer and the Center for Internships and Career Development. With this process, it is never too early to start the search and look for an internship that is similar to a career goal that you have an interest in.

“Do not start looking at the last minute! When you are a freshman or sophomore it is never too early to research internship opportunities. Also do not put all your eggs into one basket, you should apply to as many places as possible so that you can get your name and resume out there,” said Palladino.

Story submitted by Aidan Sherman

Laura Bean

Laura BeanExpected Graduation Date: May 2015

 Major: Communication

 Employer: Office of Admissions at Eastern Connecticut State University

 Internship Title: Social Media and Event Planning Intern

 As a communication major and senior, Laura Bean has put her public relations and event planning skills to work at her internship this semester. Acting as the social media and event planning intern for the Office of Admissions at Eastern; Bean is able to apply the knowledge that she learned in class with this new experience which pertains to a field that she hopes becomes a career.

“For a career I want to do sports public relations with a focus in event planning and social media. So getting this experience is really great. The internship gives me an idea of how it will be when I get a job after I graduate,” said Bean.

Some of the responsibilities that Bean has as an Office of Admissions Intern are to manage the office’s social media in regards to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr; she also helps with events that are hosted by the Office, such as Open House.

For students who are interested in applying for an internship or have wondered about the opportunities that are possible for Eastern students, Bean said the following. “Find an internship that requires skills that you are going to need. Pick an internship that allows you to learn the skills that you haven’t developed yet.” She also commented, “Having the Center for Internships and Career Development is a great resource to have on campus because it is always great to get more experience.”

Story submitted by Aidan Sherman

Nicholas Aconfora

Nick AconforaExpected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: New Britain Rock Cats

Internship Title: On-Site Production Engineer for Fox Sports Radio 1410 (WPOP)

As a communication major and senior at Eastern, Nicholas Aconfora found an incredible internship opportunity on the networking site, “LinkedIn.” Aconfora interned as the On-Site Production Engineer for Fox Sports Radio 1410 (WPOP) for the New Britain Rock Cats in New Britain, CT. Some of Aconfora’s responsibilities at the internship were based around managing the Fox Sports Radio. This included engineering and producing an on-site live baseball broadcast which dealt with the use of skills to edit, mix audio and run commercials in the broadcast.

“As an aspiring sportscaster, I got hands on experience with the career behind the scenes. I also got to sit behind and listen to Jeff Dooley, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Rock Cats,” said Aconfora. “Dooley has been broadcasting with the Rock Cats for eighteen years and I learned so much listening to him call games, interview guests, and more,” Aconfora continued.

With having had this influential experience, Aconfora is greatly appreciative for the site LinkedIn and the help of career counselor, Trish Thomas, and The Center of Internships and Career Development. “Sign up on LinkedIn. It’s important to have one, you can connect and meet so many people…talk to different people, introduce yourself to people and don’t be afraid to volunteer. It really helps set you up for a possible internship or future job,” stated Aconfora.

Story submitted by Aidan Sherman

Summer Lily

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: Eastern Area Health Education Center

Internship Title: Youth Health Service Corps Program Coordinator Intern

As a senior and communication major at Eastern, Summer Lily was offered an internship after she networked at an open house for the Center for Community Engagement. The internship was at the Eastern Area Health Education Center in Willimantic, CT. Lily held the position of the Youth Health Service Corps Program Coordinator Intern where she had several different opportunities that provided her with more knowledge and a better understanding of what she would like to do when she graduates.

Some of the ways that the internship had related to Lily’s career goals was the idea that she was able to strengthen community ties and partnerships, network and form professional relationships with community partners, improve time management skills and get experience in public relations. “I learned how to organize time, present myself in professional situations, become involved in professional meetings and how to contact and work with people I barely knew,” said Lily.

With this said, the Youth Health Service Corps Program Coordinator position had various responsibilities in order to enhance education and knowledge of the position as well as to provide the most influential experience. “The responsibilities of my internship included developing a new YHSC curriculum of the 2014-2015 academic year including modules such as cultural competence, service learning, ethics and college preparation. Additionally, I developed a new and more eye catching brochure for YHSC to hand out at the Third Thursday Street Festival and contact local community partners,” stated Lily.

Lily added, “I’m glad that I did the internship during the summer because it left more time for other commitments during the school year. Also, I would suggest finding one off campus because it forces you to get out into the rest of the world and test what you have learned so far during your college career.” To find out more about internships and how to network, visit the Center for Internships and Career Development which is located on the second floor of the Wood Support Services Building on Eastern’s campus.

Story submitted by Aidan Sherman

Michael Downs

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Communication

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University: University Relations

Internship Title: Special Events Intern

Senior Michael Downs has recently put to use what he has learned as a Communication major to his internship with Eastern Connecticut State University’s University Relations department. As a Special Events Intern, Michael’s responsibilities involved conducting research and planning events for the 125th Anniversary of Eastern Celebration that took place throughout the semester.

“It’s been so interesting to learn about the history of Eastern through the research that I’ve been doing,” mentions Michael. “It’s been really interesting to learn about how far this institution has come since its inception in 1889.”

Through completing this internship, Michael has acquired many useful skills, such as how to correctly and effectively gather research; that he says will be essential to my future career. He has also learned valuable writing skills that will not only be useful to his future career path, but in graduate school as well.

To any other internship hopefuls, Michael’s advice for you is to start your internship search early, so you can find the perfect opportunity just as Michael has done!

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Monique Dumaine

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communications

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University, Student Activities Office

Internship Title: Marketing Initiatives Intern< Monique took on the title of 'Marketing Initiatives Intern' when she did her internship right here at Eastern in the Student Activities Office. One of the goals of this office was to market themselves more effectively to the faculty and the student body. Monique's role was to research different marketing methods that might achieve the best results for her organization. After researching, she then formed a plan with her team so the best methods could be put into effect. One of the main methods used was forming a recognizable identity for the organization through social media. After college, Monique aspires to work in Student Affairs, more specifically, in the Student Activities and Leadership Development division. She feels that her purpose in life is to present the necessary tools for students to live a successful and fulfilling life. This area of higher education aims to develop students and guide them to reach their fullest potential, something Monique feels strongly about. She says "the values of this division align with mine, and I look forward to learning something new on a daily basis." Also, Monique feels that she has a leg up when it comes to applying for graduate school programs in this field. Though this area is very competitive, her passion and hands-on experience as an undergraduate student will put her ahead of the curve. Monique's advice for other students is to do something that you are passionate about. She also states that sometimes, students do not know what they are passionate about, so it is best to get experience in the field before determining one's passion. She says that she had an internship prior to her current position that she thought she was going to love. She then learned that that field was not for her. Her experience was invaluable because it taught her what she did not want to do. Monique says that students must take advantage of the countless opportunities around them, and only by going out of their comfort zone will they achieve success. Story submitted by Francisco Bravo

Shelby Andrelski

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Communications

Employer: Mass EDMC

Internship Title: Promoter
This semester Shelby Andrelski participated in an internship with Mass EDMC as a promoter. Her responsibilities included promoting shows through social media and working behind the scenes to help set up and put on shows. Shelby learned many things during this internship that will help her be a more sufficient worker in the future. “I learned a lot about the effort that goes into events such as ticket sales, and planning.”

Shelby hopes to one day be a booking agent, and this internship will only bring her one step closer to that goal. “I love music and I want to be around it so learning how to put on shows was really cool and I got some great experience.” She got to do many things in this internship that she has always been interested in doing. This just goes to show you that there are internship opportunities out there for everyone.

Getting an internship is a big deal, and Shelby now understands this. You’re not necessarily going to love your first job, but it will only help get you to that place. She urges students seeking an internship to go for it. “I say go for it. Find an internship doing something you’re passionate about, it will help put things in perspective.”

Story by Dan Calzone

Brian Walker

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Communications

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Internships and Career Development

Internship Title: Social Media Intern


Brian, a Communications major, is currently a social media intern at the Center for Internships and Career Development at Eastern. Brian’s responsibilities include managing the center’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram social media outlets. He also promotes the media outlets by going to different locations on campus to get students to connect and become more aware of the benefits from the Center for Internships and Career Development. Through his internship, Brian has learned effective ways to communicate and encourage students to connect with the center via social media. He has learned what types of career information is engaging and useful for students.

Brian would like to have a career in marketing and advertising one day and social media is a very important communication tool in the marketing world. Brian’s advice to students who are required to, or who would like to, complete an internship is to have an updated resume with you at all times. He also suggest using resources such as the Center for Internships and Career Development to help you build a great resume, learn how to find an internship that’s right for you, and attend the internship and career fairs they host on campus.

Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Kirsten Banta

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Communications

Employer: Hartford Business Journal

Internship Title: Editorial Intern

Kirsten is a Communications major with an editorial internship at the Hartford Business Journal. Her responsibilities include writing pieces for the website that are based off of press releases, she writes for the weekly print edition and interviews business professionals for news stories. Interning at the Hartford Business Journal has improved Kirsten’s writing skills, interpersonal skills, and she has learned the writing style for business journals as opposed to various other forms of journalism. She has also become aware of what it is like to be a reporter in the world today. Kirsten has gained a lot of knowledge from her colleagues and editors who have made her feel very comfortable in the professional field of communications and happy to be a part of their community.

As a communications major, Kirsten’s internship at the Hartford Business Journal will help her in any communications related career. Although Kirsten does not have definite determined career goals or dream job, she now has a clearer view of the path she can take when she leaves Eastern. She feels as though her experience at the Hartford Business Journal has helped her prepare for the “real world” after she graduates in May.

Kirsten would advise students who need an internship to start looking early and utilize any connections you may have. She says that an internship will guide you in the field you want be in because it is like a trial run in the professional world. She recommends finding an internship to truly know if what you are studying is really the most ideal career path for you.
Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Carrie Mantis

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Communications

Employer: Cronin & Company

Internship Title: Summer Public Relations Intern

This summer Carrie was able to utilize her skills, learned in the communication and writing department, as a public relations intern. After doing much research she was able to find an internship that she was truly interested in at Cronin & Company. Carrie’s tasks included support to the PR department, creating client media lists, media monitoring, writing press materials, serving as a media liaison, coordinating special events, and developing social media content.

Through her internship, she was able to acquire skills conducting and delivering research, writing press releases, and using professional communication both verbal and written. Carrie says she often had to step out of her comfort zone at her internship, and she is glad she did.

Carrie would like a career in the public relations field and/or advertising after she graduates. Through her hands on public relations experience at Cronin & Company, she was able to come to the conclusion that she likes working with clients as well as editing and creating press releases.

Carrie’s advice for other students that need to complete an internship is to research different internships, that way you can find one that meets your specific interests. She also recommends asking as many questions as possible during your internship and trying to meet as many different people as you can, because Carrie networking is one of the best ways to get a job.

Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Rosheka Gray

Expected Graduation Date: December 2013

Major: Communication

Employer: ECSU Alumni Affairs

Internship Title:
Event Planning Intern

Becoming the Event Planning Intern at the Alumni Affairs office at Eastern Connecticut State University was not exactly what Rosheka Gray expected it to be. “I expected the position to be a regular office job, with no hands on experience whatsoever” say Rosheka. However an internship is to give students a real world experience and the real world experience is full of surprises. Rosheka found that this internship was a lot more than that of an office setting. While interning at Alumni Affairs she planned alumni and network events on and off campus, create fliers, handled vendor transactions and much more.

Gray says that being the previous treasurer of the African Club and the current president of the West Indian Society has have given her the skills needed to plan events, execute tasks, and collaborate with others. These skills have helped her during her internship. Her internship has also provided her with the opportunity to meet Alumni of Eastern Connecticut State University, as well as contacts that could very well aid her in the future. She also had the opportunity to attend Alumni Association board meetings. Rosheka says that “whether you need an internship or not everyone should pursue one. They are stepping stones to your future.”

Story by: Reginald Boahene