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