Amanda Eakin

AmandaEakinAmanda Eakin

Year | Senior

Internship Title | Student Intern

Employer | Global Field Course Internship Program

Major | Health Sciences, Concentration in Pre-Nursing

Amanda Eakin participated in a global field course internship in Agona-Asamang, Ashanti Region of Ghana in West Africa. This internship lasted three weeks during the summer of 2016. Amanda visited various health clinics, hospitals, and public health agencies that taught her about healthcare services in this region of Ghana. “The internship allowed me to get my feet wet in the medical field and experience the Ghanaian culture at the same time” explains Amanda. She observed numerous clinical experiences in the Agona-Asamang hospital. “When visiting the hospital, I viewed specialties ranging from an emergency department, maternity, physiotherapy, surgery, and chronic diseases.” Amanda adds, “I tried my best to get as many experiences in all the various departments so I could get a feel for what specialty I want to do in the future.” In regards to public health opportunities, Amanda went to an immunization and weighing clinic for toddlers. Additionally, Amanda visited a number of water treatment sites to see how water was created and where residents retrieved water in different communities.

“I would definitely recommend completing an internship because it allows you to gain experience in the field that you are interested in and if you go abroad for your internship, it gives you a once in a lifetime experience.” Amanda will be graduating from Eastern in December. She’s currently in the process of applying to nursing programs to receive her BSN.

Written By, Sofia Amaral

Chad-Michael Muirhead

ChadMichaelChad-Michael Muirhead

Year | Junior

Internship Title | General Intern

Employer | Enterprise Car Rental

Major | Computer Science

During the summer of 2016, Chad-Micheal completed an internship with the well-known car rental company Enterprise. Some of his responsibilities involved sales, marketing, and analysis work. A unique aspect of Chad-Micheal’s experience was the relationship he developed with the recruiter who conducted his interview. That recruiter became his boss and their relationship matured into a meaningful mentorship.

Chad-Micheal recommends that other students seek internship opportunities, “I learned a lot of computer skills and had many opportunities to meet and greet other employers.” While working for Enterprise, he networked with other companies such as Cigna and a number of engineering companies.

Internships require hard work. Sometimes interns find themselves in tough positions or in situations that they aren’t familiar with. Chad learned how to talk with people from different backgrounds. He learned to adapt to those situations, communicating in the best way possible. Chad-Micheal is currently working for the Center for Internships and Career Development as an Employer Relations Intern. He is looking for a third internship for the Spring semester that will continue to advance his IT skills.

Written By, Sofia Amaral

Logan Sharlow

LoganLogan Sharlow

Year | Senior

Internship Title | General Intern

Employer | Willimantic AIC

Major | Psychology

Completing her second internship this fall 2016 semester, Logan Sharlow is getting a good range of experience prior to graduation this coming May of 2017. Logan is currently completing the perceptions program at the Willimantic AIC, where she keeps track of offenders, who were recently released from jail. This internship was in sharp contrast compared to her first internship where she tutored students at Coventry High School.

Logan conducts case management sessions, runs group modules/activities, and other extra activities that assist the receptionist. Learning social skills such as creating relationships with strangers and using the popular slogan, “treat everyone as equals,” are huge takeaways that Logan will start to implement more in her every day life. She said that she didn’t know what her career goals and objectives were until she started completing internships. Logan mention that completing an internship opened her eyes to what her career goals are after college. Because of this fact, Logan would like to recommend to her peers to start looking for internship opportunities early.

“It was a very eye opening experience and now I have a better sense of what direction I want to go in next.” Logan will be completing her third internship next semester that is expected to be related to her criminology minor.

Written by, Sofia Amaral

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

Bethany Juselis

BethanyBethany Juselis

Year | Senior

Internship Title | General Intern

Employer | Uncas Health District, Norwich CT

Major | Health Science, concentration in Public Health

Following in the footsteps of Patrick McCormack, Bethany completed her internship at the Uncas Health District this past summer 2016. Bethany stated, “My responsibilities would be driving samples up to the state lab in Rocky Hill. I would go out with a sanitarian every Monday morning to do water samples of the local beaches. Then on Wednesday, if the water samples came back with a high bacteria count we would go back and re sample them. I would also meet with the Public Health Nurse from time to time to file paper work.”

Bethany majors in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health and this internship was perfect for her because she researched how much bacteria local beaches contained. She now has first-hand knowledge of what the public is being exposed to frequently. “From this internship I learned that things will always be changing around you as long as you are in the public health field. You never know what the next outbreak is going to be, and being prepared is key.”

Bethany also stated, “I would highly recommend this internship to other students. I was lucky enough to be part of their team. The Uncas Health District has a wonderful environment and I felt very welcomed. Everyone was kind and willing to answer any of my questions. I was new to the field so Uncas Health helped me better understand what a local health department does.”

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

Kassandrah Banks

KassandrahBanksKassandrah Banks

Year | Junior

Internship Title | Video Production

Employer | ETV Sports, Bob Molta

Major | New Media Studies

Being a part of Eastern athletics, Kassandrah decided that she wanted to take on an additional responsibility this fall 2016 semester. Kassandrah is interning at ETV Sports alongside Bob Molta, the Sports Information Director at Eastern.

Although Kassandrah’s responsibilities vary, she is responsible for live broadcasting sport games and events located on campus. Recording live videos gives family and friends the opportunity to see what’s happening from their home. In addition, Kassandrah works on creating and editing highlight reels which are short videos that can focus on a particular player or the play of the game.

Kassandrah expressed her beliefs on how students can set themselves apart in a competitive industry by pointing out, “Experience is very important. If you have good grades, that’s great but employers really look for experience especially in my field of Communication, New Media Studies, and Sports Broadcasting. They look for the people who go the extra mile and do extra work such as volunteering or completing an internship,” Not only is she completing an internship, Kassandrah runs varsity for Eastern Cross Country. She recently earned the 2nd spot on the team after their first meet of the season at Wickham Park on September 10th.

Working with ETV, Kassandrah is receiving a unique professional field experience similar to employees working for a company like ESPN. Plus, she enjoys working with the latest broadcasting equipment and learning how to adapt and react to small problems that may arise in a real work setting. A major take away that Kassandrah mentioned was being able to work with different personalities and the importance of teamwork. Student directors would give Kassandrah constructive criticism and advice which, she says, is crucial for her development.

Kassandrah concludes, “If there is one thing I’ve taken from my college experience, it’s getting working experience doing the things that I love”.

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 real world working 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, many times he would get projects from upper level management. Cory demonstrated his skills figuring out how to complete each task at hand.

Cory mentioned that internships are important because if students want to have a great job that they would enjoy, employers look for real world working experience in today’s job market. Dedicated to enhancing his skills even further, Cory has accepted another exciting internship opportunity this summer.  He gladly stated that he will be an accounting intern at CohnReznick, a firm located in Hartford.

Written by: Sofia Amaral

Cailley Browne

Cailley Browne

Year | Junior

Internship Title | General Summer Intern

Employer | Our Piece of the Pie

Major | Sociology

Cailley scored an internship with a non-profit organization called Our Piece of the Pie located in Hartford, CT for the summer of 2016. Our Piece of the Pie helps urban youth become successful, economically independent adults by helping them obtain job experience while building their resume. Cailley worked with one of the Youth Development Specialists who was assigned to 200 young adults. Youth Development Specialists are adults who serve as a role model and a mentor. These young adults would be assigned to one of many retail stores, who partnered with Our Piece of the Pie, so they can begin to learn how to navigate through the working world. For a young adult to qualify for this program, they must meet certain income guidelines or registered with the Department of Children and Families. Cailley explained, “It’s their piece of the pie and they’re giving it to the less fortunate”.

As an intern Cailley’s responsibilities varied. She was responsible for making sure that the young adults were going to their assigned job, such as Marshalls and following the policy and procedures of the company. She mentioned that she enjoyed getting to meet a diverse group of young, capable individuals through her internship while developing professional communication skills. Cailley once described herself as being introverted, shy, and unsure of what she wanted to pursue once she graduates. Today, she is more outgoing and comfortable with speaking to strangers.

Cailley was offered a full time position to work with Our Piece of the Pie. Unfortunately, she had to decline because she is a full time student. She is very eager to complete her next internship and recommends for others to complete one because, “It gives you a better sense of what you want to do,”

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.

 

Taylor Goodhue

Taylor Goodhue

GoodhueHometown: Old Saybrook, CT

Major: Health Sciences

Graduation Year: 2017

Q:    What was your internship position?

A:    I interned at Dr. Gordon’s Optometry (Eye Doctor) Office in Old Saybrook, CT.  My position was a “Triager” which means I would complete the basic testing of patients before the doctor comes to meet with them.

Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?

A:    My main responsibility was to check patients and report their data into a medical program we used at the office. This not only kept track of the patients vitals (blood pressure, eye pressure, etc.), but informed the doctor of possible symptoms so they were knowledgeable before they even met with the individual.

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

A:    Besides my schooling and knowledge in the sciences, I did not have any work experience or internships in Optometry or the medical field. That is why I benefited from this internship so much.

Q: What were the best parts of your internship?

A:    The best part of the internship was that it helped determine what I wanted to do with my career. I was initially going to pursue ultrasound as a career, but after this internship I decided to change directions. Without this experience I would still be headed down the wrong path. Another benefit was that now I have a job to go back to during the summer and even while I go into medical school. I loved everything at my internship, except maybe the 45 minute commute from Eastern to Old Saybrook and back.

Q: What are your career goals?

A:    My goals are to graduate from Eastern and eventually go into medical school.  In the meantime, I will be going back to Dr. Gordon’s office and gaining more in-depth experience.

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

A:    I think internships are extremely important. In my situation, it literally turned my life around as it switched me to the right path. I think one of the vital aspects of completing an internship is that you will be able to tell if you like that line of work or not. Without interning, how will you know if you like the work you plan on doing for a career?

Kelly Huhtanen

Kelly Huhtanen

Picture1Hometown: Pomfret, CT

Major: English/Elementary Education

Graduation Year: 2017

Q:   What is your internship position?

A:    I am the social media intern for the  International Hoccleve Society, based on the medieval poet, Thomas Hoccleve.

Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?

A:    With this internship, I managed our Twitter, LinkedIn, and Storify account. I use our popular hash tag, #HoccleveTravels, to promote our society and bring awareness to old English. I meet with Dr. Varand in the English department once a week to go over our agenda for the week and strategizing how to grow the brand.

Q: How is it managing these accounts and promoting the I.H.S.?

A: I really enjoy it, but the one struggle I consistently have is relating Thomas Hoccleve’s language to modern day. Even I occasionally have difficulty understanding what he is saying, so I have to make sure our readers can understand as well. I also have to incorporate humor to keep our followers interested.

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

A: Yes. I worked in the student center at the information desk. Now, I work in the back office of the student center and am responsible for supplying technology for the building. This ranges from giving the right equipment to clubs, to setting up major events in the theater and café.

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

A:   What I enjoy most is the flexible schedule I have, since most of my work is online. Besides meeting Dr. Varand once a week, I am free to do whatever I please, as long as my work gets done. To many this may seem easy, but I have to make sure I hit my quota for social media activity.  I don’t know how I would  manage all this with my 21 credit semester if I had to physically be somewhere.

Q: What are your career goals?

A: Despite my social media and English experience, my career goal is to go into elementary education . I am in my second semester of my clinical placement of elementary education and begin student teaching next year. I am excited to have this opportunity next year.

Q: How helpful do you feel this internship, and internships in general are?

A: I feel they are one of the main criteria for landing your first job in your early career. In my case, even though my social media internship is not directly correlated to the field I am going into, the professionalism and experience I am gaining is very beneficial. Everyone will need to know how to effectively communicate and use technology. My writing background helps as well.

Q: Any advice to other students eager to gain experience?

A:    Being proactive is the most important thing I would recommend for anyone looking for a internship or fulltime job. Also, make sure that you are doing the work for the job. Do not slack and be very qualified for the position. As long as you do the work required you will always be fine. Lastly, I would stress the importance of networking.

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.

Emily Komornik

Emily Komornik

KomornikHometown: Shelton, CT

Major: History/English

Graduation Year: 2016

Q:   What was your internship position?

A:    I was the only intern in the law firm and I reached out to the firm because I wanted to gain exposure in the field of law. Law firms rarely post internships like other fields, such as business or medicine. I had to be proactive.

Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?

A:    I was basically a paralegal, where I helped sort data, prepare cases, and  provide support wherever necessary. My main goal for this internship was to gain basic understandings of a law office and to see if I liked the work they were completing.

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

A: Yes. One of the experiences that helped me the most was working for department chair Kurchman. I was the assistant for the Polish American Studies Journal and was responsible for publishing historical journals. I have always been interested in history as well as publishing, that is why I wanted to gain exposure in the law industry.

Q: What were the best parts of your internship?

A:   My favorite part was the fact that I finally got a chance to utilize my writing skills. I spent years honing my skills throughout my courses and I finally had real world experience to use my argumentative and writing background.

Q: What are your career goals?

A:   Currently, I am leaning towards having a career in law that is dedicated towards defending women in sexual assault cases. I believe women need more advocates so my goal is to get my J.D. and either work closely with police departments or within an established firm to represent these females.

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

A: Very Important. One of the biggest components is getting your feet wet and finding out if you like the work. You might think you like your major and the ideal work, but the actual work may be different than what you thought. That is huge.

Q: Advice to others?

A: Use the resources around you, and try anything. I found that you need to experience your major before you commit to a career in it. I started off as a education major and didn’t fit well with teaching. I believe the earlier you discover if you like the work in your field/major, the better off you’ll be. Take advantage of opportunities around you and be willing to try multiple things.

Ryan Shooner

Ryan Shooner

SchoonerHometown: Somers, CT

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science

How is your internship coming along so far?

It has been challenging but rewarding at the same time. Sometimes I work at the office and other times I am allowed to work remotely, which is definitely a good mix for me. The best part of this internship is that the work is interesting and very relevant to what I will be doing in my career. The more qualified I can become in computer science, the better off I will be.

What stood out about this opportunity?

The name recognition of Cigna is very prominent and will help provide me with numerous opportunities upon graduation. Since the company is based out of Bloomfield, and my office is out of Windsor, the location and occasional commute is also good for me.

Would you still intern if the position was unpaid?

Internships are so important that I probably would continue with this internship simply because the experience is very much worth it. I am very lucky to have an hourly wage in addition to the connections I am building, skills I’m gaining, and additional work experience I can put on my resume. Even if it wasn’t paid, I feel the internship is still worth it. I would tell anyone that is considering an internship, to not fear an unpaid internship.

How important is this internship going forward in your career?

As I said earlier, this internship is huge for me. Not only does working at Cigna help me gain valuable skills and become more marketable toward future employers, but it also helps me figure out exactly what I want to do with computers going forward. Getting exposed to different aspects of I.T. and other forms of technology within the company helps me decide which area I will specialize in throughout my career. This opportunity also provides me with an opportunity to continue employment at Cigna following my graduation. Eastern actually has a strong alumni connection to Cigna which is a plus.

Jenfrey Florentino

Jenfrey Florentino

Picture2Employer: WILI – Willimantic Radio Station

Hometown: East Hartford, CT

Major: Communications

Jenfrey scored an internship this semester by being proactive and deciding early what he wanted to pursue going forward in his career.  The entire second semester, Jenfrey will be interning at WILI – Willimantic radio station. Since his role is not specific, Jenfrey will be covering a wide variety of responsibilities that range from on-air discussion with the show host, to the setup of production equipment and even the necessary paperwork that needs to be completed.

As a junior communications major, Mr. Florentino has already decided on a career in television. Although radio is not his ultimate goal, this is a great stepping stone for him to gain the necessary experience before interviewing for his true passion. Jenfrey wants to become a TV host, news anchor, or have a major role on a talk show. There is no simple or direct route to working in this industry so he was eager to gain any type of experience he could get his hands on. The best way to prepare himself for success was to learn and excel on the job, and simultaneously become more knowledgeable from his studies. This is not an easy task but this is what it takes.

Jenfrey wakes up at 5am some weekdays to be in the studio by 6am. Although this is his least favorite part of the internship, the work he produces is interesting, engaging, and what keeps him motivated to finish off strong. His favorite aspect of interning at WILI is the on-air discussion he has with the show hosts, as well as the variety of topics they cover throughout the show.

Written by: Al Torrens

Katelyn Adams

Katelyn Adams

Picture1Graduation Year: 2015

Hometown: Plainfield, CT

Major: Social Work

On-Campus Positions: Resident Assistant, Student Orientation Counselor

Katelyn Adams recently graduated from Eastern in the spring of 2015. And while many would be happy with this achievement, Katelyn went straight to graduate school. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Connecticut, but her roots of social work, leadership, and active engagement started back as an underclassmen at ECSU.

Being a resident assistant for three years at Laurel Hall, and a student orientation counselor for three years is the start of her accomplishments. She was also heavily involved in blood drives, Town Wide Town Pride (Willimantic), and other volunteer-centric events. This makes sense being that she is also a true leader having completed both Tier 1 and Tier 2 of the LEAP leadership program. She urges students to build their resume and get involved.

As Katelyn graduates with her Masters in Social Work this May, she says she wants to test for her licensure and eventually become a licensed clinical social worker. She is also adamant about obtaining a job right after graduation, hopefully with the elderly population.

Katelyn Adams’ last bit of advice for students either going straight into the work force or applying to graduate school is to “never settle.” Finding a job you love is vital to your happiness. Everyone knows money is great to have, but the work you produce needs to make you feel happy and fulfilled.

 

Kendrick Constant

Kendrick Constant

KendrickYear: Sophomore

Major: Finance
Minor: Accounting, B.I.S.

Hometown: Norwalk, CT

Hall: Occum Hall

Q. Where are you interning this upcoming summer?

Pricewaterhouse Cooper (PwC)

Q. What position are you interning for?

I’m actually part of something called the START Program. It’s similar to a rotational program, where I learn and experience several different aspects of the organization. This way I get to learn more about the company and what field I’ll eventually want to go into.

Q. How much competition was there for this position/program?

A lot of competition, especially since PwC is one of the “Big 4” accounting firms. There were students from Boston College, Brown University, and other Ivy League schools.

Q. What makes you qualified and prepared to take on this position?

The biggest asset I had going into the interview was being very active on campus, and using lessons from my experiences to propel me forward. Interviewers really liked this trait about me. Besides being active, updating my resume, cover letter skills and other materials has helped me tremendously. I frequently went to the Center for Internships and Career Development to better myself and improve my chances of landing an internship.

Q. How much work/internship experience have you had?

In addition to working as a “Career Assistant” in the Center for Internships and Career Development, I have been working at the Fairfield County Bank as a teller for the past two years, whenever I am not in school.

Q. What are your long term career goals?

Being established as a financial executive. (C-Level)

Q. How much help have you received from Career Services?

I attribute a large part of my success and improvement so far to the Center for Internships and Career Development. I really wanted to separate myself from the competition, and the CICD was there every step of the way. They welcomed me every time to help me develop as a future employee.  They even connected me to the INROADS program.

Q. What is the INROADS program?

It is a program designed to provide ethnic diversity to corporate America. After I was introduced to this program, I linked up to another program called the “Explore” program. Then, I finally got my chance to interview for this prestige company.

Q. Any advice for students who want the same opportunities as you?

Yes! My main advice would be to start early! There is no reason to wait until you have graduated or are an upperclassmen to start interning somewhere. Not only does it look good, being proactive, but it gives you time to make mistakes and find out what you truly like (and don’t like). Also, some programs are only offered to younger students. Don’t Wait!