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.”

Nicole Fretz

Nicole- PictureNicole Fretz

Employer | Infinex Financial Group

Major | Finance

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Senior Nicole Fretz would like to pursue a career in Finance after she graduates in May 2017. Her career goal is to become a financial or business analysis for a well-known company named Travelers. She knew she wanted an internship that would go hand in hand with her major. After a few months of trying to find an internship, she was ecstatic when a company named Infinex Financial Group offered her an intern position.

At this company, her responsibilities include answering and returning phone calls, listening in on client meetings, and using company databases to record client meetings and product purchases.

Nicole said that the most interesting part about her internship is, “Getting to discuss various investment products with the advisor and hear what the clieant actually chooses.” Through this internship at Infinex Financial Group, Nicole hopes to gain real world experiences that will be able to benefit her in her future endeavors.

Advice Nicole has for other students trying to find and internship is, “Try to get an internship in the career that you believe you’re going to want to pursue that way by the end of it you will hopefully know for sure whether or not you want to spend the rest of your life doing exactly that. “

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

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 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

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.