Rebecca Pilney

PilneyRebecca Pilney

Employer | The Walt Disney Company

Major | Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date | December 2017

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

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

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

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

Adrianna Mihalek

MihalekAdrianna Mihalek

Employer | Palmer- Warner House with Connecticut Landmarks

Major | History

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Going into Adrianna’s senior year, she knew she wanted to apply for internships that have to do with her passion, History. While applying to internships she kept in mind that one of her career goals is to become a curator for a historical museum. So when the opportunity to intern for Connecticut Landmarks at the Palmer-Warner House arose, she knew she had to take it.

At Adrianna’s internship she has the title of an Archival and Collections Intern. This means that Adrianna has duties that entail discovering artifacts, cleaning the artifacts, measuring the dimensions, photographing the artifacts, describing the artifacts, and archiving them in the database. Adrianna and her coworkers are in the process of going through the Palmer-Warner House with the purpose of eventually opening the house to the public as an historic house.

Adrianna’s favorite part about her internship is discovering all the new artifacts that she finds. “Every artifact I find is different so it gives me an opportunity to learn something new while connecting it with a part of history,” said Adrianna. With this internship, she hopes to gain knowledge of what it entails to work, open, and run a museum or historical house.

The last question that Adrianna was asked was, “What advice you would give to other college students trying to find an internship?”.  Adrianna’s response was, “Employers are very impressed with people that take the time to get internships because it shows that you are hardworking and are gaining early experience in your field of study. Having an internship is a very big resume builder!”

Zach Baskin

BaskinZach Baskin

Employer | Winsupply Company

Major | Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

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

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

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

Stephanie Kovis

KovisStephanie Kovis

Employer | Office of Accessibilities at Eastern Connecticut State University

Major | Psychology

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

As a senior that is preparing to graduate in May, Stephanie knew that she wanted to experience an internship that has to do with her major which is Psychology. Although she is not certain what she would like to do with her major, having an internship at the Office of Accessibilities on the Eastern campus seemed like the right fit for her.

At Stephanie’s internship she has a plethora of roles that she is responsible for. Not only does she partake in Eastern Prep and Peer Mentoring programs, Stephanie also assists Eastern students who may have ADHD or other disabilities adjust to the academic environment. This means that she helps these students with academic based issues such as time management, study skills, organization, and test anxiety.

Through the Peer Mentoring program that Stephanie is a part of, they put on outreach events on the ECSU campus for students to come together. “We recently had a stress free themed program where students came to hang out and participated in relaxing activities such as making stress balls and coloring in adult coloring books.” The most interesting part about Stephanie’s internship is getting to know each student and to see them become successful.

Every college student knows how difficult it is to find an internship in general, but more specifically an internship that has to do with their major. Stephanie’s advice to finding an internship during college is, “Find an internship junior year so you have the chance to have an internship experience more than once. I wish I had the opportunity to do another internship because it would have been a great opportunity to explore different potential career paths.”

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.”

Katie Tomascak

TomascakKatie Tomascak

Employer | Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center

Major | Child Psychology / Public Health Minor

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

When looking for an internship, Katie knew she wanted to have one that would help advance her in her field, which is Child Psychology. Her dream job is to become a family support clinician that works in a hospital. When Katie heard about an internship at Hale YMCA Youth and Family Center, she knew it would be the perfect stepping stone to her future job.

At Katie’s internship there are a lot of roles she is required to play a part in. This includes helping plan an event named Healthy Kids Day by researching vendors and asking them to participate in the event. During the event which is held on April 29th of 2017, Katie is responsible for overseeing the event to make sure everything is running smoothly and accordingly.

One of the most rewarding aspects about this internship is the fact that Katie has the privilege of watching these children learn and grow over the course of time that she is there. A typical day at Katie’s internship is meeting with her supervisor in the morning to discuss any upcoming plans or any new updates. She then goes to watch the children at the YMCA daycare for the rest of the day to help supervise and educate them.

Katie was asked what advice she would give other college students trying to find an internship. Her response was, “Take a risk and apply to internships that you have even the slightest interest in. It can turn into a great opportunity in the end. Any internship experience is good experience to put on your resume. And drink lots of coffee!”

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.”

Kiera Forstell

ForstellKiera Forstell

Employer | Day Kimball Healthcare/ Family Advocacy Center of Putnam, CT

Major | Psychology

Expected Graduation Date | May 2017

Since Kiera is a Psychology major she has known that she wants to eventually become a Marriage and Family Therapist. Therefore when she found this internship with Day Kimball Hospital she knew it would be a good foot in the door to her future career goals.

At Kiera’s internship, her roles consist of shadowing home visits to further educate new parents and sitting in on human trafficking meetings at DCF for Windham County. Kiera is also currently working on multiple projects for Day Kimball Hospital to help promote awareness for various types of healthcare.

What Kiera enjoys the most about her internship is the fact that there is never a dull day. “Every day there is a new article to read, meeting to sit in on or topic to discuss,” she said. When asked what she hopes to learn from this internship her response was, “I hope to learn about the different processes and people involved with each topic listed above and what the steps are required to decrease the amount of fatalities and increase awareness”.

Kiera’s advice to other college students trying to find an internship is to go to all of the internship meetings. She also said to talk to your professors so they can help you find an internship that has to revolve around your major.

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