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August 2012 Archives

Wayne Waite

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Wayne Waite
Sports & Leisure Management Major
Class of 2012

Title: Event Planning Intern

Employer: Greater Hartford Pro Am

 

Wayne Waite, Sports & Leisure Management major, graduates August 2012.  This summer he participated in an internship for academic credit needed to fulfill an internship requirement for his major.  His title was Event Planning Intern and he was responsible for marketing, promotion, and event planning with the Greater Hartford Pro Am, an annual program that hosts youth basketball tournaments, clinics, and workshops.  This program draws partnerships with professional and future athletes and the GHPA team has become an essential part of the Greater Hartford Community.

This internship helped Wayne acquire the skills needed to get experience in event planning, marketing and promotion in a sport venue, which is of particular interest to him and his career goals.

Wayne's advice for students regarding internships, "find an internship that relates to your interest and will teach you and help you develop whatever skills you are seeking."

Courtney Ojard

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Courtney Ojard
Communication Major

Class of 2012

Title: Communication Intern

Employer: OTIS ELEVATOR

 

Courtney Ojard, Communication major and recent graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, held two internships while a student at Eastern.  Most recently, however, she held a post graduation intenship, at Otis Elevator Company as the Communications Intern for the North and South America Area.

 

Courtney was responsible for producing publications for Otis' North American business by providing content for their internal and external audiences on Otis' websites. She interviewed different Otis branches about recent contracts and elevator wins and then created stories that are posted internally within the United Technologies Corporation (UTC) network. Externally, she worked with the Marketing department to improve Otis.com and create new pages that increased the visibility of Otis' latest product and service offerings. Skills she learned while on the job included managing several projects and her time effectively,while also learning about the product itself, and the competition.

 

She applied for this internship because she wanted to work for a large company. Working for one of UTC's business units has prepared her for the corporate world. She is also interested in writing and editing, which she did alot of at Otis.  She recently found out that her internship will be extended until December, and is excited about continuing to challenge herself and work hard.

 

Courtney's thoughts on internships..."I'm glad that Eastern required me to have one. Without my first internships I wouldn't have had any experience when searching for a job after graduation."  She feels that students should get as much experience as they can while in school, and that having an internships while in college helps to guide your career and guarantee success.

Jonnell Atkins

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Jonnell Atkins
Business Administration Major
Class of 2013

Employer: Metlife Insurance Company
Title: Claims Specialist


For the past two summers, Business Administration
major Jonnell Atkins completed an internship
through INROADS at Metlife. INROADS helps place talented and underserved youth in business and industry job positions and prepares them for corporate and community leadership.

At INROADS Jonnell's title was Claims Specialist. She worked on a project called "Selling insurance to Millennials" which included going on a business trip to New Jersey and presenting her work to the Executive Vice President of MetLife (Todd Katz).  "It was scary, but it was an eye opener. I was outside of my comfort zone which was ultimately what I needed to see that this is the beginning to a successful ending." 

Jonnell heard about the INROADS program during her senior year of high school and followed up on it once she got to college. Once she applied and secured an interview, she set up a Mock Interview in Career Services with Cliff Marrett, Interim Director.  She found that the mock interview really helped her prepare and practice for the real interview and it gave her more confidence. "The most valuable part of completing an internship at INROADS was knowing that I am against the odds, knowing that I am promised a future. Because of INROADS, my foot is in the door."

What excited Jonell most about the internship is that she has been invited back over her winter break to continue the internship. Jonell's advice to other college students looking for an internship: "You have to want it for yourself and self-motivate.  It is also all about who you know, networking is really important."

Congratulations on your success Jonnell!

Story Submitted By Stacey Elizabeth Sankow 

Brandon Roberts

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Brandon Roberts
Business Administration Major
Class of 2012

Employer: Metlife Insurance Company
Title: Disability Department Intern


This summer, Business Administration major Brandon Roberts completed an internship
through INROADS at Metlife Insurance Company. INROADS helps place talented and underserved youth in business and industry job positions and prepares them for corporate and community leadership.

 

Brandon will graduate in December 2012 with a concentration in Finance and this internship helped him focus on his concentration.  His responsibilities included appropriating building claims within standard and customer process, structuring new short term disability/no lost time & early submittal claims accurately utilizing UIS with 99% accuracy, monitoring of VSTD mailbox for failed emails sent to ACS, forwarding emails to appropriate supervisors, and heading a team of 5 to present to the Executive Vice President of MetLife and his leadership team. Brandon found that taking on the role of team Captain, proved to himself and his managment team that he can lead and delegate work to others to reach a common goal.

 

Brandon's advice to students, if your major applies to what Inroads is looking for; apply. Inroads is a wonderful organization that matches top corporate companies with deserving students. The workshops through out the summer teach you the survival skills you need, to survive in corporate America. Now a days, its not so much of what you know its who you know. Inroads and an internship can make that happen. This is where you get the experience from, if you ever wonder, when jobs would like you to have 1-3 years of experience for an entry level position.

 

Tyler Lysak

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Tyler Lysak
Business Administration Major
Class of 2013

Title: Business Intern

Employer: Willimantic Police Department


Tyler spent his summer putting together a business plan for the dispatch center at the Willimantic Police Department.  He worked together with his supervisors and retired police officers to create the business plan to help other towns and municipalities who might need their services.  He also helped strategize how to market the business plan to towns that are looking for such a service. 

Tyler stated that this co-op relates to his career goals by learning about how to develop a business plan.  Tyler hopes to someday own his own business and in order to do this and attract investors this hands-on learning opportunity will be very useful.

Tyler's advice to fellow students is to find an internship that best fits the field of study you are in and that focuses on your area of concentration, not just your major.  "It is a great way to prepare for the real world."

 

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