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Colleen King

                                              COLLEEN KING.png                            Graduation Date: May 2014

Employer: Image Marketing Consultants

Internship Title: Graphic Designer
       

Colleen, visual arts major at Eastern, completed a co-op at Image Marketing over the course of the fall 2013 semester.  Though no internship is required for her major, Colleen took it upon herself to complete one for the sake of making connections and building her portfolio. 

Colleen found her co-op position by reaching out to her friend, Shannon Kearney, who happened to be an Eastern alumna and graphic designer for a company called Image Marketing Solutions.  After seeing a picture on Facebook of a project Shannon had completed, Colleen commented on it and landed a job with her friend.  During Colleen's time at Image Marketing, she helped Shannon by creating approximately 40 advertisements for Southington's Chamber of Commerce book.  She also designed invitations for various companies.  This was a great opportunity for Colleen because she was able to gain experience as a graphic designer, a career she aspires to take on full-time after graduation.

Colleen's advice for future interns is to reach out to friends who have graduated and are in the workforce, just like she did.  By simply commenting on her friend Shannon's picture, she was offered an interview and a job within two week's time.  Colleen says to "stay in touch, and stay friendly," and success will be that much easier to achieve.

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Colleen King

                                              COLLEEN KING.png                            Graduation Date: May 2014

Employer: Image Marketing Consultants

Internship Title: Graphic Designer
             Colleen, visual arts major at Eastern, completed a co-op at Image Marketing over the course of the fall 2013 semester.  Though no internship is required for her major, Colleen took it upon herself to complete one for the sake of making connections and building her portfolio. 

Colleen found her co-op position by reaching out to her friend, Shannon Kearney, who happened to be an Eastern alumna and graphic designer for a company called Image Marketing Solutions.  After seeing a picture on Facebook of a project Shannon had completed, Colleen commented on it and landed a job with her friend.  During Colleen's time at Image Marketing, she helped Shannon by creating approximately 40 advertisements for Southington's Chamber of Commerce book.  She also designed invitations for various companies.  This was a great opportunity for Colleen because she was able to gain experience as a graphic designer, a career she aspires to take on full-time after graduation.

                Colleen's advice for future interns is to reach out to friends who have graduated and are in the workforce, just like she did.  By simply commenting on her friend Shannon's picture, she was offered an interview and a job within two week's time.  Colleen says to "stay in touch, and stay friendly," and success will be that much easier to achieve.

Sarah Hendrickson

Sarah Hendrickson.jpgExpected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: TellStyle

Internship Title: Social Media Intern

Sarah Hendrickson is an Eastern senior who is eager to graduate and begin her career.   Last summer Sarah found herself an internship with the online  clothing retailer TellStyle.  As a social media intern, Sarah was given the opportunity to gain experience doing marketing for the company using three major platforms.  She applied her knowledge from her college career to market TellStyle using Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.  Along with using these platforms, Sarah wrote blogs for the company, diversifying her new knowledge of marketing methods.

This internship was very applicable to Sarah's aspirations for after graduation.  Her goal is to find work marketing in the fashion industry, so working for TellStyle has given Sarah some very important experience in a very competitive job market.

Sarah's advice for other students is "the sooner you look for an internship, the better." Further, she says If you need an internship to graduate, it is important not to wait until the last second because it usually takes some time to find a good one, and finding an internship you like definitely pays off.

Story submitted by Francisco Bravo

 

Christina Pelletier

Thumbnail image for christina pelletier.pngExpected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: COCC

Internship Title: Accounting Intern

 

Eastern senior Christina Pelletier went out on her own to find an internship/co-op position at COCC.  At this internship, Christina fulfills the title of Accounting Intern.  Some of her duties include entering and storing information such as employee expenses, client invoices and other company accounting records.  Christina says the key to success in the business world is to be communicative with your co-workers.  In her eyes, nobody should be afraid of asking questions, because questions help employees learn what it takes to be successful.  Further, when a fellow employee tells her that she is not doing a task correctly, she does not get offended, but instead uses it as advice to grow so she can reach her fullest potential.

Once Christina graduates in May, she will pursue a career with two options in mind.  She is considering finding work as a junior staff accounting or continuing with her current co-op employer in a similar field.  When offering advice to her peers, Christina encourages them to attend career fairs and hand out as many resum├ęs as possible.  She says that students should not be afraid to reach out to people, because this may just be the best way to get your foot in the door.

Story submitted by Francisco Bravo

Kathleen Mullins

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Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Peter Paul Electronics Co., Inc.

Internship Title: Fall Intern

           

       Kathleen, a senior, interned this semester at Peter Paul Electronics, for her Business Administration major requirement, as a Marketing Specialist. Some of her work load includes creating newsletters and press releases, and assisting in the rebranding and developing of the company's image. During her time at her internship she has been able to strengthen her communication skills and build on her time management skills within the workplace.

            The experience Kathleen had was "amazing" as she was able to gain valuable workforce experience. She developed professionally by utilizing leadership skills when engaging in successful teamwork. The opportunity she received has reinforced her desire to pursue this career path in marketing.

            Kathleen would recommend that students find an internship that appeals to them so that they can make the most out of their experience. She would also advise them to take advantage of any training or development opportunities that come their way within the organization.

 

Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Nathan Holmes

nathan holmes.pngExpected Graduation Date: May 2014
Major:
Business Administration
Internship Employer: Holmes & Watkins Funeral Homes
Internship Title: Funeral Assistant Intern

 

            Nathan was able to utilize multiple skills he has learned in his Business Administration major at Holmes & Watkins Funeral Homes. Nathan's jobs included assisting funeral directors, driving funeral coaches (hearse, limousine, flower cars), filling out paperwork, full time on-call hours, data entry for financials and other programs for the funeral home such as information on deceased people for statistical use. Through Nathan's internship he has learned a lot about how businesses actually operate. He learned how every employee has a purpose and helps the company run smoothly and efficiently.

            The co-op relates to Nathan's career goal because he wants to go into the business upon graduating. After graduating from Eastern, Nathan is planning to attend Lincoln College of New England to receive an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. This will assure that he has even more specific knowledge about the field before he starts his career.

            Nathan suggests students who need an internship to get one in the field that interests you. If you find one that you are truly interested in you will want to participate and learn a lot more and get a lot out of it.

 

Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Anthony Pacileo

anthony pacileo.JPGExpected Graduation Date: May 2014
Major: Business Administration Internship Employer: Locals 8 Restaurant Group
Internship Title: Bookkeeper Intern

Anthony Pacileo is a Business Administration major here at Eastern Connecticut State University. Over the summer he completed his internship as a bookkeeper at Locals 8 Restaurant Group. By utilizing his networking skills he worked his way into the corporate office. Anthony's internship responsibilities consisted of daily operations of the corporate office such as filing, data entry, invoice and purchase order verification and monitoring, tracking of inventory and payroll. As a bookkeeper, Anthony learned many skills using different data systems for different operations.
             The restaurant corporate office internship helped Anthony get a foot in the door in the restaurant industry. Anthony has also been interested in bookkeeping as a career goal. Now that he has experience in the field that he would like to go into, he is confident that this is something he would want to do after he graduates. He also finds that applying to internships has given him experience for the application and interview process for careers after he graduates in May.
            
The advice Anthony would give to students who need to complete an internship is to do one in the industry you are thinking about going into after graduation. He says, "Do not be afraid to ask someone to help you get in the door. Once you get the interview, it's up to you to get the internship and succeed in it."

Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Kyle Nitz

kylenitz.jpgExpected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Internship Employer: Mohegan Sun

Internship Title: Regional Marketing Representative

Kyle, a Business Administration major interned for Mohegan Sun's regional marketing department, with two other Eastern students, this summer. His responsibilities included assisting the marketing manager in sponsorship and promotional events, maintaining superior customer service during events and attending regional marketing events.
            Though Kyle is familiar with team work from his participation on the Eastern Rugby team, he has learned the importance of team work in a large organization. He has also learned how marketing skills and customer service play into one another to achieve success in a business. Kyle's enjoyment with his internship at Mohegan has opened his eyes to a career in marketing. His hope is that upon graduation the experience gained from this internship will help him land a job in the marketing field.
            When asked what advice Kyle would give other students who would like to complete an internship he said. "Honestly, do something that you enjoy. Forget about the pay check and focus more on what your day to day activities are. If you hate work you're going to watch the clock rather than benefit from the experience."

Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Joshua Stark

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Joshua Stark

Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2013

Major: Business Administration

Internship Employer: U.S. Department of Commerce

Internship Title: Intern

 Joshua Stark is a Business Administration major at Eastern Connecticut State University. Joshua learned of his internship at a career fair called "Heroes for Hire." Joshua started his internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Fall of 2012.  "As a business major, a position at the U.S. Department of Commerce was a step closer toward my career goals" says Joshua.  Joshua says "I was looking for an internship where I could capitalize on what I had learned at the university and wanted an internship that would give me more insight into the professional business world. I was interested in an internship that would give me responsibility and challenge me on a daily basis" The internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce proved to do just that.  Stark utilized what he had learned at Eastern as well as learn new aspects such as the importance of exports in the local economy and marketing materials for trade.  Stark also learned how to navigate a vast number of databases used by the U.S. Department of Commerce.  It was a challenge according to Stark, but nothing he couldn't handle.   Joshua plans on working for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the near future. For those seeking an internship, Joshua offers some advice.  "Don't get discouraged when searching for an internship, there are a number of companies and organizations in Connecticut looking for motivated students to work for them. Also, take advantage of every networking opportunity that you can". 

Story by: Reginald Boahe 

 

Maura McCabe

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Maura McCabe

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Internship Employer: Ticket Network

Internship Title: Human Resources Intern

Maura McCabe is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Human Resources.   Through the "College 2 Career" Career Fair advertised by The Center for Internships and Career Development, Maura learned of the Ticket Network internship and pursued it.  As the Human Resources Intern, McCabe worked directly with the Vice President of the Human Resources department to complete various projects as well as participate in weekly staff meetings.  This gave her a glimpse of what a career in the Human Resource field would be.  After attending school, McCabe's goal is to become a professional in the Human Resources field. McCabe says "this internship has allowed me to step into the business setting which is on step towards my goal."

Story by: Reginald Boahene

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