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Brian Walker & Brittany Campbell

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Internship Employer: ECSU Center for Internships and Career Development

Internship Title: Social Media Intern


    Brian, a Communications major, is currently a social media intern at the Center for Internships and Career Development at Eastern along with Brittany Campbell, a sociology major. Brian and Brittany's responsibilities include managing the center's Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Intagram social media outlets. They also promoted the media outlets by going to different locations on campus to get students to connect and become more aware of the benefits from the Center for Internships and Career Development. Through Brian's internship experience he said he has learned effective ways to communicate and encourage students to connect with the center's outlets and what type of career information is engaging and useful for students.

            As for Brian, he would like to have a career in marketing and advertising one day and his experience promoting and learning social media is a very important communication tool in the marketing world today. Brian's advice to students who are required or who would like to complete an internship is to always have an updated resume with you and available to access at any time. He also suggest using resources such as the Center for Internships and Career Development to help you build a great resume, learn how to find an internship that's right for you, and attend the internship and career fairs they host on campus.


Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Kirsten Banta

kirsten Banta.jpgExpected Graduation Date: May 2014
Major: Communications
Internship Employer: Hartford Business Journal
Internship Title: Fall Intern

Kirsten is a Communications major with an editorial internship at the Hartford Business Journal. Her responsibilities include writing pieces for the website that are based off of press releases, she writes for the weekly print edition and interviews business professionals for news stories. Interning at the Hartford Business Journal has improved Kirsten's writing skills, interpersonal skills, and she has learned the writing style for business journals as opposed to various other forms of journalism. She has also become aware of what it is like to be a reporter in the world today. Kirsten has gained a lot of knowledge from her colleagues and editors who have made her feel very comfortable in the professional field of communications and happy to be a part of their community.

            As a communications major, Kirsten's internship at the Hartford Business Journal will help her in any communications related career. Although Kirsten does not have definite determined career goals or dream job, she now has a clearer view of the path she can take when she leaves Eastern. She feels as though her experience at the Hartford Business Journal has helped her prepare for the "real world" after she graduates in May.

            Kirsten would advise students who need an internship to start looking early and utilize any connections you may have. She says that an internship will guide you in the field you want be in because it is like a trial run in the professional world. She recommends finding an internship to truly know if what you are studying is really the most ideal career path for you.


Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Carrie Mantis

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Major: Communications
Internship Employer: Cronin & Company
Internship Title: Summer Public Relations Intern

      This summer Carrie was able to utilize her skills, learned in the communication and writing department, as a public relations intern. After doing much research she was able to find an internship that she was truly interested in at Cronin & Company. Carrie's tasks included support to the PR department, creating client media lists, media monitoring, writing press materials, serving as a media liaison, coordinating special events, and developing social media content. Through her internship, she was able to acquire skills conducting and delivering research, writing press releases, and using professional communication both verbal and written. Carrie says she often had to step out of her comfort zone at her internship, and she is glad she did.

Carrie would like a career in the public relations field and/or advertising after she graduates. Through her hands on public relations experience at Cronin & Company, she was able to come to the conclusion that she likes working with clients as well as editing and creating press releases.

Carrie's advice for other students that need to complete an internship is to research different internships, that way you can find one that meets your specific interests. She also recommends asking as many questions as possible during your internship and trying to meet as many different people as you can, because Carrie networking is one of the best ways to get a job.

Story by: Morgan Gerardi

Rosheka Gray

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Rosheka Gray

Expected Graduation Date: December 2013

Major: Communication  

Internship Employer: ECSU Alumni Affairs

Internship Title: Event Planning Intern

Becoming the Event Planning Intern at the Alumni Affairs office at Eastern Connecticut State University was not exactly what Rosheka Gray expected it to be.  "I expected the position to be a regular office job, with no hands on experience whatsoever" say Rosheka.  However an internship is to give students a real world experience and the real world experience is full of surprises.  Rosheka found that this internship was a lot more than that of an office setting.  While interning at Alumni Affairs she planned alumni and network events on and off campus, create fliers, handled vendor transactions and much more.  Gray says that being the previous treasurer of the African Club and the current president of the West Indian Society has have given her the skills needed to plan events, execute tasks, and collaborate with others.  These skills have helped her during her internship.  Her internship has also provided her with the opportunity to meet Alumni of Eastern Connecticut State University, as well as contacts that could very well aid her in the future.  She also had the opportunity to attend Alumni Association board meetings.  Rosheka says that "whether you need an internship or not everyone should pursue one.  They are stepping stones to your future."

Story by: Reginald Boahene   

Jennifer Catone

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Jennifer Catone

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Communications

Internship Employer: XL Center

Internship Title: Operations Intern

Jennifer, a Communication Major is no stranger to extra-curricular activities around campus.  Along with being a senior at Eastern she is also involved in clubs on campus such as T.V. 22 and the Sports and Leisure Management Club. She also works for "The Campus Lantern" and is a member of the Communications Honors Society.  During the Summer of 2012, Jennifer participated in an Internship at the XL Center in Hartford Connecticut as an Operations Intern.  She learned about the internship through Anthony Rosati, the Event Manager of the XL Center and Eastern Connecticut State University Alumnus during her sophomore year. While at her internship, Jennifer gained crucial and valuable experience in how a facility operates.  "I learned a lot of behind the scenes information such as how to cater to the needs of a lot of people."  Along with gaining experience, Jennifer established beneficial contacts and is currently employed at the XL Center.  Cantone gives a word of advice for those seeking an internship.  "Find an internship you will enjoy, not one that you get just to fulfill a requirement.


Story by: Reginald Boahene

Shelby Andrelski

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Shelby Andrelsk

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Communications

Internship Employer: Mass EDMC

Internship Title: Promoter


                This semester Shelby Andrelski participated in an internship with Mass EDMC as a promoter. Her responsibilities included promoting shows through social media and working behind the scenes to help set up and put on shows. Shelby learned many things during this internship that will help her be a more sufficient worker in the future. "I learned a lot about the effort that goes into events such as ticket sales, and planning."

                Shelby hopes to one day be a booking agent, and this internship will only bring her one step closer to that goal. "I love music and I want to be around it so learning how to put on shows was really cool and I got some great experience." She got to do many things in this internship that she has always been interested in doing. This just goes to show you that there are internship opportunities out there for everyone.

                Getting an internship is a big deal, and Shelby now understands this. You're not necessarily going to love your first job, but it will only help get you to that place. She urges students seeking an internship to go for it. "I say go for it. Find an internship doing something you're passionate about, it will help put things in perspective."


-Story by Dan Calzone

Kelly Hill

Kelly Hill

Communications (Photography) Major, Philosophy and Studio Art Minor
Class of 2013

Title: Radio Host/Assistant Intern
Radio i98.3


            How many times have you searched for an internship and none of them seemed to interest you? They all seemed boring, dry, and the standard office slave work. If you don't want your internship to revolve around retrieving your higher up's coffee, then maybe look into something more innovative. Take, for instance, Kelly Hill's internship. A senior with her plate full studying Communications and two minors, Kelly won this past Spring's Excellence Expo for her work done relating to a Communications Law and Ethics class. Luckily, the judges were so impressed by her that an internship offer came out of it. One of the judges worked for Willimantic's Top 40 radio station i98.3. Since then, she has been working a unique and youthful internship with the radio station, quite happily too.

            Within her internship, Kelly is given dual roles as a radio host and an office worker. While in the office, she'll work on compiling the events calendar and put on air the most important ones. But it's on Friday mornings from 6-10 that she gets to have all the fun. As an on air host with her own time slot, she has to conjure up plenty of material to keep listener's interest. Jokes, politics, and news are aplenty in Kelly's average morning routine and her time at the i98.3 microphone has proved to be eye opening.

            It's not unusual for a to-be-college-grad to not have an exact career direction. Kelly was one of these prospective grads. She began her focus in Photography with the aspirations of being a Sports Photographer. Since then, though, she has become a bit unsure. "This [internship] has broadened my horizons," Kelly proclaims of her time at i98.3. Through her radio work, she's begun to lean towards the career path of radio host. Her internship accomplished one of its many purposes: to give direction.

            While not everyone will have such a "cool" and "hip" internship, it's important to know that anyone could have one just as equally fun and worthwhile. It's just a matter of looking. As for Kelly, she recommends you begin your internship journey at a point in your college career when you have the time. Squeezing it in with a hectic schedule, though sometimes unavoidable, has potential to ruin the experience. Outside of scheduling, "leave a good impression". Kelly even admits that how you act during your time spent at your internship is vital because inevitably, "they'll be the ones writing your recommendation".


Story by Alexandra Remy 

Courtney Ojard

Courtney Ojard
Communication Major

Class of 2012

Title: Communication Intern



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 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.

Anthony Amato

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Anthony Amato
Communication Major
Class of 2012

Title: Advertising Intern

Employer: Chartwells

Anthony Amato is a senior at Eastern CT State University where he takes pride in his responsibilities as a student, intern and worker.  Last semester as Advertising Intern for Chartwells Higher Education Division in Eastern Dining Services, he learned how to connect to the student body through social media and keep people's attention by making it fun and interesting.

Anthony was responsible for creating campaigns, advertisements and signage that worked to promote Dining Services events. He updated the social media outlets, planned events such as fairs, expos and student activities creating a relationship between the dining services and the student body.

One way he reached out to students was by starting the Chartwells Chomper, selecting a student to receive a plate of cookies, a water bottle and a Frisbee each week to show Chartwell's appreciation.  Not only did the student get a prize package but they were recognized on the Chartwells Facebook and Twitter, where they would be tagged to get the word out. The Chartwells Chomper was not only created by Anthony, but it is now recognized by Chartwells Corporate where it will be used by other branches.

Along with being an intern for Chartwells, Anthony is also the match secretary for Eastern's Rugby team, and the head news anchor for the club News 22 which is a student run news show. He is also a member Lambda Pi Eta Tau Nu Chapter (Communication Honors Society) and works for the Eastern Housing Department as an Office Assistant.  During the summer he works as an Administer for Camp Harkness in Waterford, CT, a camp for mentally and physically disabled adults. This position helped him with his communication skills over the years, being able to apply these skills in all areas of work and life.

Anthony plans on working for an advertising agency as a creative writer or copywriter once he graduates this May. Working at the Chartwells internship helped him realize exactly what he wanted to do. He recommends finding an internship that really interests you and that will show you if it is actually what you would like to do.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini







John Stephenson

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John Stephenson
Business Major
Class of 2013

Title: Emergency Dispatch Intern

Employer: OTIS Elevator

John has been attending Eastern for the past three years as a Business major, Accounting minor with a concentration in Finance. This past summer he landed a full-time paid internship at Otis Elevator, one of the largest elevator companies in the world. At this internship he was considered an emergency dispatcher, specializing in data entry and customer service, dealing with people from multiple countries.  His main job was to dispatch any technical problems to certified mechanics worldwide through phone calls and computer programs. He also learned short hand typing skills, how to work in a fast paced environment and many clerical skills that helped him meet his quota. Although this internship he is not directly in line with his career path, he saw it as a good opportunity for him to get administrative and customer service business skills. Eventually, he plans to obtain another internship in the field of finance, which is more closely related to his career goals

Career Services helped John prepare a plan for his duration at Eastern consisting of goals he wanted to reach and how to succeed in reaching these goals. John has a strong drive to become successful and is willing to dabble with anything that will benefit his success. As a member of Pathways and a mentor for the Accounting Department he shows many strong leadership skills. As a self-starter he is also able to maintain two additional jobs as a Student worker for accessibility services where he does note taking and proctoring, and he is a Certified Recovery Assistant for the State of Connecticut where he helps clients transition from being institutionalized to living in the community. Everything he is involved with now is giving him a foundation of connections and networking opportunities, while sharpening his customer service skills and understanding people across all levels. His dream career is to get into business real estate and investments internationally.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini 

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