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Aubrey Skelskey




Aubrey Skelskey

Psychology Major
Class of 2013

Title: Research Assistant for Employee Satisfaction

Employer: Reliance House


Aubrey, a junior at Eastern is a Psychology major with a concentration in industrial and organizational psychology along with a minor in business administration. Throughout this year she has been doing a unique internship at Reliance House, a non-profit organization in Norwich, CT. Aubrey's  first position title was  a Research Assistant for employee satisfaction. In this role, Aubrey conducted research on how the employees felt about their job through working with statistics. At the end of the semester Reliance House encouraged Aubrey to continue her internship and  she began doing focus groups with the same employees to find the nature of dissatisfaction of the employees there.

Although an internship is not required for her major, or in order to graduate, Aubrey wanted to make sure this job is what she really wants to be doing with her life. It helped her learn a lot about the field she plans on pursuing. Her research showed that although positions at reliance house are low paying, employees in the field still respect those who work in the field because they are truly dedicated and enjoy what they do.

                As you can see, an internship can turn into even more and can offer you a lot more experience. Not only is she doing focus groups with the employees at Reliance House this semester, she also volunteered to help her advisor with an experiment in rating management action plans at Eastern.

                Aubrey plans on becoming a business consultant in the future. She really hopes to help people enjoy their jobs more because this is a value that is becoming more important than ever before. Your job is not only where you spend most of your time but it is hard to accomplish anything with negativity interfering with your work.

                Her advice to students is "Get an internship as soon as you can so you know what you will be getting yourself into in the future, and what you should be expecting."

Victor Harley

Thumbnail image for victor harley.jpgWith the help of Career Services and the Social Work Faculty at Eastern Victor Harley was selected out of a large pool of candidates by a government agency nearly 5,000 miles away! 

                As a Social Work major with a minor in Criminology his dream job was to work as a Child Protective Services Social Worker. After graduating he found out about the Social Work Position with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children's Services by visiting the Alaska state employment opportunity directly and searching for job postings.

During his time at Eastern Victor was involved in many internships in the Willimantic area. His most intensive internship took place throughout his senior year with over 500 supervised hours in the Drug Intervention Court Program at Perception Programs Inc. For his criminology minor he also spent a semester with the State Judicial Branch, Court Support Services Division in the Office of Adult Probation in Willimantic, CT. He enjoyed this internship so much that he took time out to volunteer for the next semester.

                Throughout Victors time spent here at Eastern he has visited Career Services many times to stay on his career path. It was an excellent resource for him and his future. The career counselors spent a lot of time answering his questions, helping him with his resume, cover letter and interview strategies for upcoming opportunities.

                After graduating Victor had many job opportunities to pick from, including the Perception Program Inc., The State of Alaska, the State of Delaware and being accepted into the AmeriCorps to teach special education in New York City.  Victor is now living in the state of Alaska where he works at his dream job everyday with children!

"My story is evidence of the fact that the opportunities that come from an Eastern education can provide you is obviously unlimited" said Victor.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini

Carissa Laudano

Thumbnail image for carissa laudano 002.jpgCarissa Laudano has a strong passion for helping young girls succeed in life and being a role model they can look up to. She is a Child Psychology major with a minor in criminology here at Eastern and will be graduating May 2012. Carissa has landed an inspiring internship at Juvenile Matters in the Juvenile Superior Court house in Willimantic, CT, during her last semester at Eastern.  As an intern she is mentored by a probation officer who is also an Eastern Alum.  Her responsibilities include observing non-judicial hearings and court hearings with her mentors. Once she has an overview of the process the probation officers at the court will help her build her own case load and work with juveniles on her own.  She will be conducting in-depth interviews with them, their parents, and social Service agencies and programs. Some of her other duties at the court house include supervising clients at their assessed level of risk, conducting drug tests and being a mediator for conflicts.

                Carissa has been to Career Services where she has met with a career counselor for career path guidance, and found this extremely helpful. She is involved with many extracurricular activities such as the dance team at Eastern and works as a Student Assistant in Eastern's Housing Department. Her future goal is to become a Clinician for young girls in detention centers. So far this internship has helped her make connections with important people who have provided knowledge about the judicial system, helping her see that positive reinforcement is needed especially with children who have a background of neglect and little guidance. This is why she has such strong enthusiasm for helping these young women become successful.

Story written by: Brittany Mancini 

Abnel Navarro

abnelnavarro.jpgRecent graduate Abnel Navarro of Willimantic , CT , has just recently started his first job post graduation! During his time at Eastern, he majored in social work and made the Dean's List. Throughout his college career, he visited Career Services where he met with a career counselor numerous times to help him build his resume. Additionally, Abnel used the resources provided by Career Services to help him with his cover letter and to create a draft of his resume, using Optimal Resume. Career Services kept Abnel updated with any new job postings that would be interesting to Abnel in the field of social services.

Currently, Abnel works for the North American Family Institute (NAFI) as a functional family therapist. He says "I kept in touch with Career Services after graduating. They continued to send job postings, offered their services and answered any questions that I had about the job search process." Future plans include, graduate school at the University of Connecticut where he hopes to receive his Masters of Social Work.

Interview conducted by Career Services intern, Lauren Finkbeiner 

Jennifer Paradis

JenniferParadis.jpgSenior Jennifer Paradis of Vernon, CT participated in the opportunity of a life time by taking her local internship to the nation's capitol. Jennifer is currently interning for Planned Parenthood as a Campus Action Intern, promoting and educating students on subject matters pertaining to gender equity and reproductive health. Jennifer visited Washington D.C. this summer to meet with state representatives , which included attending a Press Conference for Senator Chris Dodd to discuss the Healthier America Campaign. She also met with Congressman Joe Courtney to discuss the importance of Women's Health in the current Health Care Legislation and lobbied for Health Care reform, visiting Representative John Larson and Representative Chris Murphy. She also participated in phone-banking, assisting in recruiting over 200 volunteers for future events to support Health Care Reform.

Jennifer plans to bring all the knowledge and experience she gained back to Eastern and will continue to organize a grass roots effort for social justice.  Ms. Paradis will graduate in December of this year with a degree in Sociology.  She plans to attend graduate school in 2010 and return to Capitol Hill in the future.

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