Students Glimpse Careers Via Summer Internships

Samantha Honeywell interned at NBC Boston.
Dontae Christian interned at Doc Wayne Services.
Zi Yi Huang interned at the Yale Art Gallery.
Shannon Fagan interned at Hi-Way Campers.

 

From law enforcement to TV broadcast to art galleries, many Eastern students recently glimpsed their potential careers through summer internships.    

Communication major Samantha Honeywell ’21 worked as an operations intern at NBC Boston. She was responsible for several duties on the set, including editing voice-overs, sound-on tape and news stories. She also worked in the media operations center, where live videos are recorded, regular programs are held and photos are processed. “I have a passion for editing,” said Honeywell. “Because my internship was hands-on, I gained experience with the technology that television news companies are using today.”

Business administration major Dontae Christian ’20 interned at Doc Wayne Services, a Boston-based organization that fuses sport with therapy to heal and strengthen at-risk youth. He was connected to Doc Wayne through the Forest Foundation, a fellowship that is committed to fostering the next generation of public service leaders through paid summer non-profit internships.

“My internship is meaningful to me because I was once in the shoes of the children that we work with,” said Christian, who grew up in the Bronx. “I’ve dealt with similar things that most of the kids that we work with go through, such as tough family situations and limited money and resources. I was able to relate with the kids.”

Business administration major Jenna Swanson ’20 worked as a human resources intern at Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Wrentham, MA. Her responsibilities included assisting with payroll, interviewing, hiring, training and assessing employee benefits and newly passed laws such as the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act.

“I’ve gained better communication skills and learned how to interact with others in a professional manner. And I learned payroll and hiring functions that I’ll be able to use in the future.”

Jenna Swanson interned at Maples Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.
Samantha Honeywell.
Dontae Christian playing soccer with the youth.

 

Finance major Bethel Teshome ’20 interned at the Edison Electric Institute headquarters in Washington, D.C. She interned in EEI’s accounting and finance department, working with company software and assisting with consultations and financial reports. “Working in the Edison Electric Institute gave me insight into the operations of a trade association as well as energy industry infrastructure.”

Recent graduate and psychology major Shawn Kutschker ’18 interned with the Connecticut State Police in the Major Crimes unit for Troop E in Montville. He went on ride-alongs with troopers, joined detectives on cases and wrote reports for the department. “There are challenges that require the ability to adapt at any point,” said Kutschker. “The things that are seen on the job are not for everyone.”

Art major Zi Yi Huang ’20 interned at the Yale University Art Gallery as an installation intern, setting up and breaking down exhibitions. She found handling the pieces of art to be challenging and physical work. “We have to use tools such as drills and hammers,” she said. “It’s very hands-on work.”

One of her favorite parts of the internship was being able to see the artwork up close. Huang aspires for a career as an art curator and was grateful to gain insights from Yale’s gallery coordinator.

Business administration major Kaitlyn Rade ’19 interned as a management trainee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Her responsibilities included picking up and dropping off customers, renting out cars, billing and tracking vehicle maintenance.

“This internship has taught me the value of customer service and helped me to become a better salesperson,” she said. Rade hopes to continue interning at Enterprise this fall and land a job with the company when she graduates next spring.

Business administration major Shannon Fagan ’20 worked as an operations management intern at Hi-Way Campers, a family-owned RV retailer located in Plainfield. Her responsibilities included managing the company’s payroll, tracking inventory and creating job descriptions for future positions.

She also worked on the company’s website and social media channels, and reported using information from her consumer behavior and advertising courses to drive marketing campaigns. Speaking to other classroom learning she applied to the internship, she said, “Accounting courses helped me to find efficient ways to catalog inventory, understand debit and credit accounts, as well as taxes associated with sales and payroll.”