words Monthly Archives: September 2012

Kevin Chen

Internship Profile

Kevin Chen

Major: Computer Science

Class of 2013

Title: Software Developer

Employer: Pfizer Global Research and Development

  In the summer of 2012 Kevin Chen worked a Summer Co-Op at Pfizer as a Software Developer. At Pfizer Kevin gained valuable experience in his desired field, and learned a lot about what goes into being a Software Developer. Some of the things he was required to do were design and create websites for data collection, fix software bugs, and collect design specifications from various research teams. He also had the opportunity to research, and eventually learn many new computer programs.

                This was Kevin’s first time in an office work environment, and he really got a feel for how a corporate workplace operates. He has career aspirations of working full-time as a Software Engineer. “I want to go into software engineering and this experience taught me almost everything I need.” His manager at Pfizer, Matthew Summers, is a former Eastern graduate with the same Computer Science major. Seeing somebody take the same path as him, and be extremely successful, has shown Kevin what his future could look like if he works hard.

                Kevin’s biggest piece of advice for other students seeking an internship is to simply just apply. With no job experience, and very limited knowledge of the company, he never expected to get this internship. He applied with low expectations, and the result was an invaluable experience. “They want to teach you. Companies are looking for new talent and they are more than willing to give internships.”

-Dan Calzone

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Christopher Cayer

Internship Profile:

Christopher Cayer

Business Marketing Major

Class of 2012

Title: Marketing Intern

Employer: Connecticut Department of Agriculture

In the summer of 2012, Christopher Cayer worked as a marketing intern for the Connecticut Department of Agriculture. This job involved mailing farmers, updating the department website, tracking data for each farm, and entering grants into the company database.  He even got the chance to help organize a booth at the Big E.

                While working this internship, Christopher quickly realized how important it is to learn about a company from the bottom up if you want to be successful within it. It’s one thing to work an internship, but it’s another to go above and beyond the call of duty and absorb everything that is going on around you.  He also learned the importance of deadlines, and working diligently in a timely manner. He stressed how important it is to complete assignments quickly, correctly and thoughtfully.

                Having the opportunity to communicate with farmers helped Christopher become more familiar with customer relations.  It also made him realize what he truly wants to do going forward. This internship opened up his eyes to life working in the field, and it taught him that he prefers this type of work environment over an office setting. He plans to own his own business one day, and the skills he gained during this internship will hopefully help him one day reach that goal.

                Christopher’s biggest piece of advice to other students looking to partake in an internship is to make sure you enter it with an open mind. “Do something you’re not comfortable with and work outside your comfort zone. Work hard, learn as much as you can and make connections. This will help you grow in the future.”

 

-Dan Calzone

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Charlotte Smith

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Charlotte Smith     

Class of May 2013

Business Administration (Marketing and Finance)

 

Internship Employer: Aetna, Inc.

 

Position Title: IVL/SG Broker Services Intern

 

Charlotte Smith certainly was a “busy bee” this past summer. The Business Administration senior (focus in Marketing and Finance) was kept active through Aetna’s internship program. As one of the nation’s (and world’s) largest health insurance companies, Aetna hires a slew of interns every summer to populate their Hartford, CT campus. Charlotte, being one of those interns, worked for Broker Services. Through this position, she was handed an array of tasks including data analysis, marketing material production, creation of diagnostic reports, and helping “plan incentives for the brokers to perform their best.”

As for her experiences, Charlotte says she learned a lot during her stay with Aetna. Not being familiar with the healthcare industry, she says that “the entire time was a learning process.” In addition to familiarizing herself with the industry, she was able to become well-rounded in all things business. Instead of learning just one skill set, Charlotte learned many. “Through this opportunity,” she says, “I have been able to gain experience in marketing, finance, data analytics, event planning, and I have been able to work with other departments as well.  This variety of experiences will help me in the future when finding a career and make me a more valuable employee.”

            Having pulled from her internship what employers find most important, Charlotte advises internship seekers to “start early” and “not limit yourself.” Don’t confine yourself to only the skill sets you know or think you need. Try everything because “you never know what you’ll end up with!”

 

Story by Alexandra Remy

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Lisa Cassella

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Lisa Cassella                                                   

Business Administration Major and Marketing
Class of 2013

Title: Marketing Coordinator
Employer:
Chartwells

 

            Marketing and business is a competitive field and Eastern Connecticut State University senior Lisa Cassella knew this when she began her internship at Chartwells in Willimantic, Connecticut. As a Business Administrative major, Lisa has taken on the position of Marketing Coordinator with Chartwells. Three additional interns are under her supervision and they work with a sense of camaraderie on a daily basis. Together, the four of them make up a student powered marketing team in which they work cooperatively in advertising, event planning, and social media. Their tasks are to create and promote events, keeping fellow students on a need to know basis about new happenings and the social media available at their fingertips.

 

            Lisa’s position as Marketing Coordinator is the perfect fit for her end goals. “I plan to take on a job in the near future that involves marketing and strategic planning,” Lisa stated about her plans for her career. To her, this is not just an internship, but a learning and growing experience. On a daily basis, she is able to interact with the skills needed for a career in marketing. With hands on experience with event coordination, promotion, and a great management team, she’s able to evaluate her progress and constantly improve in her field of expertise.

            Lisa believes the most important aspect of choosing your internship is to look at what things are important to you and “choose an internship that aligns with them.” She believes that the only way to have the best end result is to be involved with something you enjoy doing. Great advice from a student who is fast on her way to success!

 

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Kyle Droniak

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Kyle Droniak

Business Administration Major and Marketing
Class of 2013

Title: Management Trainee Intern

Employer: Enterprise 

 

Kyle Droniak, a senior in Business Administration and Marketing, is the definition you’d see in the dictionary under “ambitious”. Throughout his stay at Eastern Connecticut State University, Kyle has held a colorful foray of positions. Recalling fondly as it being his most enjoyable job, he was an Orientation Counselor for Eastern’s incoming freshman for two summers and as a sophomore, he was employed by the Center for Community Engagement. Amidst all of this, Kyle managed to spend an enlightening three to four months in Milan, Italy. During his trip to Italy, the opportunity for an Internship arose.

 After corresponding with The Center for Internships and Career Development, Kyle secured a paid internship in Danbury, Connecticut with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. While employed with Enterprise, he was in charge of sales, customer pick-ups, call backs, and much more. When asked what the most difficult part of his internship was, he explained that it was the “long hours”. Three out of his four days a week spent at Enterprise were twelve hour days. In the end, though, it paid off. He admitted that if Enterprise were to bring him on full-time, it wouldn’t necessarily be for his decent sales numbers, but for his dedication and friendliness. “Everyone liked me… I was normally the last one to leave,” he commented on his long days.

Kyle is now in the first semester of his second internship. He currently works as a Peer Counselor with The Center for Internships and Career Development. As a Peer Counselor, he promotes the CICD, gives presentations, and informs the student body of what Kyle refers to as “things people should know” and “real life skills”. Something he believes that more Universities should teach.

Kyle expressed that, ten years down the road, he would love to work with The Center for Internships and Career Development doing personable work with those seeking guidance. And his advice to all those seeking internships? “Do more than one [internship]. Do as many as you can… get your feet wet early.” And, the most important advice yet, “be flexible and show willingness to work”.

Story by Alexandra Remy

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