words Monthly Archives: October 2012

Rebecca Ingoglia


Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Visual Arts (Graphic Design and Photography)
 
Employer: New London Main Street

Position Title: Graphic Design Intern
 
Sometimes, you have to chase after that dream internship and it can take months (or maybe a couple of years) to get a hold of it. Other times, that dream internship is right under your nose and jumps out when you least expect it. Rebecca Ingoglia’s, a junior studying Graphic Design, was just like the latter. While Rebecca was completing her Graphic Design II course, her professor informed the class about an internship available with New London Main Street. Seeing an opportunity, Rebecca went out on a limb and applied and was met with great success.

Over the summer she completed her Graphic Design internship with New London Main Street, a non-profit whose goal is to revitalize New London’s downtown. While there, she did basic office work along with the work in her given field. She designed website banners, ‘Thank You’ cards, name tags for business meetings, and even went as far as taking pictures of New London and interviewing the owner’s of new businesses. Using this work experience, Rebecca says she learned a lot about working in an office setting and how to operate under stress. In addition, she also learned how the real world works in the Graphic Design field, an insight that is important if you’re looking to succeed.

Rebecca’s advice to the prospective intern is quite simply to “find what you’re actually interested in.” The most valuable experience you’ll get is doing something you enjoy, so don’t settle for less than what you’re looking for. She also emphasizes to “do your research”. Know who it is you’re looking for and know about the businesses you’re looking at. It’s as simple as that.

 
Story by Alexandra Remy

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Krystal Jones

Expected Graduation Date: September 2013

Major: Business Administration and Human Resources
Title: Financial Analyst Intern

Employer: Electric Boat (General Dynamics)

 

For the past two summers Krystal Jones has been a Financial Analyst Intern for Electric Boat, the producer of Groton’s famous nuclear submarines. While there she has led a “classified” internship dealing with some very sensitive material. Explaining that most of what she does is confidential, she was able to let in on a few details of her work there. The basics of her duties are to make certain that buyers were operating in the most cost effective ways. Basically, to ensure Electric Boat continues to make money and not lose any. She also participated in audits on company issued credit accounts and oversaw some contractual agreements. Overall, she has been issued some very important tasks.

While finance wasn’t her first choice, Krystal admits her internship is an easier task than it sounds. There’s little to no math involved (something that scared her) and she relished in the great work environment. She was lucky to be able to work alongside her father and enjoyed having him as a co-worker. When it comes to her future goals, she’s not sure what she wants to do. Electric Boat hires many of their interns and she admits that it wouldn’t be a bad option. Despite her uncertainty in her future career goals, she has embraced every second of her time at Electric Boat. To her, it was a way of gaining the “real life experience” that prospective employers drool over.

Krystal’s key advice for anyone pursuing an internship is “to network”. If you’re lost, you can find your way in school sponsored internship programs and if it’s paid, then go for it. But don’t exclude anything! “Look into all opportunities. Just because it’s not your first choice, don’t exclude it,” she advises.

Outside of her summer internship, Krystal works a retail job at Trailblazer’s Mohegan Sun location and for three years attended Norwich’s Three Rivers Community College. Now, as a Business Administration (Human Resources) major at Eastern Connecticut State University, Krystal looks forward to graduating in September 2013. She plans on returning to Electric Boat in the Summer of 2013.

Story by Alexandra Remy

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Sabastian Walsh

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Business Administration

Internship Employer: First Investors, East Hartford

Internship Title: Entry Level Intern

Sebastian Walsh is currently partaking in an internship at First Investors in East Hartford. He is an Entry Level Intern, and performs tasks that are assigned to him by a sales representative. So far he has had to work in the mail room, licking and stamping envelopes. As time draws on, Sebastian will get to perform more important tasks, but he first has to pay his dues. Recently he was asked to read over a climate portfolio, and see how the investments the company was making were working out.

Sebastian has hopes of one day being a stock broker, and this internship will only help guide him in the right direction. He is learning a lot about how a business works at First Investors, and this is his first chance to work in a business office environment. This experience has taught him that it will take a lot of hard work to get the job of his dreams.

Sebastian heard about this internship opportunity through the Center for Internships and Career Development. He then applied, interviewed, and eventually got the job. His advice to other students looking to get an internship is to make sure you apply early. “Apply early. Don’t limit yourself to just one company.”

-Story by Dan Calzone

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David Marceau

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Business Administration

Internship Employer: Sherwin Williams

Internship Title: Entry Level Intern

 

In the summer of 2012 David Marceau got the chance to intern at Sherwin Williams. He was a member of a team of interns and worked on a project to improve “Lead Generation.” As part of his team, David had to present his research and findings to the president of sales. This was one of the most nerve racking experiences of his life but he passed the test with flying colors. After his groups presentation the president of sales commended them on their efforts. Aside from his work with a team, he also answered phones and dealt with customers.

“It was great to learn how to be a part of a bigger team, to collaborate with others to get the job done.” David got invaluable experience working with a team at Sherwin Williams. Even though this job didn’t directly correlate with his eventual career goals, he still learned many new things that will aid him in the future. “Overall it was a great experience for me.”

David learned about this internship opportunity through the Center for Internships and Career Development here at Eastern. His biggest piece of advice for those looking to follow in his footsteps and obtain an internship is to be actively engaged in the workplace. “Ask questions. No question is a stupid question. Put yourself out there. Experience it all while you have the chance.”

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