Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University’s Department of Housing and Residential Life
Major: Business Administration
Expected Graduation Date: December 2015
Recently, there has been a tremendous increase in interest in the field of Higher Education Student Affairs. Schools across the country are not only working to improve themselves academically; they are also striving to enhance the student experience. This has resulted in increased demand for professionals looking to be a part of this change. Here at the Center for Internships and Career Development, we are fully equipped to provide advice and help you network within these fields. The close knit Eastern Connecticut State University community provides a wide array of on-campus internship opportunities to help develop future Student Affairs professionals. A shining example is Kurt Turnier, a Business Administration major in his senior year, whose career goals include impacting the lives of college students through a career in Student Affairs.
Working as an Intern at Eastern’s own Department of Housing and Residential Life, Kurt was able to play a very active role in the day to day workings of the professional Housing Staff. Amongst the many responsibilities Kurt was assigned, the most notable included evaluating the school’s Themed Housing initiative, analyzing department assessment data and examining the best practices implemented in professional training programs. “Interning for the office of Housing and Residential Life [has helped] expand my knowledge as I pursue a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education.” says Kurt. “There are a variety of departments in this field and starting within the housing department will help me in getting my foot in door for others.” With the expansive knowledge and experience offered by the Department of Housing and Residential Life, Kurt’s chances of being selected for top programs across the country have been increased tremendously. To complement his experience, the Eastern Community allows Kurt to network easily, allowing him to help him find the perfect fit for himself for his future career.
Surely, Kurt’s success in finding such a beneficial internship has helped him tremendously. Kurt advises all who are currently on the hunt to stay connected to the professionals they know now, while also branching out their network to larger organizations. He stresses the importance of going out and networking in person. “Keep asking around. Current, former employers, friends and family can all help in your job search. You can even contact administrators directly and ask if they have internship opportunities that relate to your goals.” When asked how the Center for Internships and Career Development has helped him, Kurt stated, “The Center for internships and Career Development has always been a resource for me while at Eastern. The Director, Clifford Marrett, helped point me in the right direction as far as what career path I should be headed towards…”
Written by Andrew Way