Sherry Gilronan

Sherry Gilronan

Picture2Hometown: Darien, CT

Major: Business Administration

Graduation Year: 2015

Q:   What was your internship position?

A:    I was one of the marketing interns at the Norwich Bulletin, a local newspaper.

Q: What were your responsibilities for the internship?

A:    My main responsibility was managing our social media presence. This meant primarily posting on our Facebook and Instagram accounts. Our goal was to always stay relevant: in the news, and to our customers. I am also in charge of reporting and writing up stories for our ‘Article of the Month.’

Q: How was your experience with the ‘Article of the Month?’

A: Well, it is challenging. Currently, I am working on an article called “Go Summer.” Our objective is to report on events, activities, and locations that will be very interesting come summer time. I have to go to Mystic and research restaurants, bars, shops, and even spas, to give our readers a taste of what’s coming in a couple of months. It takes longer than you would think, so I have to start early.

Q: What do you like the most about your internship?

A:   My favorite aspect are the people I work with, and the environment I am apart of. I think when it comes to work, this is very under valued. My co-workers and co-interns are very friendly and a pleasure to be around. This makes everything more enjoyable throughout the day. As far as my work, I also enjoy going to the primary source to get our information and data. In classroom settings, it is expected that we go online and search for information, but going out into the field and interacting is much more engaging.

Q: What are your career goals?

A: After I graduate in May, I plan on going straight into the work force. I am not definite about my career path, but I am really determined to gain as much experience as I can, so I can decide to go to graduate school or enter a specific line of work.

Q: How prepared were you for this internship experience?

A: I was very well prepared. After spending so much time in class, I was interested to see how I would do in a real work setting, with actual work. I really wanted this internship so I can gain experience in the “9-to-5” working world. The training that the Norwich Bulletin gave me was also very helpful.

Q: How much help have you received from the Center for Internships and Career Development (CICD)?

A: I received ample amounts of help from the CICD over the years. I remember Mrs. Janice Patry helped me substantially with my resume. Although I got critiqued multiple times, my current resume is more professional because of that. I also interviewed with Target through the CICD. Their department is constantly striving to give their students opportunities, and I try to take advantage of that as much as possible.

Jason Plummer

Internship Title: Data Management and Analytics Intern

Employer: Babson Capital Management

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Jason scored a paid internship for a very large corporation at the company headquarters in Springfield, Massachusetts. He worked for Babson Capital Management, which is a global investment management firm with investment teams on four continents managing more than $200 billion in assets for clients in more than 20 countries around the world. Babson also has over one thousand employees worldwide.

Jason helped transfer all financial statements from companies with the investments portfolio and helped transfer them into a unified data base. He also reviewed investment deals, acquisitions, and mergers. Jason even sat in meetings where other companies would have presentations about what they want to invest in. He gave input on why Babson should accept or deny an investment.

“I learned about acquisitions, mergers, and specific types of debt in the finance world that will help me in my future,” says Jason. This business administration student definitely worked in the business end of things at his internship.

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Brandi Borowski

Internship Title: Brand Ambassador

Employer: Big Fish Promotions

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

“I was just a curious about the Internship & Career Fair so I went and found the internship opportunity I had been looking for,” says Brandi. “I took a marketing class in high school and loved it, so I always knew I wanted to do marketing for a company in my future.”

Big Fish Promotions is an organization that delivers interactive experiences to clients to increase sales and brand loyalty of a product of brand. What they do is “old school social networking” by talking to clients and letting them try a product before buying it.

As a Brand Ambassador, Brandi was assigned a brand to promote for an event and she would have to learn about the product. After learning about a specific brand, she would have to learn the marketing and advertising techniques that company uses to sell their brand. Brandi would then have to go to different kinds of events and promote her assigned brand. She traveled to Nashville, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and other cities for large or small venues to promote the brand. “I loved this kind of work,” says Brandi. “I want to go into sales or marketing, so this internship helped me learn how different companies advertise and successfully sell their product.”

Going to the events also helped Brandi meet people. In the advertising and marketing world, networking is especially important. “While I was at one of the events selling peanut butter for Jiff, I was approached by multiple agents who saw what I was doing and wanted to hire me for their company!” she said.

Brandi was very good at her job and within two months, she was promoted to Event Manager, where she was then in charge of a team of Brand Ambassadors. Not many interns get promoted during an internship, but Brandi showed how hard working and determined students from Eastern Connecticut State University are.

“I am so happy that the Center for Internships and Career Development hold the Internship & Career Fair in the gym every year, without that, I would probably still be looking for an internship!” says Brandi.

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Gabby Wrobel

Internship Title: Management Trainee Intern

Employer: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Major: Business Economics and Sociology

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Gabby decided to check out the Internship Fair that we have here every year in the gymnasium. She noticed the many tables set up for various businesses, thinking like every college student, “I hope there is something here for me,” and there was. Gabby’s attention was drawn to the Enterprise table where one of Enterprise’s representatives sparked her interest and she submitted her résumé. Enterprise is a rental car business who saw the talent and potential in Gabby and hired her as their Management Trainee Intern.

This internship was a sales based internship, which had her opening and closing contracts on rental cars, selling insurance, and setting up billing between dealerships, insurances and Enterprise itself. Gabby also did a lot with customer service as she persuaded clients to purchase various plans and rental car insurance.

Gabby was very good at her internship, so good that she was actually ranked third best Management Trainee Intern in the entire New York/Connecticut area! She was so good at her job that she is even set up to be a branch manager of an Enterprise when she graduates! Gabby represented Eastern and helped demonstrate how great our students here are.

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Lauren Williams

Internship Title: Talent Acquisition Intern

Employer: Enterprise

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Lauren has always thought about working in the human resources end of the business spectrum and during the summer of 2015 she was able to find herself an internship in the HR department of the Enterprise headquarters. She was part of the recruiting department and her main duties were job postings, phone interviews, personal interviews, payroll, and even created career fairs.

This internship confirmed Lauren’s thoughts about working in a human resources department of a business. She ran background checks on people using Global HR, a background checking software, and welcomed new employees to the company. While at Enterprise, she contributed to five direct hires and even was part of the “club elite” which meant she was one of the top HR interns in the entire Enterprise Corporation. “After working in the human resources environment all summer, I could really see myself doing this kind of job as my future career,” says Lauren. “I was so happy to find an internship that not only fulfilled my credit requirements but also played a huge part in preparing for my future.”

While being very professional in any corporation is important, Lauren believed that some fun is necessary in any workplace. She planned and held a paintball intern outing for all of Enterprise’s summer interns. She believed that this was a great way to connect with other interns as well as have some non-traditional fun.

“I was so happy that I decided to go to the Internship & Career Fair,” says Lauren. “I found the Enterprise booth and ultimately, found a life changing internship!”

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Kurt Turnier

Internship Title: Housing Intern

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…”

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Brett Boissonneault

Internship Title: Business Intern

Employer: Farmer’s Cow

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

For some students, their ultimate goal is to work for organizations in their home communities and create change from within. Here at Eastern, many students share this passion, and as a result surrounding businesses open their doors to the young and motivated students looking for internships. Junior Brett Boissonneault, who majors in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance shares his local community internship experience.

Priding itself on its ability to produce natural products and farm-fresh goods, The Farmer’s Cow has made a huge impact within our community and our state. By participating as a Business Intern, Brett was able to take full advantage of what Farmer’s Cow had to offer its employees. He was able to network and expand his understanding of common business practices beyond the confines of the classroom. “This internship helped me to see the day-to-day operations of a large organization.” says Brett.  Brett became involved in implementing new, and altering existing marketing strategies, having a direct effect on how the company reaches its clientele.

Brett would like to let all students know, especially those who are currently on the hunt for internships or jobs, that they should keep their own career goals in mind when it comes time to choose a position. “Find somewhere you would enjoy to work. You have to think about the big picture. Ask yourself ’How will this help me in my career down the road?’ and then execute!” says Brett.

As always, whenever you take on the endeavor of finding a job or internship, make sure you stop by the Center for Internships and Career Development. We can not only help you market yourself to future employers, but also help in refining the essential skills to help you ace that next interview!


Written by Andrew Way

John Maura


John Maura

John is standing in back row, fifth in from left

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Double Major: Business Administration and Business Information Systems

Employer: Webster Bank

Internship Title: Investment Intern

Do you love money? Have you always had an interest in customer service and assisting people with investment opportunities? John Maura, a junior as well as a double major in business administration and business information systems, could have had your ideal internship.

Maura’s Investment internship was at Webster Bank in Waterbury, CT, which he found with help from the Center for Internships and Career Development; a process he highly recommends. Some of the responsibilities that Maura had were the following: to understand different types of investment products, review deposit and investment books, analyze data to identify accounts and contact former clients with new investment opportunities.

“This internship relates to my career goals because finance is my concentration that I’m studying and this internship puts you right in the heart of finance. It’s a subject that I am really interested in and am eager to learn more as I continue the internship,” said Maura.

Are you thinking about applying for an internship? The Center for Internships and Career Development is located on the second floor of the Wood Support Services building of Eastern’s campus. Student find opportunities to get the experience they need to graduate college and to build on what could be a successful future.

“My advice to a student seeking an internship would be to be pro-active with your search and network with everyone possible. Make a lasting impression, and most importantly visit Career Development because they offer all of the products and services needed to get an interview and nail it,” said Maura.

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Bryan Hayes

Bryan Hayes

Bryan Hayes is second from the left

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Aetna

Internship Title: Program Delivery Summer Associate in Government Services

Are you majoring in business administration? Are you looking for an internship that could give you a once in a life time experience? Bryan Hayes, a junior and Business Administration major at Eastern, had an internship opportunity that allowed him to learn more about the business world as well as to have a better understanding of analysis specifically when dealing with health insurance.

This past summer, Hayes was a Program Delivery Summer Associate in Government Services, at Aetna in Hartford, CT. “I provided support with the Medicaid team regarding over/under allocation of resources. Additionally, I assisted with analyzing data to identity areas of improvement. I learned a lot about Medicaid and Medicare and how Aetna ensures their customers are taken care of,” said Hayes.

This experience at Aetna provided Hayes with a great deal of experience that not only fulfilled his requirement in the major, but it also set a strong foundation for Hayes’s future career goals. “I hope to work in a large corporation when I graduate college. This was a great way for me to learn how a large company performs on a day to day basis and the opportunities that Aetna has for recent college graduates,” Hayes stated.

But what advice does Hayes offer to students who are looking for an internship? “Apply! There’s always a chance you may surprise yourself and receive an internship you only dreamed of having. Be diligent and continue reaching out to places of interest and let them know how interested you are in working for them,” added Hayes.

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Zach Kice

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Business Administration
Spyder/American Painting Specialists
Internship Title:
Marketing Intern/Sales Representative
Zach is a senior who completed two internships while at Eastern, a feat not many students can claim. At Spyder, a ski apparel company, Zach assisted their marketing team with promotion concepts, product ideas and partnership opportunities. Zach says he learned to “think outside the box” when developing suggestions for the aforementioned business aspects. As a sales representative at American Painting Specialists Zach was in charge of creating and distributing promotional flyers. He also engaged in personal selling in door to door and scheduled appointment settings. In doing this, Zach bettered his advertising abilities working for a small business while gaining confidence in selling to consumers.
Both of Zach’s internships relate to his career goals as he aspires to work as a businessman in the marketing and sales field after he graduates. Zach’s advice to his classmates is to complete as many internships as possible so that you can figure out what it is that you really want to do.
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Carter Jennings

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Aramark

Internship Title: Retail Lead

Carter Jennings, depicted all the way to the left, is a senior who went a little farther than most to do his internship. After networking through his uncle, he landed his internship at Aramark at a location in Utah. While working out west, Carter was in charge of running a gift shop on a resort, and helping dock workers move boats around on the nearby Lake Powell. Learning how to be the manager of a retail location was integral to Carter’s career aspirations because his goal is to manage a resort in the future.

Carter’s advice for other students who are seeking internships is to do something that you love above everything else. By doing something that is fun, you will not regret it no matter how much money you are making. Carter says that the money will come as long as you do a good job, and it is easy to do a good job when you are doing something you are passionate about.

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Sarah Hendrickson

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: TellStyle

Internship Title: Social Media Intern

Sarah Hendrickson is an Eastern senior who is eager to graduate and begin her career. Last summer Sarah found herself an internship with the online clothing retailer TellStyle. As a social media intern, Sarah was given the opportunity to gain experience doing marketing for the company using three major platforms. She applied her knowledge from her college career to market TellStyle using Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Along with using these platforms, Sarah wrote blogs for the company, diversifying her new knowledge of marketing methods.

This internship was very applicable to Sarah’s aspirations for after graduation. Her goal is to find work marketing in the fashion industry, so working for TellStyle has given Sarah some very important experience in a very competitive job market.

Sarah’s advice for other students is “the sooner you look for an internship, the better.” Further, she says If you need an internship to graduate, it is important not to wait until the last second because it usually takes some time to find a good one, and finding an internship you like definitely pays off.

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Christina Pelletier

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration


Internship Title: Accounting Intern

Eastern senior Christina Pelletier went out on her own to find an internship/co-op position at COCC. At this internship, Christina fulfills the title of Accounting Intern. Some of her duties include entering and storing information such as employee expenses, client invoices and other company accounting records.

Christina says the key to success in the business world is to be communicative with your co-workers. In her eyes, nobody should be afraid of asking questions, because questions help employees learn what it takes to be successful. Further, when a fellow employee tells her that she is not doing a task correctly, she does not get offended, but instead uses it as advice to grow so she can reach her fullest potential.

Once Christina graduates in May, she will pursue a career with two options in mind. She is considering finding work as a junior staff accounting or continuing with her current co-op employer in a similar field. When offering advice to her peers, Christina encourages them to attend career fairs and hand out as many resumes as possible. She says that students should not be afraid to reach out to people, because this may just be the best way to get your foot in the door.

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Kathleen Mullins

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Peter Paul Electronics Co., Inc.

Internship Title: Fall Intern

Kathleen, a senior, interned this semester at Peter Paul Electronics, for her Business Administration major requirement, as a Marketing Specialist. Some of her work load includes creating newsletters and press releases, and assisting in the rebranding and developing of the company’s image. During her time at her internship she has been able to strengthen her communication skills and build on her time management skills within the workplace.

The experience Kathleen had was “amazing” as she was able to gain valuable workforce experience. She developed professionally by utilizing leadership skills when engaging in successful teamwork. The opportunity she received has reinforced her desire to pursue this career path in marketing.

Kathleen would recommend that students find an internship that appeals to them so that they can make the most out of their experience. She would also advise them to take advantage of any training or development opportunities that come their way within the organization.

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Nathan Holmes

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Holmes & Watkins Funeral Homes

Internship Title: Funeral Assistant Intern

Nathan was able to utilize multiple skills he has learned in his Business Administration major at Holmes & Watkins Funeral Homes. Nathan’s jobs included assisting funeral directors, driving funeral coaches (hearse, limousine, flower cars), filling out paperwork, full time on-call hours, data entry for financials and other programs for the funeral home such as information on deceased people for statistical use. Through Nathan’s internship he has learned a lot about how businesses actually operate. He learned how every employee has a purpose and helps the company run smoothly and efficiently.

The co-op relates to Nathan’s career goal because he wants to go into the business upon graduating. After graduating from Eastern, Nathan is planning to attend Lincoln College of New England to receive an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science. This will assure that he has even more specific knowledge about the field before he starts his career.

Nathan suggests that students who need an internship should get one in the field that interests you. If you find one that you are truly interested in you will want to participate and learn a lot more and get a lot out of it.

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Anthony Pacileo

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Locals 8 Restaurant Group< Internship Title: Bookkeeper Intern

Anthony Pacileo is a Business Administration major here at Eastern Connecticut State University. Over the summer he completed his internship as a bookkeeper at Locals 8 Restaurant Group. By utilizing his networking skills he worked his way into the corporate office. Anthony’s internship responsibilities consisted of daily operations of the corporate office such as filing, data entry, invoice and purchase order verification and monitoring, tracking of inventory and payroll. As a bookkeeper, Anthony learned many skills using different data systems for different operations.

The restaurant corporate office internship helped Anthony get a foot in the door in the restaurant industry. Anthony has also been interested in bookkeeping as a career goal. Now that he has experience in the field that he would like to go into, he is confident that this is something he would want to do after he graduates. He also finds that applying to internships has given him experience for the application and interview process for careers after he graduates in May.

The advice Anthony would give to students who need to complete an internship is to do one in the industry you are thinking about going into after graduation. He says, “Do not be afraid to ask someone to help you get in the door. Once you get the interview, it’s up to you to get the internship and succeed in it.”

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Kyle Nitz

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Mohegan Sun

Internship Title: Regional Marketing Representative

Kyle, a Business Administration major interned for Mohegan Sun’s regional marketing department, with two other Eastern students, this summer. His responsibilities included assisting the marketing manager in sponsorship and promotional events, maintaining superior customer service during events and attending regional marketing events.

Though Kyle is familiar with team work from his participation on the Eastern Rugby team, he has learned the importance of team work in a large organization. He has also learned how marketing skills and customer service play into one another to achieve success in a business. Kyle’s enjoyment with his internship at Mohegan has opened his eyes to a career in marketing. His hope is that upon graduation the experience gained from this internship will help him land a job in the marketing field.
When asked what advice Kyle would give other students who would like to complete an internship he said. “Honestly, do something that you enjoy. Forget about the pay check and focus more on what your day to day activities are. If you hate work you’re going to watch the clock rather than benefit from the experience.”

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Joshua Stark

Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2013

Major: Business Administration

Employer: U.S. Department of Commerce

Internship Title:

Joshua Stark is a Business Administration major at Eastern Connecticut State University. Joshua learned of his internship at a career fair called “Heroes for Hire.” Joshua started his internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce during the Fall of 2012. “As a business major, a position at the U.S. Department of Commerce was a step closer toward my career goals” says Joshua. Joshua says “I was looking for an internship where I could capitalize on what I had learned at the university and wanted an internship that would give me more insight into the professional business world. I was interested in an internship that would give me responsibility and challenge me on a daily basis.”

The internship at the U.S. Department of Commerce proved to do just that. Stark utilized what he had learned at Eastern as well as learn new aspects such as the importance of exports in the local economy and marketing materials for trade. Stark also learned how to navigate a vast number of databases used by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It was a challenge according to Stark, but nothing he couldn’t handle. Joshua plans on working for the U.S. Department of Commerce in the near future. For those seeking an internship, Joshua offers some advice. “Don’t get discouraged when searching for an internship, there are a number of companies and organizations in Connecticut looking for motivated students to work for them. Also, take advantage of every networking opportunity that you can”.

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Maura McCabe

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Business Administration

Employer: Ticket Network

Internship Title: Human Resources Intern

Maura McCabe is a Business Administration major with a concentration in Human Resources. Through the “College 2 Career” Career Fair advertised by The Center for Internships and Career Development, Maura learned of the Ticket Network internship and pursued it.

As the Human Resources Intern, McCabe worked directly with the Vice President of the Human Resources department to complete various projects as well as participate in weekly staff meetings. This gave her a glimpse of what a career in the Human Resource field would be. After attending school, McCabe’s goal is to become a professional in the Human Resources field. McCabe says “this internship has allowed me to step into the business setting which is on step towards my goal.”

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Tierra Downie

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Business Administration (Management)

Internship Employer: Enterprise

Position Title: Intern Management Trainee

As a teenager, Tierra Downie’s parents required her and her siblings to work at Six Flags as a means of developing character and work ethic. Not only has her work experience done that, but it has also created a very humble, down to earth woman. She has since moved on to be a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, studying Business Administration and Management. In addition to her studies, she remains President of the on-campus student organization F.E.M.A.L.E.S., is a Peer Counselor for the Center for Internships and Career Development, and holds an internship at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

For five months Tierra has worked hard at Enterprise [Windsor, CT & Springfield, MA], a position she learned about through a guest speaker with F.E.M.A.L.E.S. Through her internship she has learned valuable lessons in customer rapport, networking, and general business. She assists with sales, customer service, and upselling from day to day. Tierra puts emphasis on the fact that Enterprise is an “open door” business. Managers and executives work on a name to name basis and, like all employees, even washes cars with them. For her humble upbringing, it’s a very accommodating work environment.

Unlike many of her peers, Tierra feels that uncertainly post-graduation isn’t necessarily a bad thing. After school, she’s unsure of whether she’d like to go to Graduate school or start her own business in healthcare contracting and supplies. “Get out there. Go,” is Tierra’s philosophy, “Try it. It’s alright to be unemployed. It’s alright not to know. I can fail and get back up.” For now, she’s working towards her degree with plenty to keep her occupied in the meantime.

Her “if you fail, bounce back up” theory applies even to the hunt for an internship. “Just because it doesn’t pertain to your major, don’t count it out. There’s always a fit for someone. Never take no. No means ‘not now’. Go somewhere else. A lot of people are so easily discouraged.” If you fall down, simply brush yourself off and get back up again.


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