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Michael Downs

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Communication

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University: University Relations

Internship Title: Special Events Intern

Senior Michael Downs has recently put to use what he has learned as a Communication major to his internship with Eastern Connecticut State University’s University Relations department. As a Special Events Intern, Michael’s responsibilities involved conducting research and planning events for the 125th Anniversary of Eastern Celebration that took place throughout the semester.

“It’s been so interesting to learn about the history of Eastern through the research that I’ve been doing,” mentions Michael. “It’s been really interesting to learn about how far this institution has come since its inception in 1889.”

Through completing this internship, Michael has acquired many useful skills, such as how to correctly and effectively gather research; that he says will be essential to my future career. He has also learned valuable writing skills that will not only be useful to his future career path, but in graduate school as well.

To any other internship hopefuls, Michael’s advice for you is to start your internship search early, so you can find the perfect opportunity just as Michael has done!

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Amelia Dube

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Labor Relations & Human Resource Management

Employer:
The Connecticut Department of Labor: Human Resources Department (Wethersfield, CT)

Internship Title: Human Resources Intern

Amelia Dube, a senior Labor Relations and Human Resource Management major, was given the chance to apply what she had learned in the classroom to her internship with the Connecticut Department of Labor this past summer. On the job as a Human Resource Intern, Amelia had many responsibilities including, administrative tasks, approving COLAs (Cost of Living Adjustments), sending letters out to employees about raises and promotions, as well as attending arbitrations with Labor Relations specialists and visiting a vast variety of state agencies (CT Works, Mediation and Arbitration, the State Capitol etc.)
 
“I learned that the heart of any business, whether it is private or state-run, is the Human Resources department,” mentions Amelia when asked about what she learned on the job. “They are in charge of most of the behind-the-scenes aspects of work that people might not always think about.”

Amelia hopes to work in a Human Resource Department post-graduation, so this internship was just the right fit! To those hoping to follow in Amelia’s internship shoe’s, she gives to you a little advice; “Never say no to any opportunity that comes your way, because chances are you will learn a lot from your experiences.” She also suggests to internship potentials to make as many connections as you can with the professionals around you. You never know how they may be able to help you in the future to achieve your goals and Amelia can attest to that first hand.
 
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Stephanie Nolting

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014
 
Major:
English
 
Employer: Women’s Center of Eastern Connecticut State University

Internship Title: Ambassador/Intern
 
Though an internship does not need to be completed for Stephanie’s major in English, it is mandated by her minor in Women’s Studies. Stephanie’s duties as an intern include her having to be present for 9 office hours weekly. During this time she works on different Women’s Center programs that she is charged with throughout the semester, or helps other ambassadors with their respective programs. Stephanie also answers phone calls and completes other tasks as needed by the center. She describes the Women’s Center as a welcoming place to which visitors feel comfortable going.
 
Stephanie is not positive exactly what she wants to do after graduating, but she is sure that she wants to be an advocate for Women’s Rights. Possible options for Stephanie are attending Law School or getting her masters degree in Social Work, either of which would be accomplished while focusing on issues relating to women.
 
Stephanie’s advice for other students seeking internships in the future is to always think ahead. She says not to wait until the last minute to get involved. Because she found her internship through a staff member, Stephanie says to not hesitate talking to professors, as they often have connections to possible internships. Further she says that by connecting with a professor in a preferred field, students can easily become involved with what they really want to do.
 
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Heather Colletti

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major:
Health and Physical Education
 
Employer:
Eastern Connecticut State University Early Childhood Development Center
 
Internship Title:
Preschool Physical Education Teacher
 
Heather completed her internship at the Early Childhood Development Center at Eastern Connecticut State University. As a preschool physical education instructor, Heather is fulfilling her aspirations to have this same occupation after graduation. She completes lesson plans and administers these activities to her students daily. Heather says that this internship has allowed her to apply the knowledge that she has gained through school coupled with her innate creativity. This internship means a lot to Heather because it has reassured her that she is on the right path to achieve the career she covets.

Heather says that any experience is positive and can be a great opportunity to learn. She advises her peers to “take all you can get to be the person you are meant to be.”
 
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Kelsey Hallock

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Sociology

Employer: Community Health Resources
 
Internship Title: Care Coordinator
 
Kelsey took the responsibility of finding an internship on herself to fulfill a requirement for her minor in Criminology. Along with her supervisor she works as a communication liaison between the courts, probation, or other referral sources as far as the clinician’s recommendation or client activity within the agency. Kelsey works to update client information regarding things such as urinalyses or breathalyzer screens and psychotherapy or group therapies attended by clients. Her internship also includes activities like verifying, processing, and forwarding client discharges. Further, she has shadowed group therapies dealing with different areas of behavioral health. Her internship has provided Kelsey with knowledge regarding how agencies work with probation offices and how her work can have an impact on various clients.
 
Kelsey’s position as a Care Coordinator is related to her career aspirations because she wants to be an adult probation officer. Specifically, this internship showed Kelsey how referral sources work when a client is mandated to attend court.

Based on her experience, Kelsey’s advice for her peers is to not wait for someone to hand you a great internship. She got her internships on her own by talking to the right people and knowing exactly what she wanted to do. She says, “It really is all about whom you know, not what you can do. Make connections! A degree is great but without experience you can’t get very far.”

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Zach Kice

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major:
Business Administration
 
Employer:
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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Eric Cerino

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Expected Graduation Date:
May 2014

Major: Psychology

Employer: Alzheimer’s Association

Internship Title: Research Intern

Eric found his internship at the Alzheimer’s Association through an Eastern faculty member. As a research intern, Eric is given independence to design a research study that is molded to fit not only the goals of the organization, but also his personal research interests. Eric explains that there has been a great need for Early Stage Alzheimer’s research due to the high prevalence of persons waiting too long to be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. He is designing, organizing, and implementing an educational program intended for caregivers and those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease currently in its Early Stage. Scheduled to begin in March 2014, this is a four session program consisting of an educational component, followed by an hour of physical activity featuring Tai Chi. Eric’s data analysis will feature before-and-after test methodology measuring factors such as life satisfaction, depressive symptoms, quality of life and knowledge of the disease, itself.

Eric has gained an extensive understanding of Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias, and the ways in which the Alzheimer’s Association works towards making a difference in the lives afflicted by the disease. Most importantly, Eric has learned how to apply his research interests to a real world problem. He has come to realize that developing a passion for one’s line of work is among the strongest motivators in making a difference.

Eric’s main research interest is successful aging in older adults. Specifically, he is interested in identifying cognitive, physical, and societal factors that contribute to a healthier lifestyle in elderly populations. With these interests, his career aspiration is to be a university professor, where he will have ample resources to continue his research. Working at the Alzheimer’s Association has allowed Eric to gain the hands-on, real world experience needed to succeed in graduate school, and as a future educator/researcher in the field of successful aging.

Eric’s advice to other students is to complete as many internships as possible. He believes internships are the greatest opportunities available to undergraduate students. Internships provide fundamental learning experience to see if a career path or interest is the right fit, and allow students to make a difference in the community at the same time. Eric says, “start early and make a habit of testing out anything you may be interested in. You never know what career could be waiting for you.”

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Colleen King

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Visual Arts

Employer: Image Marketing Consultants

Internship Title: Graphic Designer

Colleen, visual arts major at Eastern, completed a co-op at Image Marketing over the course of the fall 2013 semester. Though no internship is required for her major, Colleen took it upon herself to complete one for the sake of making connections and building her portfolio.

Colleen found her co-op position by reaching out to her friend, Shannon Kearney, who happened to be an Eastern alumna and graphic designer for a company called Image Marketing Solutions. After seeing a picture on Facebook of a project Shannon had completed, Colleen commented on it and landed a job with her friend.

During Colleen’s time at Image Marketing, she helped Shannon by creating approximately 40 advertisements for Southington’s Chamber of Commerce book. She also designed invitations for various companies. This was a great opportunity for Colleen because she was able to gain experience as a graphic designer, a career she aspires to take on full-time after graduation.

Colleen’s advice for future interns is to reach out to friends who have graduated and are in the workforce, just like she did. By simply commenting on her friend Shannon’s picture, she was offered an interview and a job within two week’s time. Colleen says to “stay in touch, and stay friendly,” and success will be that much easier to achieve.

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Monique Dumaine

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communications

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University, Student Activities Office

Internship Title: Marketing Initiatives Intern<

Monique took on the title of ‘Marketing Initiatives Intern’ when she did her internship right here at Eastern in the Student Activities Office. One of the goals of this office was to market themselves more effectively to the faculty and the student body. Monique’s role was to research different marketing methods that might achieve the best results for her organization. After researching, she then formed a plan with her team so the best methods could be put into effect. One of the main methods used was forming a recognizable identity for the organization through social media.

After college, Monique aspires to work in Student Affairs, more specifically, in the Student Activities and Leadership Development division. She feels that her purpose in life is to present the necessary tools for students to live a successful and fulfilling life. This area of higher education aims to develop students and guide them to reach their fullest potential, something Monique feels strongly about. She says “the values of this division align with mine, and I look forward to learning something new on a daily basis.” Also, Monique feels that she has a leg up when it comes to applying for graduate school programs in this field. Though this area is very competitive, her passion and hands-on experience as an undergraduate student will put her ahead of the curve.

Monique’s advice for other students is to do something that you are passionate about. She also states that sometimes, students do not know what they are passionate about, so it is best to get experience in the field before determining one’s passion. She says that she had an internship prior to her current position that she thought she was going to love. She then learned that that field was not for her. Her experience was invaluable because it taught her what she did not want to do. Monique says that students must take advantage of the countless opportunities around them, and only by going out of their comfort zone will they achieve success.

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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

Employer:
COCC

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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Shelby Andrelski

Expected Graduation Date: May 2013

Major: Communications

Employer: Mass EDMC

Internship Title: Promoter
 
This semester Shelby Andrelski participated in an internship with Mass EDMC as a promoter. Her responsibilities included promoting shows through social media and working behind the scenes to help set up and put on shows. Shelby learned many things during this internship that will help her be a more sufficient worker in the future. “I learned a lot about the effort that goes into events such as ticket sales, and planning.”

Shelby hopes to one day be a booking agent, and this internship will only bring her one step closer to that goal. “I love music and I want to be around it so learning how to put on shows was really cool and I got some great experience.” She got to do many things in this internship that she has always been interested in doing. This just goes to show you that there are internship opportunities out there for everyone.

Getting an internship is a big deal, and Shelby now understands this. You’re not necessarily going to love your first job, but it will only help get you to that place. She urges students seeking an internship to go for it. “I say go for it. Find an internship doing something you’re passionate about, it will help put things in perspective.”

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Brian Walker

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Communications

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University’s Center for Internships and Career Development

Internship Title: Social Media Intern

 

Brian, a Communications major, is currently a social media intern at the Center for Internships and Career Development at Eastern. Brian’s responsibilities include managing the center’s Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram social media outlets. He also promotes the media outlets by going to different locations on campus to get students to connect and become more aware of the benefits from the Center for Internships and Career Development. Through his internship, Brian has learned effective ways to communicate and encourage students to connect with the center via social media. He has learned what types of career information is engaging and useful for students.

Brian would like to have a career in marketing and advertising one day and social media is a very important communication tool in the marketing world. Brian’s advice to students who are required to, or who would like to, complete an internship is to have an updated resume with you at all times. He also suggest using resources such as the Center for Internships and Career Development to help you build a great resume, learn how to find an internship that’s right for you, and attend the internship and career fairs they host on campus.

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Sarah Bent

<strong>Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Sport & Leisure Management

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Department

Internship Title: Community Service Intern

Sarah Bent is a senior Sports and Leisure Management major. This semester she is interning with the Eastern Connecticut State University Athletic Department as the Community Service Intern. Her job is to coordinate and facilitate the Athletic Department’s community service. Sarah interacts with the coaches, athletic, university administrators and the general public while planning and organizing community service projects. Through her internship she makes sure the department is creating strong relationships with the surrounding community. Sarah has learned the process of coordinating events which comes with its challenges with busy athletes and getting the community on board but it is very rewarding to her in the end.

After Sarah graduates in May, she hopes to work in a Division 1 Athletic Department in a college or university’s athletic administration. She was able to gain the knowledge of her next career goal through her current co-op because she is aware of what the job entails. Sarah’s advice to the students that have not completed an internship yet is to make sure you are truly interested in the position. “If you dread the work you are doing, you won’t give yourself an opportunity to learn from the experience. The more you enjoy it, the more you can take from it.”

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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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Shelby Champagne

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Social Work

Employer: Backus Hospital

Internship Title: Fall Intern
 
Shelby, a senior Social Work major, is interning at Backus Hospital in the Care Management Department. At her internship she does bio-psycho-social assessments on patients that may need services outside the hospital. Shelby then refers, registers and sets the patients up with outside facility placements (such as nursing rehabilitation facilities) and transportation. Her co-op is utilizing the skills she has learned at Eastern to be a generalist social work practitioner.

Shelby’s internship is giving her the foundation she needs before heading to graduate school for a Masters in Social Work. Having an internship in a hospital also gives Shelby the experience she will need to pursue a career in the medical field of social work.

The advice Shelby would give other students is to go on multiple interviews at possible internship locations. Questions about the job or experience you will have can be answered through an interview. She also says to go above the minimum job requirements at the internship; your performance can lead to great recommendations, networking, and even a job upon graduating.
 
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Kirsten Banta

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Communications

Employer: Hartford Business Journal

Internship Title: Editorial Intern

Kirsten is a Communications major with an editorial internship at the Hartford Business Journal. Her responsibilities include writing pieces for the website that are based off of press releases, she writes for the weekly print edition and interviews business professionals for news stories. Interning at the Hartford Business Journal has improved Kirsten’s writing skills, interpersonal skills, and she has learned the writing style for business journals as opposed to various other forms of journalism. She has also become aware of what it is like to be a reporter in the world today. Kirsten has gained a lot of knowledge from her colleagues and editors who have made her feel very comfortable in the professional field of communications and happy to be a part of their community.

As a communications major, Kirsten’s internship at the Hartford Business Journal will help her in any communications related career. Although Kirsten does not have definite determined career goals or dream job, she now has a clearer view of the path she can take when she leaves Eastern. She feels as though her experience at the Hartford Business Journal has helped her prepare for the “real world” after she graduates in May.

Kirsten would advise students who need an internship to start looking early and utilize any connections you may have. She says that an internship will guide you in the field you want be in because it is like a trial run in the professional world. She recommends finding an internship to truly know if what you are studying is really the most ideal career path for you.
 
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Melissa Nosal

Expected Graduation Date: December 2013

Major:
Visual Arts: Digital Art & Design

Employer: The Visual Arts Department of Eastern Connecticut State University

Internship Title: Marketing Intern
 
Melissa is a Visual Arts major completing an internship this semester here at Eastern Connecticut State University’s Visual Arts Department. Though her major does not require an internship, Melissa knew an internship will help her get a job after graduating.

Her responsibilities at her co-op include promoting the Visual Arts Department of ECSU to high school teachers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She will be going to college fairs to speak to students interested in studying art history, game design, digital art, sculpture, costuming and fashion design, painting and drawing, and printmaking. Melissa also updates the Visual Arts department’s website and makes promotional flyers.

Melissa’s internship has helped her gain the skills to conduct thorough research, reach out to community leaders, interact and work with industry professionals and advertising skills using advanced software. Melissa’s internship relates to her career goals because she would someday like a career in advertising, designing promotional materials for companies, small businesses, and organizations.

The advice Melissa would give to students is to try and build amicable, professional relationships with faculty members and professors on campus. She says that not only do they have experience but they have a network that can help open doors for you. “If you have a good bond with a professor, and they see you have good work ethic in your field, they will be more inclined to notify you of internships and job opportunities.”
 
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