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Avery Floyd

Avery Floyd

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Sports and Leisure Management

Employer: Mohegan Sun

Internship Title: Regional Marketing Intern

 As a proactive and determined senior at Eastern, Avery Floyd has taken initiative to increase his level of experience and build on his resume. Floyd, a sports and leisure management major, completed an internship this past summer at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, CT.

As the Regional Marketing Intern at Mohegan Sun, Floyd had many responsibilities which allowed him to gain a better grasp on marketing events as well as the demand that the field entails. “I assisted in the efforts of creating public awareness about Mohegan Sun through sponsored events, distributed Mohegan Sun literature, and came up with promotional ideas to have an impact on the target market (males and females ages 21-65),” said Floyd.

The internship also provided Floyd with a greater knowledge on publicity of events, how much traveling was required in the position and the long hours. With this said, it also allowed him to understand how marketing plays a role in interactions with people and how this will benefit him with his career goals. “The internship tied into my career goals because I want to have a career in sports business. Regional marketing is one aspect that I wanted to learn more about and gain experience in that field. I enhanced interpersonal and organizational skills through the internship. I hope to use what I experienced throughout my internship as I go along further in the sports business field,” stated Floyd.

When asked what advice Floyd would provide to students who are interested in internships, he believes that the more internships you do the better. Professors have suggested to Floyd that successful students who have had a sports and leisure management major have done multiple internships. This is recommended because with more internships, students are able to network with more companies and individuals, which should open more doors for students.

The resource that Floyd used to find the internship was actually through Eastern’s Center for Internship’s and Career Development. “I found about my internship through an email from the Center for Internship’s and Career Development at Eastern. Fortunately, I responded right away and got myself a job interview shortly after responding. Not all students use the resources available to them. The CICD at Eastern goes out of their way to inform students about potential internships and job opportunities throughout the year,” said Floyd.

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Laura Bean

Laura BeanExpected Graduation Date: May 2015

 Major: Communication

 Employer: Office of Admissions at Eastern Connecticut State University

 Internship Title: Social Media and Event Planning Intern

 As a communication major and senior, Laura Bean has put her public relations and event planning skills to work at her internship this semester. Acting as the social media and event planning intern for the Office of Admissions at Eastern; Bean is able to apply the knowledge that she learned in class with this new experience which pertains to a field that she hopes becomes a career.

“For a career I want to do sports public relations with a focus in event planning and social media. So getting this experience is really great. The internship gives me an idea of how it will be when I get a job after I graduate,” said Bean.

Some of the responsibilities that Bean has as an Office of Admissions Intern are to manage the office’s social media in regards to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumblr; she also helps with events that are hosted by the Office, such as Open House.

For students who are interested in applying for an internship or have wondered about the opportunities that are possible for Eastern students, Bean said the following. “Find an internship that requires skills that you are going to need. Pick an internship that allows you to learn the skills that you haven’t developed yet.” She also commented, “Having the Center for Internships and Career Development is a great resource to have on campus because it is always great to get more experience.”

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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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Nicholas Aconfora

Nick AconforaExpected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: New Britain Rock Cats

Internship Title: On-Site Production Engineer for Fox Sports Radio 1410 (WPOP)

As a communication major and senior at Eastern, Nicholas Aconfora found an incredible internship opportunity on the networking site, “LinkedIn.” Aconfora interned as the On-Site Production Engineer for Fox Sports Radio 1410 (WPOP) for the New Britain Rock Cats in New Britain, CT. Some of Aconfora’s responsibilities at the internship were based around managing the Fox Sports Radio. This included engineering and producing an on-site live baseball broadcast which dealt with the use of skills to edit, mix audio and run commercials in the broadcast.

“As an aspiring sportscaster, I got hands on experience with the career behind the scenes. I also got to sit behind and listen to Jeff Dooley, the play-by-play broadcaster for the Rock Cats,” said Aconfora. “Dooley has been broadcasting with the Rock Cats for eighteen years and I learned so much listening to him call games, interview guests, and more,” Aconfora continued.

With having had this influential experience, Aconfora is greatly appreciative for the site LinkedIn and the help of career counselor, Trish Thomas, and The Center of Internships and Career Development. “Sign up on LinkedIn. It’s important to have one, you can connect and meet so many people…talk to different people, introduce yourself to people and don’t be afraid to volunteer. It really helps set you up for a possible internship or future job,” stated Aconfora.

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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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Summer Lily

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: Eastern Area Health Education Center

Internship Title: Youth Health Service Corps Program Coordinator Intern

As a senior and communication major at Eastern, Summer Lily was offered an internship after she networked at an open house for the Center for Community Engagement. The internship was at the Eastern Area Health Education Center in Willimantic, CT. Lily held the position of the Youth Health Service Corps Program Coordinator Intern where she had several different opportunities that provided her with more knowledge and a better understanding of what she would like to do when she graduates.

Some of the ways that the internship had related to Lily’s career goals was the idea that she was able to strengthen community ties and partnerships, network and form professional relationships with community partners, improve time management skills and get experience in public relations. “I learned how to organize time, present myself in professional situations, become involved in professional meetings and how to contact and work with people I barely knew,” said Lily.

With this said, the Youth Health Service Corps Program Coordinator position had various responsibilities in order to enhance education and knowledge of the position as well as to provide the most influential experience. “The responsibilities of my internship included developing a new YHSC curriculum of the 2014-2015 academic year including modules such as cultural competence, service learning, ethics and college preparation. Additionally, I developed a new and more eye catching brochure for YHSC to hand out at the Third Thursday Street Festival and contact local community partners,” stated Lily.

Lily added, “I’m glad that I did the internship during the summer because it left more time for other commitments during the school year. Also, I would suggest finding one off campus because it forces you to get out into the rest of the world and test what you have learned so far during your college career.” To find out more about internships and how to network, visit the Center for Internships and Career Development which is located on the second floor of the Wood Support Services Building on Eastern’s campus.

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Kayla Giordano

Kayla Giordano

Kayla is third from the left

 

Expected Graduation Date: May 2017

Major: Political Science

Employer: Emily Bjornberg for State Senate for the 33rd District of Connecticut

Internship Title: Campaign Intern

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work for a politician and help with their campaign trail? Kayla Giordano, a sophomore at Eastern is already able to add on her resume that she has helped with a political campaign. Getting a head start and starting early to apply for internships was what helped Kayla Giordano, a political science major, network and able to get this internship idea through her professor.

Giordano’s internship was for Emily Bjornberg for State Senate for the 33rd District of Connecticut (consists of twelve towns). “I went into this internship not really knowing what I wanted to do with my degree. Now after working with Team Emily, I know that I want to be involved in campaign management and work on small grassroots campaigns where change can really happen.”

With this Campaign Intern position, there were several interesting and hands on opportunities to really get involved with every step of the process. “My internship came with varying responsibilities. As the only intern on the campaign I had the opportunity to be involved in many different areas. Some of these duties consist of volunteer recruiting, canvassing, sign painting and writing press releases from the campaign.”

It’s clear that it’s never too early to start applying for internships and any experience that pertains to your career goals will help you be successful in the future. “My advice to students who would like to complete an internship would be to start searching early. I am only a sophomore and have already completed an internship, which gives me plenty of time in my next two years at Eastern to gain even more experience. Having an internship on your resume early is a great way to find even better internship opportunities closer to graduation which might lead to job offers or even add to a graduate school resume.”

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Dave Santerre

Dave Santerre

Expected Graduation Date: May 2014

Major: Sports and Leisure Management

Employer: Connecticut Tigers

Internship Title: Summer 2014 Intern

 As a recent graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University, Dave Santerre found an internship this past summer, which provided him with a memorable experience that can be included on his resume.

Santerre, a sports and leisure management major was lucky enough to find an internship that allowed him to work in a position that brought together his passion for sports as well as a better understanding of the ins and outs of Minor League Baseball.

Santerre was the summer 2014 intern for the Connecticut Tigers at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT. “The internship directly related to my career goals because coming into college I knew that I wanted to work in Minor League Baseball. This internship only enhanced my belief that I will work in Minor League Baseball,” said Santerre.

This CT Tigers internship was a great opportunity for Santerre because it allowed him to experience day to day tasks, as well as dealing with elements of the job like marketing, customer service and facility maintenance. Santerre stated, “Some responsibilities of the position were to prepare promotions and the field for each home game, sometimes selling tickets… I learned a great deal about running a Minor League Baseball team. I learned TicketReturn, which is a ticketing software system. Although, the most important thing I learned during this internship is that an internship is what you make of it.”

Santerre highly enjoyed and recommends internships for students especially an internship for the Connecticut Tigers. Between the long hours that he put in and the variety of work that he completed, nothing compared to the hands on experience that Santerre gained.

It is clear that it’s important to apply for internships during your college career, especially for companies that you would love to work for. “Although I did not find this internship through the Center for Internships and Career Development at Eastern; the CICD is a vital asset for current students, and each student should utilize this resource,” Santerre said.  

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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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