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Andrea Sylvester

Internship Title: Special Events Intern

Employer: Channel 3 Kids Camp

Major: Communication

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

 If you are like most people, chances are you don’t have every part of your life figured out yet. Sometimes, students may ask themselves, “What exactly do I want to do?”  If you can relate, you’re not alone. Internships don’t always have to be something that evolves into a permanent career. As Andrea Sylvester found out, being an intern can serve to help you find out what you would really like to do.

Being interested in not only higher education, Andrea also displayed strong interest in working for a local non-profit. As the Special Events Intern at the Channel 3 Kids Camp, she became a key part in implementing social and educational events for campers and even the surrounding communities. Falling back on her experience as a student worker for the Department of Institutional Advancement on campus, it helped ease the transition from higher education to the non-profit sector.

Andrea’s responsibilities required extensive writing and research opportunities, allowing her to improve existing and develop future camp events. In addition, Andrea spent time collaborating with sponsors and donors for the events. Following through from the start to the end, Andrea also volunteered during each event to help promote the Channel 3 Kids Camp to patrons and potential sponsors. Andrea highlighted her experience during one event known as the Holiday Light Fantasia held during the holiday season. “I volunteered at the event, speaking to patrons, and handing out fliers and tickets…I was even there prior to the start of the event to help with the set-up and opening of the event” says Andrea. “…Between my job on campus and my internship I had a front row seat to higher education and non-profits, two areas I am highly interested in, which often go hand and hand with each other.

To those currently looking or considering an internship, Andrea encourages choosing an internship that compliments the skills you currently possess, in addition to giving you the opportunity to develop some new skills and partake in new experiences. She adds, “Make sure it’s something you have at least a small amount of interest in…do your homework and know exactly what you hope to get out of your internship!” 

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Christopher Weedon Jr.

Internship Title: Sports and News Intern

Employer: NBC Connecticut (WVIT-CT)

Major: Communication-Broadcast Journalism

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Being able to get the most out of your time here at Eastern and your chosen Internship should be the highest priority of all students. Serving as a prime example, Senior Christopher Weedon did just that. As a Sports and News intern for the NBC Connecticut News Studio, Chris was able to experience what the broadcast industry truly has offer. From supporting the production of studio recordings, to writing and interviewing important figures for breaking news, Chris has done it all.

As a Communication-Broadcasting Journalism major, Chris’ passion for broadcasting started through his involvement in Eastern’s very own broadcasting studio. Gaining experience and knowledge working within the TV studio and the classroom, Chris was able to develop a strong foundation in his chosen field, aiding him in landing the perfect Internship at NBC Connecticut.

This internship was incredible. I learned more in the 4 months that I was working there than I could ever in the classroom” says Chris. “The hand on experience was great, and when news/stories broke, learning how to operate in a timely fashion as a team, is a skill that will only help me in the future”.

Chris, having worked with numerous professionals, remains connected even after departing from NBC Connecticut. The networking and connecting with his colleagues has opened a vast array of opportunities for Chris upon graduation and starting his new career. “I had worked with colleagues all throughout the newsroom, including the president and general manager of the station, Ric Harris. Ric even took the time to sit down with me following my internship, to make sure we stayed in touch after I leftsays Chris.

Chris advises that anyone who is interested in obtaining an internship should take the time to establish a LinkedIn profile and begin to connect with professionals within their chosen career fields. He also stresses the need in being proactive in your search for a job or possible career, “If you take advantage of seeking out these people while you are in college, you show initiative, if you wait until after college you’ve already missed out and just become like everyone else” Chris adds.

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Sabrina Davis

Internship Title: Collegiate Health Service Corps Intern

Employer: Eastern Connecticut Area Health Education Center, Inc. (AHEC)

Major: Social Work

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

Junior Sabrina Davis has started her junior year off strong with a Collegiate Health Service Corps internship at a local non-profit and establishing herself well within the working world.  At AHEC, Sabrina’s responsibilities include improving the implementation of the Collegiate Health Service Corps program, which helps disadvantaged college students to achieve their dreams of becoming healthcare professionals. Through event planning, administrative work and professional networking, Sabrina is not only helping to achieve AHEC’s goal but also her own.

Sabrina aspires to work in the non-profit sector, directly with individuals and communities who are marginalized, underserved and oppressed.  At AHEC,  she is afforded the opportunity to gain first-hand experience within this area. With the knowledge that she has obtained from her studies here at Eastern, Sabrina is able to apply what she has been taught in the field. Using her social work and public health background, she has helped to create fewer obstacles for those in need of healthcare. This pre-professional experience will not only increase Sabrina’s marketability after graduation, but also help build a strong foundation for her career before she even starts it.

Within her position, Sabrina works alongside the CHSC Coordinator and many other professionals within the public health sector, allowing her to grow her professional base and network within that community.

When asked for advice on how to achieve an internship, Sabrina says “[One must] first and foremost establish a relationship with the Center for Internships and Career Development. They are the best resource to go about seeking an internship.”

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Martin J. Ralda-Martinez

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: Housing and Residential Life at Eastern Connecticut State University

Internship Title: Housing Intern

It is clear that Eastern provides students with the opportunity to further enrich their academic knowledge but also allows students to gain a better understanding of their career goals. Some of the many different internship opportunities on campus that are offered to students could be in various departments which can include some of the following; the Intercultural Center, the Women’s Center, the Office of Admissions, Housing and Residential Life or the Center for Internships and Career Development.

One student who was given an opportunity to act as a Housing Intern on Eastern’s campus for the Office of Housing and Residential Life was Martin J. Ralda-Martinez, a senior and communication major. “As a housing intern, I have the responsibilities of keeping up to date with all the theme housing current events, act as an intern-advisor for the UROC club on campus, learn about different theories and inner workings of student affairs, help with the RA process, and participate in any other events or meetings that are happening,” said Ralda-Martinez.

With more experience and knowledge in the Housing Office, Ralda-Martinez is also able to understand the production that goes into working in Higher Education. Ralda-Martinez mentioned, “I want to work in Higher Education, so with this internship it helps me get my foot in the door of Housing and Residential Life and I will be able to work my way through the ranks to ultimately become a Dean.”

When asked what advice would you provide to students who are interested in completing an internship Ralda-Martinez suggested, “I advise students who are required or want to do an internship to really work on their resumes, and to really do some research on the internship they want to do. It’s a great way to use your skills and also develop new ones in the field you want to pursue.”

All students should be aware of all the different resources there are on campus that not only provide networking and internships opportunities, but also help you decide what your career path will be. “The Center for Internships and Career Development is a great way to find ideal internships that will interest you and fulfill your major requirement. The CICD Office will also help you after college too which will benefit you in the long run,” said Ralda-Martinez.

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Gabrielle R. Palladino

Gabrielle R. Palladino

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Major: Communication

Employer: Sports Center at ECSU

Internship Title: Sports Broadcasting Intern

When it comes to hard work and dedication, Gabrielle R. Palladino is a clear depiction of how passion for a certain career path can lead to a future dream job. As a Communication major and a senior at Eastern, Palladino was able to combine her love of sports with her talent in news anchoring. This semester, Palladino is an intern in Sports Broadcasting at the Sports Center at Eastern.

In this position, she is not only able to learn about the different sport teams here at Eastern, but also puts her communication skills to work in a fun and significant way. Palladino is expected to manage a variety of tasks which include setting up camera equipment, managing a camera and she also color commentates. “I have learned how to set up new pieces of equipment like the tricaster and I have learned how to provide color commentary. Prior to this internship, I was only familiar with news anchoring,” said Palladino.

As a Sports Broadcasting Intern, Palladino is able to apply knowledge that she has gained in her communication class and allow her passion to thrive in this internship. Palladino mentioned, “I want to be a sports anchor in the future, and attending sporting events that are unfamiliar to me such as field hockey have helped me obtain basic and essential knowledge I would need to communicate with my viewers.”

Students who are in search of an internship should always remember that there are resources on campus to assist with this process. Resources can include a professor, advisor, peer and the Center for Internships and Career Development. With this process, it is never too early to start the search and look for an internship that is similar to a career goal that you have an interest in.

“Do not start looking at the last minute! When you are a freshman or sophomore it is never too early to research internship opportunities. Also do not put all your eggs into one basket, you should apply to as many places as possible so that you can get your name and resume out there,” said Palladino.

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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.”

Story submitted by Francisco Bravo

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