Courtney DeNunzio

Internship Title: Agent

Employer: Northwestern Mutual (NWM)

Major: Economics

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Courtney not only scored an internship with one of the leading financial agencies in the world, but she also created her own business through them! She would help her clients achieve lifelong financial security and make plans on how to safely spend their money. A typical meeting with Courtney would begin by going over what your life goals are and then figure out a financial plan to achieve those goals. Then she would help the client execute the plan and work with them to help them stay financially stable.

Courtney was also ranked third best Northwestern Mutual intern nationally and actually has been working with them even now! She went from being just an agent to now being a College Unit Captain; she is very good at what she does. “I learned what the corporate world is about,” says Courtney. “I have never had more fun in a work environment than I do here at NWM.”

Internships don’t just have to be learning about the job and career path you want. “I learned how to self-manage while working for NWM because it was a lot for me to manage school, coaching, cheerleading and work all at the same time,” says Courtney.

Courtney brought up a very smart tactic she used to obtain her internship that all students should use. “Well, I looked up certain companies pertaining to my major and learned about what they did. Then I chose a handful of companies that I was most interested in. Not only did I apply through the application part of the websites, but I also looked up the CEO, President, VP, and heads of the department that I wanted to work for and sent them all an email with my résumé attached to it,” says Courtney. This was a great way for her to not only obtain recognition through her résumé but also be noticed as a person via email, instead of just noticed as another applicant.

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Joel Hara

Internship Title: GIS Coordinator of Planning Department

Employer: Town of East Lyme

Major: Environmental Earth Science

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Joel Hara was told, by his advisor, to email the Town of East Lyme, since they were in need of a GIS Coordinator, and he was promptly hired. Joel even had minimal training since he had no direct boss or supervisor. “It was a great on hands experience,” says Joel. “Figuring out things on your own is a great way to remember what to do and to actually do those things better in my opinion.” The job of a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Coordinator is not your typical job. Using GIS data, the GIS Coordinator has to plan, map out, and create anything from bridges to parks to their assigned town.

At his internship, Joel helped build new sidewalks, a boardwalk, a bicycle path and a dog park. With all of his projects, he would get a schematic of the land and digitize it to an online, three dimensional model. Important people would even come to him and ask him where they could have things built; he was basically creating more for the town of East Lyme. “This internship was great for networking,” says Joel. “I have met people who own consulting firms, town engineers, civil planners and even a few selectmen from the town!”

Using census data and a map of East Lyme, Joel had to figure out where the best locations are to put new town attractions and transportation routes. For example, Joel would have to map out where original sidewalks were, where to extend them, and put new ones. Joel had always dreamed of being an environmental engineer and this internship was a great first step in his goal. “I like that I’m doing real world things that will impact the lives of others in the community,” says Joel. “It’s nice designing something that will actually be created in real life, and I will be able to see my creation first hand.”

Joel was so successful at his internship, the Town of East Lyme asked him to intern with them again.

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Kara Dotolo

Internship Title: Event Coordination Intern

Employer: Susan G. Komen Connecticut

Major: Communications

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

Kara took this non-paid internship because it was an organization holding an event for a cause close to her heart. The Susan G. Komen Connecticut organization is a breast cancer awareness group who frequently funds testing, screening and helps educate about breast cancer. Kara wanted to be a part of this pink parade of strong women so it was a perfect place for her internship.

Her job as Event Coordination Intern, was to help set up a huge event, which was the 22nd annual, Race for the Cure, at the Bushnell, in Hartford, CT. Kara would call sponsors who would donate for the race and set up tents and booths for all the supporting sponsors. Aetna, St. Francis Hospital, the Hartford Courant, and Pratt & Whitney were just some of the big donators that Kara helped get a hold of for this event. She also registered people for the race, helped with advertisement ideas and promotions for the event, and even helped draft press releases. “My input actually mattered,” says Kara. “Nonprofits are an awesome place to start out and because they are very hands on!”

Students are always looking for the internship that pays the highest and want to work for the “big companies.” According to Kara, “It wasn’t about the money I could make somewhere else; it was about learning skills that I would need for my communications background, while also helping out a great cause. Making money is important don’t get me wrong, but making other people happy is what makes me the happiest and that’s what I want out of whatever job I choose.”

If you can take anything away from Kara’s internship success story it should be that you ultimately do what makes you the happiest.

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Tara Bergeron

Internship Title: Intern Project Assistant

Employer: The Department of Rehab Services/Bureau of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)

Major: Sociology

Expected Graduation Date: 2015

The Department of Rehab Services/BESB is a state agency that provides a wide range of services to people who fall on the poor vision spectrum and BESB also helps those who are deaf and blind.

As the Project Assistant Tara would help set up presentations, that take place in senior centers, about BESB and how those who fall on the deaf/blind spectrum can live more independently. Tara and BESB will also be collaborating with Central Connecticut State University to create a “day in the life” documentary on people losing both their hearing and vision senses. “After my time spent here I now have a better understanding of the services BESB provides and I have realized that this is even more important work that I had originally thought it would be,” says Tara.

While Tara’s internship was a volunteer position, she has been interning here for a while and has recently been promoted to a supervisor position instead of just an intern. “Being an intern and a supervisor have been huge experiences for me,” says Tara. “I’ve learned how to get the work done as well as set up others for success throughout the agency.”

Tara also encourages anyone no matter what their major is to intern with any volunteer organization because it is an amazing experience as well as making the résumé look better.

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Sarah Howard

Internship Title: Legislative Intern

Employer: Connecticut General Assembly (House Republican Office)

Major: Political Science

Expected Graduation Date: December 2015

With a major in political science and two minors in law and philosophy, Sarah is no stranger to hard work. Her grueling class schedule helped prepare her for this internship at the Capital Building in Hartford, CT. Sarah worked Monday through Friday; her days started at 8:00am and ended by 5:30pm. She worked primarily with State Representative Whit Betts, who focuses heavily on matters involving higher education, and however, she did work for other State Representatives as well. Most of the time Sarah dealt with Whit Betts’ constituents, so she was calling, emailing and helping the public a lot.

“It was an amazing experience for me because I was able to work in an environment where I shared a common interest with everyone,” says Sarah. “Everything I did involved politics and I learned so much working with the legal research department.” One of the major things that Sarah did at her job was research and wrote articles on affirmative consent that were reviewed and talked about among the State Representatives. “Being able to share my views on such an important topic and have them taken seriously was very rewarding for me,” says Sarah.

Sarah did so well at her internship that Whit Betts was having her attend State Representative meetings where she would learn what was going on, take notes, and report back to him. She was so good at her job that other State Representatives were having her attend very important meetings and report back to them as well.

Since she was part of the Republican minority in the Connecticut General Assembly, she learned how to politically criticize the content of Democratic bills and prevent them from being passed. She learned the political strategy of filibustering and helped Whit Betts use that to facilitate discussions on the floor in order to try to block as many democratic bills trying to be passed as possible. Sarah would research information for hours about a topic and come up with fifty to one hundred pages of questions for her Republican representatives to use during debates so that they would last so long, that the bill would never be passed.

Sarah had a very successful time in the Hartford Capital Building this past summer and now once she graduates in December she plans on applying to work full time with the Republican Representatives in the Connecticut General Assembly.  “Thanks to the help of my wonderful advisor, I was able to find an internship very beneficial for me,” says Sarah. “I learned more than I could have ever imagined and I am so excited to see what my future has in store for me.”

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Jason Plummer

Internship Title: Data Management and Analytics Intern

Employer: Babson Capital Management

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

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

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

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

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Brandi Borowski

Internship Title: Brand Ambassador

Employer: Big Fish Promotions

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gabby Wrobel

Internship Title: Management Trainee Intern

Employer: Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Major: Business Economics and Sociology

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

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

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

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

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Lauren Williams

Internship Title: Talent Acquisition Intern

Employer: Enterprise

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: 2016

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

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

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

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

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Dane Paracuelles

Internship Title: Employer Relations Intern

Employer: Center for Internships and Career Development

Major: Communication

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Here in the Center of Internships and Career Development, we not only help students prepare for and obtain amazing internships, we also provide internship opportunities ourselves. Dane Paracuelles, a senior Communication major, was one of the many interns to work for the Center for Internships and Career Development as an Employer Relations Intern.

During his internship, Dane’s variety of responsibilities ranged from event planning to reaching out to professionals in numerous fields of work. “Some of my responsibilities involved recruiting institutions of high education and businesses for the Fall Graduate School Fair and Career/Internship Fair…” says Dane. “This required a lot of organization, especially with keeping in close communication with the places I contacted”.  Through his internship at the Center for Internships and Career Development, Dane was not only able to exercise his own skills in writing, networking and event planning, but he also contributed to delivering helpful career-related resources to the entire Eastern Community.

When we asked Dane what advice he would give to a student who is currently looking for an Internship, he stressed the importance of utilizing the Center for Internships and Career Development. “[What] I really appreciated were the resources and choices available to me.” added Dane. “Not only was I able to use them as a resource to find an internship, but also to perfect my resume for future job searches”.

The professional staff in the Center for Internships and Career Development urge all students to take advantage of the center’s one-on-one career counseling, workshops and online resources. Whether you are looking for the perfect internship, need assistance writing a strong resume or just need help getting started, a quick visit to the 2nd floor of Wood support Services could mean the difference between just getting a job and starting a career.

Written by Andrew Way

Kurt Turnier

Internship Title: Housing Intern

Employer: Eastern Connecticut State University’s Department of Housing and Residential Life

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: December 2015

Recently, there has been a tremendous increase in interest in the field of Higher Education Student Affairs.  Schools across the country are not only working to improve themselves academically; they are also striving to enhance the student experience. This has resulted in increased demand for professionals looking to be a part of this change. Here at the Center for Internships and Career Development, we are fully equipped to provide advice and help you network within these fields. The close knit Eastern Connecticut State University community provides a wide array of on-campus internship opportunities to help develop future Student Affairs professionals. A shining example is Kurt Turnier, a Business Administration major in his senior year, whose career goals include impacting the lives of college students through a career in Student Affairs.

Working as an Intern at Eastern’s own Department of Housing and Residential Life, Kurt was able to play a very active role in the day to day workings of the professional Housing Staff. Amongst the many responsibilities Kurt was assigned, the most notable included evaluating the school’s Themed Housing initiative, analyzing department assessment data and examining the best practices implemented in professional training programs. “Interning for the office of Housing and Residential Life [has helped] expand my knowledge as I pursue a career in Student Affairs and Higher Education.” says Kurt. “There are a variety of departments in this field and starting within the housing department will help me in getting my foot in door for others.” With the expansive knowledge and experience offered by the Department of Housing and Residential Life, Kurt’s chances of being selected for top programs across the country have been increased tremendously. To complement his experience, the Eastern Community allows Kurt to network easily, allowing him to help him find the perfect fit for himself for his future career.

Surely, Kurt’s success in finding such a beneficial internship has helped him tremendously. Kurt advises all who are currently on the hunt to stay connected to the professionals they know now, while also branching out their network to larger organizations. He stresses the importance of going out and networking in person. “Keep asking around. Current, former employers, friends and family can all help in your job search. You can even contact administrators directly and ask if they have internship opportunities that relate to your goals.” When asked how the Center for Internships and Career Development has helped him, Kurt stated, “The Center for internships and Career Development has always been a resource for me while at Eastern. The Director, Clifford Marrett, helped point me in the right direction as far as what career path I should be headed towards…”

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Brett Boissonneault

Internship Title: Business Intern

Employer: Farmer’s Cow

Major: Business Administration

Expected Graduation Date: May 2016

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

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

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

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


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Kevin Jules

Internship Title: Investments Intern

Employer: Gottier Investments

Major: Finance

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

When it comes to finding the right internship, one thing every student needs to keep in mind is the specific type of experience they will gain as an intern. Kevin Jules, a Finance major in his senior year, knew the value of this and with the help of the Center for Internships and Career Development, managed to land an outstanding internship at Gottier Investments.

Like many Eastern Students, Kevin sought help from the Center of Internships and Career Development in finding the right internship. With the guidance of the professional and student staff, Kevin was able to obtain multiple offers from various companies and financial firms. “I was fortunate and had a couple of internship opportunities.  Another option was closer to campus, but in the end, I chose the internship that was more relevant to my personal interests and career goals.”

Having interests in many financial fields, Kevin’s opportunities for a career come in a wide variety. Kevin made sure to choose an internship which gave him various experiences, helping him build on top of what he has learned already in the classroom. When asked how his internship related to his future career, Kevin shared that he obtained experience  dealing with stocks, investment banking and learning the “do’s and don’ts” of the trading market. While with Gottier Investments, Kevin’s hands-on experience helped him not only strengthen his professional experience, but also expand his professional network. Through networking, Kevin was able to open doors that the typical finance major may not have access to, giving him an edge over the competition.

If you are a student who is currently considering an internship, or in the process of finding one, Kevin suggests starting as soon as possible. Based on his own experience, Kevin stresses the importance of taking advantage of the Center for Internships and Career Development. “…The Center is helpful and supportive. They help to direct you when you’re having a tough time and feeling lost within the process” says Kevin. He also encourages those already in the process not to give up when the going gets tough. “The searching can be very time consuming and it can get discouraging when the results don’t come out as you would like them to… you can’t give up, and you need to keep pushing onwards!”


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Samantha Lew

Internship Title: Community Support and Recovery Program Intern

Employer: Reliance House Inc.

Major: Psychology

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

If you are like most of the students here at Eastern, you know already about the great opportunities our school offers in volunteer and community work. With countless options for helping to serve our communities, internships are just another facet in being able to become involved. In past success stories, we have already discussed the importance on internships and how they may help a student find the perfect fit for a future career. In addition to that, some internships help you stand out from the rest of the pack, by applying your skills in community service projects. Samantha Lew, a psychology major in her senior year, made sure the Internship she chose had an impact on our surrounding community.

As a Community Support and Recovery Program Intern at Reliance House Inc., Samantha’s daily work includes administrative duties such as quality assurance, auditing and state fidelity paperwork. In addition, Samantha spends much of her time participating with her co-workers in course programming for clients.

When I first began searching for an internship, I knew I wanted the opportunity to work with adults who may need some extra support” says Samantha. “This internship has definitely given me the tools and guidance to further myself and figure out if I want to work with children or adults

Samantha wishes to tell students thinking about an internship, or currently on the hunt, the importance of connecting with professionals in the fields or organizations they hope to someday work for, as it worked for her. “Speaking with other individuals about this really helped me finalize my decision as well as get an idea of where I want to go with my career.” said Samantha.

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Jaime Hansen

Internship Title: Communication Intern

Employer: Hall Communications WILI i98.3 AM/FM

Major: Communication

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

Here in the Center for Internships and Career Development, we connect with local employers and organizations to ensure that Eastern Students are provided access to internships across the state and even the country.  Many students who have utilized the Center’s services have landed successful internships within our own community. A prime example would be Senior Jaime Hansen, a Communication Major who currently interns at our local radio station, WILI i98.3.

As a Communication Intern at i98.3, Jaime works closely with radio host Pete Nichols, participating in the production and recording of the shows. In addition, Jaime also aids in the organization of radio station events and planning future shows. “I want to work within the field of Public Relations, and in this internship, I work with non-profit organizations and help their advertising and public relations departments.” In addition to working with the radio station, Jaime is able to network and gain hands-on experience practicing public relations. The interactions with the professionals that Jaime comes in contact with on a daily basis help her to get more out of her internship, and also further establish her professional network.

When asked what Jaime had to say about the Center for Internships and Career Development, Jaime says, “I would definitely work with the Center again if in the future I decide to look for another internship. They were very helpful with the internship process, but also resume building and cover letter writing”. Jaime advises that any student looking for an internship should focus on finding one that they find enjoyable. “Find one as soon as possible, especially one that you can have fun with. It is a great experience and will help you in the future no matter what you may decide to do.


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Brian Ewing

Brian Ewing and CT District Rep. Melissa Ziobron

Internship Title: District Representative Aide

Employer: Connecticut State Legislature

Major:Political Science

Expected Graduation Date: May 2015

When searching for an Internship, it is important to note that every opportunity presents itself in its own unique way. While some students’ goal is to work for a small local company, others reach out to larger organizations to achieve their career goals. In the case of Brian Ewing, working for the State of Connecticut was part of his overall career plan.

While working as an aide under the Connecticut District Representative, Melissa Ziobron, Brian spent most of his time at the Capitol, conducting a variety of duties. From performing administrative work, actively campaigning within the 34th district, and performing research,  Brian’s involvement gave him an in depth view of how our state Legislature is run, and the inner workings of day to day life in the Capitol.

With a background serving in the Connecticut National Guard, Brian’s involvement within government works not only to benefit his education but also his future career as a soldier. Working as a legislative aide gave him the necessary experience to not only build off his studies in Political Science, but also allowed him the opportunity to network with those serving within the state government. Through networking, Brian was able to work with government officials and play a vital role in communicating his own views and opinions on how our government could best serve the residents of Connecticut.

Based on his experiences, Brian expressed the importance of doing in depth research when choosing the right internship. He also reminds those looking for internships in the state Legislature to time it appropriately. “If you are a Political Science major looking for a legislative internship, completing it during your spring semester would be ideal. With the Legislature in session during the spring, an intern receives more valuable training then if they were to work during the fall.” 

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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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