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Lidiann Lopez: Alzheimer’s Association

Interning with the Alzheimer's Association.

Interning with the Alzheimer’s Association.

 

Name: Lidiann Lopez

Hometown: Ipswich, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Latin American Studies

Internship Sponsor: Alzheimer’s Association

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Establishing relationships with Spanish-speaking families affected by Alzheimer’s disease to provide information about supportive services
  • Planning a fundraising and awareness event at Assumption College
  • Creating and updating a database of Latino-based organizations
  • Reaching out to Hispanic churches in Worcester

 

Blog:

The Alzheimer’s Association is a non-profit organization devoted to the advancement of research, supportive services, and awareness of Alzheimer’s. The organization focuses on providing the best care for those facing the challenges of the disease; the organization envisions a world free of Alzheimer’s.

 

As the Latino Outreach Intern, I have had the opportunity to use my Spanish-speaking skills to help the Alzheimer’s Association break through communication barriers to the Hispanic community affected by the disease. An experience that has left a deep impression on me was the moment when I received negative feedback from a client who expressed the painful frustration that surrounds this disease. The affliction Alzheimer’s imposes on families was revealed to me in this eye-opening experience.

 

During my internship experience I have utilized the interpersonal communication skills I acquired throughout my studies to better communicate with my supervisor, interns, and especially, the Hispanic community of Worcester. The benefits of a major in Organizational Communication became clear during this experience because I had the ability to effectively understand and exchange information as I established new relationships.

Dec 9, 2013

Lidiann Lopez: Alzheimer’s Association

Andrea Dillon: Department of Athletics and Recreation, Assumption College

Interning with Assumption College's Department of Athletics and Recreation

Interning with Assumption College’s Department of Athletics and Recreation

 

Name: Andrea Dillon

Hometown, State: Ayer, Massachusetts

Major: Marketing

Minor: Management

Internship Sponsor: Department of Athletics and Recreation, Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:

My responsibilities include:

  • Managing the Recreation Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts
  • Creating and implementng social media contests
  • Writing articles for the Assumption newspaper that highlight all of Campus Recreation’s activities
  • Creating posters for intramural events, club sports and facility announcements
  • Photographing Recreation events

 

Blog Entry:

The Department of Athletics and Recreation handles varsity sports and recreational activities. I work primarily with the recreation portion of the department. Campus Recreation is committed to a student-centric approach to programming. The programs include: club sports, intramural activities and fitness programming. Recreational opportunities promote: a sense of community, student development through leadership and healthy active lifestyles for students.

 

In this all-inclusive environment, there is never a dull moment in the office – a new event to promote, new projects, or a new contest to oversee. When handling social media, creating posters and promoting recreational events, I have implemented many of the marketing skills that I learned in my Marketing Management class. I have experienced firsthand that multi-tasking, organizational skills and prioritizing tasks are critical to the smooth operation of all organizations.

Dec 9, 2013

Andrea Dillon: Department of Athletics and Recreation, Assumption College

Jeffrey Lewis: Worcester Sharks (AHL)

Interning with the Worcester Sharks (AHL)

Interning with the Worcester Sharks (AHL)

 

Name: Jeffrey Lewis

Hometown: Westford, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Marketing

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Sharks (AHL)

 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in the research and development of new season ticket marketing campaigns
  • Assist with the execution of concourse activities during games
  • Assist in pre and post-game setups

 

Blog Entry

The Worcester Sharks is a hard-working team which strives toward one common goal – to be the best hockey team in the AHL, the American Hockey League. Each employee works diligently to provide the best customer service and an unforgettable Sharks’ game experience for fans.

 

As a Marketing Intern, I am analyzing the season ticket packages for all of the AHL teams and comparing that information to the activities of the Sharks. It is up to me to shift through all the information and determine how the Sharks could offer a better pricing deal and experience to their season ticket holders.

 

The “a-ha learning moment” I had during the internship is when I was put in charge of running the music during youth hockey games. I had no prior experience and had to quickly learn what to do, which made it exciting. The thrill of being given this important game-day operation made me feel needed by the organization.

 

One of the lessons I have learned is that every person, intern to full-time staff, must follow the operational game-day plan. This ensures that fans will indeed get the best possible game experience!

Dec 5, 2013

Jeffrey Lewis: Worcester Sharks (AHL)

Makayla Sawyer: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ).

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ).

 

Name: Makayla Sawyer
Hometown, State: Moultonborough, NH
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with planning and promoting the business events sponsored by WBJ
  • Update social media sites, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter
  • Interview award honorees at events
  • Organize sponsor and guest registration

 

Blog Entry:

The Worcester Business Journal is the region’s definitive source for business news online and in print. As a Marketing and Events Intern, I have had the experience of learning what it truly takes to effectively and efficiently plan and execute professional business events.

 

Through my internship I have utilized skills I have learned in my Organizational Communication courses. My most recent project was writing the introductions for the honorees of the Outstanding Women in Business Awards. It was thrilling to hear my writing read publicly at such a prestigious event.

 

I have learned from my internship the importance of flexibility and confidence. Every day on the job is different and when I’m at the various events, confidence is key. My confidence to be able to talk with senior executives and other successful businessmen and women is critical to the success of the event.

 

I am a member of a cross-functional organization; the team at the WBJ are a tight-knit, hard-working organization where I truly feel I have made an impact.

Dec 2, 2013

Makayla Sawyer: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Andreas Moutsatsos: Centro Las Americas (CLA)

Interning at Centro Las Americas (CLA).

Interning at Centro Las Americas (CLA).

 

Name: Andreas Moutsatsos

Hometown: Arlington, MA

Major: Organizational Communications

Internship Sponsor: Centro Las Americas (CLA)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Update and create new brochures
  • Design Facebook and Twitter social media outlets
  • Create annual report packet
  • Update and create CLA website and learn development software, Mod-X Revolution.

 

These tasks must be done on a specific time schedule, especially the Annual Report, which was presented at a board meeting.

 

 

Blog:

My experience at CLA has taught me valuable communication, graphic design and website development skills, and have given me a real-world experience that I had been seeking since beginning college. I have learned that non-profits, like CLA, have an organizational structure and culture that requires employees to get work done at the same efficiency level as for-profit corporations. CLA has also taught me to work above and beyond what I thought I could accomplish; I am having a challenging internship experience.

 

My supervisor, Elvis Lopez, Director of Administration and Finance, has a lot of experience in business, including accounting, which added to my financial skills. Mr. Lopez showed me that the key to being a successful non-profit is planning and organization. This will greatly help me prepare for a job opportunity after graduation because I started to draw parallels between what I learned in my communications classes and what Mr. Lopez was teaching me about organizational communication and efficiency.

 

Working on new brochures, updating the website, and creating social media outlets for CLA has made me feel like I am a vital part of the organization. I feel I am actually adding greater value to this small organization than I would be at a large corporation.

Dec 2, 2013

Andreas Moutsatsos: Centro Las Americas (CLA)

Yesenia Hernandez: Insurance Marketing Agencies (IMA)

Interning at Insurance Marketing Agencies (IMA)

Interning at Insurance Marketing Agencies (IMA)

 

Name: Yesenia Hernandez

Hometown, State: Worcester, MA

Major: Accounting

Internship sponsor: Insurance Marketing Agencies (IMA)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare journal entries
  • Reconcile accounts to assure accuracy of financial statements
  • Create excel templates to be used for company internal analysis

These tasks need to be done at specific times of the month; it is my responsibility to make sure that these tasks get done at the appropriate time.

 

Blog:

My experience at IMA has taught me so much more about accounting than I expected to learn. I learned that real financial issues within a company arise and that they must be solved within a short period of time. There are many ways to solve the same issue; at my internship I have leaned how to problem solve to effectively reach a solution. My supervisor, Bill Wilcox, CFO, has given me the skills to become a problem solver.

 

As I aspire to be an auditor in a CPA firm, my internship at IMA has instilled in me some great habits and practices to take into my professional future. Bill was previously an auditor, therefore, he makes clear to me the importance of detail, explanations, consistency, and organization in my work. I realize that these skills are essential to becoming an auditor.

 

Becoming a quick-change artist is incredibly important because my work is always varied. At times I need to try different methods in order to get results. Bill sometimes changes his mind on the way he would like work done. Therefore, I drastically change my methods. This is valuable experience because I now know that needs are ever-changing, therefore, I have to be prepared to begin again or modify my work for each project.

Nov 15, 2013

Yesenia Hernandez: Insurance Marketing Agencies (IMA)

Michael Racine: Human Resources Department, UMass Medical School

Interning in the UMass Medical School Human Resources Department,

Interning in the UMass Medical School Human Resources Department,

 

Name: Michael Racine

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Major: Management

Minor: Accounting

Internship Sponsor: Human Resources Department, UMass Medical School

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Apply knowledge from my Human Resources Management class to a professional HR office environment
  • Utilize talent acquisition software, iCIMS
  • Learn the art of checking references
  • Learn the organizational processes within the Human Resources Department
  • Update policies and procedures

 

Blog Entry:

UMass Medical School is committed to improving medical care through education and research in order to improve the quality of life for their patients. It is the job of Human Resources to ensure the hiring of qualified and competent employees – ranging from janitorial jobs to lab research doctors.

 

Interning at UMass Medical School has given me valuable experience in a professional work environment, while also teaching me specific qualities employers look for in candidates for jobs. I have been lucky enough to work in many of the functions within the department, including: talent acquisition, compensation, and benefits. I have had the opportunity to meet with each person in the department individually to learn about their specific responsibilities and projects.

 

I work with an excellent team who constantly asks my opinion on specific problems and ideas. For example, they asked my opinion about the best way to implement new recruiting procedures and policies for interns and volunteers. I have been fortunate to feel engaged in my HR internship with UMass Medical School.

Nov 15, 2013

Michael Racine: Human Resources Department, UMass Medical School

Lauren Carrington: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Name: Lauren Carrington

Hometown, State: Westfield, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan, organize, and promote Worcester Business Journal events
  • Organize sponsorships and guest registration
  • Maintain three social media accounts
  • Research of potential honorees and companies for WBJ events

 

Blog Entry:

The Worcester Business Journal is the leading source in central Massachusetts for business news through online and print publications. As well as providing the most trusted business news, the WBJ also sponsors many events throughout the year to celebrate successes in the business community. These events provide excellent networking opportunities in business.

 

As a marketing and events intern, the skills I have learned as an organizational communication major have helped me in many aspects of my work. Some of my time is spent preparing for the next event by organizing and registering attendees and sponsors and their materials in a Microsoft Excel database. In the weeks before each event I write many social media posts to Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to stimulate interest and to remind last minute attendees to register. I also work at the events and have made many networking contacts.

 

Assisting in the marketing and planning of events and working as part of a cross-functional team has given me an appreciation and understanding of a career in the event planning industry. The mix of the planning work, combined with the social aspects of events, has been the perfect fit for me and has opened my eyes to a career field I had not previously considered.

Nov 4, 2013

Lauren Carrington: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Max Marschhausen: Worcester Sharks AHL

Interning with the Worcester Sharks

Interning with the Worcester Sharks

 

Name: Max Marschhausen
Hometown: Lewiston, Maine
Major: Management
Minor: Accounting and Philosophy
Internship: Worcester Sharks AHL

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in research and development of new sales campaigns
  • Compare our corporate partner opportunities with other AHL teams
  • Promote a positive fan experience by creating a unique and exciting environment

Blog Entry:
The Worcester Sharks is a hard-working team which strives toward one common goal of being the best hockey team in the sports entertainment industry. Each individual at the Worcester Sharks works hard to provide the best customer service and to provide our customers with a unique and special experience at every Sharks’ game.

 

As an Operations Intern at theWorcester Sharks, I am studying our corporate partners and comparing our corporate partners’ web pages to other AHL teams. I have discovered that we have an excellent website display of our corporate partners because we provide a complete list and contact information. We also list opportunities for our corporate partners that tells them the benefits of each package they purchase, from bronze, silver, and gold. We also offer an a la carte selection for each level; for example, at the gold level partners get two selections from the cart such as group tickets for 20 and a radio interview during a Sharks’ broadcast. We really offer some great packages for our partners.

 

I am adding value to the Worcester Sharks through this project. The opportunity to work in a professional sports environment is providing me with responsibility in the workplace, which makes me feel – even as an intern – that I make a difference in this company. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity.

Oct 28, 2013

Max Marschhausen: Worcester Sharks AHL

Eric Reilly: Worcester Art Museum, Education Department

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Interning at the Worcester Art Museum

 

Name: Eric Reilly

Hometown: Smithfield, RI

Major: Organizational Communication

Internship: Worcester Art Museum: Education Department

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Register students for art classes offered at the museum
  • Proofread and approve memos and pamphlets
  • Complete projects involving data regarding classes

 

Blog Entry:

 

The Worcester Art Museum is a charitable, non-profit organization. The organization’s purpose is to provide an educational experience for patrons and a first-hand look and immersion into the arts, as well as culture. A friendly and helpful atmosphere can always be expected by visitors on any occasion.

 

No two days have been the same since I have started my internship. I have worked on and completed a number of projects already, including the schedule for the current fall semester, and the complete profit projections for this fall. The people I work with make me feel like a truly important part of the team, as I am entrusted with the proofreading and final editing of mail outs and faculty memos. Staff even ask my opinion on issues that I am not even involved with!

 

A main source of income for the Worcester Art Museum is generated from the Education Department. There are many art classes for youth and adults of all ages. I especially enjoy working with the registration administrator in the Education Department, and helping students find and register for a class that most interests them. Classes range from drawing and painting to printmaking and computer art.

Oct 15, 2013

Eric Reilly: Worcester Art Museum, Education Department

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