Internship Blogs Archive

Jenelle Nadeau: American Cancer Society (ACS)

Interning at the American Cancer Society (ACS)

Interning at the American Cancer Society (ACS)

 

Name: Jenelle Nadeau
Hometown: Walpole, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Management
Internship Sponsor: American Cancer Society (ACS)

 

Primary Responsibilities:  As an intern in the Communications and Marketing Department, my primary responsibilities include: updating and maintaining all media lists, creating analysis reports of news clips, writing and editing press releases and media advisories, photographing American Cancer Society events, preparing calendar releases, and working on the Relay For Life event at Assumption College.

 

Blog Entry:
My internship has been a valuable experience in working in a communications department.  I have been able to take concepts that I have learned in communication and marketing classes and apply them to my professional writing, which has been an enlightening experience. 

 

I recently interviewed a participant in the ACS’s event “Look Good…Feel Better” who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.  I wrote a press release about the participant to raise awareness of this program.  In Public Relations class we have discussed how important it is to develop press releases that not only capture readers’ attention, but also provides them with all the pertinent information in the first two paragraphs.  I found that when writing the press release, I was able to use the participant’s story as a way to draw readers in and then provide them with all the educational details about cancer and chemotherapy. 

 

I have also been working on updating and maintaining media lists.  This involves contacting all media outlets including radio stations, news stations, newspapers, and magazines in Western Massachusetts.

Mar 21, 2011

Jenelle Nadeau: American Cancer Society (ACS)

Gabrielle Attra: Office of Public Affairs, Assumption College

Interning in the Assumption College Office of Public Affairs
Interning in the Assumption College Office of Public Affairs

 

Name: Gabrielle Attra
Hometown: Brunswick, ME
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Art History
Internship Sponsor: Office of Public Affairs, Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in Public Affairs, I am assigned to promote the spring production of Assumption’s theatre program, “Children of Eden”. My tasks include: press releases, meeting and rehearsal attendance, and writing the play’s program. I also write faculty, alumni and student profiles and articles for the college’s online calendar about upcoming events on campus.

 

Blog Entry:
I am grateful for the opportunity to intern for Public Affairs because I enjoy writing and have gained experience which has greatly improved my writing skills. I work on multiple writing pieces such as student and alumni profiles and announcements of upcoming campus events.

 

My major in Organizational Communication has given me the skills to apply what I have learned in my writing classes to my professional work. I edit the online faculty, alumni and student profiles to make them clearer and more concise. I have also learned valuable interviewing techniques through the online profiles. Contacting and interviewing faculty and students for their profiles has greatly improved my communication skill set.

 

My main project is producing the program for the college’s spring production, “Children of Eden.” This involves attending meetings which allow me to view the internal communication involved in producing work within the department. I now understand the value of creating a timeline to have the final project completed on schedule.

 

My internship has been very beneficial to my professional career track. By providing valuable writing samples for my portfolio and using the essential skills needed for writing professionally, my internship has increased my competitiveness in the job market.

Mar 16, 2011

Gabrielle Attra: Office of Public Affairs, Assumption College

Jennifer DiMilla: Human Resources Department, Assumption College

Interning in the Assumption Colleg Human Resources Department

Interning in the Assumption College Human Resources Department

 

Name: Jennifer DiMilla
Hometown: Millis, MA
Major: Psychology
Minor: Management
Internship Sponsor: Human Resources Department, Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in the Human Resources Department, my primary responsibilities include: analyzing job grades and wage compressions, creating surveys of training needs and proposals for the college, auditing sexual harassment training and personnel who need to complete the updated version, observing the operation of programs such an Enwisen and Novas, and compiling all college policies and procedures into one working manual.

 

Blog Entry:
Having the opportunity to intern in the Human Resources Department has been a valuable experience and has given me insight into this specialization. I have been able to apply concepts about sexual harassment that I learned in my Human Resources Management class to the tasks of auditing sexual harassment training materials.

 

One of my largest projects was creating a PowerPoint presentation for the students on campus who contribute to the “voice views” on the homepage. By educating students on how important it is to be careful about the content that they post online, I was able to make students aware of the potential power of online harassment.

 

Another project I had the chance to work on was revising performance evaluation forms. I researched the process that other colleges use in addressing performance evaluation. After doing some work online and reevaluating the current forms, I was able to make some adjustments. It was really great to see how all my ideas came together and I learned a lot about successful competencies in job categories.

 

Having the chance to intern is really going to help me in the long run because I hope to one day have a career in Human Resources.

Mar 2, 2011

Jennifer DiMilla: Human Resources Department, Assumption College

Nick Pardy: Small Business Service Bureau, Inc.

Interning at Small Business Service Bureau, Inc.

Interning at Small Business Service Bureau, Inc.

 

Name: Nick Pardy
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Major: Marketing
Minor: Graphic Design
Internship Sponsor: Small Business Service Bureau, Inc. (SBSB)
 

Primary Responsibilities:

As a marketing and communications intern, I am helping SBSB with their online marketing and website development.  I am transforming their ballot history into a new database that will make it easy for SBSB members to see how other members feel about important issues and topics relating to the small business environment.  I also able to assist the graphic design department because of my knowledge from my graphic design minor.

 

Blog Entry: 

I am glad to be working with the Small Business Service Bureau (SBSB).  I can already see how much it has helped me to feel that I will make a seamless transition from being a college student to a workforce professional. Many seniors dread moving on into the “real world,” but after starting my internship, I quickly realized that it is not as bad as I or other students portray it.  I take my internship very seriously, and fit in very well with the other co-workers in the marketing and communications department.

 

What I like about this internship is that I also have the opportunity to do some graphic designing.  My marketing major and graphic design minor go well together, and I am glad I am able to use both at this organization.  My vision of the perfect career is being able to do an assortment of tasks, and at SBSB I feel that I can do this because of the small number of employees and the variety of work.

 

I look forward to going to my internship everyday because I love being part of an organization where I feel like I belong.  SBSB is one of the few places where I am able to work on the same floor as the CEO and upper management!  I am glad Assumption has given me the opportunity to take an internship as a class.

 

Everyone should have an internship experience before they graduate if they have room in their schedule.  This experience has allowed me to learn about organizational cultures and my “fit” in the SBSB culture, which we talk about in our internship class.  Internships open doors to new opportunities in the work environment and make the thought of getting a job more of a reality.

Mar 1, 2011

Nick Pardy: Small Business Service Bureau, Inc.

Alexi Maxfield: Elevate Communications

Interning at Elevate Communications
Interning at Elevate Communications

 

Name: Alexi Maxfield
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Major: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: Elevate Communications, Boston, MA

 

Primary Responsibilities:

As a public relations intern at Elevate Communications, I am assigned to the Foxwoods and Foxwoods Theater accounts.  I am responsible for the “Spider-Man” account, the Broadway show which is currently a hit at Foxwoods Theater.  My tasks include: press releases, research, media lists, news pitches, news clippings, and logging coverage to show advertising value.  I am focusing on Foxwoods Theater coverage, which includes print, online and video media; to determine the monthly value to clients of their investment in Elevate’s services.

 

Blog Entry:

On my first day at Elevate Communications I was nervous, yet excited, to begin a real world experience in marketing. I started my internship at the company’s busiest time; this made adapting to the environment a lot easier because I was instantly thrown into new projects. I worked on multiple tasks such as updating media lists for clients and writing news pitches.

 

My main project is compiling data coverage of “Spider-Man”. This project is tedious because new coverage is constantly being added to my work load. At first it seemed like a never-ending task. I couldn’t see the importance of the project until my supervisor showed me the final report that was given to the client.

 

The final project looked amazing; it provided a detailed description of all coverage of the theater over the past month and calculated the advertising value that the client receives from the investment. This finally made me realize the value of my work.

 

I feel proud of my ability to be detailed and efficient at my coverage task, even when it becomes complicated.

 

I am learning the basics of public relations in a fast-paced environment that will help me in my future career. I am focusing on my communication, writing, and creative thinking skills that are necessary in all marketing environments. I am focused on my internship because I want to learn as much as I can and receive the most personal value from this opportunity.

Feb 28, 2011

Alexi Maxfield: Elevate Communications

Julia Brough: Worcester Art Museum

Interning at the Worcester Art Museum
Interning at the Worcester Art Museum

 

Name: Julia Brough
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Graphic Design
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Art Museum (WAM)

 

Primary Responsibilities:
I am the marketing and graphic design support intern in the Marketing and Publication Department. My technical tasks include: designing posters, signage, ads, and invitations using Quark. I am also involved in specific marketing campaigns and attend hosted events.

 

Blog Entry:

 

I have been able to connect my major in Organizational Communication and minor in Graphic Design through my work at the Worcester Art Museum. Design projects allow freedom for layout and typography, which are two concepts that I have worked heavily with in design classes. I have updated the Worcester Art Museum Facebook account, uploaded videos, taken numerous walks around the museum for inspiration and gone to interesting events.  An example of a technical skill is learning the importance of word hierarchy when composing flyers and how it affects where the eye looks and how well the message is conveyed to the targeted audience.

 

Sitting in on interviews and meetings have given me experience in observing the internal communication of a non-profit organization. The event planning meetings are interesting. There is a lot of communication that goes on with professionals who do not see all of the labor that goes into the marketing and publications projects. These conversations are different from the ones with the professionals who are aware of the labor and hard work.

 

The three wonderful women I work with, Kim, Kate, and Aly, are knowledgeable and very interested in my multitude of questions. I pick their brains about post-grad ideas and current design projects. I play my Pandora.com station for them and sometimes we even sing along out loud. No one seems to mind. I love working with this organization. It is a welcoming, educational, and eclectic environment – and has made my senior year richer.

Feb 23, 2011

Julia Brough: Worcester Art Museum

Jola Teneqexhi: St. Vincent Hospital, Finance Department

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Interning at St. Vincent Hospital

 

Name: Jola Teneqexhi
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Major: Accounting
Internship Sponsor: St. Vincent Hospital, Finance Department

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in the Finance Department I enjoy the opportunity to observe a closer look at the culture and values of the organization.  My primary responsibilities are: completing a Monthly Operating Report (MOR), preparing invoices and statements, recording and keeping track of accounts in a general ledger, identifying total revenue and expenses of balance sheets, and making projections to determine how to increase total revenues in departments. I also have an opportunity to work with computer programs that are specifically designed for financial office use such as, MediTech and PeachTree.

 

Blog Entry:

I was very nervous starting the internship because I had not experienced the workflow of accounting in a business setting and I was concerned about being able to adapt to the organization. However, these feelings of emotion and nervousness did not prevent me from experiencing and accomplishing many aspects of accounting that will help me to become successful.

 

Throughout the period of my internship, I have worked on numerous tasks that have helped me gain a greater knowledge of how to complete each assignment successfully.  I have worked on generating daily projections with the CFO and analyzing if total revenue will meet expectations.  In addition, I have prepared invoices for companies that contain balances on their accounts.

 

After completing each assignment, my supervisor or my mentors examine my work and provide suggestions and feedback if improvement is necessary.  In this process of learning, I have realized that I perform effectively by receiving immediate feedback.
This internship experience has helped me gain an understanding of myself and made me feel confident about a career in accounting. I have learned that quality and quantity is a direct reflection of personal character and integrity. A productive worker with a strong work ethic takes the time to produce quality work and therefore has a higher chance of achieving career goals.

Nov 29, 2010

Jola Teneqexhi: St. Vincent Hospital, Finance Department

Danielle DeLaura: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Name: Danielle DeLaura
Hometown: Gales Ferry, Connecticut
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As a marketing and communications intern, I am primarily responsible for: creating press releases about past and upcoming events, writing, editing and updating information and graphics on the Chamber website; writing and editing news articles and maintaining social networking sites.

 

Blog Entry:
The most valuable part of interning at the Chamber of Commerce is being able to apply concepts and skills that I have learned in my communication and marketing classes to actual work responsibilities in a professional environment. Interning at the Chamber allows me to recognize that all my hard academic work has paid off -  and it’s extremely gratifying!

 

My internship provides opportunities for me to attend all of the many Chamber events. The most significant event I worked on and attended was the New England Business Expo where hundreds of companies came together to showcase their products and services. Attending this event gave me incredible networking opportunities and business experience that I had never been exposed to before.

 

While working at the Chamber I have developed a large portfolio of my writing and technical accomplishments.  I also am able to better identify the type of work environment I wish to be a part of in the future.

 

This internship is a vital piece of my educational experience at Assumption College – my internship has given me the opportunity to grow and transform into an Organizational Communication professional.

Nov 17, 2010

Danielle DeLaura: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Patrick Donlin: Worcester Business Journal

Interning for the Worcester Business Journal

Interning for the Worcester Business Journal

 

Name: Patrick Donlin
Hometown: South Glastonbury, CT
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship Sponsor: The Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in the Editorial Department at the WBJ, my responsibilities include: researching and writing brief articles covering a variety of business-related topics, uploading the latest editions of the WBJ on the website, and representing WBJ at local business events.

 

Blog Entry:
My internship at the WBJ has given me a dose of reality. As senior year winds down, my experience at the WBJ office grows invaluable. The time spent and knowledge gained during my internship has made me feel very comfortable entering an office setting after graduation.

 

I have had the opportunity to write my own column, The 101 Section.  My column offers important business tips specifically tailored to business leaders throughout our Central Massachusetts coverage area. For example, I have written about Business Plans, Leadership, Reference Checks, and MBA Programs. Seeing my name in print in a professional business journal every two weeks has been exciting!

 

I have also made important contributions to the production process. I have been handed assignments to take photographs in the field for articles and record and edit multi-media for the WBJ’s social networking sites.

 

My work at the WBJ has been a tremendous step forward in a potential career path. As I currently fill out applications for magazine jobs in New York City, I am confident that my position at the WBJ has set me up for success.

Nov 10, 2010

Patrick Donlin: Worcester Business Journal

Meghan Gallagher: Worcester Business Journal

Interning for the Worcester Business Journal
Interning for the Worcester Business Journal

 

Name: Meghan Gallagher
Hometown: Upton, MA
Major: Management
Minor: International Business
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

At the Worcester Business Journal, I am the Events/Marketing intern. My primary responsibilities include: developing press releases for the events, managing registrations, creating invoices for WBJ clients, coordinating event mailings, creating media kits, securing speakers and sponsors for the events, and making updates to the event webpage. I also attend all of the events hosted by the WBJ and am responsible to set-up/break down the event and to assist with keeping the event on schedule. I have also learned to use the Marketing Manager software program.

 

Blog Entry:

My event planning tasks and experiences have improved my skills and confidence in communicating and engaging in conversation with other business professionals. These events, which are hosted for CEOs and Managers of companies in Central Massachusetts, have created valuable networking opportunities for me.

 

Before this internship opportunity, I had minimal experience with planning events. I was immediately given tasks to develop an agenda for the events and to contact potential sponsors and speakers. This internship has helped me grow in my written communication skills by providing me the opportunity to constantly write emails and press releases.

 

Being able to be hands-on in influencing, developing and implementing an event is rewarding and exciting. Some of the events that I have been involved with planning include: 40 CEO’s under the age of 40, the Massachusetts Energy Summit, Family Business Awards, Women in Business and The Business Expo.

 

I have experienced and seen the amount of time and effort that is put into planning these events, and although it may be stressful in the office prior to the events, seeing and hearing the attendees say it was a success is worth the hard work. I have enjoyed my internship with the WBJ and am excited to expand my career in event planning.

Nov 3, 2010

Meghan Gallagher: Worcester Business Journal

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