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Emily Collins: Worcester Sharks

At a Worcester Sharks game

At a Worcester Sharks game

 

Name: Emily Collins
Hometown: Millis, MA
Major: Management
Expected Year of Graduation: May 2010
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Sharks American Hockey League (AHL)

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As a community relations intern for the Worcester Sharks, I help engage local communities in the Worcester Sharks’ experience. I have participated in the “Be a Leader” Community Service Day which physically upgrades the inside and outside of a local elementary school. Our team gathered together to do yard work, painted an alphabet mural, updated the basketball courts by repainting the lines and replacing the hoops. We also created a new walkway at the entrance of the school. 

 

There are many other programs such as “Be a Leader,” which promotes healthy living to children in grades four through six, and “Reading is Cool,” which is a literacy program available to children in grades kindergarten through first grade throughout Central MA. I assist Finz, the Worcester Sharks’ Mascot, on some of his community events. 

 

This organization has taught me the importance of working as a team member to accomplish goals within time constraints. All our games must start on time!

Nov 19, 2009

Emily Collins: Worcester Sharks

Amanda Brax: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

At the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

At the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Name: Amanda Brax

Hometown: Waterford, Connecticut

Major: Organizational Communication

Expected Year of Graduation: Spring 2010

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Primary Responsibilities:

My internship supervisor is the Marketing and Communication Director. My responsibilities: include writing press releases for Chamber events, maintaining the website, writing and editing stories for the website and newsletter, and creating and maintaining social networking sites.

 

 

Blog Entry:

I was undecided about my college major. I liked a little part of many subjects, but was missing a passion. I always admired others who had a passion, whether it be a sport or art, but I could never find my own – that is, until I took my first business class, Principles of Marketing. My eyes widened as I learned more about the business environment and found my passion. I soon declared my major in Organizational Communication and began taking more business classes.

 

Now as a senior and an intern for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, I am able to bring my passion to life. At the Chamber,  I have used the lessons I learned in marketing to create a Facebook page for the Chamber. When I created the page I had to think about my target market and message.

 

I decided the first message for the Facebook page should be to notify business professionals about the New England Business Expo, the Chamber’s biggest event of the year.  In order to start generating interest, I started a countdown to the event and also posted a video of the president of the Chamber explaining the benefits of attending the Expo.

 

The Assumption College Business Program gave me the skills to represent the Chamber of Commerce and the confidence to succeed in the business world.

Nov 11, 2009

Amanda Brax: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Dave Wheeler: Worcester Business Journal

Name: Dave Wheeler

Hometown: East Haven, CT

Major: Organizational Communication

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

As an intern in the Editorial Department of the Worcester Business Journal, my responsibilities include: updating calendars and spreadsheets, formulating briefs and press releases, and writing articles on subjects that are relevant to the Central Massachusetts business community and are of interest to me. So, I have a choice in my article topics.

 

Blog Entry:

My internship at the WBJ has afforded me many opportunities that are of interest to me and validate what I have learned at Assumption College. I have found that coming up with my own topics to cover and researching/writing the articles is my work.

 

I recently wrote an article on body language in the workplace. I had been learning in my Interpersonal Communications class about nonverbal communication and its substantial impact on social situations. I took this idea to my editor and wrote an article with guidelines about body language in the workplace. In doing so, I learned that by taking the initiative and pushing for what you want, you can end up doing work that you enjoy and have a positive effect on the company in the process.

 

I have also been able to apply managerial concepts learned in my internship class to my internship. I have been able to evaluate the workplace on both macro and micro levels, and consequently place myself in a more valuable position to the company.  This has been a very eye-opening experience for me as I have applied what I have learned in the classroom to the ever-changing business environment where I hope to someday soon be successful.

Nov 4, 2009

Dave Wheeler: Worcester Business Journal

Lee Keaney: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Name: Lee Kearney
Hometown: Moosup, CT
Major: Organizational Communications

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010
Location: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

My primary responsibilities at the Chamber of Commerce are: to write articles for the website about past and upcoming events, to draft press releases for events and programs that the Chamber is hosting and to update the Chamber website.

 

I have developed a large portfolio of articles, press releases and other forms of business writing. It has been very fulfilling because I get to do work that I know is meaningful. The articles I write have been featured on the homepage of the Chamber’s website and the press releases that I write are sent out to all of the members.

 

Through working at the Chamber I have discovered the kind of working environment that I would like to be a part of in my career. The culture is very laid back and comfortable at the Chamber. I feel very little pressure from my supervisor or my co-workers because they are all very helpful and treat me like an equal.

 

Working at the Chamber of Commerce also has its perks. We host many events that involve breakfasts, lunches and dinners and I have also had the opportunity to hear speeches by Andrew Card, former Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and Jonathan Kraft, president of the New England Patriots. Because of events like these, my internship experience is an excellent blend of work and great networking opportunities.

Nov 4, 2009

Lee Keaney: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mary Awad: Worcester Business Journal

At the Worcester Business Journal

At the Worcester Business Journal

Name: Mary Awad

Hometown: Norwood, MA

Major: Marketing

Minor: Finance

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

As a Sales and Marketing intern at the Worcester Business Journal, I am assigned various tasks on a daily basis. My primary responsibilities include: setting up events, collecting data and data entry, researching, making up media kits for potential sponsors, mailings, and attending events for the Journal.

 

The Worcester Business Journal is a welcoming environment that allows me to view marketing and event planning at a real company. I have learned to manage my time effectively due to the set of tasks that I need to complete each day.

 

When it comes to big events the WBJ sponsors, such as 40 CEO’s under the age of 40, The Mass Energy Summit, The Business Expo, and Women in Business, work becomes hectic and it’s very busy in the office. Being part of the production for these events allows me to see how much effort and time is actually put into hosting an event. Everyone in the office, whether they are publishers or in the marketing sector, come together to help set up for these huge events that attract people from all over Massachusetts, especially central Massachusetts.

 

Although the days prior to hosting the events can be crazy and stressful, seeing the end result and how much the attendees appreciate the time and effort I put in is a great feeling. I enjoy being part of this production.

Nov 4, 2009

Mary Awad: Worcester Business Journal

Kaithlin Kerrigan: Assumption College Institutional Advancement

Name: Kaithlin Kerrigan
Hometown: Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
Major: Organizational Communication

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010
Internship Sponsor: Assumption College Institutional Advancement

 

Primary Responsibilities:

We must always remember the importance of giving back, which is the idea the Institutional Advancement Office works very hard to instill in the minds of alumni.  Throughout the semester, I am statistically analyzing phone-a-thon programs and direct mailing programs, and researching other colleges’ Annual Fund projects.  I also assist with the Senior Class Gift Campaign, the President’s Council Dinner and the Career Networking Event.

 

Blog Entry:

Over the last three years, Assumption College has given me more than I could imagine.  It has given me the opportunity to make lasting friendships, receive a valuable education and network with both faculty and administration.  Assumption College has given me the skills I will need to succeed in a “real world” business setting.  This internship is an experience which allows me to take the skills I have learned in the classroom, and use them in a professional setting.

 

Intensive coursework in Business and Technical Writing, Marketing and Strategic Managerial Communication have given me communication and writing training that I have used in my internship.  These combined skills have given me the tools to update the website and participate in staff meetings.

 

This internship has been a great opportunity for me.  I am interning in a field that I can see as a career.  Having an internship now, not only looks great on my resume, but will give me an idea of what I can expect about the workplace.  This process will help me make the transition from a student to an individual ready to take on the real world.

Oct 28, 2009

Kaithlin Kerrigan: Assumption College Institutional Advancement

Katie Celli: United Way of Central Massachusetts

Name: Katie Celli
Hometown: Wilmington, Massachusetts
Major: Organizational Communication
Expected Year of Graduation: 2010
Internship Sponsor: United Way of Central Massachusetts

 

Primary Responsibilities:

As an intern for United Way, I am the Assumption College coordinator for the 2009 United Way Campaign of Central Mass. I serve as a spokesperson, both on and off campus, and communicate with over 25 administrators, faculty, and staff who are campaign captains. The challenge is to promote the United Way and to encourage contributions and participation.

 

With this internship, I see first hand how important communication skills are and apply these skills to a variety of marketing projects. With my major in Organizational Communication, many of my business, writing, and communication courses apply in successfully marketing the campaign throughout campus. I develop creative ideas for advertising the important message by using photos from United Way events and direct quotes from contributors of the campaign.

 

Interning for a non-profit organization has provided hands-on experience which utilizes my business skills in a real-life situation. I have gained an appreciation in how one individual can make a significant difference in participating. I have experienced how working as a team is an efficient approach for a non-profit organization environment.

 

Here is an example of my campaign message: The United Way of Central Massachusetts is the caring power of our local community which enables everyone to become self-sufficient and successful members of society. The organization has been a success for 90 years, and it can only succeed through its volunteers – please help us reach the goals for our community today and donate!

United Way's "Day of Caring" at Emmanuel Residents Village in Worcester, MA

United Way's "Day of Caring" at Emmanuel Residents Village in Worcester, MA

Oct 20, 2009

Katie Celli: United Way of Central Massachusetts

Emily Noyes: Independent Authors

Name: Emily Noyes

Hometown: Plymouth, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010

Internship sponsor: Independent Authors

 

Primary Responsibilities:

I am working with two authors to create a career search book that will be published next year.  So far, I have spent the majority of my time researching chapter topics and helping with some of the preliminary writing. 

 

Blog Entry:

This week I was researching and writing about the use of portfolios in the job market today.  Portfolios are a great way to show your skill set to a potential employer. Today, more and more employers are asking for interviewees to submit more than a resume.

Aside from the work experience, I also benefit from my internship by researching topics that are relevant to my own job search.  After I finished reading about the upcoming demand for portfolios, I decided it would be a good idea to create my own.  We have been submitting weekly memos in our internship class regarding an organization’s structure, culture, and leadership style.  These memos are exactly what potential employers are looking for in a portfolio.  It is really exciting to see that the work we are doing in class will prepare us for high performance in the workplace.

Oct 13, 2009

Emily Noyes: Independent Authors

Maureen Toscano: Worcester Magazine

Name: Maureen Toscano

Hometown: Worcester, MA

Major: Management

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Magazine

 

 

Primary Responsibilities: Each week at the Worcester Magazine my internship responsibility is to work on the format and advertising sales of the magazine.  I do all of the editing, formatting, and aligning of all advertisements on each page layout for the final copy.  My final edit is the okay to publish.  Also, I get to take part in major events promoting local restaurants, bands, and entertainment venues.

  

The internship has effectively tied into our class through discussions about organizational structure, and determining how an intern fits into the structure.  Through class discussions, it has been an experience to hear about each intern’s company structure and personal fit.  For myself, the fit is out of my element but it’s a challenge, which is something I look for in each and every opportunity.  Being able to have such a varied opportunity has not only broadened my view of the working world, but has shown me the numerous opportunities that are out there for each individual.

Oct 6, 2009

Maureen Toscano: Worcester Magazine

Laura Hall: Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization

With Governor Douglas of Vermont

With Governor Douglas of Vermont

Name: Laura Hall

Hometown: South Burlington, Vermont

Major: Organizational Communication

Expected Year of Graduation: May 2010

Internship Sponsor: Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization

 

Primary Responsibilities: As Miss Vermont 2009, I serve as a spokesperson and advocate for several non-profit organizations, while promoting my personal platform of “Youth Empowerment—Leaders of Today!” throughout the Green Mountain State. I work to attain sponsors and I am responsible for communicating with the public through social media channels such as Facebook, twitter and blogging. Check out www.missvermont.org for more information!

  

Have you ever been kissed by a cow?  Ever attended an event with the Governor of your state? If there’s anything that I’ve learned during my year as Miss Vermont—it’s to always be prepared for the unexpected. You never know what opportunities may come along!

 

The internship experience that Assumption College provides has already proven to be incredibly valuable for me. Because of my business background, particularly with my major of Organizational Communication, I have found that I am able to use my business knowledge in my role as Miss Vermont. Communication is key for my internship, and I need to be able to communicate with all audiences, whether it is a child, a grandmother, the Governor of Vermont or a corporate leader who I am trying to persuade to become a sponsor for my organization. I have gained the skills and the confidence to enter any business and share a strategically formulated message. Understanding types of organizational structures and corporate cultures has led to this success—all information that I’ve learned during the internship class.

 

Interning for a non-profit organization has strengthened my passion for continuing to work in the non-profit sector—and this realization is huge, knowing that in just a few short months I will be entering the real world. Internships are a great way to figure out what type of environment you want to be a part of, and for me, I’ve been fortunate to find a field where I can be successful and have fun at the same time!

 

By being an intern and putting yourself in the working environment, you grow, you learn, and you discover things about yourself that you may not have otherwise had the opportunity to find out. For me, I’ve learned about the importance of flexibility, patience, and confidence; all of which came in handy while visiting a Vermont farm!

Kissed by a Cow!

Kissed by a Cow!

Oct 6, 2009

Laura Hall: Miss Vermont Scholarship Organization

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