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Richard Jakiel: United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England

Interning at United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England

Interning at United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England

Name: Richard Jakiel
Hometown, State: New Britain, CT
Major: Management
Internship Sponsor: United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain databases of community tennis departments
  • Support community relations managers with facilitating junior team tennis leagues
  • Research potential programming leads for USTA School Tennis, Parks and Recreation, Jr. Team Tennis, Community Tennis Associations, National Junior Tennis and Learning and Tennis on Campus

Blog:
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) is the national governing body for the sport of tennis and the recognized leader in promoting and developing the sport’s growth on every level in the United States. It spans from local communities to the crown jewel of the professional game, the US Open. The USTA’s mission is simple: “to promote and develop the growth of tennis”. There are 17 geographical sections of the USTA, all of which are subsidiaries of the USTA.

 

I am the community relations intern for USTA New England. As a management major, I have taken many courses focusing on business structures, cultures, and processes. A significant concept highlighted in each course is the importance of communication and program development. I am responsible for maintaining weekly contact about program development with head tennis professionals and managers in 14 of Northern Connecticut’s (NCT) region premier tennis clubs and facilities.

 

This task goes hand-in-hand with the NCT’s Junior Team Tennis program (JTT). JTT is the flagship of the USTA. The NCT region’s JTT program has over 300 participants and 40 JTT teams. I am also responsible for organizing and coordinating match play to fit all time constraints; this is a difficult task.

 

The empowerment I received as an intern, along with my diligent but casual personality, are synonymous with the culture of USTA New England. As a tennis professional with teaching and competitive playing experience, I am now building my career potential in the business side of the tennis industry.

Nov 27, 2012

Richard Jakiel: United States Tennis Association (USTA) New England

Hayley Eagan: Sodexo, Inc. Assumption College

Interning at Sodexo, Inc. Assumption College

Interning at Sodexo, Inc. Assumption College

 

Name: Hayley Eagan
Hometown, State: Essex, Vermont
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Philosophy
Internship Sponsor: Sodexo, Inc. Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop detailed action plans and creative strategies for dining promotions and special events
  • Provide my supervisor with a month-end overviews of all promotional activities, results and future considerations
  • Review all media placements and coverage regarding dining promotional events to ensure accuracy, content and plan compliance

Blog:

Sodexo is a worldwide leader in Quality of Life Services and is the dining services provider at Assumption. Its commitment is to developing quality of life services, reinforcing the well-being of individuals and helping companies and organizations improve their  internal operating performance.

 

My internship has taught me how to incorporate corporate social responsibility into an international dining services organization. For example, The Better Tomorrow Plan provides a well balanced meal for student wellness that is linked with organic wholesalers who distribute locally grown food. With my hands-on experience at Sodexo, I have gained strong communication and organizational skills that can be applied to many careers. Planning, managing and implementing monthly events are my primary internship responsibilities.

 

Last month the dining team hosted a Farm to School week-long event that invited farmers from MA area to display their fruits, vegetables and goods. This gave farmers the opportunity to promote their brands, generate sales and create student awareness of healthy eating practices.  Sodexo’s mission statement was well represented in this event and supported both our local and Assumption communities. 

 

I believe my internship has demonstrated the value of socially responsible business practices.

Nov 12, 2012

Hayley Eagan: Sodexo, Inc. Assumption College

Angelica DiLibero: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Name: Angelica DiLibero
Hometown, State: Cranston, RI
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Creating and revising press releases
  • Updating social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Publishing and updating content for the company’s website

 

Blog:

The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber in New England. With extensive networking activities, the Chamber is the hub of the business community in Worcester and is dedicated to enhancing the city’s economic affluence. During my time as an intern at the Chamber I have experienced first -hand all of the countless hours of brainstorming, organizing, and planning that go into sponsoring an event.

 

I have had the opportunity to assist the Chamber plan for their biggest event of the year, the Central Mass Business Expo.  While planning for the Expo began last year, I have experienced the marketing of the event, along with confirming all of the details. Over the past two months I have applied techniques that I learned in my classes, specifically my Public Relations class.  For my PR class, I held a mock press conference announcing the launch of a new product.  I am now involved in the announcement of the Central Mass Business Expo. While the Chamber’s Expo is different from my mock press conference, I saw the similarities in launching an event.

 

I am applying the skills that I have learned and gaining experience in the marketing and communications industries, which I will take with me as I start my career in the professional world.

Oct 26, 2012

Angelica DiLibero: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Michael Scola: RDW Group, Inc.

Interning at RDW Group, Inc.

Interning at RDW Group, Inc.

Name: Michael Scola
Hometown: Burlington, MA
Major: Organizational Communications
Internship Sponsor: RDW Group, Inc.

 

Primary Responsibilities:  As an Account Executive Intern at RDW Group, I utilize my written and oral communication skills while serving clients such as:  Reliant Medical Group, Higgins Armory Museum, and the Worcester Art Museum. My responsibilities include: conducting trend research, developing media lists, drafting media releases and reports, reviewing media plans, composing copy for billboard and 60-second radio ads, attending internal and client meetings, and providing input for creative projects.

 

Blog Entry:  “Think. Work. Win.” The RDW Group slogan truly represents the approach we take to satisfy and exceed the demands of our clients. As an integrated communications agency, RDW Group specializes in advertising, marketing, and public relations.

 

Overall, I have been extremely pleased with the amount of responsibility RDW has given me. Throughout the day I work on multiple projects for multiple clients, which has provided me with experience in account management and enabled me to utilize my creative nature in a professional capacity.

 

Among the various projects I am assigned, a frequent example is composing media releases for Reliant Medical Group when a new doctor is hired. This has required me to apply concepts I have learned in Business & Technical Writing, Advertising, and Public Relations courses. Furthermore, the process of drafting the release and meeting with my supervisor until it is finalized has honed my sense of client awareness and their expectations.

 

This internship has given me the tacit knowledge and professional experience that motivates me to pursue a career in advertising.

Oct 22, 2012

Michael Scola: RDW Group, Inc.

Mark Forster: Worcester Business Journal

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal

 

Name: Mark Forster
Hometown: Marlborough, MA
Major: Marketing
Internship sponsor: Worcester Business Journal

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist with various marketing needs for events, such as promotional ads, social media, and press releases
  • Prepare post- event follow ups with sponsors and attendees
  • Manage the website by updating events page and calendar dates
  • Conduct market research to assist the sales representatives

Blog Entry:

 

The Worcester Business Journal is the region’s largest distributor of business news.  I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to intern with such an established company.   Working in the Events and Marketing Department under the Event Manager has given me the opportunity to utilize and enhance my marketing and communication skill sets.

 

As an intern, I jumped right into event planning.  I was immediately asked to start communicating with sponsors and create spreadsheets to register their friends and family who would like to attend.   Yes, it was tedious work, but it made me to realize that in order for an event or for the business to be successful, organizational tasks must be performed.  Recently, I have been working on promotional ads, social media tag lines and press releases.  My Advertising course has prepared me to tie in promotional concepts to make appealing flyers that will capture the target market’s attention.  Before this experience I had never written a press release, which made the first one a challenge for me.  My manager is very helpful in guiding me to write effectively for promotions.

 

The most positive attribute in the office is the environment and structure. There are separate departments but they work together as a team in a cross-functional structure.   Understanding the structure and the culture of the company has prepared me for the workplace because I know more about myself and the environment that will help me to succeed.

Oct 4, 2012

Mark Forster: Worcester Business Journal

Catherine Doherty: Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Interning with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Interning with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

 

Name: Catherine Doherty
Hometown, State: Stoneham, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Information Technology
Internship Sponsor: Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Creating a weekly media report to present to management
  • Managing the Brookfield fact sheets and brochures to be distributed to investors
  • Publishing and updating content for the company’s website
  • Coordinating team efforts to help execute Brookfield’s ‘Annual US Foundation Golf Tournament’

Blog Entry:
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners is a non-profit organization that owns hydroelectric facilities and wind farms in Canada, Brazil, and the United States. As a  communications intern in the US, I have gained insight into the dynamics of a successful international company. Since Brookfield operates in 3 different countries, cultural and language barriers often arise. I find myself referring to terms and concepts I’ve learned in my International Marketing class here at Assumption to handle situations appropriately.

 

As a student with an Information Technology minor, I was thrilled when I was given the role of project manager for updating website content. I work behind the scenes on the company website to update media releases, change pictures, and create feature articles. I often call upon concepts from my Content Management Systems class when updating the site. I took this class last semester, and now I’m actually teaching some of the concepts to my co-workers who aren’t as familiar with content management systems.

 

This internship is a highly beneficial experience. Not only am I gaining real-life experience in a field I love, but I am also building a vast network of relationships with organizations in the energy field and my co-workers. I encourage all students to seek out an internship during their college career!

Oct 2, 2012

Catherine Doherty: Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Nicole Carpenter: GrooveBoston

Interning with Groove Boston

Interning with GrooveBoston

 

Name: Nicole Carpenter
Hometown: Holden, MA
Major: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: GrooveBoston

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As a branding and marketing intern at GrooveBoston, my responsibilities include:

  • Executing the VIP experience that occurs at each GrooveBoston event, which requires coordination with both school representatives and VIP recipients. 
  • Establishing an ambassador program at each of our client colleges and universities which will help to improve brand awareness and recognition.
  • Managing the red carpet Step & Repeat at each event.
  • Prospecting for new college and university clients as well as media outlets to increase brand exposure.
  • Creating a “Legendary Dance Party” from the ground up.

 

 

Blog Entry:
GrooveBoston, a creator of “Legendary Dance Parties” at colleges and universities across the East Coast, has exposed me to the world of event planning, as well as an alternative approach to business practices and organizational cultures.

 

GrooveBoston, through its unique and unconventional organizational culture, has taught me that a career in marketing does not necessarily  involve sitting at a cubicle at a typical nine to five job.  GrooveBoston prides itself on its non-conformist, organic structure—whether that be gathering around leather couches rather than a conference table, starting the day at noon instead of nine, or taking the time to just have some fun during work hours.  GrooveBoston has taught me of the possibility of having fun at work, which often times goes hand-in-hand with finding your passion.  When you find something you are passionate about and make that your job, it is hard to call it work.

 

As an intern at GrooveBoston, I work directly with the branding and marketing team.  My main project is community and media outreach.  I am responsible for contacting college or university representatives who are hosting an event in order to execute the VIP experience.  The VIP experience involves coordinating with about 30 students who have demonstrated extreme interest and excitement over the GrooveBoston presence and rewarding them with full access to the DJ warm up, as well as a meet and greet with the artists on stage to learn about how our equipment works.  Additionally, I am also communicating with college and university media outlets, such as student-run newspapers, television stations, and radio to promote events, as well as spread brand awareness. 

 

GrooveBoston has not only increased my knowledge and experience in the event planning industry -  it has also  introduced me to a corporate culture and structure in which I can grow and thrive as a professional.

Sep 25, 2012

Nicole Carpenter: GrooveBoston

Francis Cronin: Bollus Lynch LLP

Interning at Bollus Lynch LLP

Interning at Bollus Lynch LLP

 

Name: Francis Cronin
Hometown: Westminster, MA
Major: Accounting
Internship Sponsor: Bollus Lynch LLP
 
Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepared individual tax returns and assisted professional staff
  • Reconciled BNA Fixed Assets for a new client
  • Converted new tax client data to the firm’s software system

Blog entry:

As an intern at Bollus Lynch LLP, I prepared a wide variety of tax returns for various clients of the firm. I worked under the senior tax advisor and learned a great deal about the complexities of an individual tax return.
 
After a week of training, I was given the opportunity to handle individual tax returns, and then compute and file them into the firm’s tax software. When I was not working on individual returns, I was given the chance to work on a combination of administrative and research projects.
 
Working as an intern at Bollus Lynch allowed me to gain the skills and experience that are necessary for a successful career in accounting. I was able to apply technical accounting content to real-world applications, while developing my skills and knowledge about the accounting field.

May 2, 2012

Francis Cronin: Bollus Lynch LLP

Alba Kocibelli: JCSI Corporate Staffing

Interning at JCSI Corporate Staffing

Interning at JCSI Corporate Staffing

 

Name: Alba Kocibelli
Hometown: Worcester, MA

Major: Management
Internship Sponsor: JCSI Corporate Staffing
 
Primary Responsibilities:

As a candidate development specialist intern at JCSI, I apply the knowledge that I have gained in business classes to a corporate setting. I am considered part of the recruiting subdivision within the company, where I work with a team to help fill an array of positions for many companies. My responsibilities include: interviewing prospective candidates, reviewing resumes and providing feedback directly to my project managers.
 
Blog Entry:
JCSI Corporate Staffing is primary focused on successfully providing their clients with capable and fit candidates to meet specific hiring requirements. The company uses social media networking databases to help build a qualified candidate pool for all their clients’ immediate and future needs. As a member of the JCSI community, I see this take place on a daily basis.

 

I am a member of a team of 4-5 recruiters who strive to fill positions in a diverse range of business sectors, from IT, engineering, and health fields all the way to mining and construction environments. Since tasks and assignments vary, I’ve learned how to become a quick-change artist. Communicating directly with prospective candidates has taught me and improved my skills on how to successfully communicate with individuals on a professional level. Also I’ve learned how to quickly and effectively answer candidates’ questions.

 

Through my experience, I have discovered that I enjoy working as part of a group because it allows me quick access to my teammates, as well as my project manager who can directly answer and assist me with any questions or issues.

 

My internship at JCSI has helped me to develop as a professional, which is an asset in my career search.

Apr 10, 2012

Alba Kocibelli: JCSI Corporate Staffing

Emily F. Marino: Assumption College, Office of Public Affairs

Interning in the Assumption College Office of Public Affairs

Interning in the Assumption College Office of Public Affairs

 

Name: Emily F. Marino
Hometown: West Springfield, MA
Major: Marketing
Minor: Finance
Internship Sponsor: Assumption College, Office of Public Affairs

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Researching, interviewing and writing articles/profiles for print and web publication
  • Writing press releases and maintaining a news media contact
  • Working with interactive media to enhance Assumption College’s presence
  • Writing, editing and overseeing the production of the playbill and promotional materials for the College’s spring musical, “Seussical”

Blog Entry:

As an intern in the Office of Public Affairs, I have had the pleasure of contributing to the behind-the-scenes marketing action of Assumption College. As a student you sometimes forget that an institution needs to market itself and this internship experience has opened my eyes to the internal and external communication activities that occur daily. 

 

I have built a portfolio of writing samples and have gained hands-on experience as a quick-change artist because of the number of different tasks I perform daily. I frequently write press releases and media advisories, which I learned to write in my Public Relations class. I also contribute frequently to the content on the Assumption College Facebook page, where I apply knowledge from my Marketing on the Internet class. Marketers need to know their audience and be clear in the action they want them to take from the content they share on social media platforms.

 

My main project throughout my internship has been producing the playbill and developing promotional materials for Assumption College’s spring production of “Seussical, The Musical”.  It has been an especially enjoyable experience because I am a big fan of Dr. Seuss.  The development of the playbill involved collecting and editing bios, attending meetings with various departments, and laying out all the pieces needed for the playbill. I am excited to see the musical in a few weeks, as well as the audiences’ reactions to my playbill.  Overall, I am ending the semester having gained an immense amount of knowledge that I can transfer into the job market when I graduate.

Apr 10, 2012

Emily F. Marino: Assumption College, Office of Public Affairs

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