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Andrew Smith: Worcester Sharks (AHL)

Interning with the Worcester Sharks Hockey Team

Interning with the Worcester Sharks

 

Name: Andrew Smith

Hometown/State: North Grafton, MA

Major: Marketing

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Sharks: American Hockey League (AHL)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Conduct industry research within the AHL to see how the Worcester Sharks stack up with competing AHL teams in terms of attendance and in-game promotions
  • Update Social Media websites such as Facebook and Twitter
  • Maintain contact information for Sharks Season Ticket Holders and former clients
  • Assist in finding new leads to grow the Sharks brand
  • Create and distribute Sharks flyers, ticket schedules, and tickets from local schools, churches, and businesses in the Central Massachusetts area

Blog Entry:

Hello! My name is Andrew Smith and I am a Senior Marketing major at Assumption College. I am currently a Marketing and Ticket Sales Intern with the Worcester Sharks. My experience with the Sharks has been tremendous. It has been a unique experience to see how much work actually goes into running a sports team at a professional level, which I did not appreciate as a sports fan. The Sharks Internship has also shown me firsthand the importance of networking in the business world. All aspects of business are driven by networking and communication.

 

In addition to my office responsibilities, I also assist during home games. Before every Sharks game, there are one or two youth hockey games. During this time, I serve as a DJ and play music through the Jumbotron during stoppages of play or intermissions. The Sharks have played three home games so far, where I have been a member of the Sharks “Tank Team,” worked a “Chuck-a-Puck” promotion and at the Sharks Shootout Booth.

 

I attribute the quality of my internship work to the foundation that my business classes at Assumption have given me. Classes such as Sports Marketing, Marketing Management, Communication Theory, and Marketing on the Internet have all been very beneficial. I have been able to meet and exceed my supervisor’s expectations on a frequent basis because of the education and skill set I have received through my courses in the Business Studies Department.

Nov 11, 2011

Andrew Smith: Worcester Sharks (AHL)

Nicole Mattiello: UMass Memorial Medical Center

Interning at UMass Memorial Medical Center

Interning at UMass Memorial Medical Center

 

Name: Nicole Mattiello
Hometown: Johnston, Rhode Island
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Philosophy
Internship Sponsor: UMass Memorial Medical Center

 

Primary Responsibilities:
At UMass Memorial Medical Center I intern in the Office of Volunteer Services, which is in the Human Resources Department.  My tasks include: writing and editing the volunteer newsletter, entering volunteer information into a database, conducting the required Volunteer Orientation, updating the website, and assisting with office tasks.

 

Blog Entry:
I have always known I wanted to work in the business side of the healthcare field and specifically, healthcare administration and management.  The Office of Volunteer Services at UMass Memorial Medical Center exposes me to an administrative hospital office in a very successful healthcare environment.

 

The Office of Volunteer Services currently has over 700 volunteers who range from ages 14 to 90. Meeting many different types of people has been a great experience. There is always something to do in our busy office and I work on many projects which I listed in my responsibilities.

 

Rewriting and redesigning the volunteer website was a worthwhile task that I completed on my internship. I used writing methods and specific communication techniques I learned in classes such as Communication Theory, Marketing on the Internet, and Business and Technical Writing. 

 

I am able to gain this hands-on experience by following the direction of the Director of Volunteer Services. One of my favorite moments was planning and participating in our booth at the annual UMass Memorial Cancer Walk. Being able to participate in an event from start to finish was an eye-opening experience.

 

Because of my internship at this hospital, I now know that I truly want to build my career working in the healthcare field.

Oct 28, 2011

Nicole Mattiello: UMass Memorial Medical Center

Lindsey Emino: Admissions Office at Assumption College

Interning in the Assumption College Admissions Office

Interning in the Assumption College Admissions Office

 

Name: Lindsey Emino
Hometown: Marlborough, MA
Major/Minor: Management/Accounting
Internship Sponsor: Admissions Office at Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:
My primary responsibility in the Admissions Office is to visit local high schools to present prospective students with factual information about the college, as well as talk about my own personal experiences. I follow-up with my presentations by sending these students additional information based on their intended area of study.

 

Blog Entry:
This internship experience has helped me greatly with my interpersonal skills.  Having to speak to a group of students where I am relied on as a source of information has become more comfortable and natural with each school visit.  I really enjoy mailing information to prospective students because there is a tangible beginning and end to my communication process.  After I gather admissions packages and write personalized notes to the students I met, and then send the mailings off, I feel I have accomplished my task.  Being in this environment has made me realize that this job is one that I am interested in pursuing after college and that I have ideas that I am able to express in order to encourage students to attend Assumption College.

 

This internship has given me the confidence to move forward in considering my career path.

Oct 25, 2011

Lindsey Emino: Admissions Office at Assumption College

Alexa Dalzell: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal

 

Name: Alexa Dalzell
Hometown: Sparta, New Jersey
Major: Marketing
Minor: Writing
Internship: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ) 

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in both the Editorial and Marketing Departments at the Worcester Business Journal, I have a variety of responsibilities: updating social media websites, building internal databases, conducting publication research, arranging event folders and paperwork, organizing e-mail lists for events, editing articles and attending WBJ sponsored events.

 

Blog Entry:
I have had the opportunity to attend three main events: The 40 Under Forty, the 2nd Annual Family Business Summit and the 5th Annual Massachusetts Energy Summit. Each event is very different and has introduced me to proper greeting and conversation/networking etiquette. Both the Family Business Summit and Energy Summit introduced me to new topics in business that I would not have learned about in the classroom.

 

I have also learned a great deal about interpersonal relationships in the work place on a day-to-day basis. Working in two departments gives me the advantage of getting to know a wide range of people with a variety of personalities and responsibilities.

 

As the Business Manager for Assumption’s newspaper, Le Provocateur, and now working closely with the Marketing and Events Manager at the WBJ, I have found it easy to relate to some of the pressures of organizing, maintaining contact relationships and working within a budget. I have also been able to apply the skills and knowledge from several of my classes to my work at the WBJ: Marketing Management, Computer Science and multiple writing classes. I have been working with Excel a great deal in creating spreadsheets for contact information, as well as editing a few panelist biographies that are involved with our events. My Marketing Management course has helped me analyze my supervisor’s tasks.

 

I hope to continue working to build the relationships I have established at the Worcester Business Journal, and eventually begin to write my own student column.

Oct 25, 2011

Alexa Dalzell: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Alexander Coury: Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau (CMCVB)

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Interning at the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Name: Alexander Coury
Hometown: Holden, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship Sponsor: Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau (CMCVB)

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern at the CMCVB, I am responsible for: updating the organization’s website, creating media releases, and researching information on local businesses and their events. I also help to prepare mailings, newsletters, and other promotional literature for the CMCVB’s members.

 

Blog Entry:
I am having a wonderful experience interning at the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau. I have completed a variety of projects, from creating media releases on the organization’s website to editing and formatting newsletters. In completing these tasks, I have come to realize just how many organizations and businesses in the Central Massachusetts region rely on the CMCVB for advertising and publicity. Knowing that my efforts here at the CMCVB are going to be seen by many members of the business community, makes my internship experience all the more rewarding.

 

My classes at Assumption have also helped with me complete my internship tasks. The skills I have gained from my classes, such as Writing and Editing, Marketing Management, and Communication Theory, are put to the test each day of my internship. Constant revision, editing, and proper communication are crucial when preparing newsletters, web content, and other promotional items.

 

The lessons I have learned in my Marketing on the Internet class have also proven to be of tremendous use because much of the CMCVB’s marketing initiatives are done on the internet. Social media marketing, such as Facebook, is also an important component of the organization’s marketing strategy. The skills I have gained are being put to good use, and this has made me appreciate the value of my Organizational Communication major.

Oct 12, 2011

Alexander Coury: Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau (CMCVB)

Katherine Rouff: Ameriprise Financial

Interning at Ameriprise Financial

Interning at Ameriprise Financial



Name: Katherine Rouff
Hometown: Andover, MA
Major: Marketing
Minors: Mathematics and Psychology
Internship Sponsor: Ameriprise Financial

Primary Responsibilities:

My main responsibilities at Ameriprise Financial include: client scheduling, appointment preps, preparations of PowerPoint and Excel presentations and communications with the home office. I also work hands-on in investment research putting together potential mutual fund prospects for clients.

Blog Entry:

Interning at Ameriprise Financial is a very eye-opening experience. My internship has given me skills that I could never learn in a classroom or in a computer lab at school.

One experience, which sticks out most in my mind, is the first time I sat in on a client advising meeting. I had called the client a week before reminding him of the appointment for the upcoming week.  When I came in that morning, I pulled and prepped the file, including the accounts summary, arrangements, and PMT spread sheet. When we sat down for the meeting it was gratifying to actually see my work up on the presentation board and watch my supervisor, the advisor, explain to our client the status of his investments.

Being able to see the advisor-client interaction connected back to the importance of one-to-one communication that I learned in Communication Theory. Whether it is via email, phone, or in person, creating relationships and connections in business is vital to all organizations.

Being a part of every step of this communication process has given me a sense of accomplishment and made me feel a part of the Ameriprise family.

Oct 7, 2011

Katherine Rouff: Ameriprise Financial

Angela Mungeam: The Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal

Interning at the Worcester Business Journal

 

Name: Angela Mungeam
Hometown: Marlborough, MA
Majors: International Business and Marketing
Internship Sponsor: The Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Primary Responsibilities:
I work with the editorial team on research projects and writing assignments. These projects include: internet research, social media coordination and writing business-related articles. I also work with the Marketing Department on research and event preparation.

 

Blog Entry:
Interning at the Worcester Business Journal has helped me gain tacit knowledge through hands-on experience. During my internship I completed a variety of tasks in the Editorial Department and the Marketing Department. I started off by doing a lot of administrative and research work, but as time went on, I was faced with new challenges of writing articles.  I learned a lot through experiencing a variety of jobs because it helped me distinguish between what I personally enjoyed doing, as opposed to responsibilities that didn’t interest me.

 

I found that the most interesting – and exciting -  of my assignments has been writing the “101” feature column about business-related topics for the Worcester Business Journal. Another activity I learned a lot from was creating discussion topics for the social media pages, which also featured comments from readers. Being able to experience readers’ feedback to my ideas and discussion topics proved to be momentous for me, especially since responses were typically from experienced business professionals. This is a significant lesson because it not only advanced my writing skills, but I also realized that I really enjoy being creative and innovative, and receiving feedback on my writing.

 

I found that my Small Business & Entrepreneurship class demonstrates strong ties to my internship because of the significance of target markets. Having to create discussion topics forced me to emerge myself into the consumer’s point-of-view. I constantly found myself asking, “What would business people, our readers, be interested in?”

 

Now I have a much better idea about my career interests.  I believe being successful in your job is the result of being happy with what you do.

Apr 26, 2011

Angela Mungeam: The Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

Brittany Boyle: Elevate Communications

Interning at Elevate Communications in Boston, MA

Interning at Elevate Communications in Boston, MA

 

Name: Brittany Boyle
Hometown: Grafton, MA
Major: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: Elevate Communications, Boston, MA
 
Primary Responsibilities:

I am a public relations intern at Elevate Communications where I am assigned to the Practically Green account. I also assist with other client accounts and perform a variety of tasks including: creating/updating media lists, contacting/following up on news pitches and recording coverage to show the value of our public relations work to our clients. I also conduct online research and produce news clippings.
 
Blog Entry:

While working at Elevate Communications, I have gained valuable “real” world marketing skills. On my first day I was thrown into a team on new projects for the Practically Green client. Because it was the busiest time of year, it made it easier to adapt to the working environment because I was constantly being taught and given a lot of responsibility right away.
 
What I like most about my internship is the variety of work. Every day there are different assignments that need to be completed, such as updating lists, finding new outlets or ways to get our clients’ names and brands out to the public. Although work may seem tedious at times, I know that my work has a positive impact for the client, making me a valuable asset to the team.
 
This opportunity has allowed me to achieve an understanding of -  and an appreciation for -  how a public relations company, which serves a variety of clients, works. In the past, I never thought about how much time and effort goes into a simple news pitch.

Apr 26, 2011

Brittany Boyle: Elevate Communications

Nicolas Gonzalez: The American Red Cross (ARC) of Central Massachusetts

Interning at the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts

Interning at the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts

 

Name: Nicolas Gonzalez
Hometown: Cambridge, MA
Majors: International Business and Latin American Studies
Internship Sponsor: The American Red Cross (ARC) of Central Massachusetts
 
Primary Responsibilities:
As an ARC intern, my tasks include:
-  Updating and emailing electronic surveys to communities that had completed their surveys prior to 2008.
-  Updating the National Shelter System (NSS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency System (FEMA) to ensure that all potential shelters are up-to-date so that all Red Cross national and worldwide chapters can view shelters and information.
-  Working closely with Emergency Management to identify safe and accessible shelters for residents. 
-  Identifying potential shelters within the 69 cities and towns of Central MA, including: surveying the identified sites, securing agreements for use and updating all information.

- Entering data collected from the shelter survey including monitoring data to ensure it is accurate and monitoring disaster reports.

 

Blog Entry
When I started my internship at the American Red Cross, I thought it was going to be a desk job and that by the end, I wouldn’t make much difference -  but I was wrong. Throughout my internship at the ARC I experienced the many duties and roles of this organization.
 
Being part of the Disaster Department of the ARC Worcester Chapter, I experienced all the hard work it takes to open up a shelter – from reading and updating the National Shelter System to meeting with emergency managers from prospective towns, in case an emergency happened. When fires occurred, I was called to help out the firemen and families by providing assistance, food and any necessities that they needed to stay safe.  I also learned about the dedication that the American Red Cross puts into helping any civilian who needs assistance.
 
As my future goal is to start my own nonprofit organization to help those in need, my internship has provided me the opportunity to enter the nonprofit environment and learn how a nonprofit organization, such as the Red Cross, is managed.

Apr 26, 2011

Nicolas Gonzalez: The American Red Cross (ARC) of Central Massachusetts

Mark Gately: Applied Science Laboratories (ASL)

Interning at Applied Science Laboratories (ASL)

Interning at Applied Science Laboratories (ASL)

 

Name: Mark Gately
Hometown: Waltham, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship Sponsor: Applied Science Laboratories (ASL)
 
Primary Responsibilities:
I work with the Customer Relations Department to communicate with domestic and foreign distributors who sell Applied Science Products by: creating memos, updating distributor spreadsheets, and working through the company database, GoldMine, to keep track of forecasted records.
 
Blog Entry:
Interning at Applied Science Laboratories has been a great opportunity for me to gain hands-on experience in the business communication field.  Working specifically for the Customer Relations Department has allowed me to see how a large company communicates with its distributor partners and its day-to-day customers.

 

My most valued experience during my internship this spring has been developing a way to better help foreign distributors fill out their annual quarterly forecast sales reports.  I created and presented a distributor memo to my Customer Relations supervisor that specifically details the sections that need to be filled out correctly on the forecast sales reports.  This allows ASL to receive the proper feedback information.  This has been a valued experience for me because ASL has implemented this memo into their annual distributor communication process.

 

Every week I work with highly trained professionals who specialize in communicating about Applied Science products to both domestic and foreign distributors.  My work is valued and also critiqued to help me gain more knowledge and experience in the field of business communication.  The internship has provided an incredible opportunity and I am grateful to ASL for having me on board!

Apr 26, 2011

Mark Gately: Applied Science Laboratories (ASL)

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