Internship Blogs Archive

Taylor May: The Hanover Theatre

Interning at The Hanover Theatre

Interning at The Hanover Theatre

 

Name: Taylor May
Hometown: Plymouth, MA
Major: Marketing
Minor: Management
Internship Sponsor: The Hanover Theatre

 

Primary Responsibilities:

As a public relations intern at The Hanover Theatre, my primary responsibilities include: promoting upcoming events on social media websites, researching and maintaining press contact lists, distributing promotional materials to local organizations and assisting the Marketing Department with a variety of tasks.

 

Blog Entry:

Beginning the very first day of my internship, I have had the opportunity to develop my marketing and communication skills and to expand my comfort zone and grow professionally in a business-arts environment.

 

I was thrown directly into the daily grind. With nothing but a manual that was filled with general information and step-by-step procedures to maneuver through their systems, I was asked to complete tasks. Initially, it was overwhelming. I felt that there was a great risk of making a mistake. I soon realized that encountering and overcoming risk is not only a personal triumph, but also an opportunity to become a competent professional.

 

Through-out the duration of my internship, I can truly say that I have grown and developed my skills through this tacit knowledge. It’s one thing to understand concepts in a classroom setting, but it’s not until I applied them in the workplace that they begin to play a role in the decisions I made to produce quality work and add value to the organization.

 

I could not have asked for a better internship than the one at The Hanover Theatre; I worked with a great group of professionals and was given the opportunity to see the immense role marketing and public relations play in the entertainment industry.

Apr 20, 2011

Taylor May: The Hanover Theatre

Bianca Ravida: Office of Alumni Relations, Assumption College

Interning in the Assumption College Office of Alumni Relations

Interning in the Assumption College Office of Alumni Relations

 

Name: Bianca Ravida
Hometown: Saugus, MA
Major: Management
Minor: Economics
Internship Sponsor: Office of  Alumni Relations, Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As a social media intern in the Office of Alumni Relations, my primary responsibility is promoting the social networking group that the department has developed to alumni.  I am responsible for making sure information on the alumni database is current. As social media intern, I also utilize social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook to establish connections with former Assumption students. I have also contributed to the Assumption Magazine “Class Notes” section which contains updates about individual alumni.

 

Blog Entry:
Before I started my internship, I was nervous because I had only used social media for my personal use. I had no idea how to use social networking as a professional communication tool. On my first day, my fears were cast aside when I met the people in my office and immediately felt comfortable with them. It made my job a lot easier knowing that I could ask any staff member a question about my work. I was also given clear instructions about my tasks, and informed that there may also be some administrative work.
 
My major project has been inviting former Assumption students to join the Alumni Relations group on LinkedIn and asking them to be a “connection”.  This process includes cross referencing the information on LinkedIn profiles with those of the Assumption alumni database. Any updates or new information on the profile is then printed out and highlighted so that the new information is entered correctly into the database. The Alumni Relations group has more activity than I had anticipated. Alumni are able to post and view job listings, establish contacts with other alumni, and be notified about events.  It is fascinating to see the network of  former Assumption students that I will soon be joining this May!

My internship has allowed me to apply business concepts that I have learned in my classes at Assumption. My computer science course, in particular, has been quite beneficial when I was asked to make a slideshow presentation for the Board of Trustees about our progress using social media.
 
At first I was hesitant about having an internship on campus because I wanted to  “venture out”, but working at Alumni Relations has truly been one of the highlights of my senior year because it has prepared me for graduation more than I expected it too. In the future, when I receive an invitation for my reunion, I will understand the hard work that has gone into that letter and that event. I have definitely developed an appreciation for all the department does and am grateful for the opportunity that they have provided me.

Apr 13, 2011

Bianca Ravida: Office of Alumni Relations, Assumption College

Megan Coughlin: United Way of Central Massachusetts

Interning at the United Way. Pictured: Heidi Paluk '93, VP of External Affairs for United Way of Central Massachusetts; G’01; Jim Hayes ‘85, VP of Finance and Operation for United Way of Central Massachusetts; Megan Coughlin.

Interning at the United Way. Pictured: Heidi Paluk '93, VP of External Affairs for United Way of Central Massachusetts; G’01; Jim Hayes ‘85, VP of Finance and Operation for United Way of Central Massachusetts; Megan Coughlin.

 

Name: Megan Coughlin
Hometown: South Windsor, CT
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Theology
Internship Sponsor: United Way of Central Massachusetts

 

Primary Responsibilities:
I work with the VP of External Affairs; my tasks include: conducting employee interviews, writing articles on volunteer programs, assisting in event preparation and helping other departments with various tasks when needed. 

 

Blog Entry:
While interning at the United Way of Central Massachusetts, I have gained valuable experience in interpersonal communication skills that are critical in the workplace. I have also had the opportunity to work on my business writing and gain valuable critiques that have improved my writing skills.

 

My greatest accomplishment is my published articles on the United Way website. While there was a writing and editing process involved, it is rewarding to see that I created and published material on the site.  Knowing that the public has access to my work has been gratifying.

 

I have had the pleasure of working with Assumption alumni who are inspiring individuals and have only great things to say about professional life after graduation! I work directly with the Heidi Paluk, U‘93; G’01, VP of External Affairs. Seeing her dedication and success at the United Way is very encouraging. Hearing stories about her days here at Assumption is always fun too!

 

Interning with the United Way has really given me a glimpse into the real working world and has opened my eyes to what I’d like my professional future to look like.

Apr 12, 2011

Megan Coughlin: United Way of Central Massachusetts

Lauren Armstrong: Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Worcester City Manager’s Office

Interning in the Worcester City Manager’s Office

Interning in the Worcester City Manager’s Office

 

Name: Lauren Armstrong
Hometown: Norfolk, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship Sponsor: Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Worcester City Manager’s Office

 

Primary Responsibilities:
My responsibilities include: assisting in planning the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, compiling information for a Women’s Resource Directory, planning a press conference to present findings form the Women’s Needs Assessment Survey, attending monthly Committee meetings, and assisting with other office related duties.

 

Blog Entry:
Having limited knowledge about women’s rights, I was anxious and excited to spend my semester working with the Advisory Committee on the Status of Women in the Worcester City Manager’s Office. My main focus was helping the committee plan the celebration of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. Effective communication was essential in planning this event. I contacted local and state representatives and senators, businesses owned by women, and organizations that have a mission related to women for their assistance in making this event a success.

 

This celebration is focused on the Young Woman of Consequence award, which honors a local high school girl who exhibits leadership qualities. The winner was a young woman named Paige who ranked in the top 10% of her class, was captain of her school’s soccer team, did hundreds of hours of community service and also came from a single parent home and helped care for her autistic brother.  I also have a brother with autism. I found this young woman’s courage and leadership inspiring. Hearing her heartfelt speech at the event made all my hard work in planning the event very gratifying.

Apr 8, 2011

Lauren Armstrong: Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, Worcester City Manager’s Office

Delia Klim: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Name: Delia Klim
Hometown: Brighton, MA
Major: Management
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Primary Responsibilities:
I work closely with the Director of Marketing & Communications on the following tasks: updating the website’s calendar of events and pages, writing and editing press releases, creating promotional materials for Chamber events, updating social networking sites, and conducting market research.

 

Blog Entry:
Interning at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce has given me the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills I have learned in my classes to work in the business world and it has helped me to analyze my strengths and preferences when searching for jobs. I feel very lucky to have this opportunity at the Chamber because it gives me a competitive advantage in the job market – and I enjoy my internship!

 

Working with the Director so closely has given me confidence in myself to make decisions, take responsibility for tasks, and share my opinion on issues. At first when I was assigned tasks I felt overwhelmed and worried that I would not be able to complete them well. I quickly learned that being an intern is a learning process, and my first press release was not going to be flawless. My supervisor really helped me understand this and gave me the confidence I needed. Now I feel prepared for almost any assignment!

 

Interning at the Chamber does require some administrative work, but I always feel valued by the organization for what I do. If I help someone other than my supervisor, it is always appreciated, and I know that the end results are helping the Chamber remain successful. My internship has taught me a lot about myself and I value the experience.

Apr 5, 2011

Delia Klim: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Elizabeth Villano: Admissions Office, Assumption College

Interning in the Assumption College Admissions Office
Interning in the Assumption College Admissions Office

 

Name: Elizabeth Villano
Hometown: Manchester, CT
Major: Management
Minor: Psychology
Internship Sponsor: Admissions Office, Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:

As an intern in the Admissions Office, I work primarily with the Director of Admissions.  I have been responsible for reading and prepping college applications from applicants in Puerto Rico and international students.  I have also been assigned a number of tasks, including: creating fliers, welcoming tours, and calculating QPAs.  I attended Early Action Accepted Students Day in February and the second Accepted Students Day last week.  I will also be joining some of the admissions counselors for high school visits and college fairs in the coming weeks.

 

Blog Entry:

When I started my internship I was not sure what to expect, but I have been involved in a variety of interesting projects.  On my first day, I attended the weekly staff meeting and was very nervous.  I did not know any of the employees, but I immediately felt like part of the team.  They gave me a warm welcome and genuinely seemed happy to have me there.  That same day the Director added me to the email list, which surprised me and made me feel very involved.

 

My major project has been reading college applications.  This involves reviewing students’ college essays, letters of recommendation, and transcripts.  It was very interesting to see the other side of the Admissions process, considering I applied to colleges only a short time ago.

 

This experience has also allowed me to better understand the type of organizational culture and structure that would be best for me.  I have discovered that I like to work in smaller organizations where you know everyone by name.  I also prefer an environment with a team or matrix structure, in which I feel comfortable seeking advice from any professional.

 

I am looking forward to continuing my internship and especially to attending the high school visits and college fairs.  These will allow me to gain hands-on experience and see another aspect of the Admissions process.

Apr 4, 2011

Elizabeth Villano: Admissions Office, Assumption College

Alexandra Bellerose: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Interning at the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Name: Alexandra Bellerose
Hometown: Oxford, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Spanish
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Primary Responsibilities:

I work with the Director of Marketing & Communications to: update the website with business articles and upcoming event listings, create promotional press releases, and contact Chamber members via email and e-newsletters.

 

Blog Entry:

While interning at the Chamber of Commerce, I have gained valuable experience in the technical and communication skills necessary to promote events and maintain strong relationships with Chamber members.

 

My most valuable experience thus far has been assisting with one of the Chamber’s largest events from start to finish. I began by creating an event page for The Breakfast Club – a well known and respected event in the business community – writing bios about the guest speakers, and producing a press release. Several weeks later I had the opportunity to attend the event and network with many business professionals from Worcester. Seeing the success of this event helped me understand the value of my behind-the-scenes hard work.

 

I work with wonderful professionals who are both knowledgeable and encouraging. They appreciate my help and provide me with constant feedback. Interning has given me the opportunity to evaluate my organizational “fit” with this type of business culture while learning new skills and challenging myself.

Mar 24, 2011

Alexandra Bellerose: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Kayla Machado: American Cancer Society (ACS)

Interning at the American Cancer Society

At the American Cancer Society "Hope On The Slopes" event

 

Name: Kayla Machado
Hometown: Attleboro, MA
Major: Marketing
Minor: History
Internship Sponsor: American Cancer Society (ACS)

 

Primary Responsibilities:
My focus as a marketing intern at ACS is on the development of a new event called Hope On The Slopes. My primary responsibilities include: recruiting participants, securing donations, assisting with presentations for the event, and helping run the event. In addition, I have been working with the Assumption College student committee for the upcoming Relay for Life event on campus.

 

Blog Entry:
The biggest impact that I have felt from my internship work was attending the Hope On The Slopes event this past weekend. Until this point, my work was mainly tedious, behind-the-scenes jobs that didn’t really seem to be going all that well. After sending hundreds of emails and making several follow-up phone calls, I wasn’t exactly getting an overwhelming response from local schools and other groups to sign up for the event, or from businesses willing to donate. This made my first couple of months at ACS somewhat frustrating because it seemed my efforts were going nowhere and the event was looking at imminent failure.

 

Attending the actual event – Hope on the Slopes -  made me see just how much of a difference I really made in planning a successful event! Donations arrived that I was unaware we had received, and participants that I never heard back from had registered!  There we were -  at 8 am – ready to hit the slopes. It became clear that my work really had paid off in the end!

 

In this sense, I learned a lot about how things work in the business world from my experience here at ACS.  I found that it is certainly not easy to make things happen, they don’t happen right away, and oftentimes, things will fall into place. I found that I had to make good use of my knowledge in marketing in order to draw as much attention as possible to the event and to ACS.

 

My internship has provided me with a valuable opportunity to become involved in a new field –  a nonprofit organization – and explore the marketing world from the nonprofit perspective.

Mar 24, 2011

Kayla Machado: American Cancer Society (ACS)

Steve Travaglini: Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau (CMCVB)

Interning at the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau

Interning at the Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau

 

Name: Steve Travaglini

Hometown: Pelham, NH

Major: Organizational Communication

Internship Sponsor: Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau (CMCVB)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

The Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau is responsible for promoting the Central Massachusetts region as a convention and meeting site, as well as a tourist destination. At the CMCVB, I am responsible for helping with Sales and Marketing. I make sales calls to local organizations in an effort to gain membership to the bureau and to sell ad space in our visitor guide.  I am also responsible for updating social media outlets such as Facebook, and editing business descriptions for the visitor guide.

 

Blog Entry:

Through this internship I had the chance to tour the DCU Center in order to understand and to estimate the capabilities of the space as a potential venue.  This is important to the CMCVB because when companies/organizations are looking to book large conventions, we can give them the exact specs and capabilities of the best venues in the area. Coincidently, Jim Moughan ‘81, the Assistant General Manager who gave us the tour, was an Assumption grad. He told me a great story about how when he was at Assumption he wanted a job at the DCU so badly that he would call them every single week until they finally broke down and gave him an interview. He then beat out the 70+ other applicants who interviewed to get his initial position. He has since risen through the ranks to hold the title of Assistant General Manager.

 

I also had the opportunity to represent the CMCVB at the annual Golf Expo at Mechanic’s Hall, Worcester. My responsibilities were to hand out information about the area, including the visitor guide, as well as answer questions. I had the first shift, which overlapped with Sam, a student intern from Clark University.  I also got the chance to have my spine electrically scanned by an onsite sports chiropractor. It was interesting to see what the years of football have done to my neck.

 

All in all, my experience as an intern at the CMCVB has been positive and extremely beneficial in gaining professional experience and boosting my resume, which has helped me secure a job after graduation.

Mar 22, 2011

Steve Travaglini: Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau (CMCVB)

Stephanie Creedon: Florabunda Gift Shop & Tea Room

Interning at Florabunda Gift Shop and Tea Room

Interning at Florabunda Gift Shop and Tea Room

 

Name: Stephanie Creedon
Hometown: Sutton, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: Florabunda Gift Shop & Tea Room

 

Primary Responsibilities:
I am the marketing intern at Florabunda Gift Shop and Tea Room. I am responsible for developing and implementing new marketing objectives to create more awareness of the shop’s name and to grow the customer base. My tasks include: creating and managing social media websites, designing advertisements, creating promotional plans, researching potential markets and assisting with special events.

 

Blog Entry:

Prior to my internship at Florabunda, I was a member of a team of marketing students in my Marketing Management class who developed a marketing plan for the gift shop and tea room.  I was then offered the opportunity to become an intern at the shop in order to implement our marketing plan, as well as develop new promotional ideas.

 

I was excited to begin my internship because I was going to have the opportunity to put into action the marketing plan I had worked on this past fall in class. This experience gave me the chance to test the marketing and communication skills I learned in the classroom and incorporate them in the real world.

 

I have the opportunity to work one-on-one with the owner of the shop, which has greatly impacted my experience because it allows me to actively participate in making decisions and voicing my opinions about new ways to grow the shop. I am able to see first hand all of the work that goes into building a marketing plan and putting it into action. From conducting research, to contacting clients and developing promotions, I am gaining valuable experience and am able to see the results of my marketing efforts on a day-to-day basis.

 

For example, I created the Facebook and Twitter sites for Florabunda.  I also researched/targeted social groups in the area for upcoming special events. As a result of my efforts, the Valentine’s Day Tea and the St. Patrick’s Day Tea were extremely successful.

 

This internship has provided me with a learning experience that I would not have received from a classroom experience.  As a marketing intern, I have grown professionally through facing the obstacles and challenges of beginning with a marketing plan on paper, putting this plan into action and being able to see my accomplishments at Florabunda.

Mar 22, 2011

Stephanie Creedon: Florabunda Gift Shop & Tea Room

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