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!