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October 28, 2009

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.

October 20, 2009

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

October 13, 2009

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.

October 6, 2009

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.

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 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!