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November 19, 2009

Alex Papastratis: Assumption College Office of Public Affairs
Editing a video for the Office of Public Affairs

Editing a video for the Office of Public Affairs

 

Name: Alex Papastratis
Hometown: Branford, CT
Major: Organizational Communications
Expected Year of Graduation: 2010
Internship Sponsor: Office of Public Affairs at Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in the Public Affairs Office, my responsibilities include: filming and editing short films for admissions and campus events; writing press releases, public service announcements, student profiles for the college website; and evaluating and updating the college Facebook page.

 

Blog Entry:
My internship at the Public Affairs Office has allowed me to use the knowledge and skills I’ve learned in my classes in a real-world working environment.

 

As an Organizational Communications major, the courses I have taken in business writing have given me great preparation for the articles and press releases I write on a daily basis. Classes like Strategic Managerial Communication have given me the verbal proficiency to speak effectively with members of the media and high level administrators at the college.

 

Working in the Public Affairs Office, I have had the opportunity to explore my passion for film by working on several short films such as a video featuring students and faculty about the top ten reasons to apply to Assumption. I’ve also done filming and editing of campus events for the website.

 
Interning has given me a taste of what it is like to work in a real organization and to find out what my preferences are for managerial style and organizational structure. This experience has made the concepts I’ve learned in the classroom seem so much more relevant, clear, and important.

Emily Collins: Worcester Sharks
At a Worcester Sharks game

At a Worcester Sharks game

 

Name: Emily Collins
Hometown: Millis, MA
Major: Management
Expected Year of Graduation: May 2010
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Sharks American Hockey League (AHL)

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As a community relations intern for the Worcester Sharks, I help engage local communities in the Worcester Sharks’ experience. I have participated in the “Be a Leader” Community Service Day which physically upgrades the inside and outside of a local elementary school. Our team gathered together to do yard work, painted an alphabet mural, updated the basketball courts by repainting the lines and replacing the hoops. We also created a new walkway at the entrance of the school. 

 

There are many other programs such as “Be a Leader,” which promotes healthy living to children in grades four through six, and “Reading is Cool,” which is a literacy program available to children in grades kindergarten through first grade throughout Central MA. I assist Finz, the Worcester Sharks’ Mascot, on some of his community events. 

 

This organization has taught me the importance of working as a team member to accomplish goals within time constraints. All our games must start on time!

November 11, 2009

Amanda Brax: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce
At the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

At the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Name: Amanda Brax

Hometown: Waterford, Connecticut

Major: Organizational Communication

Expected Year of Graduation: Spring 2010

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

Primary Responsibilities:

My internship supervisor is the Marketing and Communication Director. My responsibilities: include writing press releases for Chamber events, maintaining the website, writing and editing stories for the website and newsletter, and creating and maintaining social networking sites.

 

 

Blog Entry:

I was undecided about my college major. I liked a little part of many subjects, but was missing a passion. I always admired others who had a passion, whether it be a sport or art, but I could never find my own – that is, until I took my first business class, Principles of Marketing. My eyes widened as I learned more about the business environment and found my passion. I soon declared my major in Organizational Communication and began taking more business classes.

 

Now as a senior and an intern for the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce, I am able to bring my passion to life. At the Chamber,  I have used the lessons I learned in marketing to create a Facebook page for the Chamber. When I created the page I had to think about my target market and message.

 

I decided the first message for the Facebook page should be to notify business professionals about the New England Business Expo, the Chamber’s biggest event of the year.  In order to start generating interest, I started a countdown to the event and also posted a video of the president of the Chamber explaining the benefits of attending the Expo.

 

The Assumption College Business Program gave me the skills to represent the Chamber of Commerce and the confidence to succeed in the business world.

November 4, 2009

Dave Wheeler: Worcester Business Journal

Name: Dave Wheeler

Hometown: East Haven, CT

Major: Organizational Communication

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

Primary Responsibilities:

As an intern in the Editorial Department of the Worcester Business Journal, my responsibilities include: updating calendars and spreadsheets, formulating briefs and press releases, and writing articles on subjects that are relevant to the Central Massachusetts business community and are of interest to me. So, I have a choice in my article topics.

 

Blog Entry:

My internship at the WBJ has afforded me many opportunities that are of interest to me and validate what I have learned at Assumption College. I have found that coming up with my own topics to cover and researching/writing the articles is my work.

 

I recently wrote an article on body language in the workplace. I had been learning in my Interpersonal Communications class about nonverbal communication and its substantial impact on social situations. I took this idea to my editor and wrote an article with guidelines about body language in the workplace. In doing so, I learned that by taking the initiative and pushing for what you want, you can end up doing work that you enjoy and have a positive effect on the company in the process.

 

I have also been able to apply managerial concepts learned in my internship class to my internship. I have been able to evaluate the workplace on both macro and micro levels, and consequently place myself in a more valuable position to the company.  This has been a very eye-opening experience for me as I have applied what I have learned in the classroom to the ever-changing business environment where I hope to someday soon be successful.

Lee Keaney: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

Name: Lee Kearney
Hometown: Moosup, CT
Major: Organizational Communications

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010
Location: Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce

 

My primary responsibilities at the Chamber of Commerce are: to write articles for the website about past and upcoming events, to draft press releases for events and programs that the Chamber is hosting and to update the Chamber website.

 

I have developed a large portfolio of articles, press releases and other forms of business writing. It has been very fulfilling because I get to do work that I know is meaningful. The articles I write have been featured on the homepage of the Chamber’s website and the press releases that I write are sent out to all of the members.

 

Through working at the Chamber I have discovered the kind of working environment that I would like to be a part of in my career. The culture is very laid back and comfortable at the Chamber. I feel very little pressure from my supervisor or my co-workers because they are all very helpful and treat me like an equal.

 

Working at the Chamber of Commerce also has its perks. We host many events that involve breakfasts, lunches and dinners and I have also had the opportunity to hear speeches by Andrew Card, former Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, and Jonathan Kraft, president of the New England Patriots. Because of events like these, my internship experience is an excellent blend of work and great networking opportunities.

Mary Awad: Worcester Business Journal
At the Worcester Business Journal

At the Worcester Business Journal

Name: Mary Awad

Hometown: Norwood, MA

Major: Marketing

Minor: Finance

Expected Year of Graduation: 2010

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)

 

As a Sales and Marketing intern at the Worcester Business Journal, I am assigned various tasks on a daily basis. My primary responsibilities include: setting up events, collecting data and data entry, researching, making up media kits for potential sponsors, mailings, and attending events for the Journal.

 

The Worcester Business Journal is a welcoming environment that allows me to view marketing and event planning at a real company. I have learned to manage my time effectively due to the set of tasks that I need to complete each day.

 

When it comes to big events the WBJ sponsors, such as 40 CEO’s under the age of 40, The Mass Energy Summit, The Business Expo, and Women in Business, work becomes hectic and it’s very busy in the office. Being part of the production for these events allows me to see how much effort and time is actually put into hosting an event. Everyone in the office, whether they are publishers or in the marketing sector, come together to help set up for these huge events that attract people from all over Massachusetts, especially central Massachusetts.

 

Although the days prior to hosting the events can be crazy and stressful, seeing the end result and how much the attendees appreciate the time and effort I put in is a great feeling. I enjoy being part of this production.