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March 24, 2011

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.

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.

March 22, 2011

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.

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.

March 21, 2011

Jenelle Nadeau: American Cancer Society (ACS)
Interning at the American Cancer Society (ACS)

Interning at the American Cancer Society (ACS)

 

Name: Jenelle Nadeau
Hometown: Walpole, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Management
Internship Sponsor: American Cancer Society (ACS)

 

Primary Responsibilities:  As an intern in the Communications and Marketing Department, my primary responsibilities include: updating and maintaining all media lists, creating analysis reports of news clips, writing and editing press releases and media advisories, photographing American Cancer Society events, preparing calendar releases, and working on the Relay For Life event at Assumption College.

 

Blog Entry:
My internship has been a valuable experience in working in a communications department.  I have been able to take concepts that I have learned in communication and marketing classes and apply them to my professional writing, which has been an enlightening experience. 

 

I recently interviewed a participant in the ACS’s event “Look Good…Feel Better” who is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatment.  I wrote a press release about the participant to raise awareness of this program.  In Public Relations class we have discussed how important it is to develop press releases that not only capture readers’ attention, but also provides them with all the pertinent information in the first two paragraphs.  I found that when writing the press release, I was able to use the participant’s story as a way to draw readers in and then provide them with all the educational details about cancer and chemotherapy. 

 

I have also been working on updating and maintaining media lists.  This involves contacting all media outlets including radio stations, news stations, newspapers, and magazines in Western Massachusetts.

March 16, 2011

Gabrielle Attra: Office of Public Affairs, Assumption College
Interning in the Assumption College Office of Public Affairs
Interning in the Assumption College Office of Public Affairs

 

Name: Gabrielle Attra
Hometown: Brunswick, ME
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Art History
Internship Sponsor: Office of Public Affairs, Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in Public Affairs, I am assigned to promote the spring production of Assumption’s theatre program, “Children of Eden”. My tasks include: press releases, meeting and rehearsal attendance, and writing the play’s program. I also write faculty, alumni and student profiles and articles for the college’s online calendar about upcoming events on campus.

 

Blog Entry:
I am grateful for the opportunity to intern for Public Affairs because I enjoy writing and have gained experience which has greatly improved my writing skills. I work on multiple writing pieces such as student and alumni profiles and announcements of upcoming campus events.

 

My major in Organizational Communication has given me the skills to apply what I have learned in my writing classes to my professional work. I edit the online faculty, alumni and student profiles to make them clearer and more concise. I have also learned valuable interviewing techniques through the online profiles. Contacting and interviewing faculty and students for their profiles has greatly improved my communication skill set.

 

My main project is producing the program for the college’s spring production, “Children of Eden.” This involves attending meetings which allow me to view the internal communication involved in producing work within the department. I now understand the value of creating a timeline to have the final project completed on schedule.

 

My internship has been very beneficial to my professional career track. By providing valuable writing samples for my portfolio and using the essential skills needed for writing professionally, my internship has increased my competitiveness in the job market.

March 2, 2011

Jennifer DiMilla: Human Resources Department, Assumption College
Interning in the Assumption Colleg Human Resources Department

Interning in the Assumption College Human Resources Department

 

Name: Jennifer DiMilla
Hometown: Millis, MA
Major: Psychology
Minor: Management
Internship Sponsor: Human Resources Department, Assumption College

 

Primary Responsibilities:
As an intern in the Human Resources Department, my primary responsibilities include: analyzing job grades and wage compressions, creating surveys of training needs and proposals for the college, auditing sexual harassment training and personnel who need to complete the updated version, observing the operation of programs such an Enwisen and Novas, and compiling all college policies and procedures into one working manual.

 

Blog Entry:
Having the opportunity to intern in the Human Resources Department has been a valuable experience and has given me insight into this specialization. I have been able to apply concepts about sexual harassment that I learned in my Human Resources Management class to the tasks of auditing sexual harassment training materials.

 

One of my largest projects was creating a PowerPoint presentation for the students on campus who contribute to the “voice views” on the homepage. By educating students on how important it is to be careful about the content that they post online, I was able to make students aware of the potential power of online harassment.

 

Another project I had the chance to work on was revising performance evaluation forms. I researched the process that other colleges use in addressing performance evaluation. After doing some work online and reevaluating the current forms, I was able to make some adjustments. It was really great to see how all my ideas came together and I learned a lot about successful competencies in job categories.

 

Having the chance to intern is really going to help me in the long run because I hope to one day have a career in Human Resources.

March 1, 2011

Nick Pardy: Small Business Service Bureau, Inc.
Interning at Small Business Service Bureau, Inc.

Interning at Small Business Service Bureau, Inc.

 

Name: Nick Pardy
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Major: Marketing
Minor: Graphic Design
Internship Sponsor: Small Business Service Bureau, Inc. (SBSB)
 

Primary Responsibilities:

As a marketing and communications intern, I am helping SBSB with their online marketing and website development.  I am transforming their ballot history into a new database that will make it easy for SBSB members to see how other members feel about important issues and topics relating to the small business environment.  I also able to assist the graphic design department because of my knowledge from my graphic design minor.

 

Blog Entry: 

I am glad to be working with the Small Business Service Bureau (SBSB).  I can already see how much it has helped me to feel that I will make a seamless transition from being a college student to a workforce professional. Many seniors dread moving on into the “real world,” but after starting my internship, I quickly realized that it is not as bad as I or other students portray it.  I take my internship very seriously, and fit in very well with the other co-workers in the marketing and communications department.

 

What I like about this internship is that I also have the opportunity to do some graphic designing.  My marketing major and graphic design minor go well together, and I am glad I am able to use both at this organization.  My vision of the perfect career is being able to do an assortment of tasks, and at SBSB I feel that I can do this because of the small number of employees and the variety of work.

 

I look forward to going to my internship everyday because I love being part of an organization where I feel like I belong.  SBSB is one of the few places where I am able to work on the same floor as the CEO and upper management!  I am glad Assumption has given me the opportunity to take an internship as a class.

 

Everyone should have an internship experience before they graduate if they have room in their schedule.  This experience has allowed me to learn about organizational cultures and my “fit” in the SBSB culture, which we talk about in our internship class.  Internships open doors to new opportunities in the work environment and make the thought of getting a job more of a reality.