Name: Dan Bierfeldt
Hometown: Worcester, MA
Major: International Business/Spanish
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Business Journal
As an intern in the Editorial Department at The Worcester Business Journal, my responsibilities include: compiling background research for staff writers, maintaining the website’s calendar of events, formulating regional briefs and press releases, and writing short articles covering a variety of business-related topics.
The thought of transitioning from 16 years as a student to being a professional is downright scary. No amount of time in the classroom can replace the kind of practical knowledge that only comes from real experience. My internship at the WBJ has acted as a litmus test to help me gauge where I am in terms of being ready for this next big transition, and has eased some of the stress that goes along with it.
Being successful early in your career is all about turning theory into practice. On my very first day I was asked to format a fairly complex spreadsheet using Excel. This would have been a nearly impossible task to do by myself, had I not already spent many hours studying this exact program for my Computer Science course.
As a business major, I have been introduced to countless theories about managerial techniques. I was pleased, and somewhat surprised, to find that it was possible to clearly and unambiguously identify the use of some of these management techniques and leadership styles at my internship site. It is refreshing to know that my theoretical knowledge base has actual relevance in the real world.
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