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April 10, 2015

Katherine Hern: Assumption College Admissions Office
Interning with the Assumption College Office of Admissions

Interning with the Assumption College Office of Admissions


Name: Katherine Hern

Hometown: Walpole, Ma

Major: Psychology

Minor: Business Management

Sponsor: Assumption College Admissions Office


As an Admissions Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Creating letter templates to mail out in order to maintain contact with interested or accepted students
  • Communicating with and informing students about upcoming events and application deadlines
  • Directing prospective students with contact information for faculty who can provide students specific program information
  • Reading and organizing information from incoming research surveys completed by the accepted students
  • Providing information and offering tours for students during student visit days such as Accept Assumption, Accepted Students Day, and Greyhound Day


Blog Entry

The Assumption College Admissions Office is comprised of a group of professional and hardworking counselors who are responsible for communicating, advising, and informing high school students about Assumption College. The Admissions counselors review admission applications, interview potential students, and provide the students with a preview of the Assumption experience. They organize tours, classroom previews, and organize day events such as Accept Assumption, Accepted Students Day, and Greyhound Day. They act as mentors for the students and help students make the decision to want to become a student at Assumption College.


As an Admissions Intern, I am responsible for writing letters to prospective undergraduate students to provide more information about the college, upcoming campus day events, and application deadlines. I maintain the communication to the students from Admissions to ensure that the prospective students receive the information they need in order to make the decision to enroll in Assumption College. Using the survey information found on Colleague, an admissions software system, I create information packets of reading material about Assumption’s programs, organizations, internships, and student life.


I also volunteer at visiting day event for accepted students. One of the events, Accept Assumption, will host many students and families and I will be responsible for ensuring that the visitors receive a true Assumption experience. I will be assisting in campus tours, classroom previews, and interact with the many students who plan to visit. As a current student and admissions intern, I will be providing an inside perspective of the academic programs, faculty, social environment, and student culture. After the coordinated days, I will follow up with each other students in my territory to ensure they had a fun and informative day.


Working at the Admissions office has been really rewarding because I am able to personally maintain contact with each student in my territory. I had mailed out customized personal letters to the early action students and was amazed at how many emails I got back from students who were so appreciative for their hand-written and personal letter.


Working in Admissions has been a new experience for me because I have had no experience working in higher education. I have always had an interest in working in the school system as a Guidance Counselor or School Psychologist, but this experience has caused me to think about pursing a career in a higher education admissions office.

March 31, 2015

Angela Razzano: Human Resource Department, Umass Medical School
Interning with the Umass Medical School Human Resource Department

Interning with the Umass Medical School Human Resource Department


Name: Angela Razzano

Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA

Major: Management

Minor: Psychology

Sponsor: Human Resource Department, Umass Medical School


As a Human Resource Intern, my responsibilities included:

  • Analyzing the UMMS Human Resource policies by outlining which pertain to the individual branches of HR: Compensation, Talent, Business Partners, and Benefits department
  • Utilizing iCIMS, talent acquisition software, for candidate research, resume review, and job posting
  • Developing blogs from articles about recruiting, hiring, and firing in the business world.
  • Attending Career Fairs at local colleges to educate and inform college students about job opportunities at UMMS
  • Recommending new ideas for both the UMMS Human Resource and the “Work Without Limits” websites.

Blog Entry:

UMass Medical School is a government-funded organization that is committed to improving medical care through education and research. They primarily focus on improving the quality of life for their patients and graduate students. The Human Resource department at UMMS has the responsibility to hire qualified and competent employees that fit the model of the organization and their goals.


From my internship, I have been exposed to the UMMS recruiting and hiring process. I learned about the company’s process when I interviewed each of my coworkers. During the interviews, I learned what each job entails and the responsibilities that come with them. Scheduling interviews with each employee taught me that time is of the essence in the business world- especially when asking someone to take time out of their busy day to talk about their job.


Every time I stepped foot into the office I was handed new work. My supervisor kept me busy with scheduling meetings, assisting the talent associates with iCIMS, creating Excel spread sheets and Word documents, and developing blogs. At first I was overwhelmed by all of my work and concerned about how I was going to balance it. I quickly learned how to become organized. I prioritized my work by their due dates and how much time I would have to spend on each. I used the calendar on Outlook to schedule meetings, block off time, and remind myself when a project due date was approaching. The system I made for myself helped me multitask my emails, blogs, resumes, and job postings. Overall, UMass has taught me to develop my organization skills, but more importantly, how communication and asking questions is key.

Sarah Baldelli: Assumption College, Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Interning with the Assumption College Office of Admissions

Interning with the Assumption College Office of Admissions


Name: Sarah Baldelli

Hometown: Marlborough, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Sponsor: Assumption College Office of Undergraduate Admissions


As the Admissions Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Reading and analyzing college applications using Business Objects, Image Now and Colleague programs.
  • Researching and strategizing new summer programs for high school students around the world.
  • Preparing, planning and administering programs and college fairs for incoming students and their families.
  • Interacting, advising and communicating with incoming students on the HoundBound Assumption Facebook page.
  • Evaluating information and branding of Assumption in our view books and Virtual Experience webpage for potential incoming students.

Blog Entry:

Assumption College’s Admissions Office works very hard selecting a diverse and unique group of individuals through personal relationships and guidance.  The admissions office is responsible for the entire selection process as well as promoting the Assumption College mission throughout events and programs for students.  Throughout my internship I have been able to create my own relationships with incoming students and help them with their college transition, through Assumption’s “HoundBound” Facebook page.  Also I have utilized my marketing skills by developing a more in-depth and user-friendly webpage for potential international students.   I also was given the assignment of creating a social media calendar for the Admission’s Twitter and Instagram accounts for the Assistant Director of Marketing for Enrollment Management, Anna Dealy.


I have advanced my communication skills through interacting with many members of the admissions team as well as students and parents.  I have learned how to professionally analyze events and programs, which allowed me to use the marketing strategies I have learned in my classes.  The knowledge I have gained from my classes helped me become involved and more interested in my work and allowed me to see the real world application of techniques I learned.  I began to continuously think and apply improvements to the tasks I was asked to perform.  Interning in the admissions office allowed me to see marketing techniques in a new and unique way and it was a very rewarding experience.

Kyle Gilman: RE/MAX Advantage 1

Interning with RE/MAX Advantage 1


Name: Kyle Gilman

Hometown: Windham, Maine

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Marketing

Sponsor: RE/MAX Advantage 1


As a marketing and operations intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the design and organization of the company’s print and web-based media.
  • Monitoring and posting on blogs, forums, and social networks
  • Online outreach and promotion using Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more
  • Website and social media optimization

Blog Entry:

RE/MAX is a global real estate network of franchisee-owned and -operated offices with more than 90,000 Sales Associates worldwide.  The agents constitute the world’s most productive real estate sales force. Through their efforts, they’ve made it possible to say that nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX.  RE/MAX Advantage I is the largest RE/MAX operation in central Massachusetts.  The office has over 40 contracted sales agents and a market share sales volume in excess of $100 Million annually.  Our services include the brokerage of residential and commercial real estate.


I have been given the responsibly of creating, updating, and maintaining RE/MAX Advantage 1’s Instagram account. I have my own personal account on Instagram, but it’s been a great experience using one from a business-oriented perspective.   I post a new property that is residential or commercial about once per week on Instagram.


Another one of my responsibilities is to assist one of our agents with promoting some of the properties he receives.  I do this by creating flyers for him to promote his properties and I made an excel spreadsheet of the 400 members for his business email list to make it easier for him to send mail, email, and call local business people in the area.


My favorite part of the job at RE/MAX is when one of the agents will take me on a showing or drive around to look at some of their local listings.  From this I’ve learned what can make a house easy and hard to sell.  This internship has shown me that a career in real estate might be what I want to try and pursue after I graduate from Assumption College.

Makayla Carpenter: My-Take

Interning with My-Take


Name: Makayla Carpenter

Hometown: Cape Neddick, ME

Major: Marketing

Sponsor: My-Take


As a Community and Insight Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Moderating and facilitating online communities to ensure a positive and effective environment, while interacting with the members as a representative of My-Take.
  • Dissecting and evaluating data collected from surveys, discussions, and polls to report insights back to the client.
  • Reviewing and assuring accuracy of Community and Insight Analysts’ reports that act as deliverables for the client.

Blog Entry:

My-Take, located in Westborough, MA, is an “insight and marketing technology company that helps companies make smarter decisions and market more effectively through powerful online communities and panels.”  My-Take utilizes a unique and proprietary platform.  The online communities My-Take creates is what sets this company apart from other typical market research companies.


The first project I had the opportunity to work on was a report for a printer company.  It was definitely a challenge to start with them.  The survey questions and responses that I looked at were technical.  I received a quick 10 minute crash course in learning about their models and how the machines work and all their functions.  I found myself analyzing hundreds of responses.  Post-analysis, I successfully produced two reports based from two different surveys.  Those went so well that I then helped code three additional surveys.  These results were shared with the CEO of the printer company to help make future decisions.


Since diving right into the “real” work the first week on the job, I have been exposed to many different facets of what My-Take does and have had the opportunity to work on projects for various clients.  In addition to coding responses from surveys and writing reports, I am responsible for moderating and facilitating online communities.  I took it upon myself to categorize approximately 1000 posts in community for a personal care company to make navigation easier for both myself and the panel members.  For a battery company, I am currently experiencing the process of onboarding and recruiting members.  I will be able to follow this company from the very beginning of project launch.  This experience is both new and exciting.  As I seek out more responsibilities, I am finding that I want to make this internship my career.

Jonathan Souza: Assumption College, Office of Communications

Interning with the Assumption College Office of Communications


Name: Jonathan Souza

Hometown: Taunton, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Theater Arts

Sponsor: Assumption College, Office of Communications


As an Office of Communications Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the communication team with writing news stories published on Assumption College’s website.
  • Writing press releases on events that are happening on campus, or about students.
  • Creating the content for the playbill for the spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof, and editing the actors’ biographies.
  • Implementing a marketing strategy for the spring musical, including social media and a promotional video.

Blog Entry:

The Office of Communications is responsible for shaping the perception of the Assumption College community. This includes informing the press of what is happening at the College; interviewing personal; and publishing news stories on Assumption’s website, social media, and print.


During my internship with the Office of Communications I have been able to grow as a communicator, through writing and speaking as well as through collaborating with other interns to work on integrated marketing projects.


I was assigned several long-term projects as well as smaller written stories. One long-term goal was to create the playbill for the College’s spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof. This project was of incredible importance to the College, and it was crucial that I collect all the content as well as consult with the show’s producers to accomplish it on a strict deadline.


I was also able to write many news stories that were published on the website and social media, informing the public on what is happening on Assumption’s campus. I also created press releases that serviced as the original source of future events happening on campus.


Prior to my internship, I had always been interested in theater as well as marketing and public relations. To be able to combine all of my areas of interest was a really enjoyable experience.  In the past I have always worried about my communication skills. This experience led to my newfound confidence in what I have to offer in the future as well as a redefined image in what I want to accomplish after graduation.


Realizing that I want to continue to do something that combines my interests was the most rewarding process of this internship. My accomplished projects from being an intern in Assumption’s Office of Communications will show my future employees what I have a lot to offer their business.

Sarah Kupec: Assumption College Institutional Advancement: Alumni Relations




Name: Sarah Kupec

Hometown: Wyckoff, NJ

Major: Organizational Communication

Sponsor: Assumption College Institutional Advancement: Alumni Relations





As an Alumni Relations Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research and analytical projects on Alumni’s social media and online networking sites in order to reach more Alumni, friends of the college, and parents.
  • Sitting in on meetings and contributing to meetings to gain a deeper understanding of how Institutional Advancement works.
  • Taking a proactive role in planning programs and events, most notably Alumni Weekend.
  • Researching different channels of donations to the college such as Amazon Smile or iGive.

Blog Entry:

The Institutional Advancement Office is composed of Advancement Officers, Advancement Services, Alumni Relations, the Annual Fund and Research. These departments work together to build relationships with Alumni, parents, members of the community and to seek donations for the college.


I have learned how much of a collaborative environment Institutional Advancement is from attending board meetings, Alumni Relations meetings, as well as individual meetings with members of each department. For Alumni Relations, communication is key internally as well as externally. Alumni Relations teams up with many other departments on campus, such as Career Services. With Career Service’s help, I am working to improve our LinkedIn page for Alumni. It is always exciting in this department, as there are many events to be planned. For one of our biggest events Alumni Weekend, I was involved in formatting the literature and I am responsible for creating collages which will serve as a main focal point for the event. One of my biggest projects has been our social media. For our Facebook page, I post old yearbook pictures and track them. Several of the photos have been viewed by 1,000s of people. I have loved being a part of the Institutional Advancement team, and I now see how vital Alumni Relations is to the college’s success.

December 9, 2014

William Contento: Worcester Center for Crafts
Interning at the Worcester Center for Crafts

Interning at the Worcester Center for Crafts


Name: William Contento

Hometown: Marshfield, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Internship: Worcester Center for Crafts


As a marketing and operations intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with the management of the class program website and the online registration database
  • Editing the brochure copy for the fall and winter sessions
  • Creating faculty profiles and biographies for the web page
  • Helping set up/prepare for the Holiday Festival of Crafts


Blog Entry:

The Worcester Center for Crafts is a non-profit, independent, community-based arts organization. The organization is committed to providing a quality education in arts to all ages. The center offers a variety of courses in metals, clay, glass, and photography. Also, students have the option of enrolling in a class based on their skill level, with classes ranging from beginner, intermediate, and intermediate-advanced.


As an intern at center, I was expected to come in immediately and make some major contributions to the organization – and this is exactly what happened!  I had the responsibility of updating the brochure copy that would be sent out to potential or current students. I also spent a lot of time exchanging phone calls and emails with faculty in order to write faculty bios with pictures of their work that would be added to the web page.


Coming into my internship, I was a little concerned with how I would perform working for a craft center, particularly because art has never really been an interest or strength of mine. As it turned out, I truly did enjoy learning about the world of crafts and working with a small staff. My supervisor and the other employees were extremely approachable, and there was never a point where I felt overwhelmed with the work I was assigned.


Although it was a great experience, my internship showed me that sitting at a desk most of the day is not for me. I am seeking a career where I am constantly on the move (maybe traveling) and engaging with people and creating relationships.

Stephen Biagioni: Worcester Center for Crafts
Interning at the Worcester Center for Crafts

Interning at the Worcester Center for Crafts


Name: Stephen Biagioni

Hometown: Medford, MA

Major: Management

Minor: Marketing

Internship Sponsor: Worcester Center for Crafts


As a Marketing and Operations Intern, my primary responsibilities include:


  • Editing and writing course descriptions for specific classes to promote the identity of the Center
  • Creating and uploading faculty biographies and course descriptions to the website
  • Proofreading and approving information for seasonal brochures
  • Updating the current online registration system
  • Preparing for company events and student classes


Blog Entry:


The Worcester Center for Crafts is a non-profit, independent, community-based arts organization committed to: providing quality craft education, supporting entrepreneurship in the arts, and promoting an appreciation for fine craft. Consumers and students can count on an interesting and enjoyable environment with each visit and in every class.  Supporting crafts and keeping the arts a part of the community are the Center’s strategic goals.


I’ve had several tasks to complete each week and an important tool I’ve learned is the ability to organize my time wisely. Being able to add value and have a respected opinion at the Center are the most rewarding aspects of my internship.  A major task I had to complete was obtaining information for faculty biographies and course descriptions, and then uploading them onto the website.


I learned a new information database software called Student Manager. Student Manager allowed me to update the company website and insert codes for revising classes. Viewing my work being displayed on the website to attract a broader range of people definitely boosted my interest in marketing.  It was extremely fulfilling to have this amount of responsibility within the Center.


My internship has given me experience in a smaller size organization, and I have come to the realization that I would rather to work in a medium-larger size company. I’ve really enjoyed the friendly and encouraging interaction among the employees. This type of culture taught me the significance of a team-oriented environment and that I work well in collaborative/team efforts.

December 1, 2014

Morgan Furgal: Assumption College Department of Athletics and Recreation
Interning with Assumption College's Department of Athletics and Recreation.

Interning with Assumption College’s Department of Athletics and Recreation.


Name: Morgan Furgal

Hometown: Oxford, MA

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: Writing

Sponsor: Assumption College, Department of Athletics and Recreation


As an Athletics Communications Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Assisting with game management,  including social media, music and video feed
    • Compiling and providing team and player statistics
    • Utilizing current technology to assist in updating the athletics website for up-to-date scores, schedules, rosters, and historical materials
    • Writing player and coach bios, statistics and history
    • Assisting in coordinating media-related responsibilities

Blog Entry:

The Athletic Communications Office provides assistance to Athletics and all of its teams and coaches. This includes: maintaining the website, handling press releases, managing all home games, implementing the “Hounds Rewound” weekly video, managing social media and serving as the liaison between Athletics and Coaches.


During my Internship I have enhanced my skills in writing, sports software, social media, marketing, public relations, game management and teamwork!


We often partner with the Marketing Department to promote games and foster an environment that encourages students to get involved on campus.  I was involved in the newly revamped “Midnight Madness”.  I was responsible for the social media. Because Twitter is a popular form of communication with college students, I thought it was a great way to get them involved.  Students were asked to tweet pictures of “Midnight Madness” using the hashtag “ACMM14” for a chance to win a gift certificate for best picture. Many students got involved tweeting pictures and comments.  It was the best “Midnight Madness” I have attended!


A significant change this year was the transformation of the Athletics Website. I contributed to this effort by learning the Presto Sports Software and utilizing it to maintain the new website.


I have always loved sports and writing.  This internship provided me the opportunity to explore a career path in sports and writing, as well as put into practice the skills and concepts I have learned through my journalism classes. It helped me realize I can blend my love for sports and writing with a career in Athletic Communications.

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