April 12, 2013
Interning with United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM)
Name: Trae Alston-Swan
Hometown, State: East Hartford, CT
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship Sponsor: United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM
Primary Responsibilities: As a marketing intern at UWCM, my responsibilities include:
- Assisting the Marketing Department in working cross-functionally on the creation of donor, agency, and staff profiles.
- Writing short stories and project descriptions that will be used in both electronic and print media.
United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM) is the local branch of the nationally known non-profit organization, the United Way. The mission of UWCM is to connect people and resources to improve the quality of life in the community. We do this by investing in educational opportunities, supporting families, and building healthy communities. As an organizational communication major, I use my written and oral communication skills to help fulfill this mission.
UWCM is a small branch, which forces employees to become quick-change artists and perform varied tasks. My primary tasks are marketing assignments: writing press releases, writing stories, updating social media sites with events and program dates, and more. Interning at UWCM also allows me to wear a different hat and go out into the community. My supervisor, along with other employees, frequently go on site-visits to speak with non-profit organizations about what their programs offer to the Worcester and/or Central Massachusetts community. Recently, went on two site visits and communicated with external constituents who want/need United Way funding.
Interning at UWCM has increased my interest in working at a not-for-profit organization. I believe that everyone should have access to resources that enable them to lead a good life. I am helping to improve the community by using my oral and written communication skills I learned in classes such as Strategic Managerial Communication, Communication Theory, and Argument and Persuasion.
April 10, 2013
Interning with Genzyme Corporation
Name: Matt Harris
Hometown: Newton, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship Sponsor: Genzyme Corporation, Corporate Communications
- Planning events and strategic communications to raise awareness about rare diseases
- Composing a blog posted on “Inside Genzyme” about Rare Disease Day
- Creating a “Who’s Who” Directory of Genzyme’s Global Team to be used as a reference book for the 2013 Annual Genzyme Global Communications Networking meeting
Genzyme Corporation is one of the world’s leading biotech companies with nearly 10,000 employees around the globe. Based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the firm has a sharp focus on finding cures for rare genetic diseases. Genzyme is currently serving patients in more the 100 countries.
As an intern on the corporate communications team, I have found that the scope of each of my projects has required extensive interaction within the Genzyme community. For example, I worked on a blog to be published on the company intranet to raise awareness about Genzyme’s annual Rare Disease Day. It has been very exciting to see that there is a direct correlation between the skills that I have learned in my Business and Technical Writing and Graphic Design class and my work at Genzyme.
This internship with Genzyme has been a great opportunity to learn in a business setting, while being able to add value to such an innovative company.
April 5, 2013
Interning in the Assumption College Admissions Office
Name: Cortney Lima
Hometown, State: Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Internship Sponsor: The Admissions Office, Assumption College
- Assist the Director of Admissions and the Associate Director for Enrollment Management on yield activities in their territories
- Prepare and read college applications and provide personal assessment on candidates
- Travel to participate in high school visits, fairs, and presentations
- Contact prospective students and accepted students through email and personalized note cards
The Admissions Office is the first place many juniors, seniors, and even sophomores, from high school across the many territories of America see when making their first visit to campus. First impressions, communication and presentation skills are vital to making every student’s visit a memorable and impressive one. Choosing one’s “dream college” is very stressful and it is the job of Assumption’s admissions counselors to make the choice easier and to diminish the stress. As an intern, I strive to make this possible for every student by contributing to the tasks that involve reading applications, gearing up for our two Accepted Students Day, and as well as offering a welcoming smile to all our Greyhound for a Day students.
I have found my niche through this internship. I have expanded my interpersonal and representation leadership skills that I acquired through my education classes which taught me how to effectively present and communicate. At our Early Action Accepted Students Day, I welcomed families as they made their way through the snow. I was also able to make a farther connection than just reading a name and information on an application. I was able to meet and speak with students who are outstanding leaders, athletes, musicians, and others who have pulled through difficult life struggles.
Learning something new is always part of my day at the Admissions Office. I have learned new technical skills, as well as to express my innate qualities that allow me to pursue my interest in a career in a successful higher education setting.
Interning with Ball and Sargent P.C.
Name: Jesse Hunt
Hometown: West Boylston, MA
Major: Organizational Communication and History
Internship Sponsor: Ball and Sargent P.C.
- Primary Responsibilities:
Draft legal documents such as: Interrogatories, requisitions for documents, demand letters, and estate schedules.
- Contact clients, opposing attorneys, and expert witnesses (i.e. private investigators and accident reconstructionists) via letter and email.
- Observe all phases of a court case including: pre-trial, attorney-client meetings, trial, and settlement meetings.
Ball and Sargent Law Firm is a Worcester-based law firm which handles a variety of legal suits ranging from divorce to criminal defense. Although it is a small operation, it has been serving central Massachusetts for over 20 years and is extremely successful. The firm prides itself on being able to serve its clients to the best of its ability.
Both of my majors have helped me accomplish all of my tasks at Ball and Sargent. Organizational Communication has given me the tools necessary to effectively communicate with people inside the firm, as well as communicate with clients and other stakeholders in the firm’s external environment. My background in History has also been extremely helpful because it has given me a solid base knowledge of the U.S. legal system.
Specifically, my Communication Theory class has helped me work with various communication styles, and my Intercultural Communication class has given me the tools to work with clients of different cultures and backgrounds.
My experience with Ball and Sargent has been amazing, not only because I’ve been able to use the knowledge I’ve learned at Assumption, but also because I learn a new aspect of the law each day at the firm. The people I work with are incredible and I am excited that I can consider them part of my professional network.
March 18, 2013
Interning at Banco Santander (Sovereign N.A.)
Name: Marissa Velez
Hometown, State: Barre, Vermont
Internship Sponsor: Banco Santander (Sovereign N.A.)
- Develop presentations regarding prospects for each business unit, primarily healthcare, within Corporate Banking
- Develop household relationships within the Corporate Banking umbrella to help aid organic growth
- Work closely with the Business Banking team to help develop cross-sell opportunities for existing clients
Sovereign Bank N.A. provides financial services in the Northeastern United States. As an intern in the company’s Corporate Development Team, I interact with all business units within the Corporate Banking Sector, which allows me to gain a broad and diverse set of skills. These units include: Large Corporate, Middle Market, Specialty Lending and Business Banking. For example, I am now able to distinguish the different products used when the bankers attempt to gain ancillary income from existing and future clients. Because each business unit operates under different parameters, they each have their own primary set of products.
On a typical day at the bank, I am asked to help develop prospect lists for each business unit, maintain client records and help develop cross-sell strategies for specific clients. Personally, I find cross-sell strategies to be most useful and engaging because it allows me to see all aspects of the business, from the relationship, to the strategic plan, to the closing of a deal.
Although I am seeing these strategies in only one specific industry (banking), these are marketing skills that I can apply to any industry that I may enter after graduation.
Interning at Dress for Success, Boston and Worcester
Name: Erin Kinback
Hometown, State: Shrewsbury, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship: Dress for Success, Boston and Worcester
- Organize inventory for the boutique (clothing/accessories)
- Input donors’ information in the Matchmaker database
- Work directly with Executive Director on grant research and other development activities
- Create and mail acknowledgment letters to donors
- Correspond with other Dress for Success affiliates and corporate office
- Maintain appearance of boutique – replenishing stock as needed
The Dress for Success mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization that has served more than 650,000 women around the world. As an intern here, I am able to be a part of this inspiring movement and use my communication and business skills to help the company grow.
As a Client Services/ Development Intern, I am utilizing the skills I have gained in my Organizational Communication major . Working with clients one-on-one allows me to use my communication skills effectively in order to ensure that women are receiving the best service possible in a way that makes them feel empowered and inspired. I also have a strong desire to learn more about grant writing and grant research and I am excited to delve deeper into this field as my internship continues.
I have found that working one-on-one with Dress for Success clients who wish to better themselves and further their careers is very inspiring and rewarding. I leave work consistently feeling fulfilled and knowing that I have made a difference, even if it is a very small one. Meaningfulness is something I know I am seeking in a career, and I have been fortunate enough to find that opportunity through Dress for Success.
March 15, 2013
Interning with the UMass Medical School Human Resources Department
Name: Kelly Van Schaack
Hometown: Canton, CT
Major: Business Management
Internship Sponsor: Human Resources Department, UMass Medical School
- Compiling spreadsheets for jobs, such as creating new contact lists for the recruiting managers
- Reviewing applicant resumes and submitting qualified applicants to the hiring managers
- Creating and posting job openings on College and other websites
- Arranging applicants’ schedules and also calling the applicants’ references
UMass Medical School is the Commonwealth’s first and only public academic health sciences center. As a large company, it focuses highly on education and research to find cures for diseases such as cancer and ALS.
Interning at UMass Medical School has provided me with professional experience, along with specific experience in the Human Resources field, which is where I would like to work after I graduate. I have had the opportunity to work with various departments within Human Resources, such as recruiting and compensation and benefits.
I work with an excellent team. I am working with talented professionals who are willing to help and teach me as much as possible during my internship.
Inerning with the Worcester Sharks
Name: Maria Apon
Hometown: Portland, ME
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Sharks (AHL)
- Generate raffles that will help the Sharks sales staff collect data on game days and at community appearances
- Work with corporate sales staff to ensure client satisfaction
- Help promote College Night
- Work with the Sales & Marketing team in increase attendance by the collegiate demographic
- Manage the lists of businesses and non-profit organizations receiving the promotional packages and work with account executives to track progress
As a sales/marketing intern at the Worcester Sharks, I have gained experience and insight into the production of a sports organization. The Sharks are a fast-paced environment with a very small staff, which allows me to work closely with many departments. I have drafted and reviewed sponsorship proposals, as well as used excel spreadsheets to track open and sold corporate inventory.
I attend every home game to work with account executives to ensure client satisfaction with season ticket holders. I work directly with fans and fundraisers which allows me to utilize my interpersonal and communication skills that I learned in my Sales Management class. In addition to working with account executives, I have also worked for the Sharks’ Kids’ Club where I sell Kid’s Club memberships, which promotes loyalty among our fans and helps to increase family ticket sales.
This internship has given me the experience I need in all aspects of the marketing field, including: sales, corporate partnership relations and public relations. I feel very prepared at my internship because of the foundation I have gained in my marketing classes such as: Sales Management, Advertising and Marketing Management.
Interning with the Worcester Business Journal
Name: Kristin Bateas
Hometown, State: Fort Mill, SC
Major: Organizational Communication
Internship sponsor: Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)
- Assist with the promotion and operations of special events from the planning stage to the actual event
- Coordinate marketing of events, special projects and high profile issues using various marketing channels including social media, press releases, etc.
- Process data entry
- Assist with client relations
- Compile marketing materials
The Worcester Business Journal (WBJ)is the region’s definitive source of business news for top executives. By interning in the Events and Marketing Department, I have grown to have great appreciation for what it takes to put together an event. I use my communication and marketing skills, that I learned through the courses in my Organizational Communication major, daily.
My main project is preparing for the next big event, Business Leaders of the Year. After making spreadsheets of sponsors, attendees and speakers, and determining the actual date of the event, I realized that planning an event is much harder than I expected. I am now updating the slideshow to play at our booth.
I wrote a press release for the event and used my skills from my Business and Technical Writing class. This class taught me to write effectively while using clear and concise language.
The WBJ is a small business, which allows for the departments to interact. This helps me to become acquainted with each department and to learn about all areas of the business. My internship has guided me to want to look for a job in the event planning industry after I graduate.
February 27, 2013
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Interning at the United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM)
Name: Maureen Quirk
Hometown, State: Wakefield, MA
Internship Sponsor: United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM
As an intern at UWCM, my chief responsibilities include: assisting in event preparation and management, writing and editing press releases, contacting and thanking donors, compiling and updating spreadsheets, and providing insight and feedback in meetings. The majority of these responsibilities specifically pertain to working on the Women’s Initiative campaign.
United Way of Central Massachusetts (UWCM) is the local branch of the nationally recognized non-profit organization, the United Way. The organization strives “to connect people and resources to improve the community”. As the marketing project specialist intern, I contribute to the fulfillment of this mission.
I report directly to the Program Manager for the Women’s Initiative campaign, and under her supervision I’ve quickly learned the multifaceted roles of employees who work in a not-for-profit environment. My supervisor oversees every aspect of this campaign from the administrative duties to planning events that attract hundreds of attendees.
In this fast-paced culture, every day brings something new – a new project, new professional or volunteer to meet, or a new relationship to build. While preparing for the upcoming Dollar Scholar financial literacy conference, one day we’re thanking the donors who support this program and the next day we’re preparing all the materials for the event, and the following day we’re already prepping the initial stages of the next program. My Public Relations class trained me for this active, demanding, and constantly evolving work environment.