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November 4, 2014

Katie Cullerot: Alexander, Aronson, Finning CPAs (AAF)

Interning with Alexander, Aronson, Finning CPAs (AAF)

Name: Katie Cullerot

Hometown: Hampton, NH

Major: Accounting

Minor: Management

Internship Sponsor: Alexander, Aronson, Finning CPAs (AAF)

As a Tax Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Developing tax awareness in all areas, including personal and business income taxes, payroll, sales and other taxes.
  • Preparing tax returns for individuals and businesses, as well as analyzing specific details of a return, such as fixed assets.
  • Developing an understanding of all professional standards.

Alexander, Aronson, Finning CPAs (AAF) is a prominent accounting firm in New England which offers best-value auditing, tax, and consulting services. AAF offers services to not-for profit and for-profit clients in a wide range of industries such as: education, health care, real estate, and many others.


As a tax intern my main responsibilities are to prepare personal and business tax returns to be reviewed by supervisors. The staff and supervisors who I work with to prepare these returns want me to focus on understanding the concepts of what I am working with, not simply the imputing of numbers. I also work with the firm’s new software, Fixed Asset CS, which is related to fixed asset analysis. AAF is a firm that focuses on employee development, which can be seen by their training of me, an intern, on this new software. This training allows me to work on specific advanced projects and also become a resource to the firm to provide feedback about the software.


My accounting classes have prepared me to understand many of the work papers I see on a daily basis. Specifically, my Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Federal Income Tax courses gave me my first exposure to a tax return. It is from my internship, where I am applying the concepts that drove these classes, that I am becoming a tax professional.

Erich Grosse: Assumption College Athletics Department



Name: Erich Grosse

Hometown: Bayport, New York

Major: Business Management and History

Sponsor: Assumption College Athletics Department


As an Assumption College Athletics Marketing Intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Tactical planning of major Athletic Apartment events, such as:
    • The presentation of the new college mascot
    • Midnight Madness
    • Homecoming
  • Managing the athletics bulletin board about upcoming games and athletic events
  • Maintaining the Athletics Instagram account
  • Meeting weekly with our marketing team to discuss ways to get more students attendance at games

The Assumption College Athletics Department supports 21 sports at the Division II level.  As a member of the Northeast 10 Conference, it remains a competitive program in all sports.  Its main focus is to achieve excellence athletically, academically, and in the community.  The vision of the athletic department is “One Team.  One Goal.  Excellence.”


I am active in a wide variety of marketing campaigns launched by the Athletic Department where I use my interpersonal, management, and marketing skills everyday to market our events and games. I  helped pioneer the first ever dress code for our Midnight Madness event, where each class year dressed in a specific color to be more competitive.  I have also recruited students to become our new mascot.  When updating the bulletin board, I make sure to use the most effective and accurate information for the foot traffic of thousands of  students each week that view it.  I have been given control of the athletics Instagram account and have raised its followers from 40 to over 300 in just a month.  Most important to my marketing efforts is the constant communication that I have with personnel such as the head of communications, head coaches, student government leaders, and the athletic director.


As the captain for the Men’s Cross Country team, I have always had an interest in sports, but until now I have never envisioned a career in sports. Because of my internship experience here with Assumption Athletics,  I plan to apply for graduate assistant positions at university athletic departments.

Patrick Ferguson: Mid-State Insurance Agency, Inc.
Interning with Mid-State Insurance Agency, Inc.

Interning with Mid-State Insurance Agency, Inc.


Name: Patrick Ferguson

Home Town: Bethany, CT

Major: Organizational Communication

Minor: International Business

Internship Sponsor: Mid-State Insurance Agency, Inc.


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

  • Calling on perspective business clients
  • Developing and editing e-newsletters for the company’s client email data base
  • Maintaining both the agency’s and their foundation’s, Bears On Board, Inc., social media pages by sending out weekly updates
  • Assisting colleagues in expediting their day-to-day responsibilities to ensure all client expectations are met

Mid-State Insurance Agency, Inc. is an independent agent servicing insurance and financial needs throughout New England and the North East since 1952. The agency specializes in working with companies that are looking for comprehensive, cost effective insurance solutions. The agency caters toward medium and small businesses looking for low-cost coverage and reasonable premiums.


As an intern, my responsibilities start with calling on local and regional companies to inform them about our employee benefit suite of services for companies, which ranges from innovative health insurance plan options to car to home insurance for employees. I act as the middleman between the perspective client and Mid-State’s company heads.


I also develop and maintain social media outlets for both the agency and Bears On Board, Inc., its non-profit foundation. Bears On Board provides teddy bears which police officers, fire fighters, rescue personnel and social workers give to children in crisis. My job is to utilize Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to share the non-profit’s mission and latest updates. The program has donated over 10,000 bears already and has helped countless families throughout Worcester since 2002.


I am learning the many functions of an insurance industry and the day-to-day practices of a successful company. Working in the Insurance Industry has turned out to be a lot more exciting than I had previously thought!

October 14, 2014

Rachel Horr: United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
Interning with the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development.

Interning with the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development.


Name: Rachel Horr
Hometown: Granby, CT
Major: Management
Internship Sponsor: United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Development


As the Rural Development Intern my responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the community program area specialist with the extensive application process
  • Completing compliance reviews
  • Completing missing paperwork follow-ups with appropriate contacts

Blog Entry:
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development was founded in 1994 to benefit organizations, individuals, and municipalities that are not farm based. Their programs, such as the Water and Environmental Program loan/grant, include nearly $16 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and grants. This money goes to benefit communities, businesses, and individuals for housing repairs, construction on water and sewer lines, and small business loans.


As an intern, I began with minor responsibilities and as the semester continues, I have gained more responsibilities. I work primarily in community development programs which assist in funding municipalities and construction projects, such as water treatment plants and sewer lines, throughout the state of Massachusetts. I go out into the field to follow-up on compliance reviews in the towns, as well as to learn how different water treatment plants work. I am learning how to do audits and compliance reviews for many types of grants and loans. I am currently learning about graduation reviews and how they impact the towns with the loans.


This internship has really allowed me to start thinking about what I would enjoy as a career. It has taught me a lot about myself. I am learning that I am not the type of person who can sit behind a desk for days on end. I understand the tasks and projects that I am given and I am taking this internship as a learning experience.

Christa Bodemann: Sonus Networks
Interning at Sonus Networks.

Interning at Sonus Networks.


Name: Christa Bodemann

Hometown, State: Westford, MA

Major: Marketing

Minor: Graphic Design

Internship Sponsor: Sonus Networks


As the Multimedia Training Specialist, my responsibilities are to:

  • Serve as the team expert in multi-media production
  • Apply my expertise to develop and produce training materials and promotional materials
  • Record and post-process online multi-media eLearning materials; post to the Learning Management System (LMS)
    • Tenor video module series
    • Wireless eLearning series
    • Additional product and service multi-media materials
  • Serve on the team responsible for implementation of the new LMS and participate in the migration of existing multi-media eLearning materials from the old system to the new system
  • Maintain the team photo library; post to LMS and use in communication materials


Blog Entry:

Sonus enables and secures real-time communications so the world’s leading service providers and enterprises can embrace the next generation of SIP and 4G/LTE solutions including VoIP, video, instant messaging and online collaboration.  With customers in nearly 100 countries and nearly two decades of experience, Sonus offers a complete portfolio of hardware-based and virtualized solutions.


As the Multimedia Training Specialist at Sonus, I use my graphic design, film, and photography skills in developing multi-media training materials for the company. I have learned to use software applications such as Articulate Storyline and Articulate Replay to develop training modules. I have filmed and edited instructors speaking about a topic for a specific product and then displayed these videos in modules for customers. I have also taken professional portraits of the training team to be posted on the Sonus learning management system.


Working with my co-workers is very rewarding because they are constructive when it comes to giving me good feedback. I have learned more than I ever expected working here at Sonus and, as a result, I am seriously considering a career  as a Multimedia Training Specialist.


April 29, 2014

Michelle Tran: International Data Group (IDG)
International Data Group (IDG).

International Data Group (IDG).


Name: Michelle Tran

Hometown: Worcester, MA

Major: Marketing

Internship Sponsor: International Data Group (IDG)


As a Human Resources Intern, my responsibilities are to:

  • Assist the Training & Development team with upcoming employee training programs by overseeing the general participant lists, creating agendas and preparing training program materials.
  • Create Excel reports articulating corporate program participants’ post-program evaluations.
  • Collaborate with the department staff in the collection and analysis of the annual IDG Employee Survey.
  • Update out-of-date employee information from PeopleSoft in preparation for transition to a new HR information system.


Blog Entry:

International Data Group (IDG) is the world’s leading technology media, events and research company. Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Boston, IDG products and services reach an audience of more than 280 million technology buyers in 97 countries.


As the Human Resources Intern at IDG, I completed a variety of projects that have given me exposure to an area of HR that I previously knew very little about—Training & Development. Initially, I found myself very nervous about working on projects in an area in which I was unfamiliar. But, as time went on, I found it extremely interesting to gain firsthand experience of all the behind-the-scenes work that goes into preparing for corporate training programs—everything from allocating time to selecting reserve venues, to personally confirming public speakers, inviting participants and preparing training program materials. My internship with IDG made me realize how crucial this function of HR is to a company and how beneficial it is for employees to: network, continually learn new skills and grow with the company as technology advances at rapid speeds.


Through my internship with IDG, I have learned a lot about myself as a future human resources professional and the work environment in which I best thrive. Concepts discussed in my internship class such as company cultures, management styles and organizational structures in conjunction with hands-on experiences in the office, have helped me better understand what I’m looking for from potential employers. Overall, this experience has allowed me to see the importance of being flexible and adapting to work cultures in order to work effectively and efficiently toward successfully achieving organizational objectives.

Ethan Holman: Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Interning with the Worcester Sharks (AHL).

Interning with the Worcester Sharks (AHL).


Name: Ethan Holman

Hometown: Middleboro, MA

Major: Marketing

Internship Sponsor: Name: Ethan Holman
Hometown: Middleboro, MA
Major: Marketing
Internship Sponsor: Worcester Sharks (AHL)


As a Marketing and Public Relations intern my responsibilities are:

  • Keeping time on ice and other statistics using TOI (Time On Ice) software and Excel
  • Communicating statistics to media, scouts, coaches and other staff members
  • Developing and delivering promotional flyers to target markets
  • Verifying media member credentials and directions to venue locations
  • Organizing the Press Room

Blog Entry:

The Worcester Sharks are an American Hockey League team affiliated with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks in California. The Sharks are committed to excellence on and off the ice and are a significant factor in the local community through their presence in charities and fundraisers. The main goal of the corporate office is to provide a family-friendly and fun atmosphere where Sharks fans of all ages can enjoy a game of ice hockey.


As an intern with the Worcester Sharks, my responsibilities varied a great deal from game to game. I have been a part of almost every facet of the hockey game including keeping statistics, communicating with officials and coaches, verifying media credentials and even occasionally picking up the pre-game meals for the press and Sharks’ game staff! From this experience, the most valuable lesson that I learned was to be a “quick change artist” and be very flexible when it comes to adapting on-the-fly to all situations. I was constantly being pulled in many directions during game day hours and had to adapt to a change of role in a very short time. My internship really helped me develop this skill and now I am very confident about taking this skill into the workplace.


I have a great interest in becoming a professional in a sports environment because I played sports my entire life. This internship gave me a great perspective on the day-to-day operations that goes into running a professional team and sporting event. Previously, when I was a spectator, all that I paid attention to was showing up to watch the game! Now, I understand on managerial and marketing levels what goes into to making a team and games successful. From this internship experience, I will take all of the valuable lessons I learned into my career in sports.

Lauren Rempelakis: Institutional Advancement, Assumption College
Interning with the Assumption College Office of Institutional Advancement.

Interning with the Assumption College Office of Institutional Advancement.


Name: Lauren Rempelakis

Hometown/State: Marlborough, MA

Major: Management

Minor: Graphic Design

Internship Sponsor: Institutional Advancement, Assumption College


My primary responsibilities as a management intern are:

  • Advertising on social media sites that I created for the Senior Class of 2014 gift.
  • Attending weekly meetings with members of the Senior Class Gift Committee.
  • Entering data on Excel about seniors’ information and gifts provided by Assumption College alumni.


Blog Entry:

The Institutional Advancement Office comprises Annual Giving, Alumni Relations, Advancement Services, Research, and Advancement Officers. The duties of each of these departments are to develop meaningful relationships with alumni and seek donations to the College.


My internship has given me hands-on professional experience in a job environment. I have applied management and organizational concepts by being involved in the planning for Alumni Weekend and the Colleen Ritzer Walk, and strategizing how to raise money for the senior class gift. I understand why it is so important for seniors, as well as alumni, to give back to the school. It is important because alumni contributions go towards physical improvements and academic programming which make the school more beneficial for students, and towards scholarships, which could be the determining factor of many prospective student in their decision to attend Assumption.

April 22, 2014

Cathryn Hartford: Rue La La, Boston
Interning with Rue La La, Boston.

Interning with Rue La La, Boston.


Name: Cathryn Hartford

Hometown/State: Seekonk, MA

Major: Marketing

Minor: Psychology

Internship Sponsor: Rue La La, Boston


As the Human Resources intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Creating unique templates for each department’s open job descriptions on the Rue La La Careers website page
  • Attending Rue U courses and following up by entering in participant tracking information and feedback forms/summaries
  • Writing course descriptions for Rue U courses
  • Assembling the Rue U course catalog



Rue La La is an exclusive, invitation-only online shopping destination where members experience leading brands through private sale prices for a brief amount of time. Located in Boston, this e-commerce marketing business is booming and has been recently nominated for the 2014 Best UX for its App.


I have had four specific projects for the Recruiting and Learning & Development Departments. I found that one of my projects was just too large of a project for one intern. I talked with my supervisor and she was happy that I was able to speak up and provide feedback that might have been uncomfortable for most interns. We were then able to revise that project so that I would be able to complete the project! All of my projects are finishing up, which makes me feel confident that I worked diligently and accomplished my goals.


My business classes have been extremely helpful because my projects are mostly writing based and rely on my communication skills to be developed and professional. Specifically, my writing skills needed to be on-point for the job description project because my work is featured on the careers page of the Rue La La website.

April 14, 2014

Ivy Boulay: Expose Yourself Public Relations
Interning with Expose Yourself Public Relations.

Interning with Expose Yourself Public Relations.


Name: Ivy Boulay

Hometown: Leominster, MA

Major: Marketing and English Mass Communications

Internship Sponsor: Expose Yourself Public Relations


As an assistant communications intern, my responsibilities include:

  • Attending meetings with clients to discuss potential marketing plans
  • Writing press releases and blogs for clients
  • Working with a publicist and social media director as a team to complete tasks and come up with new ideas
  • Updating clients’ social media accounts on a daily basis
  • Keeping clients updated and recording account activity
  • Proof reading and editing material
  • Researching content for clients

Blog Entry:

Expose Yourself Public Relations is an up and coming public relations boutique in Shrewsbury, MA, that specializes in media relations, brand identity, online marketing, content creation, events, and crisis communications. They serve clients from rock stars to realtors, and they help businesses define who they are, who they want to be, and who they want to target .Expose Yourself establishes their clients as the best in their field, and is passionate about making their clients successful.


As an intern, I started out doing basic tasks so that I would learn the processes and technology and get a feel for what Expose Yourself does in general. I was learning a lot, but I wanted more responsibility. I worked up some courage and expressed to my co-workers that I was interested in writing. One day I walked in and was asked by the publicist to research and write a blog for one of our clients. I was extremely nervous, and re-read my blog over and over. I turned my work in, and to my surprise, my coworkers loved what I had written. Now I am a ghostwriter – and confidently write many blogs and press releases for our clients.


My classes in English and Marketing have helped me to be successful at my internship; I constantly find myself referring back to material I learned. Specifically, my writing classes have helped me when I write content for clients to look at the big picture and express what our clients want to say in an effective manner. My marketing classes have taught me to understand clients’ needs and how to reach their target audiences.


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