Devlin-Ann Ammendola’s New York Story!

Name: Devlin-Ann Ammendola

Major / Minor: Global Supply Chain Management/Psychology

The office at Mediavest

The office at MediaVest

Year: Graduating May 2015

Hometown: Long Island, New York

Company Interned for: I worked at MediaVest for Yahoo

Internship Location: New York City

What were your day-to-day intern duties? I was a planning, buying, and research intern.  Considering MediaVest is an agency, I met with vendors such as LinkedIn, Google, Hulu, etc. almost every day.  Sometimes these meetings took place in a conference room but other times these meeting would take place at upscale restaurants in New York City which is a common perk of the industry.  Before meetings I would send vendors an e-mail of what we are trying to accomplish with Yahoo so that they could come prepared with a relevant presentation. Yahoo runs on a quarterly basis so the work environment was hectic and fast-paced.  Once I was trained to learn the necessary software my main responsibility was to pull reports and analyze data to support and prove that the plan decisions we prepared made sense. If we decided to proceed with a vendor I was in charge of the operations including buyer’s authorizations, purchase orders, and insertion orders.  I got to work on several projects including Yahoo beauty, food, sports, world cup, etc.  Considering my whole summer was based on Yahoo, I was exposed to numerous strategies and had to stay ahead of current news, trends, and technologies.  Throughout my internship, it was required that I create my own individual 15 minute presentation that I presented the last week of summer to all the managers, interns, and anyone else in the company who wanted to come.

Devlin's office set-up for her summer internship with Mediavest!

Devlin’s office set-up for her summer internship with MediaVest!

What role did Amica, your professors, or other campus resources play in obtaining your internship:

This internship was posted on the BCC website so that is how I interviewed for the position. Although every course at Bryant prepared me for this internship, I found that the class which helped me the most with this internship was the E-business models course which counted towards my Supply Chain Major.  Amica was great in helping me find an internship-they are all extremely friendly and passionate about helping students succeed.

What was your favorite memory?

My favorite memory was when the World Cup was on television.  Everyone at my company reserved restaurants and tables at the liveliest places in New York City and were given an extended lunch break so that every employee could enjoy a good time with their fellow co-workers and watch the game.

Are you maintaining a connection with your co-workers from your internship?

Yes! I had three managers that I became close with and I even made a few intern friends that I keep in touch with.

Why do you think it was important to complete an internship?

Learning in the classroom gives you basic knowledge but actually interning in a company gives you so much more perspective.  Interning is a great opportunity to see if what you thought you wanted to do in life is what you really want to do.  An internship is great because it is for a short amount of time and is like a test run.  The networking and contacts you gain from interning are priceless, after every meeting I attended the vendors would request me on LinkedIn-a social media account that every single business student should have.  If you do not have a LinkedIn you do not exist.  I really learned more from this internship than I ever thought I would and it gave me a clearer vision on what I want to do after graduating.

What advice would you have for underclassmen who are searching for an internship?

Start looking as soon as possible and go to as many career fairs and networking events as possible.  Getting someone’s business card from a company you are interested in goes a long way.  If you sit at home and apply through websites there is a high chance you will never get a response.  You really have to be active and motivated.  Many good companies hire interns early which means that they will not be interested in you if you try to contact them later in the year.

If you could re-do one thing over your Bryant career, what would it be?

I would take advantage of the resources at Bryant more during my freshman and sophomore year.  I really did not take advantage of all the things the Amica Center offers until my Junior Year.  Now that I realize how crucial and helpful the workshops and networking events are, I go to as many as I possibly can.  I am constantly getting my resume checked, constantly going to networking events, and even joining organizations related to my major outside of Bryant.  Bryant really does give you the tools for success and every student should utilize them and take full advantage.

Do you have any plans so far for post-graduation?

I plan to have a job by the end of this semester and am enjoying the interview process as of now to see what opportunities I have-I even already had my first interview the first week back at school.

Anything else you would like to add?

  • Fun Fact: the CEO of MediaVest is a Bryant Alumni!!! I got to speak with him and he is truly an awesome guy, we are even connected on LinkedIn. He helped produce the show Survivor with Mark Burnett and started his career with investment banking.  This shows how what you major in is not stuck to you for life, there are many opportunities out there especially coming out of a great school like Bryant.
  • I am interning at Bradford Soap Works this Fall in West Warwick as a Global Supply Chain Management intern and that was on the BCC website as well.
  • I studied abroad in Florence, Italy for four months
  • I went to Germany/Spain on SIE
  • I am a student athlete on the Women’s Tennis Team at Bryant
  • Any student can contact me if they need advice on anything! Dammendo@bryant.edu

Ben Sawicki

 


Taylor Bell’s Path to Actuarial Analyst

Name: Taylor Bell

Major / Minor: Major – Actuarial Mathematics, Minor: Business Administration

Grad Year: 2014

Hometown: Yorktown Heights, NY

Company Interned for: New York Stock Exchange, Euronext

Taylor Bell answers a phone at the NYSE

Taylor Bell answers a phone at the NYSE

Internship Location: New York, New York

What were your day-to-day intern duties?

            I was an intern in the Financial Planning and Analysis department. FP&A has many responsibilities including: conducting the monthly close process, managing the annual budgeting process, providing support for all financial and management aspects of each business unit within NYSE and providing support and interface for all of the business units of Finance. As an intern, I was primarily responsible for creating financial planning and analysis models as well as assisting the accounting department with various projects. Some of the biggest projects that I worked on were creating templates for the budgeting and forecasting process, preparing analysis of costs associated with the global expatriate program, preparing detailed global legal consulting expense analysis, and numerous bank/payroll account reconciliations.

Current Employer and Location:  Mercer – Princeton, NJ

Current Job Title: Retirement Consulting Actuarial Analyst

Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist clients with the financial measurement of their retirement benefit programs using state-of-the-art software and stochastic modeling tools.
  • Strategize with clients to develop or enhance their retirement benefit programs.
  • Analyze client data to track historical and future employment trends and their correlation to retirement benefit programs and funding.
  • Keep clients up to date on regulated or legislated changes that affect the ongoing administration of their retirement benefit programs.

What role did Amica, your professors, or other campus resources play in obtaining your internship or full time job?:

As a freshman I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to major in or what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I attended the Career Planning 101 information sessions which were helpful in guiding me towards picking my major and ultimately choosing the actuarial career path. I also used the 24 hour résumé editing services, the BCC and on-campus interviews.

The BCC was the most convenient and easiest way to apply for jobs during my senior year. Being a student-athlete I was always pressed for time and the BCC helped make the job search less time consuming and stressful. It was a great way to narrow down my search and hone in on what I was really interested in.

In addition, my actuarial mathematics professors provided my classmates and I with many opportunities to meet with alumni in the actuarial field. They also frequently gave us advice about how to approach the internship/job search and told us about opportunities that were available.

How has your Bryant education benefitted you in real world examples?

            Bryant prides itself on diversity, teamwork and professionalism. All of these factors are necessary to be successful in the business world. In both my internship and current job it is integral to know how to work with others in order to achieve a common goal.  The strong emphasis that Bryant places on public speaking and group presentations has also helped me tremendously. 

Taylor poses with co-workers at the NYSE during her summer internship

What was your favorite memory of Bryant? Of any internship you held?:

            My favorite Bryant memory was winning the North East Conference Division I softball championship with my team.                                             

What advice would you have for underclassmen who are searching for an internship or full time position?

            Network! The more relationships you have and lasting impressions you make, the easier it is to get an internship/job. Be confident, be prepared, and don’t be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone.

If you could re-do one thing over your Bryant career, what would it be and why?

            If I could re-do one thing over my Bryant career it would be choosing my major earlier and studying abroad. I chose to major in actuarial mathematics in the middle of my sophomore year and that prevented me from being able to study abroad (unless I wanted to attend an extra year of classes). I love to travel and visit new places so that is definitely something I wish I could have done.

Anything else you would like to add?

Bryant is full of so many amazing clubs and organizations, make sure you get involved with something. It doesn’t matter what you do, but don’t limit yourself to only one thing. Join a club, apply for that e-board position, try out for a sports team – make the most of your time at Bryant because they are truly the best 4 years of your life!


Interview conducted and prepared by Ben Sawicki, Amica Career Center
Ben Sawicki

 


Ana Esquea’s United Nations Internship

Name: Ana Cristina ANAEsquea
Year: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Global Studies: International Economics Track / Politics and Law
Hometown: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Organization Interned For: United Nations’ World Population Fund (UNWPA)

What were some of your daily responsibilities at your internship?

The World Population Fund’s main goal is to collect relevant data in areas such as adolescent pregnancy, population and development, and gender equality in order to present it to government officials and other decision makers in the country to influence existing or help shape future legislation. Because they have experts that collect and break down the information, their job is mostly making the connection with the people who ultimately end up making the decisions. I interned specifically under the Population and Development area and was in charge of creating the information packages sent to senators, as well as helping plan and execute the launch of one of their most recent studies on the Cost of Teenage Pregnancies for the country. I was also in charge of creating a plan to include informative posters in public transportation such as the public bus system and the metro.

What role did the Amica Career Center play in getting your internship?

Though I got my internship through other contacts, the Amica Career Center helped me prepare the resume I ultimately submitted with my application.

What was your favorite experience from your internship?
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My favorite part of the internship was without a doubt getting to shake hands with Ban-Ki Moon, the Secretary-General of the UN, who visited the country for the first time while I was interning there.

What was the most important thing you learned at your internship?

I have always had a strong interest in how the international community works, and working for the United Nations has always been something I’ve considered. Getting to work within the system taught me not only how to make and maintain important relationships with people who might be influential, but also how the system works as well as the bureaucracy and thought behind every decision made. I also had to complete special training in case of emergencies which provided me with the tools to be able to not only survive, but protect myself and those around me in case of an emergency.

Will you keep in touch with coworkers from your internship?

I will definitely keep in touch with them, not only because I was offered an internship next summer, but because I met a wonderful group of people who are also influential in the field I would like to go into.

How did/will this internship help you further your career?

Being able to intern in a UN office as an incoming sophomore is not an opportunity a lot of people get. As international relations is the area I would like to go into once I’m done with college, having this experience under my belt will be extremely helpful in not only demonstrating to people that I am capable of such an opportunity, but also that I understand the system and am truly dedicated to the job, whatever that may be.

Shannon Bio


Ashlee Burke’s HR Internship

602669_10150310136549995_321696323_nName: Ashlee Burke

Major/Minor: Management/Legal Studies

Year: 2014 (Senior)

Company Interned For: Axis Communications, Human Resources Intern

Hometown: Methuen, MA

 

AC:  What were your day-to-day duties as an intern?

AB: My day to day responsibilities included scheduling phone screens and onsite interviews with prospective candidates, creating various recruiting metrics, and if needed, assigned buddies to new hires as well as filed their paperwork. I was also assigned different projects throughout the course of my internship such as creating a new time sheet for part-time employees and interns. They also gave me a long-term project which was revamping the onboarding process to make it a more engaging experience that started at the beginning of my internship and would be presented at the end.

AC:  What role did Amica, your professors, or other campus resources play in obtaining this internship?

AB: Although the BCC is a great source to find internships, it is not the only way to find one. The Amica Center directed me to different internship websites (I found mine on internmatch.com) and I was able to find a larger selection of internships that were in my area and what I was interested in!

AC:  What was your favorite memory? 

AB: My favorite memories were participating in onboarding because I got to know some great people and learn a lot about the company and the Ping-Pong tournament the interns had to organize at the end of the summer because you saw everyone come together and take a break from the stress of work to have some fun. Plus an intern beat a full-time employee so that sweetened it a little.

AC:  Are you maintaining a connection with your co-workers from your internship? 

AB: Yes I am! We developed a great relationship while working together and so I like to check in every once and a while and update them on my life and ask how everything’s going with them. We email back and forth a few times a month and shoot each other the occasional text.

AC:  Why do you think it was important to complete an internship?

AB: During an internship, they treat you like a full-time employee so it gives you a true real world experience. Any internship you get, paid or unpaid is so valuable because you learn so much about the workplace, about life after graduation, about yourself. An internship is a platform for a full-time job. Whether you want a job at the company where you did your internship or are looking at another company, you’ll have the experience; you’ll have your foot in the door. And companies are looking for experience. Also, internships help you figure out what exactly you want to be doing every day for the rest of your life.

AC:  Any plans for after graduation?

AB: Working full-time, and then after 6 months, or a comfortable amount of time, in the workforce I’ll start going to grad school at night.

AC:  Any advice for underclassmen?

AB:  Do an internship. Internships are the best way to experience what the real world is like. Companies value interns and don’t just give them busy work; you’re involved in projects that matter. Soak up all the information you can and ask as many questions as you can. Stay in contact with the people you worked with because even if you don’t want to work there in the future you have them as a resource for information you might need.


Sociology – Just Say YES!

Last week I had the opportunity to attend Professor McDonnell’s Senior Sociology Capstone class. I was inspired by the diverse group of eleven students who, it turns out, include only four Sociology majors. The rest of the students, I learned, are from a variety of majors (Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Management & Sports Studies) and have added Sociology as a minor or concentration. So why, I asked these students, did you choose to study Sociology and how do you think it will enhance your career or graduate school path?

The overwhelming theme of what I heard was how Sociology is happening “ everywhere all the time” and because of that fact, studying Sociology gives these students a broader way of thinking about the world as well as a relevance to the outside world that other courses did not provide. This surprised me! In this stereotypical “me-focused” generation, I was excited to learn how students enjoyed being able to choose research topics that had relevance to the “real world” about topics they really cared about.

Capstone presentations April 2014 REDay photo

 

Paige has a job lined up in the field of Human Resources. She spoke passionately about how her Sociology classes enabled her to see the business world in a different light. Casey, an Accounting major and Sports Studies concentrator, pointed out that Sociology helped him improve his relationship building skills. Stephan, an Accounting major, recalled how he was able to set himself apart in job interviews talking about his Sociology research. Lauren emphasized her critical thinking skills and the fact that Sociology has given her the chance to look at the big picture before solving a problem. As a first-year student, Mallory felt pressured to major in Business because she thought that was where “all the jobs” were. While taking Sociology courses, Mallory began to enjoy her studies more and discovered that she could apply to many different positions with her major and skill set.

Molly and Katie agree that the teaching style and engaging Sociology faculty influenced them to take extra classes in Sociology, above and beyond what they actually needed to graduate. Katie loves the open classroom discussion and she took the Capstone just so she could embrace a research topic that she really cares about.   Paige described one of her Sociology classes as applying a Socratic style where students were free to express their views, not just told what is right and wrong.

Sariga feels that her career goals were shaped through her Sociology courses. As a Finance/Accounting major she never realized that she could apply her skills to the nonprofit sector. Through her service learning courses, she became fascinated with the idea of social entrepreneurship and has been able to focus her internships in that direction. Molly also attributes a faculty member for encouraging her to explore her passionate interests through a directed study.

In my opinion these students demonstrate the essence of what Bryant, and perhaps higher education as a whole, is all about – small class sizes and engaging faculty where students are able to discuss, research and explore their interests as they relate to everyday life. Studying an Arts & Sciences discipline, such as Sociology, and pairing it with a Business major or minor enables Bryant students to discover themselves, refine their interests and build the skills they need to move onto their post-graduate path. Thank you to Professor McDonnell and her Senior Capstone class for setting, yet another example, of the rich curriculum Bryant has to offer. And, to all students who are exploring the idea of studying Sociology, these Capstone Seniors have one word for you: YES!

written by Amy Weinstein, Assistant Director,  Amica Center for Career Education

amica_amy_staffpic Amy has been assisting liberal arts and business majors with career advising for over 15 years.  At Bryant, Amy is the Amica CareerCenter liaison to the College of Arts & Sciences. She assists students with all career-related topics including: choosing a major, finding an internship, applying to graduate school and more…  aweinstein@bryant.edu

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