Ians Collins & Save the Children

Name: Ian Collinssave children

Year: Junior

Internship: Corporate Partnerships with Save the Children

Major: International Business

How did you get this internship?

I talked with Amy from the Amica Center about my interests and she referred me to professor Emily Copeland, whom I had taken freshman year. She made me aware of internships at Save the Children. A family friend was involved with the organization, and he put me in touch with the internship coordinator. I sent in my application and was invited to interview. My manager, who interviewed me and read my resume, was impressed with the relevance of course projects I had done at Bryant!

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

My role was not rigidly defined because of the team’s diverse and constantly changing work. My tasks were usually research and reporting, but I was also assigned data entry, providing feedback on ideas and deliverables, helping employees with excel, and other miscellaneous tasks. Some examples of work I did are building an excel application to navigate and track awards to apply programs for, preparing reports of various scales on companies and their social responsibility programs to help inform managers about companies and inspire ideas, and creating a weekly report to update managers on business news. I also attended a lot of meetings both related and unrelated to my projects. It was great to work with the team and also be exposed to so much information about the organization and industry.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

At Save the Children people are very talented and passionate and things move really fast. Furthermore, people are usually simultaneously working on diverse projects. It was difficult getting and staying up to speed.

How will this further your career?

I got to work on some important skills such as softwares, internal and external communications, and working in an office environment. Furthermore, my time at Save the Children provided me with inspiration and information for my career aspirations. I learned about many different ways that people are using business skills and resources for social purposes and saw the different ways I could become involved. Working for an NGO offers the task of coordinating the resources of businesses with the skills of technical experts. Corporations also consult with NGOs to ensure that their operations are sustainable. On the other side, corporate foundations allocate the resources of companies towards social causes to benefit the business and the world. I am interested in learning more about this side because it provides a great opportunity to use business knowledge; foundation managers need to sell corporate social responsibility to profit driven executives.

Though I was most directly involved in these two sectors, this internship also inspired me to further explore shared value and impact investing, fields that offer the potential to do well by doing good. When researching companies I was able to see some of the ways that they incorporate shared value into their business models and was impressed by the innovation and effort of a few companies in particular.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

There are a lot of people on campus who can help you explore your interests and career. If you find yourself interested in something and would like to pursue an internship or just learn more, make an effort to talk to professors and the Amica Career Center. Even if you aren’t sure if you know a professor who can help you, your professors will most likely know other people who can. Same goes for the Amica Career Center and other Bryant institutes.

My second piece of advice is that you can make a social or environmental impact with your business skills. We’re all very lucky to be where we are at Bryant and in a great position to help others.There are tons of ways to do it whatever your field of study. There are exciting opportunities in impact investing, impact accounting, dedicated CSR programs, supply chain sustainability, cause marketing, and much more! And guess what, there are lots of people at Bryant who can tell you more.


HR Intern Spotlight: Mollie Anderson & Year Up Providence

mollie head shotName: Mollie Anderson

Year: 2016

Internship: HR Intern at Year Up Providence

Major: HR Management and LCS

How did you get this internship?

I found Year Up through resources available through the Amica Career Center as well as through my own research. I had known that I would love to be able to work with a smaller organization in terms of the location and staff size, but also knew that I wanted to contribute to and be a part of an organization that was driven towards a “greater good.” I started looking into non-profits in Rhode Island that incorporated aspects of the smaller setting, educational focus (as I also have an interest in teaching), and needed organizational aid that would allow me for growth in the HR/Ops field. Upon finding Year Up, I set up a phone interview (as I had been out of the country at the time), spoke with Elizabeth Russo (who would also be my site supervisor), and after some follow-up questions was offered the chance to work with their organization as one of Bryant’s first interns there. After getting the approval for academic credit from Bryant’s HR directors as well as Professor Dave Greenan (my academic/internship supervisor), I attended a site visit and my internship started up.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

Daily responsibilities varied throughout the course of my internship as HR incorporates so many aspects of the organization. I was able to meet and work with all staff members from finance, fundraising, operations, outreach, to on-site professors. I met with Year Up students, aided in financial logging, sat in on professional development meetings, attended New Hire orientations, and even helped with the formation of an On-Boarding Guide (both hard copy and electronic copy) that would serve as both a training tool and employee resources tool.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

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My favorite experience was being able to sit in on the New Hire Orientation. I helped with the set up and was able to sit in on the event throughout the course of the day. It was amazing to hear where people came from in terms of their backgrounds and how they came to work with Year Up.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

The most challenging part would have to be the creation of the On-Boarding Guide. It was important to manage all completed materials so that both the physical and electronic copies were consistent, complete, and therefore helpful to employees looking for particular Year Up resources.

How will this further your career?

This internship really got me to consider working within a non profit upon graduation. It was interesting to see the differences in operational behaviors as well as enable a sense of really doing something good for the community. With Year Up’s incorporation of education, it also pushed my interest in teaching further towards considering the continuation of my own education to obtain my teaching degree.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Branch out. Don’t be afraid to do things outside of what you know, and always try and keep things interesting.


Internship Scholarship Recipients

During the summer of 2015, several Bryant students were awarded scholarships for their internships.  Learn a little bit about what each recipient was able to experience at their summer internships!

Kurt Deion
US Capitol Historical Society

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“I didn’t waste a minute of my time in DC.  I spent my time reading historical documents, attending a dinner honoring the House Ways & Means Committee, revisiting Mount Vernon, and watching fireworks on the Fourth of July.”

Zach DiFranza
Jebbit

"Interning at Jebbit has been one of the most educational experiences of my life. A start-up flourishing with brilliant minds, each and every day at the office is filled with insights and strategies impossible to teach in a classroom. In a world dominated by corporate culture, my experience at Jebbit has certainly been unique, and I'm beyond enthused to continue working with Jebbit in an expanded role." Zach DiFranza Jebbit Campaign Strategist

“Interning at Jebbit has been one of the most educational experiences of my life. A start-up flourishing with brilliant minds, each and every day at the office is filled with insights and strategies impossible to teach in a classroom. In a world dominated by corporate culture, my experience at Jebbit has certainly been unique, and I’m beyond enthused to continue working with Jebbit in an expanded role.”

Rebecca Dannay
NESN

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“With my summer at NESN with the Red Sox, I learned how to replay live highlight clips on live television. I was able to replay one of Big Papi’s home run count down to his 500th home run! NESN offered me a job for the Red Sox’s 2016 season!”

Brittany Lowry
AAA Northeast

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“With my summer at AAA Northeast, I learned how to have fun with my team and immerse myself in their company culture. I worked on their Business Intelligence team doing SPSS survey work as well as launch new products such as motorcycle coverage. I worked on data sets with over 20 million cases! Some of the lessons learned are invaluable compared to classroom work. I continued my internship into the Fall 2015 semester and am currently working there today.”

Ashley Cardona
La Fania

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“Getting the opportunity to work for a small business with this scholarship was a blessing. The amount of hands on work I did and all that I learned about myself, my management style, and what kind of leader I am has helped me better focus on the career I want after Bryant. Thank you to the Amica center for this opportunity!”

Ian Collins
Save the Children

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“I got to work on some important skills such as softwares, internal and external communications, and working in an office environment. Furthermore, my time at Save the Children provided me with inspiration and information for my career aspirations.”


How to get ahead in your Career over Winter Break

With over a month off of homework, exams, and classes, Winter Break is the perfect time to move forward with your career path.  From searching for internships to editing your resume, there are so many things that every student can do to turn their career path in the right direction.  Here’s what you should be doing to steer yours this Winter Break!

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Freshmen

If you’re a freshman, you’ve still got plenty of time to build your resume with internships, experience, and more.  Jumpstart your career by checking these things off your to-do list this break:

  • Take a career assessment to clarify interests, skills and values as they relate to choosing a major and clarifying career goals.
  • Log onto Bryant Career Connection (BCC)your one stop connection to internships/jobs; employer connections, career events, connecting with a career coach and more.  Familiarize yourself with the website – you’ll be using it a lot over the years!
  • Plan to enroll in our career planning courses – CPC 101: “Exploring Major and Career Options” and CPC 201:Search Strategies for Internships, Jobs and Graduate School” – four-session not-for-credit courses offered every semester.

Sophomores

As a sophomore, you have the potential to find a great summer internship.  Make yourself more competitive in the market by doing these things over Winter Break:

Juniors

Juniors are the perfect candidates for internships.  Time to get serious!  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Find an internship.  Regularly check the BCC for updates and make use of the career center guides and tools.
  • Start the graduate school advising process.
  • If you already have an internship, don’t slack off.  Take this time to make your LinkedIn profile more professional.  Use this advanced guide.

Seniors

Make the most of your last Winter Break by following through with these steps:

  • Use the Recruiting Program connecting seniors and full-time graduate students to over 400 companies annually.
  • Continue the graduate school advising process.
  • Master your interview skills using Amica’s guides for just about any kind of interviews.

Everyone

Regardless of year, there are some things every student should do this Winter Break to get ahead and stay ahead:

  • Register for and attend Bryant Connects, an opportunity to network with alum, learn about their career paths, and make valuable connections.
  • Remember that you can network anywhere, anytime!  Ask your family and friends from home about their careers, jobs, and connections.


Ross Stores Internship: Alli McCluskey

Name: Allison McCluskeyalli

Year: Senior

Internship: Ross Stores Buyer Internship

Major: Business Administration – Global Supply Chain Management and Marketing, Minor in Legal Studies

How did you get this internship?

I learned about the Ross Stores internship program through the Amica Center! College recruiters were present at the fall career fair in 2014, I talked with them at the career fair and gave them my resume. A week later I was notified that I had been selected for a first round interview that took place on campus at the Amica Center, I then went to Ross Stores buying office in New York City for the final round and was offered a spot in the internship program.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

As a buying intern I was in the buying office in NYC. I was placed in the home department and the buyer I reported to bought cotton sheets. At the beginning of my internship I had so much to learn about the product which at first I thought there couldn’t be much to cotton sheets. I had to learn about fabrics, thread counts, and what colors and prints were in style and were popular with the Ross customer. I was responsible for tracking and helping approve different samples of the actual product and the packaging from suppliers. I tracked orders from when they left the factory to when they got to Ross warehouses and then when they reached stores. I helped analyze and track the Item Sales Report that showed each SKU of the products in stores and how quickly they were turning, how much of the item was sold, and if items needed to be marked down at the end of the month. I was also responsible for actually putting through the orders, this was writing Purchase Orders.

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Becoming a student of the business was important as well, some days were designated to shopping in New York City looking for new trends in color, fabrics, and prints. Other days we did store visits to Ross Stores in New Jersey and during these days we would visit our competitor’s stores such as T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, Home Goods, Big Lots, and Burlington Coat Factory. Most days we would leave the office for a few hours to go to suppliers show rooms and office in the city and pick out new products to buy from them. Taking suppliers to lunch or dinner was also something I was able to attend throughout the summer as well! While there were certain things I was responsible for doing daily there was also little “day to day” at this job, every day was different!

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

It’s hard to pick just one of the amazing experiences I had during my internship. I was given the opportunity to have lunch with the CEO of the company, Barbara Rentler and a small group of other interns. As an intern it was such a great opportunity to listen to the CEO of the company’s insight on the company and the industry as well as her career advice for us. It was inspiring to me because Barbara Rentler is one of the few women who is a CEO of a fortune 500 company. I will never forget getting to meet her and the advice she shared with us.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The most challenging part of my internship was not having much of a background in retail. Many of the other interns were students at schools that offered fashion merchandising majors or classes that focused heavily on the business of retail.

How will this further your career?

The internship helped further my career because it helped me figure out exactly what I wanted to do after graduation. The experience showed me that working as a buyer is the right career for me and that I wanted to work in the fashion industry. I was offered a full time job as an Assistant Buyer at Ross and I will be going back upon graduation!

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

The Amica Center is a great resource for getting jobs and internships! Whether it’s talking with employers there or having your resume critiqued it will help you further your preparedness for interviews and networking. Even though the career fair seems like a daunting event to attend, do it! You never know what opportunity you might find there.


Sarah DeFeo’s Internship with Pepperidge Farm, maker of Goldfish

Name: Sarah DeFeosarah

Year: Junior

Internship: Pepperidge Farm National Head Quarters Human Resources Summer Internship

Major: Management

How did you get this internship?

I had the good fortune of meeting Kim Ryan, the Vice President of HR for Pepperidge Farm National Headquarters. I discussed my schooling and career aspirations with her and she offered to help me work on my resume. After spending an afternoon together, she said “We do not typically accept interns for just one summer, but I would like to have you interview and meet the people who work in my office.” I gladly accepted that offer.

Over winter Break I emailed Mrs. Ryan and she put me in contact with “her people.” They set up a three hour long interview in which I would meet with five different HR coordinators. About two weeks later, I had received a call that they would like to have me back to intern at their headquarters starting in May!

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

I would like to consider myself a bit of a Renaissance woman while working at Pepperidge in their HR department. Thanks to the incredible employees there, I was able to work in various outlets of HR. I primarily worked in recruiting. The company set me up with my own recruiting license, gave me a list of 20 jobs to fill, the profiles they were looking for, and let me go to work. In recruiting I also helped devise the new job descriptions for their websites. As a college student, they had me sit in on recruitment strategy meetings for recruiting from college campuses and were happy to ask me a lot of questions.

I also had the opportunity to work with the HR generalists. I helped to facilitate training sessions on public speaking and presentation skills for their sales representatives. One of my summer long projects was setting up Myers Briggs testing for the Marketing team and a follow up Team Building Session for their department. They kept me very busy in the office with work the full time employees would be doing rather than the typical ‘intern work.’

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

Aside from all of the free Milano’s, Goldfish, and Cinnamon Swirl Bread, I have a lot of very fond memories from working at ‘The Farm.’ My favorite memory starts out as one of my most stressful memories. I was invited by my boss to attend a Sales meeting with the VP from each department. So as an intern sitting in a room of the executives of a two billion dollar company, I was a little nervous. As the meeting proceeded, the VPs began asking me questions and my opinion on their ideas for recruitment, sales, and salaries. They treated me as an equal in the board room and included me in conversations that would have an impact on the entire company. I was honored that these employees in high up positions valued the input of an intern and allowed me to have my own piece of input for Pepperidge Farm.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

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The most challenging part of my internship was learning how to ask for help. Since I was given so much responsibility as an intern, there were various times in which I ran into problems and questions that I did not know the answer to. I was often conflicted between wanting to prove myself as an independent worker, and asking for assistance. I had to learn how to admit when I needed help and ask my mentors the proper way to proceed. And of course, they were more than willing to help!

How will this further your career?

This internship has undoubtedly shaped my career path. I had the chance to test out different outlets of HR to see which facet of the position I could see myself working in. I was also spoiled working in a fun, exciting, and fulfilling work environment so now I know what is out there and I will not settle for working in a dull and fruitless work environment. Most importantly, since my mentors gave me so much responsibility and had so much faith in me as an intern, I know what I am capable of. I now know I can handle new problems and projects that are thrown my way that will have a lasting impact on the company I am working for. I learned how to ‘make things work.’

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Talk to people. Make connections. Give your opinion. Volunteer for events. Do not settle. I would not have had this opportunity if I did not speak up and put myself out there. Once I had the internship, I volunteered my time and opinion whenever possible. It was from those experiences that I gained as much from this experience as I did. You are constantly making impressions. Be the kind of person you would want working for you. Because of this mentality, I was invited back next summer to intern again!


Dayo Owoyemi: Google Intern

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After Day 2 of Orientation with my Bromate from Rutgers University! SIDE NOTE: I was wearing shorts. Although Google has no dress code, it was interesting to find that I was the only intern in orientation wearing shorts that day (I obviously tried to immerse myself in the culture from day one). During my 12 weeks I quickly learned that the Business Googlers hardly wore shorts to work. And so I never wore shorts again. The Tech/Engineering Googlers wore all sorts, from Cargo Shorts to Basketball pants and sandals.

Name: Dayo Owoyemi

Year: Senior

Internship: Google Account Strategist BOLD Intern

Major: Actuarial Mathematics

Minor: Business Administration & Finance

How did you get this internship?

I got the opportunity to intern at Google through an organization called Management Leaders For Tomorrow (MLT). MLT was founded to create the next generation of high impact diverse leaders by equipping high potential minorities with the winning playbook and personalized coaching needed to reach their potential and maximize their impact at every stage of their careers. As a fellow in the 18-month Career Prep program, I enhanced my analytical, leadership, and interview skills and had the opportunity to be recruited by companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Accenture, Deloitte, and many more.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

This was the first thing I saw when I landed in San Jose, CA. I had never been on the west coast and I just got off a 6 hour flight - this sign put the biggest smile on my face!!

This was the first thing I saw when I landed in San Jose, CA. I had never been on the west coast and I just got off a 6 hour flight – this sign put the biggest smile on my face!!

I was recruited for the SMB Account Strategist position. As an Account Strategist, I managed a book of 150 small-medium sized companies across the US, and provided strategic consultations to understand their business goals and maximize their Adwords ROI.

I was in direct communication with the CEO, CMO, or Marketing Manager of the companies in my book of business for the majority of the day. Whether it was on the phone or via email, I was learning about each company, discussing its business goals & objectives, using several data driven resources and my business knowledge to develop tailored business strategy with Google Adwords products, optimizing Google Adwords accounts, and following up on performance.

What was your favorite experience at Google?

In Short: Building a Mobile Opportunity tool that launched globally!

Google is an amazing organization that I have admired for long. And during this summer I wanted to be audacious enough to make an impact. I wanted to find a way to contribute to Google’s awesomeness. It’s a crazy feat, my core role was demanding, but I tried to by looking for opportunities to work on projects outside of my core role. Eventually I ended up working with a full time Googler to develop a Mobile Opportunity tool that would help Account Strategists easily identify the Adwords Agencies, Companies, and Campaigns with the largest mobile opportunity. The tool was about helping Google Strategist add more value to the companies they work with. The tool launched in Google US on the last day of my internship and later  in Google LATAM.

What is the coolest thing about Google?

One of several Google hosted intern events this summer! The individuals in this picture are all fellow members of Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

One of several Google hosted intern events this summer! The individuals in this picture are all fellow members of Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

3 Things: Googlers. Free Food. The ability and resources to learn anything.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

Google has so many different great amenities. It is impossible to resist the urge to try to join, eat, and learn everything you can in 10 weeks. But It is also impossible to do that without losing sight of your core role. The most challenging part about my internship this summer was figuring out how to maintain high performance in a challenging role and still take full advantage of the awesome amenities google has to offer.

How will this further your career?

Google Interns take Ellis Peak at Lake Tahoe, CA. Myself, and a bunch of interns planned a trip to Lake Tahoe for 4th of July.

Google Interns take Ellis Peak at Lake Tahoe, CA. Myself, and a bunch of interns planned a trip to Lake Tahoe for 4th of July.

One of my career aspirations is to found my own Consulting company. There are many times during my internship that I would take off my Google-Intern cap and put on my CEO-in-training cap. The skills that I have developed around data analysis, problem solving, customer service, design thinking, and delivering consistently high value, will help me achieve this goal.

What is your best piece of advice for Bryant Students?

You are more than your major. The integrated education we receive here at Bryant enables us to gain knowledge and develop skills in far more areas than the one that is on our degree. So don’t sell yourself short. Be curious, leverage your whole Bryant experience,  and let your career aspirations be as creative and grand as you want!

 

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