Nick O’Hara & The Charging Chair

On March 2, Bryant junior Nick O’Hara was featured in the Providence Business News for launching a Kickstarter campaign for his smartphone-charging beach chair.  His invention is the Charging Chair – a beach chair complete with a charging unit in the arm of the chair.  It includes two USB chargers and a sleeve to keep smartphones safe from the sun.  With $2,000 from winning second place in Bryant Ventures, O’Hara has been able to launch his Kickstarter campaign to raise more funds to start production.  The Providence Business News feature has helped him significantly.
“Not only did it drive traffic to my Kickstarter campaign and increase my sales,” said O’Hara.  “But it further legitimized my product and the journey itself.”
He credits Bryant University for aiding him in his success as well.  From organizations like CEO and Bryant Ventures to entrepreneurial funding opportunities, Bryant has given O’Hara the knowledge and funding to get started.  He received the Jackson W. Goss Prize in entrepreneurship and took second place in Bryant Ventures’ competition after presenting his business plan in front of a panel of judges.
“I can honestly say that without the help from Bryant University, I would not be where I am today,” said O’Hara.
Today, people can purchase the Charging Chair on Kickstarter.  When O’Hara reaches his fundraising and sales goals, he will be able to manufacture the first few units and bring it to life!  Once his concept is proved, he plans to pitch his product on an open call of Shark Tank.  Eventually, O’Hara hopes to sell the Charging Chair online and in stores like Walmart.

JP Canfield Makes the “Cut”

Name: JP Canfieldjp
Year: Senior
Internship: Vector Marketing
Major: Marketing

Tell us about the company you worked for.

The company I worked with over winter break was called Vector Marketing which sells CUTCO, the world’s finest cutlery. CUTCO, founded in 1949, has been doing business for over six decades with over 16 million happy customers. CUTCO is made in America at their factory in Olean, NY. CUTCO is a member of the Direct Selling Association and the Better Business Bureau ensuring ethical and honest business practices.

How did you get this internship?

I got this internship by talking with Tom James, a company selling custom suits. After speaking with them at the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC) they said that if you want to get into sales, you need sales experience. They suggested I look into Vector Marketing. I did, applied online, went in for an interview, and got the position working as a sales representative over winter break.

What were your responsibilities at your internship?

My biggest responsibility working with Vector was setting my schedule. This meant that I had develop my own list of leads, call on these leads to set appointments, and then meet with potential customers. I was also responsible for knowing the product inside and out, filling out order forms, and building my list of leads from customer referrals.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

My favorite memory from my internship was when someone I sold a knife to texted me one night saying how much she loved it. She texted me saying that the knife had arrived, and that she was “cutting limes like butter”. It was really funny, but also great to know that I had helped her out and that she really loved the product.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

Time management. You did not have a set schedule, and you had the freedom to make your own. My manager was a great motivator, but other than that it was up to you to determine how many meetings you set.

How will this further your career?

I will use what I learned working for Vector throughout my entire career. Whether it is in sales or not, the skills I learned from this internship can only advance my progression as a business professional. I learned how to manage my own time, got more comfortable speaking on the phone/at meetings, and most importantly, learned how to sell myself.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Get out of your comfort zone, because it forces you to learn and grow. Get out there and get internships, especially in sales, because having that on your resume really helps you stand out. Being able to sell yourself will help you in every aspect of your life. Interviews, presentations, etc. if you can sell yourself it goes a long way.

Shaun Rolph’s Climb to the Top

Name: Shaun Rolph
Year: 2016
Internship: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Pathways Internship Economic Intern
Major: International Political Economicsshuannn

How did you get this internship?

This internship was the product of hard work from two separate internships within my time here at Bryant. The first was a marketing analysis internship with Amica. This internship gave me the data software skills I would need to be marketable with the OCC, SAS and Tableau. Bryant University has a strength by cultivating their relationships with local companies to give opportunities to students like me. This is the development of human capital not just through education but real important experience. Amica gave me that.

The second was actually through The Washington Center program. I became an economic research and policy intern with the American Trucking Association in DC. This internship and program immersed me in the culture and politics of DC through panels, volunteering, interviews, and even educational classes. This gave me an edge through the knowledge of the inner working of DC politics. The combination of the two internships made me a prime candidate for my future internship with OCC of the Treasury Department. This would have not been possible without Bryant resources. I will now get to research economic information to enforce policy and regulation on the financial sector of the U.S because of past opportunities.

What were your responsibilities at your internship?

From over 20 weekly reports for upper management at Amica showing customer data for marketing campaigns and AdHoc campaigns to researching and communicating with agencies such as DOT, DOE, and DOD to achieve policy and economic information for ATA, I had great responsibilities with both internships. I even had to create a massive Safety Expenditure Survey to analyze the market of the trucking industry and the cost made on safety. These responsibilities were instrumental to my future internship. These responsibilities were not making copies or getting coffee. They are real skills that can be transferable to my future internships or jobs.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

I have two separate memories. One is Old Rag Mountain in Virginia. A 3,200 foot mountain filled with bears and 1000 feet of climbing rock to reach the summit. I dragged my friend to the top and even ran into a few bears. While others went back down I took a picture and continued to climb, dragging my reluctant friend with me. It was seven hours of climbing and bouldering. I have been to the top of Mount Washington and the View at Old Rag was just as astounding.

My second was through TWC. I was able to talk with my Massachusetts senator, Ed Markey. I looked him directly in eyes and asked “please tell me why your top five campaign contributors are backing you?” He gave me a great honest response and I gained respect for a politician.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The most challenging part of both internships is sourced from one of my greatest faults. I am a U.S. Marine and have been in the high leadership role of training and managing 120 people in a combat environment. When coming back to civilian life, it is hard to take positions below that management level. Very quickly I had to adapt to these position. The Marines teach you there is no job below or above you. This is true and the most challenging moments I have are when I actually did get coffee for a meeting I was participating in when I used to order men/women to get me coffee. It is a daily struggle, but it keeps me humble and able to understand what kind of leader I want to be and how I treat everyone in an environment.

How will this further your career?


The future internship I am going to be completing during the summer is a perfect example of how these internships give you opportunities for careers you want. The OCC will give me the chance to research economic and policy to give information to change the financial sector of the world. This is my future. I want to use this internship as a next step in learning how I can use education and information to change the U.S economy for the better.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Work to the bone. I have worked literally over 36 hours straight as a Marine. There will be lulls of energy and understanding within an internship but if you really want to achieve your dream you need to push yourself through it all. You need evaluate your state of mind and move beyond it. You can have all the skills and resources in the world, but no one will hire you if there is a lack of work ethic. It is the best quality you can have.

Internship Fellowship Recipients

During the summer of 2015, several Bryant students were awarded fellowships for their no-paying or low-paying internships.  The 2016 Internship Fellowship is now accepting applications through April 18, 2016.  The application can be found on Banner.  Learn a little bit about what each recipient was able to experience at their summer internships!

Kurt Deion
US Capitol Historical Society


“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

"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


“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


“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.”

HR Spotlight: Katie Campbell

Catherine Campbell

Name: Katie Campbell

Year: 2016

Internship: Management Search

Major: Human Resource Management

How did you get this internship?

I met my boss Tony at Bryant when he came to speak at a Bryant SHRM meeting my freshman year. The president of SHRM at the time was interning with him and told me that she really liked the internship. After hearing him speak twice at SHRM meetings and learning a little bit more about recruiting, I knew I wanted to intern with him at Management Search.  So when I got back from studying abroad I reached out to him to see if he was still running his internship program. I was pleasantly surprised when he immediately responded saying he remembered me from SHRM and quickly followed up with a phone call to set up an interview.

What were your responsibilities at your internship?

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I actually interned at MSI for two semesters, the second semester of my junior year and first semester senior year. The great thing about this internship was that Tony tailored the internship experiences to what I wanted. My first semester at MSI I spent a lot of time learning about recruiting and all of the different steps in the process, this involved sitting in on meetings, doing research, helping out with job descriptions and even interviewing candidates. Once I became familiar with the process I was given more and more responsibility. During my second semester there were four other interns from Bryant at MSI as well. I was in charge of training them and helping them throughout the semester. I also led a project that all five of us worked on and then presented to the college relations board of the RI chapter of SHRM, which was a lot of fun. Most importantly, I worked with Tony on a recruiting project of my own. I was way more involved and got a ton of great experience actually making recruiting calls and working with clients.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

My favorite thing about working at MSI was the people. Everyone in the office welcomed me with open arms. They were incredibly supportive of me throughout my experience there, answering all of my questions and offering help even when I didn’t ask for it. I was so nervous on my first day, I had never really worked in an office before and I wasn’t sure how they were going to take to me, the new intern. When lunch came around I sat down with my new co-workers, and they quickly alleviated all of my fears (these lunches turned out to be one of the highlights of my day). The best part is that I know that I can still reach out to them at any time and they will be there to help me in any way that they can.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The most challenging part of my internship was definitely just the fact that my boss never let me settle. He gave me the time I needed to master a task and then he would push me on to conquer something new. Which was so great because it really got me out of my comfort zone and made me try new things, and I can definitely say that I learned a lot because of it.

How will this further your career?

As an HR major I am looking into recruiting as a possible career path and during the interviews I have been on so far, a lot of companies have been very impressed that I actually have some real recruiting experience. And even if I don’t choose to work at a recruiting firm, pretty much any HR job I get will require me to understand the importance of staffing and all of the steps that go into hiring a new employee. Another huge thing that I got out of this internship was leadership experience. Working with the other interns on the SHRM college relations project was difficult with all of our conflicting schedules, and this is something that I know I will face in my future and I am glad that I have this experience to guide me in the future.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

My best piece of advice for underclassmen would be to take advantage of your opportunity to get an internship. I learned so much more from getting this real-life experience than I could have in the classroom. You can also make so many great connections, and often times they will turn into a full-time offer!

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?


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.