Barnes Group Internship: Steve Adams

Name: Steve Adams

Major: Accounting

Company Interned For: Barnes Group

Hometown: Bristol, CT

AC : What was your favorite part about your internship?

SA: The real world experience and the networking opportunities presented by the company was my favorite part. After my internship, I had a better understanding about private accounting and business in general. I also was able to work with PwC from the other side, while this summer I will be working with PwC directly. When it comes to networking opportunities, I have remained in touch with my supervisor and if when I had any questions, needed information, or needed a recommendation they were more than happy to help me out.

AC: Which courses at Bryant would you say prepared you the most for this internship?

SA: BUS101 (GFOB), ACG203 (it was an accounting internship) and CIS helped with dealing with excel

AC: How did you learn about your internship?

SA: Family connections-everything you do these days is connections here and there.  They’ll get you very far.

AC: What were some challenges you faced in your internship and how did you overcome them?

SA: The most difficult part of my internship was learning the procedures and a lot of new software in a very short period of time. At times it was too much, but in order to overcome it, I had to make sure I took great notes to fall back on so that I wouldn’t have to ask my supervisor a question on every step.  If I did have a question, it would be on the next 5 steps and not the one I was currently on or one that had already passed.

AC: Any advice for underclassmen who are majoring in accounting?

SA: Find an internship in your field as early as you can.  Not only is it a great way to separate yourself from all the other competition when searching for a job, but it also will help in other classes when you can relate the material back to your real world experience.


Christina Dussault’s Hanover Insurance Experience

Name: Christina Dussault

Graduation Year: 2013

Major/Minor: Actuarial Mathematics/ Finance

Company Interned For: The Hanover Insurance Group

Hometown: Hollis, NH

AC: Hanover Insurance was named the number one publicly traded financial service business in MA by The Boston Globe and was listed in Best Places to Work by Business Insurance.  How did these titles live up during your internship?

CD: The Hanover definitely lived up to its reputation during my internship. Everyone was extremely friendly, helpful, and welcoming and enormous efforts were made to help the new interns feel comfortable. The first day and a half was an assimilation period, where we were given the opportunity to get to know the other interns and new hires. We also had brief training in Excel to prepare us for our jobs since we were coming from various different colleges and universities. I was in the Future Leader Internship Program: Actuary Track, so I also had the benefit of attending training classes multiple times a week to familiarize me with concepts that I will face on my upcoming actuarial exams. These classes were unbelievably helpful and interesting, and were a huge part of my learning experience.

AC: What were the day to day operations under your internship role?

CD: I worked on two big projects over the course of the summer, so the majority of my time was spent at my computer working in Excel. I also had plenty of meetings with my supervisors, my team, and the other interns for training sessions.

AC: How had Bryant prepared you for this internship?

CD: Because most of my work was done in Excel, my Software Applications class taken at the end of my Junior year was extremely helpful. Specifically, the skills that I learned using VBA in class were invaluable to me as I completed my projects.

AC: How did you prepare yourself for the internship?

CD: I really wanted to get experience working in a professional environment early, so I made sure to go into this internship having another internship already completed. During the summer between my sophomore and junior years I had a part-time internship working with pensions that really prepared me for interacting professionally with others and managing my time to get my tasks completed efficiently and effectively.

AC: What do you think makes an internship so vital to a student these days?  What are the benefits?

CD: I really believe that an internship on your resume can be the difference between getting a full time job or not. The people that you are competing against for an open position are going to have a college education and extracurricular activities and maybe even some honors or awards but not all of them are going to have an internship. The fact that you have that experience that others may not have can make a big difference to an employer. Sometimes internships can lead to full time positions as well, which is what happened in my case. An internship can be kind of like an extended interview and if you exceed expectations your employer may be impressed enough to offer you that full time position you’ve been after.

Bianca Cornacchia’s Experience In The Retail Industry

Name: Bianca Cornachhia

Graduation Year: 2013

Major/Minor: Marketing/Communication

Company Interned For: Ross Stores (Summer 2011) and Michael Kors (Summer 2012)

Hometown: Hamden, CT

AC: Michael Kors AND Ross Stores…that must have been very cool.  What was your favorite part?

BC:My favorite part of my internship at Michael Kors was to assist in the Holiday 2012 Photo Shoot. I was involved in creating the Ready-to-wear Merchandising Guide, which portrays Michael Kors as a sophisticated, jet-set, lifestyle brand. My absolute favorite part of my internship was to personally meet Michael Kors and listen to him speak about his inspiration and vision for the upcoming Holiday season.

My favorite part of my internship at Ross Stores was to have an integral role in the buying process of moderate women’s sweaters. The ability to help design a sweater with a vendor, write the purchase order, and then see the item hit the floor and sell is extremely exciting! I have a passion for the off-price retail industry because our customers are purchasing brand names items for 50-70% less of those at a department store, while still maintaining the latest styles in fashion!


AC: What were your day to day activities in your position at Michael Kors?

BC: My tasks varied on a daily basis-I never know what activities would come my way!  Since I was an intern in Retail Development for the Ready-To-Wear division, I acted as a liaison between the store level and the corporate level.  One day I could be at Bloomingdale’s helping merchandise a new delivery that hit the sales floor, or I could be pulling samples to send to a District Coordinator out in Hawaii, or I could be styling our model, Amanda, for our Holiday photo shoot. There was never a dull moment and I was truly engaged in every activity that I took part in!

AC: How do Ross Stores and Michael Kors differ?

BC: The main difference between Ross Stores and Michael Kors is that Ross Stores is an off-price retailer that offers its merchandise at everyday low prices.  In contrast, Michael Kors is the leading American fashion designer for luxury accessories and sportswear.  The mission at Michael Kors is to bring a vision of chic, sophisticated, jet-set luxury lifestyle to women and men around the globe.  Their products are of the highest standard of quality and the company embraces the highest standards of creativity, quality, and technology.

AC: How did you hear about these internships?

BC: I heard of the buying internship with Ross Stores through The Amica Center for Career Education.  I used the Bryant Career Connection (BCC) with the purpose of submitting my resume and ultimately landing a  summer internship with Ross Sores.  I discovered the Retail Development internship with Michael Kors through an independent fashion and business internship website. I have been extremely fortunate to land a job as Assistant Buyer with Ross Stores in New York City.

AC: What advice do you have for students who are looking to enter the Fashion Industry?

BC: Here is a list of my personal tips for success in the Fashion Industry:

  1. Diversify “your brand” through various internships
  2. Develop a passion for fashion
  3. Be consistent
  4. Be persistent
  5. Never be afraid to speak up or ask for help
  6. Never be afraid to say “no” (it is a word!)
  7. Never lose excitement during the course of your internship
  8. Take risks
  9. Networking is key!
  10. Don’t let yourself get intimidated by others; have faith and confidence in yourself!

Interning in Ireland – Aaron Diamond

Safe and sound in Ireland!

The University College of Dublin

Name: Aaron Diamond
Graduation Year: 2013
Major/Minor: Communication/Marketing
Company Interned For: Walton Media (Golf Digest Ireland)
Hometown: Monroe, CT

AC: Okay, so we already know a little bit about your internship experience but tell everyone else the basics of who, what, where, when, and why pertaining to your internship!

AD: My internship took place over the summer in Dublin, Ireland. It lasted seven weeks although I was there for ten. The last three weeks were a class on Irish history taught by Bryant’s own Terri Hasseler. This experience is thanks to the EUSA program, which mixes studying abroad and internships together. They found me an internship at Walton Media. Walton Media is a small publishing house where they produce Golf Digest Ireland, Golfing Magazine, the Failte Ireland Golf Guide, and the Irish Open programs. About eight people work in the office. Their jobs include graphic designers, advertising managers, and editors. I worked closely with the managing editor of GDI and editor of Golfing Magazine. Funny thing was, he wasn’t even in the office – he was in Rome. So we would Skype chat every day. My job during my stay was to write for them. Simple as that. My articles would be published in a nationally distributed magazine. I had loose deadlines and all the research was done by me. One article included an interview, which was challenging. When the articles were complete I would send them off to be edited and then assist the designers (who I sat next to) in putting it in the magazine. Every now and then, I would have small jobs to do, like transcribe this, organize that, but the main experience was the writing. This was perfect because I am pursuing a career in journalism.

AC: Was living in Ireland something new to you?  

AD: Yes, of course. I have traveled to many places over my lifetime. But this was the first time I would be living on my own in a foreign country. I lived with other Bryant students on the University College of Dublin campus but we had to buy and make our own meals and balance our budget. It was different from living in America. People are much nicer. Most residents use public transport to get around. We did the same for the most part – until I got fed up with it and decided to bike around instead. This is a popular alternative. I felt I blended into my surroundings well. By the end of the experience I felt like a local.

AC: How had Bryant prepared you for this internship?

AD: Bryant prepared me well in understanding what is required from an intern. I would go about my business, concentrating on the task and only ask for help when I hit a wall. If anything, Bryant over-prepared me. My workplace was quite relaxed-I wore jeans and a polo. My co-workers were impressed with my work ethic. Something Bryant has drilled into me over my four years here.

AC: Do you suggest interning abroad for other people?

AD: If you can, do it. My only recommendation is have an internship here first. Learn the ropes from your home country – or where you plan on working. An abroad experience is a great way to broaden your horizons and make you more international. For me, writing in Ireland was a challenge because they have a different rhetoric. The small things, like color is colour and realize is realise, to the bigger variations like what’s up is what’s on. These things have made me a better writer. It sets me apart from others. Interning abroad is a huge resume booster and its tons of fun.

Enjoying the cliffs of Ireland

AC: You were 1 in 7 students who participated in the tuition based internship with EUSA.  Can you tell us a little bit about that in case other students are interested in that?

AD: As I mentioned previously, the EUSA program in Dublin is a seven-week internship and a three-week class with a Bryant professor. In the case of my experience and next year’s participants, Terri Hasseler ran it. This class is all about Irish history. It really helps to finish up your time abroad. Instead of sitting in class talking about places of battles or famous documents, you actually go out on to the streets where those battles took place and see the actual documents in museums. You’re immersed into the class and the history of the country. EUSA does a great job setting up your internship. They take your resume and a personal interview and do all the dirty work for you. They try to place you as best they can but the key thing is not to be discouraged by where you end up. If you’re stuck in a position you’re not happy with, you learn that’s not what you want to pursue. It’s a learning experience first and foremost. But let me tell you – it’s a blast any way!

AC: Last question, any advice for underclassmen?

AD: Take as many internships as you can handle. They teach you a lot. Experience is key. Employers look for that. They want to know that when you walk into the office you already know what to do. Also, don’t be discouraged. Try different things. You never know if you’re going to like what you’re doing until you actually try it. And take classes that interest you. You should enjoy them – that’s vital experience too. What’s work if you love doing it?