Name: Aaron Diamond
Graduation Year: 2013
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.
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?