Tara’s Internship Abroad at 4C Comunicación

Interning in Spain definitely had it's benefits-lots of site seeing!

Interning in Spain definitely had it’s benefits-lots of site seeing!

Name: Tara Hersey

Major: International Business, Concentration Marketing & Spanish

Company Interned For: 4C Comunicación

Hometown: Norwood, MA but my internship was in Salamanca, Spain!

AC: What was your favorite aspect of your internship?

TH: The best part of my internship was working with incredible employees that were patient, welcoming, and gave me an entirely new perspective on conducting business.

AC:What were your day-to-day duties as an intern?  How do you think they were different than interning for a company in The United States?

TH: Throughout my internship experience, I worked on creating a marketing plan for launching new websites for different companies and purposes. This included a lot of researching, active brainstorming with other employers, and innovative thinking for reaching new target markets and discovering alternative advertising methods. In comparison to a company in the United States, the business culture was entirely different in Spain and the focus of the business depended a lot more on the people doing the work, than on the actual work. The employers of 4C Comunicación were a family. Part of what has made the company so successful, is their ability to work well together and with the customers.

AC: What did you learn from your internship?

My desk at the office

My desk at the office

TH: I learned how to express myself and my ideas in new ways, as well as listen and learn from everything and everyone. I gained a hands on experience that opened my mind to a whole new culture and way of doing business.
AC: Which classes, or projects, have you been a part of here at Bryant that you would say helped you during this internship?
TH: First and foremost, my Spanish classes! None of my employees spoke any English so I needed to become outgoing and confident in my Spanish speaking abilities really quickly to be able to adapt to the culture and work environment. Besides that, each and every IB class prepared me in some way for my internship, especially the projects from each class that gave me the ability to communicate my ideas in a clear, precise manner to an audience. A lot of my time spent at 4C Comunicación involved sharing and presenting my work in front of other employees, and thanks to the constant presentations in my Bryant classes, I was able to do that easily and effectively.
Getting my certificate for officially interning for a business overseas

Getting my certificate for officially interning for a business overseas

AC: What advice would you give other IB majors, specifically underclassmen?

TH: At some point you will be out of your comfort zone, and there’s nothing to do but embrace it. Speak as much and as often as possible, ask questions about everything, and learn as much as you can because there is so much to be taken away. As for your time at Bryant and not abroad, find a way to motivate yourself and do it. Study abroad is 110% worth all the late nights and studying you’re doing in the meantime!


Courtney’s Public Accounting Internship at PwC

PwC's Intern Development Program (IDP) at Disney World!

PwC’s Intern Development Program (IDP) at Disney World!

Name: Courtney Nason-Farrell

Major: Accounting

Company Interned For: PwC

Hometown: Pittsfield, Massachusetts

AC: How did you hear about your internship?

CN: I first heard about the internship my sophomore year. I had participated in PwC’s xTax challenge on campus and learned about their internship opportunities in tax, assurance, and advisory.

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

CN: Being new to public accounting, I faced many challenges. My first obstacle was learning the auditing procedures and standards, since I’d never taken an auditing class. There was so much information to take in. However, I took detailed notes during my orientation and training, and asked my supervisor questions during our engagement. Another challenge I faced was trying to meet as many interns as possible. The Boston office had hundreds of interns from across the United States. I made an effort to have lunch with students I didn’t know and get to know them on a personal level.

AC: What did you do on a day-to-day basis?  Did Bryant help you to fill these roles?

CN: My day-to-day duties included meeting with my audit engagement team and going through the planning stages of the audit. I looked at the prior year’s audit and rolled forward certain documents that would be used for this year’s engagement. Bryant prepared me for these roles with the various team projects students do each semester. Learning how to work in a team is essential for productivity.

AC: Why do you think internships are important?  How much did you learn from yours?

CN: Internships are extremely important; they have the potential to launch your career. With PwC, once you’re in, whether it be for the Sophomore leadership program, or an internship your junior or senior year, you receive a full-time job offer. An internship gives you the opportunity to gain experience in that field, expand your network, and learn something new everyday. At my internship, I learned about PwC’s assurance practice and the different industries they serve. Being on Asset Management, I learned how to begin an audit, roll over information from a prior year, and do final tie-outs of an audit. I also learned that people are a great resource; they have so much valuable experience and great advice for college graduates.

AC: Any advice for other students who are in your same major?

CN: For students in Accounting, one of the biggest questions is “should I go into public accounting?” Granted, it may not be for everyone, but the knowledge, experience, and networks you gain from public accounting are priceless. I would advise students to try for an internship with a public accounting firm. However, if they are weary, get your foot in the door anywhere! Accounting jobs are everywhere. Start looking for internships early in your college career. They are so beneficial.

AC: Where do you see yourself in five years?

CN: In five years, I either see myself still working for PwC as a manager, or I will be pursuing my Ph.D in Accounting. My ultimate goal is to become a professor.

PwC's Intern Development Program (IDP) at Disney World!

PwC’s Intern Development Program (IDP) at Disney World!

Maclaren’s Intern: Jon LoBosco

jon for amica centerName: Jon LoBosco
Major: International Business / Finance
Company Interned For: Maclaren
Hometown: Trumbull, CT

AC: How did you hear about this internship?

JL:  I heard about this internship from my best friend, Jake. His mom works for the company and said there were some openings and asked me if I was interested. At this time I hadn’t had a summer job yet so I said yes.

AC: What were your day to day duties as an intern?  What was your favorite aspect?

JL: I was on the eCommerce and marketing team at my internship at Maclaren. The first month or so, my day to day operations consisted of gathering content for a new website about the Maclaren sailing team because the Olympics was coming up. After that I was given random tasks and projects contributing to the launch of their new eCommerce website.

AC: How did you prepare yourself for this internship?

JL: I took the lessons learned in my core business classes and really stuck them in my head for this internship.  I also made sure I always asked questions and never held back so I could get the most out of it.

AC: Any advice for other, younger, IB students?

JL: Embrace study abroad and experience as much as you can. It will be the best time of your life and you won’t want to come back!