Bao Thai’s Marketing Experience at The Original Muck Boot Company


Name: Bao Thai

Major/Minor: Marketing/Chinese

Company Interned For: Honeywell Safety Products (The Original Muck Boot Company)

Hometown: Gorham, Maine


AC: What was your favorite part about your internship?

BT: They sent me to Vegas on their behalf last summer-that was definitely my favorite part.  I manned our booth at a trade show where retailers came and placed their product orders.  It was a lot of fun and I met a lot of great people.

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

BT: I would say my Management201 class mostly because I was able to see many concepts in action.  It was cool to see how extensive the supply chain can be no matter what the product is you are selling.  I was able to see on a first-hand basis all the steps of producers, manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, etc. who worked with our products to get them in the hands of the consumer.  This type of information was learned through my Management201 course (Operations Mangement).

AC: How did you learn about your internship?

BT: The Amica Center advised me to go onto the BCC to check internship positions that were available.  Once I did that, I applied.  After that, I kept in contact with the recruiters and eventually was offered the position.draft_lens6196582module99544771photo_1273316882Muck_Logo_whtline_muck-bo

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

BT:  I was lucky enough to not have any bad experiences while interning.  I would say a challenge I faced though was time management.  I did not have as much free time as I thought I would or as I was used to.  This took a lot of adjusting and getting my priorities in line.  By the end, I am used to the schedule.  Facing the challenge of time management and overcoming it has been beneficial towards my other obligations outside of my internship like school too.

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

BT: Stand Out! Employers see the same black and white resume every day-it’s all about making yourself memorable, and a high Klout score wouldn’t hurt either.  Market and brand yourself so employers aren’t just looking to fill a position but they’re begging you to take a job with them.

The Rhode Show’s Intern – Nicole Barrett

CaptureName: Nicole Barrett

Major: Communication

Company Interned For: WPRI- The Rhode Show

Hometown: Falmouth, MA

AC: How did you hear about this internship?

NB: The Comm department emailed all their students in their classes about the internship and the first students to respond were given the opportunity!  The Amica Center helped me fill out forms for the internship to receive academic credit and also helped me to connect with WPRI on different levels.  I don’t think I would have gotten everything done that needed to be completed without Amica.

AC: What was your position at the company and what were your hours?

NB: I work 7am-12pm on Wednesdays and Fridays and I am a Rhode Show Intern.

AC: How were you able to balance both your school work and your internship at the same time?

NB: It was very hard to do because of the early hours but I made sure I delegated time for my school work and tried to go to bed at a reasonable time so I was not exhausted.  Once I got the hang of it, waking up at 5:30am was not so bad but I definitely always looked forward to sleeping in on the weekends.  My class schedule was also unintentionally planned perfectly so everything fell into place.

AC: What were your day-to-day duties as an intern?

NB: There was a meeting every day at 7am that I sat in on about the breakdown of the show that day, about the guests we were having, what cameras were needed, and what the talent would be discussing.  Then I would distribute a list of the guests to the front desk and have a copy in back. I would turn on the studio lights and monitors, make sure the set and the kitchen were ready, empty the dishwasher, as well as make coffee…typical intern duties. I would put the times of the cooking hits for the chefs to use and then greet and take care of the guests who came on. I had to make sure they signed a release form and were given a gift.  My day usually ended with cleaning the set and logging. I would watch interviews the talent conducted and type out what the guests said for the hosts to use in their own segments later on.therhodeshow-17_600

AC: What is your favorite memory?

NB: My favorite memory was surprisingly when The Rhode Show was cancelled. When the Boston bomber suspects were being chased after, the news room was insane! They had cancelled the show in order for the news to continue and everyone was surrounding the TV with the volume all the way up. Producers were yelling across the newsroom and people were running in and out of the set. It was very interesting to see how they dealt with breaking news.  So although I was unable to do my normal duties, it was awesome experience being thrown into something unexpected and will be something I remember forever.

AC: Any advice for other communication majors?

NB: An internship is a great way to figure out what you might want to do or what you might not want to do. Any experience is good experience so don’t pass up any opportunities!

Christine Romano’s Guidance Department Internship

smithfieldName: Christine Romano

Major: Applied Psychology (Minors: Business Administration & Sociology)

Company Interned For: Smithfield High School Guidance Counseling Department (I have also had 2 prior internships)

Hometown: Bronxville, New York

AC: What was your favorite aspect of your internship?  How do you think this internship differed from working in a typical business like a store or services firm?

CR: My favorite aspect of my internship was working with the people, mostly students.  I loved being a resource and helping anyone with any problems or concerns they had.  This internship differs from a typical business scene because it is something I am interested in while pursuing my career as a professional counselor.  It is also different because I was not working full time or for pay so I was able to enjoy my experiences and learn many useful skills I will take with me for the rest of my life.

AC: What were your day-to-day duties as an intern?

CR: Sometimes I did usual office duties such as assisting my supervisor with anything she needed.  However, a good portion of my time was spent shadowing the guidance counselors and observing meetings between them and students, parents, or administrative staff members.  Another good portion of my time was spent advising students with college planning as well as post-graduate planning.  I became a resource for the students assisting them with personal challenges like academic struggles, family issues, financial difficulties, and peer-to-peer problems.

AC: What did you learn in your internship and what challenges did you overcome through these learning experiences?

CR: Even though I only worked one semester, I learned so much about the professional workplace but also about myself.  Something very important I learned is that guidance counseling is a very essential department within a school.  They organize many events and activities that benefit students and they are there to help students with a variety of issues school related and non-school related.  I have learned a lot about the college process because I have worked with many of the students one-on-one to research schools, write essays, create resumes, and even fill out applications.  I learned how to set up college visits and I even got to observe a few of them.  I also learned about programs within the school like individual learning plans, alternative learning plans, the response to intervention program, infinite campus, PSATs, grant writing, and even the truancy system and I had the opportunity to observe a truancy court case.

About myself, I learned that I am a hard worker, I learn quickly, I am confident, I am empathetic, and I am a great listener.  More importantly, I realized I love working with people and relate well to others which will help me in the future when I get a counseling job.  Furthermore, something I learned while working in guidance counseling is that many students at the high school or even middle school age have a lot of issues in their life that truly shape how they are as a person.  I never realized how many families were facing unfortunate situations and how many kids were being diagnosed with learning disabilities and psychological disorders.  From this, I learned you must listen to every student carefully when they speak, have an open mind about what they say, and also be empathetic and understanding because every student is different in their own way.

Some challenges I faced was working in a new setting and working with high school students.

AC: How did you find this internship? 

CR: I had met with Amica for advice about internships and my career plans.  Their advice guided me to find my internsips.  I found my internship at Smithfield High School while attending an internship panel during the spring of my junior year where I heard seniors speak about their internship experiences.  I learned that one girl did this internship before me and she did not particularly enjoy it but I went for it anyway.  I found my internship supervisor’s email, emailed her during the summer, and she immediately responded eager to let me start.  We kept in touch throughout the summer and I started in September of my senior year.

AC: Which classes at Bryant would you say helped you to be a successful intern?

CR: Counseling Theory & Practice and Senior Internship Seminar Psychology class.

AC: What would be your advice to any undergraduate looking in your field of study?

CR: Start researching early to find your interests and get experience!  Also, communicate with people (students, professors, advisors, professionals etc.) to get insight and learn about others’ opinions and their journeys, you never know what kind of connections you can make and what opportunities it can lead to.  Have an open mind, be open to new experiences and ask a lot of questions because that is how you will learn.  Most importantly, make sure to treat everyone with respect because people will be more likely to help you and listen to you if you are respectful to yourself and others.  Finally, believe in yourself and aim for your dreams.  Don’t ever be discouraged or let ANYONE tell you that you cannot do what you want to do or be who you want to be.

Lauren Howson’s Intern Experience

art 003 (2)Name: Lauren Howson

Major: Applied Psychology

Company Interned For: Harvard Vanguard, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Hometown: Bedford, NH

AC: What was your favorite aspect of your internship?  What made your internship unique?

LH: I loved being able to observe the appointments the child had with the pediatrician. As the semester went on, I became more familiar with the diagnostic material she would use and be able to diagnose the child myself. I liked that I was able to see the different ways disorders present themselves, opposed to the textbook view you receive in a classroom. I think my internship was unique because I could see the child improve as therapy took place and I saw several different angles of the diagnostic process.

AC: What were your day-to-day duties as an intern?

LH: My department had a lot of paperwork to manage, so some of my time was spent doing administrative work. I became very familiar with different diagnostic tests and their scoring. I would observe meetings with my supervisor who was a social worker and  diagnostic appointments with the pediatrician. I also had a few ongoing projects such as creating a database of the educational standards in Massachusetts.

AC: What did you learn in your internship and what challenges did you overcome through these learning experiences?

LH: My knowledge of psychology broadened greatly from my internship. You can only learn so much from a course and my internship filled in a lot of aspects. The internship was not as hands-on as I would have liked it to be, but I learned fundamentals that will be very valuable to me in the future.

AC: How did you find this internship?

LH: I found this internship through a friend. Her mother works at Harvard Vanguard and put me in touch with this department. I was the first intern they had, and lucky to have gotten this opportunity.

AC: Which classes at Bryant would you say helped you to be a successful intern?

LH: This internship was heavily associated with abnormal psychology, so that course was essential for my internship because it provided me with some prior knowledge about the disorders. I worked with excel as well, so CIS was helpful.

AC: What would be your advice to any undergraduate looking in your field of study?

LH: Start looking early. This is important for any kind of internship. Especially if you have a certain one in mind, start inquiring early and be persistent. Specifically for psychology, you have to be proactive about finding internships. There are a lot of different options but you just have to be dedicated and look for them.