James’ EMC Finance Internship

CaptureName: James Mandeville

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Finance/Economics

Hometown: Marshfield, MA

Company Interned For: EMC2 Corporation

AC: What was your position and your duties on a day to day basis?

JM: This summer I worked as an FTP (Financial Training Program) Intern. I worked within the Corporate Accounting and Reporting team. A cool part of the job was that I didn’t have the same “day to day duties”-each day was different. However, on a monthly basis, I prepared account reconciliations, processed intercompany invoices, assigned owners to different balance sheet accounts, assisted in the preparation of SEC filings, and assured that the company was complying with PwC and SOX regulations.

AC: What was your favorite part about your internship and what did you find most challenging?

JM: Deciding what my favorite part of my internship was is very difficult, there was so much that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the people I worked with, the trust that mangers had in all their employees including myself, and the open communication between everyone, no matter their level of management. The most challenging part of my internship was getting current employees to listen to the new process changes that I, as an Intern, was implementing.

AC: What was EMC’s culture?

JM: The culture at EMC is awesome, everyone gets along, and there is constant encouragement and recognition for everything. When working at EMC, you feel the connection between everyone and we all worked very well together.

AC: Which classes from Bryant helped you succeed throughout your internship?

JM: To be honest, just about all of my business classes that I have taken helped me through my internship, from BUS101-BUS400. However, specifically Financial and Managerial accounting helped a lot. As well as Investments, Forecasting, Money and Banking and Intermediate Microeconomics

AC:  How did you come across this opportunity?

JM: Back in September of my Junior year, I was on the BCC and submitted my resume to as many places as possible. Fortunately, I submitted my resume to EMC and was then given an on campus interview. Following that, I went to Hopkinton, MA for a final round interview which consisted of four back to back interviews with four different managers. A few days later, I got an offer!

AC: Lastly, what advice do you have for undergraduate students looking to pursue an internship?

JM: Start looking early!!!! Reach out to as many connections you may have as possible, network with everyone you come across and really know how to sell yourself. Don’t be discouraged if you do not get your first choice or your first interview, keep trying and eventually everything will work out.

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Amanda’s Marketing Internship With Covidien

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Name: Amanda Eardley

Graduation Year: 2015

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Company Interned For: Covidien

AC: What are your day-to-day duties an intern? What made you a large enough asset this past summer that they asked you to stay through the fall?

AE: Many of my daily tasks as an intern involved assisting my team members on many of their current projects, including analyzing company culture, working with Employee Resource Groups, and communicating with potential candidates about open positions at Covidien. I also worked a lot on planning our company’s attendance at professional association conferences, which is one of the main reasons why I was asked to stay on with Covidien through the fall. We will be looking to recruit women engineers this October at the Society of Women Engineers conference in Baltimore, and Covidien has asked me to attend and help with their recruiting efforts-I’m so excited!

AC: How has Bryant prepared you for this internship? Did Amica help you find it? Which classes specifically set you up for success?

AE: The Amica Center’s workshop all about using LinkedIn is really helpful; I felt really prepared at my internship when one of our first assignments was to update and better utilize our LinkedIn profiles. Many of the concepts I learned in MGT200 were very instrumental to my success at my internship as well-because of this course, I already had background knowledge on many of the business concepts I was faced with on a daily basis.

AC: What was the biggest challenge you faced when you began your internship and how did you overcome it?

AE: One of the biggest challenges I faced when starting my internship was learning how to make decisions effectively without prior approval from my manager. In the beginning, I was very nervous that I would make a mistake, or respond to a situation one way when my manager would have done differently. With a lot of positive reinforcement from my manager and as I became more comfortable in my internship, I was able to gain the confidence to make important business decisions for my team on my own.

AC: Do you plan on staying in contact with them after this fall? If so, how are you going to stay connected?!

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AE: Absolutely! Covidien offers many great internships to students in many different fields, so there are always different opportunities to pursue within the organization. I’ve connected with many of my managers and co-workers on LinkedIn; this way I can stay up to date with any opportunities that they may have, as well as easily connect with them if I’m looking for a recommendation or have a question.

AC: That’s a great idea Amanda! Any advice for undergraduates looking to pursue an internship?!

AE: Start out your internship search by networking-ask friends, family and professors if they know of any internships that they may have a connection to that are in your field. And it never hurts to apply to internships that you may not be completely sold on, even if it’s just for the interview practice!

 

 


TribalVision’s Newest Addition: Laura Wrightson

5Name: Laura Wrightson

Hometown: Sterling, MA

Major: Marketing

Company Interning For: TribalVision

AC: How did you come across TribalVision?

LW: TribalVision was a company that was suggested to the Bryant Marketing Association by a former member who had spoken to them at that semester’s career fair. As the President, I invited the CEO to speak at one of our meetings. It was a great turn out, so I kept in contact with him, hoping that he would be able to speak again in upcoming semesters. Low and behold, my constant contact with them landed me an internship with them a year later!

AC: If you could explain TribalVision to someone who had never heard of it before, how would you explain it?

LW: I would describe TribalVision as a company who has capitalized on all things true and honest. As a start-up company, beginning in only 2010, they truly have taken the time to learn how to market in a way that has the its customers in mind. The company is primarily a marketing consulting firm, focusing on creating marketing strategies that are best suited for the small business that they work with. It is all about honesty and relationships and well, marketing, of course.

AC: What is your position and what are your day to day duties?

LW: My daily activities include anything from primary research to begin relationships, to helping to format presentations, to writing and submitting proposals for potential client interactions and new endeavors, and so much more! It is kind of hard to keep up with everything I do because I am given a great amount of responsibility!

AC: How has Bryant helped you to be successful with your time thus far at TribalVision?

LW: A lot of what I learn in the classroom, I find, is incredibly useful to apply in my work setting. We constantly write-up presentations that include useful tips and hints that require a background in marketing. Consumer behavior is one class that I have been able to apply a lot from in this real-world setting; I find this very useful because after all, every job is all about knowing your customers, right?

AC: Do you think having an internship is vital as an undergraduate? If so, what is the most important thing to look for in an internship?

LW: This internship is actually my third professional experience since beginning my college career. Advice for finding the perfect internship?

1. Believe in the company. You are not going to ever like your experience if it is not a company you truly believe in in the first place.

2. Use your resources. There are others out there who have interned with the company you are looking at (hopefully) , so REACH OUT! I know that I personally love to tell people about my experiences, good or bad, and there are many others out there who feel the same. LinkedIn is a great resource and search tool to be able to do this, as well as this blog!

3. Finally, do not EVER settle for what you are not totally confident in. I turned down four internships last fall not knowing if I would get another opportunity (but, with time and effort, I did!), but knowing that none of those internships were for me. You may be able to say it was a good experience in the end, but was it worth taking it when you could have exerted your energy to land an internship or job that’s truly for you!

AC: Any advice for undergraduate students?!

LW: If there is one piece of advice that I would give a current college undergrad, or upcoming college student, it would be to lock in an internship ASAP. At Bryant, we do learn an incredible amount in the classroom, more than you would find at many other schools, however, this is not enough to move you to that step towards reality and professionalism. My first two internships were not what I was looking for, they turned out to be quite wrong for me, actually, but how much worse would that experience have been if it was a full-time job I had accepted? Internship opportunities are on the rise, kids, and its time for us able Bryant students to swoop them up and show the college world what this university is made of!

AC: lastly, we know you are a senior, so any plans for post-grad?! If not, what is your dream?!

LW: My dream has nothing to do with money, it has nothing to do with unrealistic romance and love. My dream is to be able to sit down at my desk, in my office, wherever that may be, and say “I did it. My hard work has paid off and I have landed where I wanted to be.” Where that is, I do not know, but just like many other things in life, you know it when you have it, and I’m just waiting for that day.


The Fellowship With Capital Good Fund

bryantCGFName: Mike Casinelli

Year Graduated: May 2013

Company: Capital Good Fund (CGF)

AC:  How did you find your fellowship? 

MC: I came across the Fellowship position through The Amica Center for Career Education website. I used the website on a daily basis to browse through jobs/internship opportunities and the CGF job description caught my interest, so I decided to apply. The application process was done through their website and it was a little different than the other applications I previously filled. The questions were more directed towards discovering what type of person you are; whereas, I felt the other applications were focused on sizing up a person’s ability to produce based off of qualitative facts.

AC:  What at Bryant helped you in preparing for this?

MC: Bryant played a pivotal role in preparing me for this position. Without my Bryant education, I would not have been able to perform as well as I did or have the confidence to deliver what was asked of me. Most of my time working at CGF was spent working with clients one-to-one discussing their personal finances. I was responsible for coaching and assisting my clients with a broad range of financial challenges. For example, I would create personal budget reports, pull their credit score and explain to them what it meant. Then I would discuss credit cards-how they worked, the advantages and disadvantages of owning one, ways to save money, insurance, etc.

CGF required us to go through a weekend training program in which they would teach us the basis of what was expected from us, but our training session focused more on the coaching aspects rather than the financial knowledge that was needed.

AC:  What was the most challenging and what was the easiest?

MC: The most challenging was staying on top of everything and managing each client. I was given a very broad spectrum of clients. On one hand I had clients who were living on SSI income, never opened a bank account before, or was in a deep hole with debt. On the other hand I had clients who worked for Blue Cross Blue Shield RI making a decent salary but still struggling because they were spending so much money that they lived on a week to week budget.  I also had a client who owned her own company and had amazing entrepreneurship abilities, but had difficulties organizing her finances. Each person had a unique situation; therefore what may have worked for one person didn’t always work for the next.Capture

To describe a part of the job as the ‘easiest’ is a little misleading, since, I personally felt, there was nothing ‘easy’ about the job, but if I had to pick, the easiest part was getting to know the clients throughout the first meeting. Before going further, let me say, the first 10 -30 minutes during the first session with my clients were the most nerve-wracking for me. I was not nervous about meeting a new person, but nervous in the sense that I would not be able to help them or that I was wasting their time. This is more because of my personality than anything else, but as our meeting went on, getting to know the person, their financial situation, and what advice they were seeking became an enjoyable process.

AC:  How does a fellowship differ from a typical job?  What is similar?

MC: I personally felt the fellowship differed extremely from a typical job. To start, CGF is a non-profit organization with lending abilities, and is comprised of 10-15 full time employees with the rest being interns from nearby universities.  The work culture was laid back-we dressed in jeans, shoes, and shirts…not business apparel but everyone working there was always driven and motivated to make a change for the better in the lives of others.

AC:  What were your day to day duties or activities?

MC: I didn’t really have a daily routine to follow. On days that I had a client, I started my preparations the day before by giving them a call to remind them that they had scheduled a coaching session with a CGF fellow. A few times I was scheduled to meet with a client and they would forget to show up. This was one of the more frustrating aspects of the job. After confirming they could meet with me, I would use the resource’s that CGF provided me with and tried to dig up as much background information about the person I was meeting so I could be more prepared to coach and help them. Most of my meetings took place at the CGF office with the exception of BCBS (Blue Cross Blue Shield) clients, who I would meet in the BCBS building, and I would show up 15-30 minutes early to prepare. I would meet with each client three times over the course of the month and depending on how busy CGF was, I would have anywhere between 1-3 clients a week. After our meetings, I would assign my clients homework, such as writing down all their expenses or looking up specific information about their bank accounts, and any questions they had for me which I could not answer during our meeting was my homework to have completed for the next time we would meet.

AC:  What is one piece of advice you could give Bryant seniors for their last year?

MC: Enjoy the year; it goes by faster than you’ll ever comprehend and towards the end of the year, if you are still confused as to what you want to do with your life after you graduate, don’t worry because you’re not alone. Also, get on the job hunt soon as possible. Don’t wait and assume that you’ll easily find a job upon graduating.