Felicia Thomas’ Internship with the Boston Bruins Foundation!

Name: Felicia Thomasfelicia

Year: Senior ’15

Major: Marketing

Place Interned: The Boston Bruins Foundation

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

In this position I was asked to assist the Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director, Manager, and Coordinator with daily activities and responsibilities. I helped to organize and conduct fundraising activities and events such as the Annual Golf Tournament, Online Holiday Auction, and the Foundation Raffle Table during the games. We managed the Foundation databases, including those related to events, grants, and donations. We communicated daily with Bruins Foundation supporters, fans, and others regarding many different Foundation topics.

How did you get this internship?

Katie Colton, a Bryant Alumni, informed me of the internship opportunity. From there I was able to learn more about the internship and apply in May. In August I got a call requesting an interview, and shortly thereafter I was offered a position.

What was your favorite experience/memory from your internship?

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My favorite thing from this internship is the group of fantastic people that I had the opportunity to work with. Our bosses invested their time in us and eventually gave us the creative freedom to present new ideas or take on large projects. During my time with the Bruins I was able to help coordinate a fundraising event that brought in over $75,000 and conduct a market research analysis that provided valuable insights which were presented at executive meetings. In having this creative freedom, I was able to work on things I was truly passionate about. The support and confidence that my bosses instilled in each of the interns truly helped us thrive and succeed in our positions.

What was the most important thing you learned at your internship?

The most important things I learned in this internship were to carry yourself with confidence, ask good questions, and to make the most of every opportunity.

How did/will this internship further your career?

This internship gave me a greater understanding of community relations and sports foundations. Through this I was able to validate my career goals and build a network that will help me grow as an individual and further my career.

What is the best piece of advice you could give to underclassmen?

Always give everything 110%. Hard work truly pays off and you never know what opportunities are around the corner.

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Why you should register NOW for the Career Fair!

This fall’s Career & Graduate School Fair was a major success!  It was a record-breaking fair with over 100 companies, including 22 new ones and 30 on the waiting list.  There were 16 graduate schools, over 35 student volunteers, and over 770 students in attendance!  We are looking forward to breaking even more records with the Career Fair on Wednesday, February 25th.  Register NOW on Banner!

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Shadow Program a Success!

       From fashion corporations to food providers to financial groups, many companies took on a Bryant student for one day over winter break.  The students were able to shadow a Bryant alum for one day in their professional work environments.  This allowed them to gather information on career fields of interest and experience a day in the life!  We were lucky enough to speak with two students, Hadleigh Lepianka and Brendan Nixon about their experiences shadowing Bryant alums over break.
       Hadleigh Lepianka, a sophomore management major, was able to shadow an alum who works at Aramark.  Aramark is a food provider for many colleges, including Bryant.  Hadleigh spent her day at Aramark’s annual convention which was held in the UMass Lowell Conference Center.  The conference consisted of different sessions that each focused on improving different areas of the company.  The sessions went on throughout the day, and they were able to go through several sessions.
       “Overall, I learned a lot about working with food in hospitality from a management aspect,” said Hadleigh.  She noticed that each employee’s work varied from day to day because of the complexity of the organization.  Most people traveled daily, and each person had their own individual responsibilities.  She also learned the importance of working with food and is relationship to inventory.  There is so much information that Aramark needs to know and they use large databases to store all of it.
       Hadleigh enjoyed this field of work because it was not a typical desk job- there was a lot more to it.
       “I could really see myself working in this industry after shadowing this alumni,” she said.  “I truly enjoyed my day and appreciate that I was given this opportunity.”
       Brendan Nixon felt the same way.  A member of the Class of 2018, Brendan is a marketing major who shadowed an alum at the Hartford.  The Hartford is a United States-based investment and insurance company that is part of the Fortune 500 list.  It specializes in vehicle, home, and AARP/Retirement insurance.
       Brendan started off his day by meeting up with Mariah Burgess, who is a Bryant University Class of 2014 graduate.  Mariah’s official position is Operations & Technology Leadership Development, and she regularly works at any one of The Hartford’s three Connecticut locations.  Brendan visited the company’s headquarters in Hartford, CT on a Friday where Mariah gave him a tour of the company’s campus.  Along the way, Brendan learned about the The Hartford’s history, previous leaders, and new employee training programs.  He was able to attend a professional development meeting and hear the company’s officials discuss their most famous merger.  During the rest of the day, Brendan met several of Mariah’s co-workers, listen in on a conference call, and see a project Mariah had been working on for weeks.
       “It was very nice to be able to discuss what is is like to lead a professional work life with people who are roughly the same age as me,” said Brendan.  Most of Mariah’s co-workers had all just graduated this past May.
       Brendan learned that Operations & Technology is very focused on problem solving, creating and completing projects, and is going to continue to be in demand of a younger generation of educated and capable thinkers.  The field is geared towards younger people and is an excellent career path for college grads looking to work in this field.
       Although Brendan learned that he would enjoy this position, his experience taught him that it wasn’t the right path for him.  As a marketing major, he is looking for something more focused, but he feels that the experience was extremely helpful because it showed him other parts of the work industry he had never thought of before.
       Whether students want to continue in their shadowed field or not, the Shadow Program proved to be a success in networking and real world experience.

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Autumn Harrington’s Internship with AroundCampus Group

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Name: Autumn Harrington

Year: Junior

Major: Marketing & Management

Intern Position: Sales Team Leader

 

 

AroundCampus Group offers many sales positions for college students at multiple universities around the nation.  My responsibilities as a sales team leader for The AroundCampus Group was to go business to business in the Smithfield, Rhode Island area for over 13 weeks and talk with business owners. I would professionally talk with business owners about advertising their business within our school’s planners, a website, and a mobile app.  We would also do daily web chats and check ins with headquarters which is in North Carolina.  I found out about this company through the Amica Career Center’s Career Fair during the spring semester of 2014.

My favorite experience was this one business owner who never told me no, but also was never able to meet with me. I kept calling him every day and going to the pizza place he owned, and after 13 full weeks I finally got him to sign a contract. Some people would give up on the sale if they didn’t sell an ad to an owner right away, but I never gave up on this owner.  My sales partner and I sold ads to All Seasons Inn & Suites, B’Z Breakfast, Burgers & Beyond, Cafe Such a Bagel, De Petrillo’s Pizza & Bakery, Diversified Auto Collision, The Greenville Inn, Island Woods Performance Inc, Mother Nature’s Florist, and The UPS Store Smithfield.

The most important thing I learned from this internship was perseverance and the importance of face to face communication. At the end of this internship my manager asked me to return next summer as a regional manager, a higher position than the sales intern. This company also has business partners that I have had access to since the beginning of my internship. My best piece of advice to give to underclassmen would be to take advantage of everything that is thrown your way. Internships especially are what you make of them.