Sarah DeFeo’s Internship with Pepperidge Farm, maker of Goldfish

Name: Sarah DeFeosarah

Year: Junior

Internship: Pepperidge Farm National Head Quarters Human Resources Summer Internship

Major: Management

How did you get this internship?

I had the good fortune of meeting Kim Ryan, the Vice President of HR for Pepperidge Farm National Headquarters. I discussed my schooling and career aspirations with her and she offered to help me work on my resume. After spending an afternoon together, she said “We do not typically accept interns for just one summer, but I would like to have you interview and meet the people who work in my office.” I gladly accepted that offer.

Over winter Break I emailed Mrs. Ryan and she put me in contact with “her people.” They set up a three hour long interview in which I would meet with five different HR coordinators. About two weeks later, I had received a call that they would like to have me back to intern at their headquarters starting in May!

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

I would like to consider myself a bit of a Renaissance woman while working at Pepperidge in their HR department. Thanks to the incredible employees there, I was able to work in various outlets of HR. I primarily worked in recruiting. The company set me up with my own recruiting license, gave me a list of 20 jobs to fill, the profiles they were looking for, and let me go to work. In recruiting I also helped devise the new job descriptions for their websites. As a college student, they had me sit in on recruitment strategy meetings for recruiting from college campuses and were happy to ask me a lot of questions.

I also had the opportunity to work with the HR generalists. I helped to facilitate training sessions on public speaking and presentation skills for their sales representatives. One of my summer long projects was setting up Myers Briggs testing for the Marketing team and a follow up Team Building Session for their department. They kept me very busy in the office with work the full time employees would be doing rather than the typical ‘intern work.’

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

Aside from all of the free Milano’s, Goldfish, and Cinnamon Swirl Bread, I have a lot of very fond memories from working at ‘The Farm.’ My favorite memory starts out as one of my most stressful memories. I was invited by my boss to attend a Sales meeting with the VP from each department. So as an intern sitting in a room of the executives of a two billion dollar company, I was a little nervous. As the meeting proceeded, the VPs began asking me questions and my opinion on their ideas for recruitment, sales, and salaries. They treated me as an equal in the board room and included me in conversations that would have an impact on the entire company. I was honored that these employees in high up positions valued the input of an intern and allowed me to have my own piece of input for Pepperidge Farm.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

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The most challenging part of my internship was learning how to ask for help. Since I was given so much responsibility as an intern, there were various times in which I ran into problems and questions that I did not know the answer to. I was often conflicted between wanting to prove myself as an independent worker, and asking for assistance. I had to learn how to admit when I needed help and ask my mentors the proper way to proceed. And of course, they were more than willing to help!

How will this further your career?

This internship has undoubtedly shaped my career path. I had the chance to test out different outlets of HR to see which facet of the position I could see myself working in. I was also spoiled working in a fun, exciting, and fulfilling work environment so now I know what is out there and I will not settle for working in a dull and fruitless work environment. Most importantly, since my mentors gave me so much responsibility and had so much faith in me as an intern, I know what I am capable of. I now know I can handle new problems and projects that are thrown my way that will have a lasting impact on the company I am working for. I learned how to ‘make things work.’

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Talk to people. Make connections. Give your opinion. Volunteer for events. Do not settle. I would not have had this opportunity if I did not speak up and put myself out there. Once I had the internship, I volunteered my time and opinion whenever possible. It was from those experiences that I gained as much from this experience as I did. You are constantly making impressions. Be the kind of person you would want working for you. Because of this mentality, I was invited back next summer to intern again!

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Dayo Owoyemi: Google Intern

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After Day 2 of Orientation with my Bromate from Rutgers University! SIDE NOTE: I was wearing shorts. Although Google has no dress code, it was interesting to find that I was the only intern in orientation wearing shorts that day (I obviously tried to immerse myself in the culture from day one). During my 12 weeks I quickly learned that the Business Googlers hardly wore shorts to work. And so I never wore shorts again. The Tech/Engineering Googlers wore all sorts, from Cargo Shorts to Basketball pants and sandals.

Name: Dayo Owoyemi

Year: Senior

Internship: Google Account Strategist BOLD Intern

Major: Actuarial Mathematics

Minor: Business Administration & Finance

How did you get this internship?

I got the opportunity to intern at Google through an organization called Management Leaders For Tomorrow (MLT). MLT was founded to create the next generation of high impact diverse leaders by equipping high potential minorities with the winning playbook and personalized coaching needed to reach their potential and maximize their impact at every stage of their careers. As a fellow in the 18-month Career Prep program, I enhanced my analytical, leadership, and interview skills and had the opportunity to be recruited by companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, Accenture, Deloitte, and many more.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

This was the first thing I saw when I landed in San Jose, CA. I had never been on the west coast and I just got off a 6 hour flight - this sign put the biggest smile on my face!!

This was the first thing I saw when I landed in San Jose, CA. I had never been on the west coast and I just got off a 6 hour flight – this sign put the biggest smile on my face!!

I was recruited for the SMB Account Strategist position. As an Account Strategist, I managed a book of 150 small-medium sized companies across the US, and provided strategic consultations to understand their business goals and maximize their Adwords ROI.

I was in direct communication with the CEO, CMO, or Marketing Manager of the companies in my book of business for the majority of the day. Whether it was on the phone or via email, I was learning about each company, discussing its business goals & objectives, using several data driven resources and my business knowledge to develop tailored business strategy with Google Adwords products, optimizing Google Adwords accounts, and following up on performance.

What was your favorite experience at Google?

In Short: Building a Mobile Opportunity tool that launched globally!

Google is an amazing organization that I have admired for long. And during this summer I wanted to be audacious enough to make an impact. I wanted to find a way to contribute to Google’s awesomeness. It’s a crazy feat, my core role was demanding, but I tried to by looking for opportunities to work on projects outside of my core role. Eventually I ended up working with a full time Googler to develop a Mobile Opportunity tool that would help Account Strategists easily identify the Adwords Agencies, Companies, and Campaigns with the largest mobile opportunity. The tool was about helping Google Strategist add more value to the companies they work with. The tool launched in Google US on the last day of my internship and later  in Google LATAM.

What is the coolest thing about Google?

One of several Google hosted intern events this summer! The individuals in this picture are all fellow members of Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

One of several Google hosted intern events this summer! The individuals in this picture are all fellow members of Management Leadership for Tomorrow.

3 Things: Googlers. Free Food. The ability and resources to learn anything.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

Google has so many different great amenities. It is impossible to resist the urge to try to join, eat, and learn everything you can in 10 weeks. But It is also impossible to do that without losing sight of your core role. The most challenging part about my internship this summer was figuring out how to maintain high performance in a challenging role and still take full advantage of the awesome amenities google has to offer.

How will this further your career?

Google Interns take Ellis Peak at Lake Tahoe, CA. Myself, and a bunch of interns planned a trip to Lake Tahoe for 4th of July.

Google Interns take Ellis Peak at Lake Tahoe, CA. Myself, and a bunch of interns planned a trip to Lake Tahoe for 4th of July.

One of my career aspirations is to found my own Consulting company. There are many times during my internship that I would take off my Google-Intern cap and put on my CEO-in-training cap. The skills that I have developed around data analysis, problem solving, customer service, design thinking, and delivering consistently high value, will help me achieve this goal.

What is your best piece of advice for Bryant Students?

You are more than your major. The integrated education we receive here at Bryant enables us to gain knowledge and develop skills in far more areas than the one that is on our degree. So don’t sell yourself short. Be curious, leverage your whole Bryant experience,  and let your career aspirations be as creative and grand as you want!

 


Stephanie Paradis’ Experience with Amica Mutual Insurance

Name: Stephanie Paradisstephh

Year: Senior

Internship: Amica Mutual Insurance – Future Leaders Intern Program

Major: Business Administration – Marketing and Management, Minor in Psychology

How did you get this internship?

The best part about this story is how I got the internship. During the spring semester of my Junior year, I was studying at a table in the Rotunda. That particular day, there was a team of Amica Mutual Insurance recruiters tabling. A recruiter, Jeff Gagnon, struck up a conversation with me about internship opportunities available in the summer months. After attending the career fair the following day, with resume in hand and Jeff as a reference, I was able to set up an interview.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

Mainly, the program is designed to educate the interns on what the insurance industry is, as well as what opportunities there are for recent graduates. This particular internship program is designed to provide a glimpse into Amica’s two entry level positions, Associate Account Manager and Associate Adjuster.

The Amica Mutual Insurance interns after giving their final presentations in front of the executive board.

The Amica Mutual Insurance interns after giving their final presentations in front of the executive board.

During the course of the 10 week internship there were three research presentations that required interviewing various employees and working closely with the other five interns and the training and development team. I was able to shadow both positions and understand the various aspects of insurance from underwriting to claims.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

Steph & the other interns at a celebratory dinner with their department.

Steph & the other interns at a celebratory dinner with their department.

Over the course of the summer with Amica, I was fortunate to become very close with the other Future Leader Interns. As a result we shared many memories that will last a lifetime. We were always given time to explore.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

The most challenging aspect of the internship was moving myself down to RI for the summer. Although this was made easier by Amica, who generously gave a housing stipend that eased the transition.

How will this further your career?

At the conclusion of the 10 week internship, I was offered a full time position as an Associate Adjuster for their June 2016 class. Without much hesitation, I accepted. The job has so much to offer for a young business professional. It provides you the opportunity for growth and upward mobility, as well as the chance to experience different areas of the country.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

The best piece of advice I could give to an underclassmen is to not be afraid of jumping into opportunities that present themselves. This internship sort of came out of left field, it was not something that I had actively pursued. However, it ended up opening so many doors as well as gave me access to a larger network of people who are supportive in helping to develop my career.