Ians Collins & Save the Children

Name: Ian Collinssave children

Year: Junior

Internship: Corporate Partnerships with Save the Children

Major: International Business

How did you get this internship?

I talked with Amy from the Amica Center about my interests and she referred me to professor Emily Copeland, whom I had taken freshman year. She made me aware of internships at Save the Children. A family friend was involved with the organization, and he put me in touch with the internship coordinator. I sent in my application and was invited to interview. My manager, who interviewed me and read my resume, was impressed with the relevance of course projects I had done at Bryant!

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

My role was not rigidly defined because of the team’s diverse and constantly changing work. My tasks were usually research and reporting, but I was also assigned data entry, providing feedback on ideas and deliverables, helping employees with excel, and other miscellaneous tasks. Some examples of work I did are building an excel application to navigate and track awards to apply programs for, preparing reports of various scales on companies and their social responsibility programs to help inform managers about companies and inspire ideas, and creating a weekly report to update managers on business news. I also attended a lot of meetings both related and unrelated to my projects. It was great to work with the team and also be exposed to so much information about the organization and industry.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

At Save the Children people are very talented and passionate and things move really fast. Furthermore, people are usually simultaneously working on diverse projects. It was difficult getting and staying up to speed.

How will this further your career?

I got to work on some important skills such as softwares, internal and external communications, and working in an office environment. Furthermore, my time at Save the Children provided me with inspiration and information for my career aspirations. I learned about many different ways that people are using business skills and resources for social purposes and saw the different ways I could become involved. Working for an NGO offers the task of coordinating the resources of businesses with the skills of technical experts. Corporations also consult with NGOs to ensure that their operations are sustainable. On the other side, corporate foundations allocate the resources of companies towards social causes to benefit the business and the world. I am interested in learning more about this side because it provides a great opportunity to use business knowledge; foundation managers need to sell corporate social responsibility to profit driven executives.

Though I was most directly involved in these two sectors, this internship also inspired me to further explore shared value and impact investing, fields that offer the potential to do well by doing good. When researching companies I was able to see some of the ways that they incorporate shared value into their business models and was impressed by the innovation and effort of a few companies in particular.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

There are a lot of people on campus who can help you explore your interests and career. If you find yourself interested in something and would like to pursue an internship or just learn more, make an effort to talk to professors and the Amica Career Center. Even if you aren’t sure if you know a professor who can help you, your professors will most likely know other people who can. Same goes for the Amica Career Center and other Bryant institutes.

My second piece of advice is that you can make a social or environmental impact with your business skills. We’re all very lucky to be where we are at Bryant and in a great position to help others.There are tons of ways to do it whatever your field of study. There are exciting opportunities in impact investing, impact accounting, dedicated CSR programs, supply chain sustainability, cause marketing, and much more! And guess what, there are lots of people at Bryant who can tell you more.


HR Intern Spotlight: Mollie Anderson & Year Up Providence

mollie head shotName: Mollie Anderson

Year: 2016

Internship: HR Intern at Year Up Providence

Major: HR Management and LCS

How did you get this internship?

I found Year Up through resources available through the Amica Career Center as well as through my own research. I had known that I would love to be able to work with a smaller organization in terms of the location and staff size, but also knew that I wanted to contribute to and be a part of an organization that was driven towards a “greater good.” I started looking into non-profits in Rhode Island that incorporated aspects of the smaller setting, educational focus (as I also have an interest in teaching), and needed organizational aid that would allow me for growth in the HR/Ops field. Upon finding Year Up, I set up a phone interview (as I had been out of the country at the time), spoke with Elizabeth Russo (who would also be my site supervisor), and after some follow-up questions was offered the chance to work with their organization as one of Bryant’s first interns there. After getting the approval for academic credit from Bryant’s HR directors as well as Professor Dave Greenan (my academic/internship supervisor), I attended a site visit and my internship started up.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

Daily responsibilities varied throughout the course of my internship as HR incorporates so many aspects of the organization. I was able to meet and work with all staff members from finance, fundraising, operations, outreach, to on-site professors. I met with Year Up students, aided in financial logging, sat in on professional development meetings, attended New Hire orientations, and even helped with the formation of an On-Boarding Guide (both hard copy and electronic copy) that would serve as both a training tool and employee resources tool.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

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My favorite experience was being able to sit in on the New Hire Orientation. I helped with the set up and was able to sit in on the event throughout the course of the day. It was amazing to hear where people came from in terms of their backgrounds and how they came to work with Year Up.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?

The most challenging part would have to be the creation of the On-Boarding Guide. It was important to manage all completed materials so that both the physical and electronic copies were consistent, complete, and therefore helpful to employees looking for particular Year Up resources.

How will this further your career?

This internship really got me to consider working within a non profit upon graduation. It was interesting to see the differences in operational behaviors as well as enable a sense of really doing something good for the community. With Year Up’s incorporation of education, it also pushed my interest in teaching further towards considering the continuation of my own education to obtain my teaching degree.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Branch out. Don’t be afraid to do things outside of what you know, and always try and keep things interesting.