JP Canfield Makes the “Cut”

Name: JP Canfieldjp
Year: Senior
Internship: Vector Marketing
Major: Marketing

Tell us about the company you worked for.

The company I worked with over winter break was called Vector Marketing which sells CUTCO, the world’s finest cutlery. CUTCO, founded in 1949, has been doing business for over six decades with over 16 million happy customers. CUTCO is made in America at their factory in Olean, NY. CUTCO is a member of the Direct Selling Association and the Better Business Bureau ensuring ethical and honest business practices.

How did you get this internship?

I got this internship by talking with Tom James, a company selling custom suits. After speaking with them at the Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition (NISC) they said that if you want to get into sales, you need sales experience. They suggested I look into Vector Marketing. I did, applied online, went in for an interview, and got the position working as a sales representative over winter break.

What were your responsibilities at your internship?

My biggest responsibility working with Vector was setting my schedule. This meant that I had develop my own list of leads, call on these leads to set appointments, and then meet with potential customers. I was also responsible for knowing the product inside and out, filling out order forms, and building my list of leads from customer referrals.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

My favorite memory from my internship was when someone I sold a knife to texted me one night saying how much she loved it. She texted me saying that the knife had arrived, and that she was “cutting limes like butter”. It was really funny, but also great to know that I had helped her out and that she really loved the product.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

Time management. You did not have a set schedule, and you had the freedom to make your own. My manager was a great motivator, but other than that it was up to you to determine how many meetings you set.

How will this further your career?

I will use what I learned working for Vector throughout my entire career. Whether it is in sales or not, the skills I learned from this internship can only advance my progression as a business professional. I learned how to manage my own time, got more comfortable speaking on the phone/at meetings, and most importantly, learned how to sell myself.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Get out of your comfort zone, because it forces you to learn and grow. Get out there and get internships, especially in sales, because having that on your resume really helps you stand out. Being able to sell yourself will help you in every aspect of your life. Interviews, presentations, etc. if you can sell yourself it goes a long way.


Shaun Rolph’s Climb to the Top

Name: Shaun Rolph
Year: 2016
Internship: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Pathways Internship Economic Intern
Major: International Political Economicsshuannn

How did you get this internship?

This internship was the product of hard work from two separate internships within my time here at Bryant. The first was a marketing analysis internship with Amica. This internship gave me the data software skills I would need to be marketable with the OCC, SAS and Tableau. Bryant University has a strength by cultivating their relationships with local companies to give opportunities to students like me. This is the development of human capital not just through education but real important experience. Amica gave me that.

The second was actually through The Washington Center program. I became an economic research and policy intern with the American Trucking Association in DC. This internship and program immersed me in the culture and politics of DC through panels, volunteering, interviews, and even educational classes. This gave me an edge through the knowledge of the inner working of DC politics. The combination of the two internships made me a prime candidate for my future internship with OCC of the Treasury Department. This would have not been possible without Bryant resources. I will now get to research economic information to enforce policy and regulation on the financial sector of the U.S because of past opportunities.

What were your responsibilities at your internship?

From over 20 weekly reports for upper management at Amica showing customer data for marketing campaigns and AdHoc campaigns to researching and communicating with agencies such as DOT, DOE, and DOD to achieve policy and economic information for ATA, I had great responsibilities with both internships. I even had to create a massive Safety Expenditure Survey to analyze the market of the trucking industry and the cost made on safety. These responsibilities were instrumental to my future internship. These responsibilities were not making copies or getting coffee. They are real skills that can be transferable to my future internships or jobs.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

I have two separate memories. One is Old Rag Mountain in Virginia. A 3,200 foot mountain filled with bears and 1000 feet of climbing rock to reach the summit. I dragged my friend to the top and even ran into a few bears. While others went back down I took a picture and continued to climb, dragging my reluctant friend with me. It was seven hours of climbing and bouldering. I have been to the top of Mount Washington and the View at Old Rag was just as astounding.

My second was through TWC. I was able to talk with my Massachusetts senator, Ed Markey. I looked him directly in eyes and asked “please tell me why your top five campaign contributors are backing you?” He gave me a great honest response and I gained respect for a politician.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The most challenging part of both internships is sourced from one of my greatest faults. I am a U.S. Marine and have been in the high leadership role of training and managing 120 people in a combat environment. When coming back to civilian life, it is hard to take positions below that management level. Very quickly I had to adapt to these position. The Marines teach you there is no job below or above you. This is true and the most challenging moments I have are when I actually did get coffee for a meeting I was participating in when I used to order men/women to get me coffee. It is a daily struggle, but it keeps me humble and able to understand what kind of leader I want to be and how I treat everyone in an environment.

How will this further your career?


The future internship I am going to be completing during the summer is a perfect example of how these internships give you opportunities for careers you want. The OCC will give me the chance to research economic and policy to give information to change the financial sector of the world. This is my future. I want to use this internship as a next step in learning how I can use education and information to change the U.S economy for the better.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

Work to the bone. I have worked literally over 36 hours straight as a Marine. There will be lulls of energy and understanding within an internship but if you really want to achieve your dream you need to push yourself through it all. You need evaluate your state of mind and move beyond it. You can have all the skills and resources in the world, but no one will hire you if there is a lack of work ethic. It is the best quality you can have.

Internship Fellowship Recipients

During the summer of 2015, several Bryant students were awarded fellowships for their no-paying or low-paying internships.  The 2016 Internship Fellowship is now accepting applications through April 18, 2016.  The application can be found on Banner.  Learn a little bit about what each recipient was able to experience at their summer internships!

Kurt Deion
US Capitol Historical Society


“I didn’t waste a minute of my time in DC.  I spent my time reading historical documents, attending a dinner honoring the House Ways & Means Committee, revisiting Mount Vernon, and watching fireworks on the Fourth of July.”

Zach DiFranza

"Interning at Jebbit has been one of the most educational experiences of my life. A start-up flourishing with brilliant minds, each and every day at the office is filled with insights and strategies impossible to teach in a classroom. In a world dominated by corporate culture, my experience at Jebbit has certainly been unique, and I'm beyond enthused to continue working with Jebbit in an expanded role." Zach DiFranza Jebbit Campaign Strategist

“Interning at Jebbit has been one of the most educational experiences of my life. A start-up flourishing with brilliant minds, each and every day at the office is filled with insights and strategies impossible to teach in a classroom. In a world dominated by corporate culture, my experience at Jebbit has certainly been unique, and I’m beyond enthused to continue working with Jebbit in an expanded role.”

Rebecca Dannay


“With my summer at NESN with the Red Sox, I learned how to replay live highlight clips on live television. I was able to replay one of Big Papi’s home run count down to his 500th home run! NESN offered me a job for the Red Sox’s 2016 season!”

Brittany Lowry
AAA Northeast

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“With my summer at AAA Northeast, I learned how to have fun with my team and immerse myself in their company culture. I worked on their Business Intelligence team doing SPSS survey work as well as launch new products such as motorcycle coverage. I worked on data sets with over 20 million cases! Some of the lessons learned are invaluable compared to classroom work. I continued my internship into the Fall 2015 semester and am currently working there today.”

Ashley Cardona
La Fania


“Getting the opportunity to work for a small business with this scholarship was a blessing. The amount of hands on work I did and all that I learned about myself, my management style, and what kind of leader I am has helped me better focus on the career I want after Bryant. Thank you to the Amica center for this opportunity!”

Ian Collins
Save the Children

save children

“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.”