How to get ahead in your Career over Winter Break

With over a month off of homework, exams, and classes, Winter Break is the perfect time to move forward with your career path.  From searching for internships to editing your resume, there are so many things that every student can do to turn their career path in the right direction.  Here’s what you should be doing to steer yours this Winter Break!

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If you’re a freshman, you’ve still got plenty of time to build your resume with internships, experience, and more.  Jumpstart your career by checking these things off your to-do list this break:

  • Take a career assessment to clarify interests, skills and values as they relate to choosing a major and clarifying career goals.
  • Log onto Bryant Career Connection (BCC)your one stop connection to internships/jobs; employer connections, career events, connecting with a career coach and more.  Familiarize yourself with the website – you’ll be using it a lot over the years!
  • Plan to enroll in our career planning courses – CPC 101: “Exploring Major and Career Options” and CPC 201:Search Strategies for Internships, Jobs and Graduate School” – four-session not-for-credit courses offered every semester.


As a sophomore, you have the potential to find a great summer internship.  Make yourself more competitive in the market by doing these things over Winter Break:


Juniors are the perfect candidates for internships.  Time to get serious!  Here’s what you need to do:

  • Find an internship.  Regularly check the BCC for updates and make use of the career center guides and tools.
  • Start the graduate school advising process.
  • If you already have an internship, don’t slack off.  Take this time to make your LinkedIn profile more professional.  Use this advanced guide.


Make the most of your last Winter Break by following through with these steps:

  • Use the Recruiting Program connecting seniors and full-time graduate students to over 400 companies annually.
  • Continue the graduate school advising process.
  • Master your interview skills using Amica’s guides for just about any kind of interviews.


Regardless of year, there are some things every student should do this Winter Break to get ahead and stay ahead:

  • Register for and attend Bryant Connects, an opportunity to network with alum, learn about their career paths, and make valuable connections.
  • Remember that you can network anywhere, anytime!  Ask your family and friends from home about their careers, jobs, and connections.

Ross Stores Internship: Alli McCluskey

Name: Allison McCluskeyalli

Year: Senior

Internship: Ross Stores Buyer Internship

Major: Business Administration – Global Supply Chain Management and Marketing, Minor in Legal Studies

How did you get this internship?

I learned about the Ross Stores internship program through the Amica Center! College recruiters were present at the fall career fair in 2014, I talked with them at the career fair and gave them my resume. A week later I was notified that I had been selected for a first round interview that took place on campus at the Amica Center, I then went to Ross Stores buying office in New York City for the final round and was offered a spot in the internship program.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

As a buying intern I was in the buying office in NYC. I was placed in the home department and the buyer I reported to bought cotton sheets. At the beginning of my internship I had so much to learn about the product which at first I thought there couldn’t be much to cotton sheets. I had to learn about fabrics, thread counts, and what colors and prints were in style and were popular with the Ross customer. I was responsible for tracking and helping approve different samples of the actual product and the packaging from suppliers. I tracked orders from when they left the factory to when they got to Ross warehouses and then when they reached stores. I helped analyze and track the Item Sales Report that showed each SKU of the products in stores and how quickly they were turning, how much of the item was sold, and if items needed to be marked down at the end of the month. I was also responsible for actually putting through the orders, this was writing Purchase Orders.


Becoming a student of the business was important as well, some days were designated to shopping in New York City looking for new trends in color, fabrics, and prints. Other days we did store visits to Ross Stores in New Jersey and during these days we would visit our competitor’s stores such as T.J. Maxx, Marshall’s, Home Goods, Big Lots, and Burlington Coat Factory. Most days we would leave the office for a few hours to go to suppliers show rooms and office in the city and pick out new products to buy from them. Taking suppliers to lunch or dinner was also something I was able to attend throughout the summer as well! While there were certain things I was responsible for doing daily there was also little “day to day” at this job, every day was different!

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

It’s hard to pick just one of the amazing experiences I had during my internship. I was given the opportunity to have lunch with the CEO of the company, Barbara Rentler and a small group of other interns. As an intern it was such a great opportunity to listen to the CEO of the company’s insight on the company and the industry as well as her career advice for us. It was inspiring to me because Barbara Rentler is one of the few women who is a CEO of a fortune 500 company. I will never forget getting to meet her and the advice she shared with us.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The most challenging part of my internship was not having much of a background in retail. Many of the other interns were students at schools that offered fashion merchandising majors or classes that focused heavily on the business of retail.

How will this further your career?

The internship helped further my career because it helped me figure out exactly what I wanted to do after graduation. The experience showed me that working as a buyer is the right career for me and that I wanted to work in the fashion industry. I was offered a full time job as an Assistant Buyer at Ross and I will be going back upon graduation!

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

The Amica Center is a great resource for getting jobs and internships! Whether it’s talking with employers there or having your resume critiqued it will help you further your preparedness for interviews and networking. Even though the career fair seems like a daunting event to attend, do it! You never know what opportunity you might find there.

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?


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!

Dayo Owoyemi: Google Intern


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.

Bryant Students Take Public Relations

The Amica Career Center interviewed three Bryant communication majors about their summer internships in public relations.  Sophomore Veronica Watkins interned at Shadow PR in New York, NY, junior Shannon Foglia interned at CCA Global Partners & Carpet One in Manchester, NH, and senior Haley Jones interned at Nike Communications in New York, NY.


How did you get this internship?
VW: One of my dad’s employees recommended me for the position, I sent in my resume and then interviewed during winter break and got the job.
SF: Amy Weinstein showed me how to effectively use which was where I found this job listing.  I applied for the PR & Social Media Internship for CCA Global Partners and Carpet One Floor & Home, went through a couple interviews, and was offered the position!
HJ: I found the company website and applied online.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?
VW: My responsibilities consisted of putting together a pitch memo for their Buca di Beppo account. Buca di Beppo is an Italian restaurant chain.  This was basically a list of food bloggers, local newspapers and magazines that would possibly feature the client in a specific area. I also would do daily clips of clients when they were featured in magazines, newspapers or online sites.
SF: Two of my primary responsibilities included writing content for Carpet One’s social media accounts and interior design blog Beautiful Design Made Simple.  Other responsibilities included writing consumer facing press releases, digital magazine articles, and supporting the company’s cause-related programs.  Every day, I was able to attend and contribute to marketing meetings, communication meetings, and brainstorming sessions!  One of my favorite daily responsibilities was working closely with three other interns on a project to design a new initiative for the company.  We worked with Southern New Hampshire University to create a hands-on business class program sponsored by CCA Global Partners that is actually being used!
HJ: My daily responsibilities included helping the Account Executives in any way possible – creating media clips for our clients, making media lists, going to client breakfasts, inventory sample stock, deliver products to clients throughout NYC, and sitting in on client meetings.

What was your favorite memory at your internship?
VW: My favorite memory was when we held a photo shoot for babies dressed as celebrities in the office and I was able to help put together some of their outfits.  Other memories I had were being able to put together one of the biggest mailers in PR History. We put together 200 gift bags to celebrities to go to the opening of the Senor Frog’s in NYC – the first ever in New York and the states! It was such a big project but such an amazing learning experience. Putting together a mailer is a huge part of public relations and I could say I did at least one a week. I got to write notes to celebrities all the time which was so cool!
SF: I had so many great memories at my internship!  Many of them have to do with the many friends I made at CCA.  From spending time getting to know the CEO of the company to participating in Thursday yoga classes to enjoying the fact that every Friday is “Bring your Dog to Work Day,” it’s hard to pick just one favorite.  My favorite experience was when Frank Siller, the CEO of the Stephen Siller Foundation, came to speak to the interns.  Carpet One Floor & Home supports this organization.  He runs Building for America’s Bravest, an organization that builds smart homes for severely injured soldiers.  He was so inspiring, and I was honored to be able to design a digital magazine telling the stories of the soldiers who received smart homes.
HJ: My favorite part of my internship was actually going to client events. One of the clients that I was put on was Montblanc – I was able to attend their press preview for the new collection. There, I was able to see key media outlet representatives ‘walk through’ the showroom, sample the new pieces, talk to Montblanc personnel and our PR team. It was cool to see how the press goes about picking pieces that they want to feature in their magazines / newspapers.

What was the most challenging part about your internship?
VW: The most challenging part was trying to figure out my tasks without asking too many questions. I never wanted to keep asking people what to do because everyone was super busy. Interpreting exactly what someone wanted was a difficult challenge.  I also had to overcome navigating Manhattan. I was sent all over the city and sometimes I really didn’t know where I was going but I had to figure it out to get the task done. Working with others was also a huge part of my job. Some of the other interns did not take everything seriously or really care about learning and building their career. Working with them was a learning experience because I had to be patient and sometimes do more of the work when we were given a project.
SF: The most challenging part of my internship was learning so much about the company.  CCA Global Partners is a cooperative – an uncommon business structure.  There are fourteen cooperatives within it, and it took me and the other interns a few weeks to fully understand the scope of CCA’s businesses and activities.
HJ: The most challenging part of the internship was working a full day (I really like to nap). Ha, but work wise, everyone that I worked for preferred their media clips a specific way. I spent a lot of time in the beginning of the internship re-clipping articles because I couldn’t keep track of who wanted what.

How will this further your career?
VW: This internship will help me further my career because I learned so much about the PR world. I now know the major websites firms use to find information about their clients as well as how to write a pitch. I also learned how to work in an office.
SF: This internship taught me so much about public relations, communications, and working in the “real world.”  It taught me the importance of company culture and loving who you work with!  After having participated in this internship, I have the experience to apply for more positions and the confidence to get them!
HJ: This internship solidified that I DO want to continue a career in Public Relations. It is a known PR agency with a reputable Internship program, so I am confident that it will help me have a leg up when it comes time to look for jobs.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?
VW: I would tell underclassmen to 100% find some sort of internship. You learn so much and it helps you decide if you think that career path is right for you. Also working in a office is similar in a lot of places so it’s something most people are going to need to learn. It is a great experience and really helps you prepare for the real world.
SF: Pay attention to company culture and environment!  I enjoyed every single day I spent at CCA Global Partners.  Being happy and enjoying your workplace is a reasonable and important goal!
HJ: The best advice I have for underclassman is to get to know a few people really well (when working). Bryant stresses the need to network, which IS great, but I think that you will get further if you know a few people really well – people that can vouch for you and actually talk about your work ethic. Knowing a lot of people in an industry is good, but usually it’s surface level connections. Knowing a few people really well could further your career a lot more!

Kurt Deion and Hands-On History

At only seven years old, Bryant senior Kurt Deion knew what his passion was – American presidential history.  Since then, Kurt has spent the last 13 years turning his passion into his pursuit of learning with what he calls “Hands-on History.”

“It’s one thing to learn about things and places in books,” said Kurt.  “But actually experiencing it is a totally different way of learning.”

Breaking a Record

Kurt found his love for presidential history in the second grade while reading a book about the presidents.  As his interest grew, he learned about Brian Lamb, the founder of C-SPAN, who had visited the grave sites of every U.S. president.  Inspired by Lamb and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith, Kurt asked his father, “could we do that too?”  His answer was yes.

Fast forward to 2012, and Kurt paid his respects to President Lyndon B. Johnson, his last grave site, to achieve his goal.  Only two years later, he accomplished the same, but for vice presidents.  As far as anyone knows, Kurt is the only person to have visited all of the grave sites of every U.S. president and vice president.


Kurt with President George Washington’s grave in 2015

“I really like to focus on the presidents’ personal lives,” said Kurt.  “I like to find things out about why they got elected to office.  How were they different from us?  How were they similar to us? Who was down to earth?  Who didn’t let the presidency change them?”

Not only does Kurt visit commanders-in-chief, but he’s also visited many other notables.  From Louisa May Alcott to Chris Farley, Kurt’s had his hands on a fair share of American history.  Some of the most interesting grave sites he’s visited include:

  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Al Capone
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Louis Armstrong
  • Clara Barton
  • John Wilkes Booth
  • Henry Ford
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Curly Howard of the Three Stooges
  • Elvis Presley
  • Paul Revere
  • Babe Ruth
  • The Boston Massacre Victims
  • And many more.

“I view this as a lifelong journey,” said Kurt. “If anybody notable is nearby, I’ll go to them.”

Kurt has credited the support of his parents as a reason for his success at accomplishing his goal.  Now, he works on getting the signers of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence as well as the Supreme Court Justices.


Kurt with Nelson Rockefeller’s grave

With almost 400 grave sites under his belt, Kurt is most proud of accessing Nelson Rockefeller’s.  Nicknamed the “Holy Grail” to grave sites, Kurt and his father were able to find the former vice president’s grave site by pure chance.  A tree had fallen, crushing a fence that hid his grave.  This is what differentiates Kurt as the only person to have been to every single presidential and vice presidential grave site.  In fact, his inspiration Brian Lamb is missing only this site.  Kurt’s father also skipped out on Vice President Henry Wilson’s grave, again making Kurt the only one to see them all.

Meeting the Press…and the Presidents

After trying to contact C-SPAN a few times in the past five years, Kurt was finally able to get in touch with Brian Lamb, the host of Q&A on C-SPAN and his inspiration, this summer.  He set up a meeting with Lamb and within minutes, Lamb decided he had to interview Kurt on the show.  Not only was Kurt able to meet his inspiration, but he was also able to be interviewed on television by him.  Lamb has also interviews people like George W. Bush and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.


Kurt on the set of C-SPAN with Brian Lamb

Lamb had read Kurt’s stories and been on his website.  He was fascinated by how Kurt managed to get to Nelson Rockefeller’s grave.

“Being interviewed by him kind of brought everything full circle,” said Kurt.  “He was my inspiration.”

After his first television interview, Kurt said it was nerve wracking, but viewers noticed only his confidence and passion for what he does.  The set was small, the cameras were on, and there weren’t any re-dos.

C-SPAN was not the first to cover Kurt’s stories.  He has also been featured on ABC 6, WPRI, the Cranston Herald, the Brown Daily Herald, the Brown Alumni Magazine, and the Providence Journal.  Not only has Kurt had the opportunity to meet some press, but he’s also had the opportunity to meet some presidents.

In 2005, Kurt was able to meet Bill Clinton at Brown University.  Years later, he met Hillary Clinton at a book signing and made sure to hand over two business cards – one for her and one for Bill.  In 2013, Kurt traveled to Georgia to meet President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn.  He attended a Sunday School class taught by the former president himself and was able to smile for some photos.  Over the years, Kurt has met other famous government officials including the House Ways and Means Committee Chair Paul Ryan over the summer and former senator Chris Dodd at the Machtley’s.


Kurt with President Bill Clinton in 2005


Kurt and his father with President Carter and his wife in 2013

While meeting these people is always exciting for Kurt, his favorite person to meet was James Leavelle, a homicide detective from Texas who was escorting Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK’s killer, when he was killed by Jack Ruby.  He is known for being in one of history’s most infamous photos.  Fascinated by Leavelle, Kurt asked to meet up with him and the 91-year-old Texan agreed.  They spent hours together talking, and Kurt got him to agree to recreate the photo together.


The photo pokes fun at a Florida law that banned super soakers from being carried.  Kurt and his father are hoping to pursue a television series called Scofflaws in which they will satirize different laws, rules, and regulations that are ridiculous.

Passion to Career

Kurt’s love and knowledge of presidents and history got him an internship with the U.S. Capitol Historical Society through the Amica Career Center’s connections with the Washington Center.  He worked as an intern whose main duty was to research content ideas for the 2018 Fact-a-Day calendar.

Kurt made sure he didn’t waste a minute of his time in D.C. He spent a lot of time working in the library of congress, read through letters written by Thomas Jefferson, attended a dinner to honor the House Ways and Means Committee, went back to sites like Mount Vernon, and watched fireworks over the Washington monument on the Fourth of July.


Looking into the future, Kurt hopes to be the director or curator at a notable historic site, presidential museum, or library.  For now, he wants to continue with his historical research and attend graduate school.

For more information on Kurt and his pursuits, visit his website:

Written by Shannon Foglia

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