HR Spotlight: Katie Campbell

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Name: Katie Campbell

Year: 2016

Internship: Management Search

Major: Human Resource Management

How did you get this internship?

I met my boss Tony at Bryant when he came to speak at a Bryant SHRM meeting my freshman year. The president of SHRM at the time was interning with him and told me that she really liked the internship. After hearing him speak twice at SHRM meetings and learning a little bit more about recruiting, I knew I wanted to intern with him at Management Search.  So when I got back from studying abroad I reached out to him to see if he was still running his internship program. I was pleasantly surprised when he immediately responded saying he remembered me from SHRM and quickly followed up with a phone call to set up an interview.

What were your responsibilities at your internship?

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I actually interned at MSI for two semesters, the second semester of my junior year and first semester senior year. The great thing about this internship was that Tony tailored the internship experiences to what I wanted. My first semester at MSI I spent a lot of time learning about recruiting and all of the different steps in the process, this involved sitting in on meetings, doing research, helping out with job descriptions and even interviewing candidates. Once I became familiar with the process I was given more and more responsibility. During my second semester there were four other interns from Bryant at MSI as well. I was in charge of training them and helping them throughout the semester. I also led a project that all five of us worked on and then presented to the college relations board of the RI chapter of SHRM, which was a lot of fun. Most importantly, I worked with Tony on a recruiting project of my own. I was way more involved and got a ton of great experience actually making recruiting calls and working with clients.

What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

My favorite thing about working at MSI was the people. Everyone in the office welcomed me with open arms. They were incredibly supportive of me throughout my experience there, answering all of my questions and offering help even when I didn’t ask for it. I was so nervous on my first day, I had never really worked in an office before and I wasn’t sure how they were going to take to me, the new intern. When lunch came around I sat down with my new co-workers, and they quickly alleviated all of my fears (these lunches turned out to be one of the highlights of my day). The best part is that I know that I can still reach out to them at any time and they will be there to help me in any way that they can.

What was the most challenging part of your internship?

The most challenging part of my internship was definitely just the fact that my boss never let me settle. He gave me the time I needed to master a task and then he would push me on to conquer something new. Which was so great because it really got me out of my comfort zone and made me try new things, and I can definitely say that I learned a lot because of it.

How will this further your career?

As an HR major I am looking into recruiting as a possible career path and during the interviews I have been on so far, a lot of companies have been very impressed that I actually have some real recruiting experience. And even if I don’t choose to work at a recruiting firm, pretty much any HR job I get will require me to understand the importance of staffing and all of the steps that go into hiring a new employee. Another huge thing that I got out of this internship was leadership experience. Working with the other interns on the SHRM college relations project was difficult with all of our conflicting schedules, and this is something that I know I will face in my future and I am glad that I have this experience to guide me in the future.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

My best piece of advice for underclassmen would be to take advantage of your opportunity to get an internship. I learned so much more from getting this real-life experience than I could have in the classroom. You can also make so many great connections, and often times they will turn into a full-time offer!


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.


Alisheya’s Special Events Internship With Bryant

DSP_0473Name: Alisheya Luthman

Major/Minor: Double Concentration in Marketing and Sociology

Year: Senior

Company Interned For: Bryant University; Conferences and Special Events Office

Hometown: Worcester, MA

AC: What was it like interning for Bryant, rather than just being the typical student?

AL: SO DIFFERENT! Literally campus is SO different in the summer and what I was doing has completely changed my view of Bryant. I would see teachers around, but it’s nothing like the academic year. Hours are different, there’s no saying “hi!”to that random friend you run into, or anything like that. PLUS, the Fisher Center was closed for renovations, so there was no Dunks. I think what also made it really differant was the people who were on campus were now my guests and clients…not peers.  I wasn’t just hanging out at school; I had tasks, had to dress professionally, met with clients daily, and had to be able to handle situations every second of the day. I wasn’t in class, so when I wasn’t working, I was just getting ready for the next day. But working in the Conference Office is a 24/7 job! It gave me a new respect for Bryant, I can tell you that!

AC: How did you come across your internship?

AL: I was sitting in Salmo one day, and was reading something in the napkin holders about The Conference and Special Events office hiring for the Summer. I had wanted to do it the previous year, but because I was an orientation leader and was studying abroad, I didn’t have the chance. I applied that day. Best decision I ever made.

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AL: They always varied. Some days I would be doing signange for a conference, guest management, tackling a crises or two that came in. Others I would be working in the office taking care of tasks for upcoming conferences, like housing assigments or keys. At night I would be on duty and would handle lockouts/ various situations that arose in the middle of the night. Some days I was planning receptions, others I would be making sure a check-in for a conference was going smoothly. My phone was ringing all the time, because I would give my number to guests in case they needed anything. I wanted to give them the best experaince at Bryant, like Bryant has given me. Some days I would be going through over 400 keys that needed to get put away, or digging through our storage unit for something we needed! I handled A/V, logistics, food services, room assignements, etc…There is no normal day in event planning, ESPECIALLY in my office!

AC: Why do you think it was important to complete an internship?

AL: I think its important because it’s a.) experiance and b.) you never know how much you love or hate something until you do it and complete it. It’s like a class. You can try different classes out, sometimes you have to drop them because you don’t like it at all, but sometimes you just really love a class and can’t get enough of it.  I think its a similar feeling with an internship! The experiance too, because you learn so much. I was fortunate enough that my bosses asked me to continue my internship through the school year, and I never stop learning and experiancing. The event industry is crazy, so everyday is a new day for me! The more you learn, the better you are off in the future is how I feel!

AC: Any plans for after graduation?

AL: As of right now, I have nothing definitively lined up! However I have been in contact with a few places to be working with event management. Fingers crossed something works!

AC: How can other students learn about internships that take place in Bryant?Fisher_Center_dedication_664

AL: Ask people, read the marketing material and be active in your search. You cannot expect things to just happen. Networking on campus, about on-campus internships is the best thing you can do. I reguarly tell people about the conference office because it is such a unique positon and requires a passion and love for the industry and learning. There are emails that go out all the time. Or, just walk into an office that you have an interest in and ask! Asking never hurt anyone! A lot of students like to go home, but honestly, Bryant Offers just as unique of an experiance than I would have gotten anywhere else, plus the friends I have made are awesome!


Seth’s Experience With Rogers Corp

DSP_0169Name: Seth WeimerMajor/Minor: Double Concentration – Management & Finance Minor – Communications

Year: Senior

Company Interned For/Project Completed: Rogers Corporation/ Improve and develop budgeting and forecasting templates for the global business units

Hometown: Charlton, MA

 

 

AC: If you could sum up your internship in five words, what would they be?

SW: Drinking from a fire hose

AC: How did you come across your internship?

SW: I was at the career fair on campus, when I came across the recruiter for Rogers. We connected and had a great conversation about my career goals, and the company. A few days later I was offered an interview which turned into the position I took for the summer.

AC: What were your day-to-day activities?

SW: Day to day I worked a lot on the budgeting and forecasting templates. I had to come in and learn a whole new software package called Host Analytics. Then I was responsible for developing the templates for budgeting and forecasting that the global business unites would use,

AC: Are you maintaining a connection with your co-workers from your internship?

SW: I still maintain a great connection with my supervisor and some co-workers. My supervisor actually brought me back over winter break to help with the next steps in the budgeting process. I keep in touch through email with my supervisor and co-workers. I generally try to shoot them emails every few months with progress on what I am up to and seeing how the company is doing.

AC: Why do you think it was important to complete an internship?

SW: It gave me real world experience in a corporate environment. I was able to learn a brand new software in a few months and train controllers in various locations world wide. The internship gave me great talking points for interviews afterwards and helped me meet some great people within Rogers.

AC: Any plans for after graduation?

SW: I have secured a position with the asset management firm Blackrock to work on their Portfolio Compliance team. I am very excited to start and in a few years I am planing to get my MBA.

AC: Any advice for underclassmen?

SW: I can’t stress it enough try to get internships. Whether paid or unpaid get as many as you can, they make you stand out in interviews. They also show an employer that you have a good work ethic. Also make sure to build relationships with your connections. Don’t just keep in touch with people who can help you immediately, build long term relationships. These are key to success, connect with alumni and friends and help them as much as you can. Lastly just always look to give to someone else before you seek help from them.


Michael’s Hasbro Internship in Marketing

ImageName: Michael Walsh

Year: 2016

Major/Minor: Marketing / Global Supply Chain Management & Communications

Hometown: Cumberland, RI

Company Interned For: Hasbro Inc.

AC: What was your position and your duties on a day to day basis?

MW: My position was US Marketing Intern for the Boy’s division, the brands I was primarily involved with included the Beyblade, B-Daman, and KRE-O.  I also helped out on other brands such as Nerf, Marvel, and Transformers. My major day to day projects involved our word of mouth marketing campaigns but I also worked on various ad hoc projects relating to all marketing aspects of the various brands.

AC: What was your favorite part about working for Hasbro and what did you find most challenging?  How about one thing you will always remember?!

MW: My favorite part of working at Hasbro was seeing the impact of the work I had done. For example, I worked on a project that involved developing an ‘on package coupon’ that you could find at any Wal-Mart, Target, or Toys ‘R Us across the country.  The most challenging part was only having one year of college under my belt. I hadn’t even taken Marketing 201 yet so I did not have the same experience level of other interns and had a lot of ground to make up.  Fortunately, I worked with some great people who really taught me a lot and mentored me throughout the process.  In addition to the great people I worked with an experience I’ll never forget is when I went to my old 5th grade elementary school class and brought in free product for all the kids. Seeing how excited they were and how much fun they had with the toys made all the work that I did that summer even that more special.

AC: What is the Hasbro culture like? 

MW: The culture at Hasbro is great; it’s definitely something the company prides itself on and strives to maintain. They try to keep an innovative and fun vibe going every day. It wouldn’t be uncommon for me to be working and all of a sudden I’d be getting shot with a Nerf blaster.

AC: Which classes from Bryant helped you succeed throughout your internship?

MW:  I definitely took things I learned in all my classes and applied them during my internship but my Global Foundations of Business course benefited me the most. At Hasbro I was working with different groups of people every day, the skills and experience I developed while working with my GFOB team made this much easier.

AC:  How did you come across it?  We know Hasbro is a difficult place to get in the door with so how vital was networking for you?!

MW:  I actually first started working at Hasbro during the spring semester of my freshman year. Undergraduate internships are hard to find at Hasbro and sometimes can only by obtained through referrals. I was fortunate enough to know someone who worked at Hasbro who passed my resume along to human resources who brought me in for an interview.  While I had originally applied for a summer internship, they offered me a spring semester internship as a Global Marketing Intern for our Playskool brand and I jumped at the opportunity. At the end of that internship, I was interviewed for the position in US Marketing and have been with that group since.

AC: What advice do you have for undergraduate students looking to pursue an internship?  Also, is it possible for freshmen to get internships? hasbro-logo_1310575185

MW: Absolutely, every undergraduate student should try to get at least one internship. In an internship there are lots of things you learn that can’t be taught in the classroom. Also, I have found that experiences I have had during my internship have helped me understand things in class much better. If I’m trying to understand a concept I apply it to how it would work at Hasbro to help better understand. Although most freshmen don’t have an internship it’s definitely a possibility and something every freshmen should try to do. Unfortunately, many companies are looking for students who are Juniors or Seniors so to find internship opportunities you definitely need to utilize your network to help you get your foot in the door.


Amanda’s Marketing Internship With Covidien

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Name: Amanda Eardley

Graduation Year: 2015

Major: Marketing

Hometown: Mansfield, MA

Company Interned For: Covidien

AC: What are your day-to-day duties an intern? What made you a large enough asset this past summer that they asked you to stay through the fall?

AE: Many of my daily tasks as an intern involved assisting my team members on many of their current projects, including analyzing company culture, working with Employee Resource Groups, and communicating with potential candidates about open positions at Covidien. I also worked a lot on planning our company’s attendance at professional association conferences, which is one of the main reasons why I was asked to stay on with Covidien through the fall. We will be looking to recruit women engineers this October at the Society of Women Engineers conference in Baltimore, and Covidien has asked me to attend and help with their recruiting efforts-I’m so excited!

AC: How has Bryant prepared you for this internship? Did Amica help you find it? Which classes specifically set you up for success?

AE: The Amica Center’s workshop all about using LinkedIn is really helpful; I felt really prepared at my internship when one of our first assignments was to update and better utilize our LinkedIn profiles. Many of the concepts I learned in MGT200 were very instrumental to my success at my internship as well-because of this course, I already had background knowledge on many of the business concepts I was faced with on a daily basis.

AC: What was the biggest challenge you faced when you began your internship and how did you overcome it?

AE: One of the biggest challenges I faced when starting my internship was learning how to make decisions effectively without prior approval from my manager. In the beginning, I was very nervous that I would make a mistake, or respond to a situation one way when my manager would have done differently. With a lot of positive reinforcement from my manager and as I became more comfortable in my internship, I was able to gain the confidence to make important business decisions for my team on my own.

AC: Do you plan on staying in contact with them after this fall? If so, how are you going to stay connected?!

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AE: Absolutely! Covidien offers many great internships to students in many different fields, so there are always different opportunities to pursue within the organization. I’ve connected with many of my managers and co-workers on LinkedIn; this way I can stay up to date with any opportunities that they may have, as well as easily connect with them if I’m looking for a recommendation or have a question.

AC: That’s a great idea Amanda! Any advice for undergraduates looking to pursue an internship?!

AE: Start out your internship search by networking-ask friends, family and professors if they know of any internships that they may have a connection to that are in your field. And it never hurts to apply to internships that you may not be completely sold on, even if it’s just for the interview practice!

 

 


Mikayla’s Experience at Turner Broadcasting

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Name: Mikayla LaRosa

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Major/Minor: Communication/Film Studies & Business Administration

Company Interned For: Turner Broadcasting, Standards & Practices Department

Year: Senior

AC:  How did you hear about your internship?

ML: I found out about the internship directly on the Time Warner website, which owns Turner Broadcasting, and searched for positions that caught my interest amongst the hundreds posted. I applied to three different internships within Turner and got a call back on two of them. After two interviews, a phone and a skype interview, I was offered the position and accepted!

AC:  How did Bryant help in your preparation for your internship?

ML: While I have always known I wanted to pursue a career in media, Bryant has provided me the opportunities to grow through experience. I have been able to foster strong relationships with the Communication faculty, who have served as invaluable mentors. For example, Tom Zammerelli was instrumental in connecting me to the production house I interned at in Providence last summer, as well as insight and guidance during the interview process for Turner. Additionally, the Amica Center for Career Education helped me brush up on my Skype interviewing skills, as well as providing a quiet and professional space for my Skype interview.

turner_silver_tmAC:  What did you find most exciting working with Turner?  What did you find most challenging?

ML: The most exciting part about working at Turner was being a part of one of the world’s leading media organization and experiencing all the aspects that go into making TV happen. There are so many things going on behind the scenes a typical viewer would never realize, and after this internship, I definitely will never look at TV the same. With that, rewiring the way that I view or “consume” television was definitely one of my greatest challenges. When I tell people about my internship, it might sound like all I did was watch TV all day – but there was so much more too it, and it is much harder than it sounds. It so easy to get wrapped up in a story line and completely miss something! It took weeks to train myself to known what to pay attention too and master a description with professional and proper syntax.

AC:  If you could explain your internship in 9 words, what would they be?

ML: Tracking dialogue, language, sex, and violence across competitive networks.

AC:  Any advice for underclassmen looking to pursue an internship in the communication field?

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Interns across different departments

ML: First and foremost, follow your passion! I’ve known for a while I wanted to work in the media industry, so I applied to internships across a number of large media companies. Of course internships in the communication field, especially paid positions, are extremely competitive. At Turner, I was selected from a pool of over a thousand internship applicants. But that should not discourage you; preparation is the key! As an underclassman, I knew my general area of interest and researched the skills required for the positions I wanted, such as experience with various types of editing software and a demo reel of my recent work. For their, I began seeking out opportunities around Bryant and within my courses that would build my experience, which would eventually gave me an edge over my competition. You have to be willing to take risks, put yourself out there, and be confident in your abilities; if you have the right skills and the desire any employers will see that and want you a part of their company.