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.


James’ EMC Finance Internship

CaptureName: James Mandeville

Year: Senior

Major/Minor: Finance/Economics

Hometown: Marshfield, MA

Company Interned For: EMC2 Corporation

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

JM: This summer I worked as an FTP (Financial Training Program) Intern. I worked within the Corporate Accounting and Reporting team. A cool part of the job was that I didn’t have the same “day to day duties”-each day was different. However, on a monthly basis, I prepared account reconciliations, processed intercompany invoices, assigned owners to different balance sheet accounts, assisted in the preparation of SEC filings, and assured that the company was complying with PwC and SOX regulations.

AC: What was your favorite part about your internship and what did you find most challenging?

JM: Deciding what my favorite part of my internship was is very difficult, there was so much that I enjoyed. I enjoyed the people I worked with, the trust that mangers had in all their employees including myself, and the open communication between everyone, no matter their level of management. The most challenging part of my internship was getting current employees to listen to the new process changes that I, as an Intern, was implementing.

AC: What was EMC’s culture?

JM: The culture at EMC is awesome, everyone gets along, and there is constant encouragement and recognition for everything. When working at EMC, you feel the connection between everyone and we all worked very well together.

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

JM: To be honest, just about all of my business classes that I have taken helped me through my internship, from BUS101-BUS400. However, specifically Financial and Managerial accounting helped a lot. As well as Investments, Forecasting, Money and Banking and Intermediate Microeconomics

AC:  How did you come across this opportunity?

JM: Back in September of my Junior year, I was on the BCC and submitted my resume to as many places as possible. Fortunately, I submitted my resume to EMC and was then given an on campus interview. Following that, I went to Hopkinton, MA for a final round interview which consisted of four back to back interviews with four different managers. A few days later, I got an offer!

AC: Lastly, what advice do you have for undergraduate students looking to pursue an internship?

JM: Start looking early!!!! Reach out to as many connections you may have as possible, network with everyone you come across and really know how to sell yourself. Don’t be discouraged if you do not get your first choice or your first interview, keep trying and eventually everything will work out.

Karmaloop’s Bryant Intern: Abigail Adjei

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Myself and other Bryant students as new members of NEW (I’m the one holding the sign!)

Name: Abigail Adjei
Major/Minor: Management/ Sociology
Company Interned For: Karmaloop
Hometown: Accra, Ghana

AC: How do you believe Bryant has helped you throughout your internship?

AA: At Bryant, I continue to have the opportunity to learn various aspects of business that I can relate to real life situations in a business environment. This knowledge definitely helps me out in interviews and also while I’m on the job. It is one thing to learn a concept in a textbook, but you cannot completely grasp and understand how to utilize it until you are challenged to utilize it in real world situations.  I also have great professors who have helped me realize great opportunities I never knew existed. I am currently enrolled in Management475 Women and Leadership with Professor Lori Coakley. Through this class I was able to join the Network of Executive Women and I currently have a great mentor from Coca Cola! Networking opportunities like these are helping me create SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) career goals and recognize different companies I might want to work for after college.

AC: How did you learn about your internship? 

AA: I always had interests in learning about how different business functions in the fashion industry operate as well as what makes them unique. Judy Clare, Director of the Amica Center, put together Bryant’s first business fashion tour in New York City for students who were interested in fashion during my sophomore year at Bryant. This trip facilitated in exposing me to the business aspect of the fashion industry as well as different avenues through which I could find fashion internships for business students like myself.

AC: What attracted you to this company?

AA: In the summer of 2011, I had the opportunity of working with a high fashion designer who specialized in creating haute couture designs. This past summer I made a switch from high fashion to streetwear and got the opportunity to work as a Marketing intern for Karmaloop – one of the largest global online street wear boutiques. Personally when I’m working for a company, it is important for me to have an established interest in the goals and aspirations of the company. This was the case with Karmaloop; they are an online site which provides affordable clothing to people in my age group and give up and coming designers the chance to be featured on their website. As a Ghanaian, this is definitely piqued my interest. Ghana, and the African continent in general, has amazing and incredibly diverse fashion that is so beautifully intertwined with the country’s rich history. I have a great respect for companies that allow Ghanaians to sell their clothes on an international platform and give the respective designers the required recognition.

AC: What were your day to day operations as an intern?karmaloop

AA: Every day at Karmaloop, I had an agenda of various projects and assignments. These included, but were not limited to, negotiating advertising deals with international style bloggers, developing marketing strategies to optimize strategies with the head of the marketing department,  researching new brands, writing articles for Kamaloop’s blog, and assisting on photo-shoots.

AC: What were some challenges you faced in your internship and how did you overcome them?

AA: One of the challenges I faced during my internship at Karmaloop was getting the courage to let the head of my department know about my desire to expand my knowledge of the company and the online fashion industry by working with different department heads. It took a lot of courage, but I got some great advice from my mentor in the Marketing Department and reached out to the head of HR and the head of Marketing at Karmaloop and made my desire to work on different projects known to them.

AC: In looking into your future, do you think interning has helped you with your career development?

CaptureInterning has definitely helped put together what I believe are great starting blocks to my career development. One thing I will always carry with me from my internship opportunities is the fact that, just because an internship does not turn out to be what you expected does not mean you wasted your time working in that industry. With every internship position I’ve held, I leave knowing what I liked about the internship and what I did not like. Internships have helped hone in on different business functions, such as Supply Chain Management and Marketing, which are areas I never thought I would be interested in.

AC: Any advice for underclassmen who are majoring in management?

AA: Regardless of what your major is, explore other functions of business. College is your chance to take risks and try different opportunities. Regardless of what your internship experience is, learn vital lessons from it and put these lessons in your ‘tool box’ when applying for your next internship.