HR Spotlight: Katie Campbell

Catherine Campbell

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!

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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.


Kelsey Irene DiCarlo’s Benjamin Moore Analyst Internship

k @ benjamin3Name: Kelsey Irene DiCarlo

Major/Minor: Major: Actuarial Science, Minors: Business Administration, Italian

Year: Senior May 2014

Company Interned For: Benjamin Moore Paints

Hometown: Thiells, New York

 

AC:  What were your day-to-day duties as an intern?

KID: I was a Procurement Analyst Intern at the global Headquarters of Benjamin Moore Paints for two consecutive summers (2012 & 2013). My time there was not spent solely focused on just one duty. I was an intern in the Procurement department, but I also worked closely with the Accounting and Finance departments. An average day involved lots of excel data entry and building my own spreadsheets. Benjamin Moore appointed a new CEO during my time there, and even on an intern level I felt the changes in company atmosphere. Also, Benjamin Moore closed down one of its major manufacturing facilities in North America while I was interning, and a lot of my day-to-day tasks involved informing raw material suppliers at hundreds of companies of this change, and that they should freeze all further shipments to that site. Benjamin Moore emphasized having its interns take on assignments that will impact the future development of the company.

 

AC:  What role did Amica, your professors, or other campus resources play in obtaining this internship?Decorations

KID: I found, applied, and interviewed for this position on my own search. I had also been applying to internships on the BCC, but had some difficulty finding posted positions which would allow me to live at home during the summer. The BCC is an invaluable resource for Bryant students, but I feel it is also important to seek out opportunities independently. If I had limited my search solely to the BCC, I would not have been able to obtain one of my most prominent professional positions! That being said, The Amica Center was still undoubtedly an asset in preparing me for this internship. I had attended workshops on interviewing hosted by Amica. I had my resume and cover letters critiqued numerous times by their staff as well. My freshman year, I had the fortune of meeting Judy Clare, director of the Amica center, and she has been an excellent mentor to me since. The Amica center is a fantastic resource for students no matter where they are trying to seek professional opportunities, because they provide the knowledge students need to adapt to a professional setting.

 

AC:  What was your favorite memory?  Did you make any mistakes during your internship?

KID: My favorite memory came at the end of my first summer interning at Benjamin Moore. My last day was the day after my birthday, so I had a weekend of celebrating and enjoying the last few weeks of summer 2012 ahead of me before flying off to Florence, Italy to study abroad in the fall. The members of my department knew it was my birthday and threw me a joint birthday/last day party. I loved being surprised and being told how much of a help all of my work was that summer. The designer cupcakes they brought in tasted almost as good as the recognition felt. The members of my department also said that if I wanted to return the following summer, I certainly could.  I took them up on that offer!

One instance I had to learn from during my internship at Benjamin Moore was learning how to prepare reports the way that your supervisor wants them prepared, even if you do not have a template example. I had created tons of spreadsheets and documents while at Benjamin Moore, and I soon learned to have someone more knowledgeable look them over before submitting them to the head of the department. It’s important to be done early so a co-worker has time to do a peer review!

 

IDbadgeAC:  Are you maintaining a connection with your co-workers from your internship? If so, how?

KID: I have maintained a connection with my co-workers. One of my co-workers spoke Italian, and since I have both minored in Italian and studied abroad in Italy, we were able to form a bond over it. We exchanged several emails while I was abroad to keep in touch. I also realized that one of my co-workers birthdays is the day before mine, so I made a point of sending her a happy birthday email, even though I had already finished my second summer at Benjamin Moore, which ended the first week in August before our birthdays. I have also added nearly everyone I have worked with closely at Benjamin Moore on LinkedIn. This is the easiest way to keep yourself current in people’s minds, and maintain connections with professionals you may not be in contact with every day. Even if I do not return to Benjamin Moore again, I can say with confidence that I have multiple professional references from Benjamin Moore I can list as I continue developing my professional career.

 

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

KID: I think completing an internship is incredibly important. When applying for post grad positions, potential employers want to be assured that you know how to work in a professional setting, that the office atmosphere doesn’t intimidate you. Regardless of what type of work you are doing at your internship, the act of being reliable enough to show up every day and perform your basic duties speaks volumes about your priorities and work ethic, two very important skills to bring into a professional position. Being asked to return for a second summer is another huge selling point. Not only were you liked enough to be hired in the first place, but you excelled to the point that a company asked you to continue working with them. Potential post-grad employers know that if they hire you they’re going to have to interact with you every single day; are you someone they really want to see that often?  Having an internship is how you can prove to post-grad employers that you are ready to take on the demands of corporate world.

 


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.


Jessica’s ‘No Light Left Behind’ Fellowship

CaptureName: Jessica May Vickers

Major/Minor: Environmental Science/Management

Graduation Year: 2014

Hometown: Montrose, Colorado

AC: How did you collaborate with Professor Langlois, and eventually have the opportunity to complete this fellowship?

JV: Dr.Gaytha Langlois played an instrumental role in securing my nomination from Bryant University for a Clean Energy Solutions Fellowship from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Without Dr. Gaytha Langlois’s involvement and passion, I can honestly say this opportunity would have never been possible.

Initially, Dr. Langlois sent an email with a short description of the fellowship and link to all biology and environmental science majors and minors. I expressed interest in pursuing the application process. We collaborated on proposal ideas in a brainstorming session by discussing the various items of the proposal process including short and long term goals, purpose of the project, and participation and support. She provided innovative and thought provoking suggestions to increase the effectiveness of the proposal. As my faculty advisor, we will continue to collaborate and work together in the hopes of facilitating the installation of solar panels in Bryant University’s outdoor lamp posts. The campus ecology fellowship is an ongoing fifteen month process which began on May 15th 2013.

AC:  How does a fellowship differ from an internship?

JV: Fellowships and internships have slight differences. Typically, fellowships are research and project related. Students may be paid a stipend or grant for completion of their project. Students have much autonomy to work on their projects and can work remotely with the organization-checking in through conference calls, emails, and updated reports. Fellowships give students added experience in their field of interest or passion. Through a fellowship, fellows have time to hone their abilities, develop a community based initiative, and have an opportunity to pursue a field of interest.

In contrast, an internship is an opportunity to work within a business or organization that you would otherwise need a degree to hold a position in. Internships offer students an opportunity to develop practical, marketable experience in their field that integrates practice with theory. Internships help students identify their career goals and discover the realities of the job market.

Both internships and fellowships furnish students with positive attributes for their future job search. Individuals with either experience gain an opportunity to connect with professionals working in their fields of interest.l

AC:  We love the idea behind “No Light Left Behind” but we don’t know too much about it!  Can you explain what this project is and how you came up with it?

JV: The idea behind “No Light Left Behind” originated from my passion for renewable energy sources and sustainability. After reading the project focus areas of the clean energy fellowship which include: coordinating campaign activities to demonstrate support for renewable energy projects or policies, solar energy, geothermal, and transit or cleaner fleets, the idea of using solar power to increase renewable energy stood out. Walking around Bryant University, I noticed the sheer number of outdoor lights all of which could be powered by small solar photovoltaic units placed on top of the lampposts. The name of “No Light Left Behind”, was devised from viewing these lights every day and thinking of a better way to power the Bryant community.

The project involves numerous components over the fifteen month period. This project will encompass the installation of small photovoltaic panels on top of all lamp posts on Bryant University’s campus. This project represents a visible manifestation of Bryant University’s commitment to the sustainability plan and provides a wonderful opportunity for the university to gain positive publicity. In order to ensure project completion and successfulness, the project will undergo multiple phases all of which will need support and help from the Bryant community. Activities include: increasing awareness, conducting site assessments of lampposts, a cost benefit analysis to prove feasibility, contacting local suppliers, establishing relationships, contacting experts, event publication, and implementation of photovoltaic solar panels.

The following Gantt Chart outlines the project process:

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AC:  One of the most important resources a leader can have in today’s business world is “support”.  How can the Bryant community support you in this fellowship?

JV: I could not agree more with your statement. Bryant community’s support will prove pivotal in the project process. Having support from the Bryant University Department of Science and Technology has helped initiate the project process. Many thanks go to Professors Langlois and McNally for providing me with letters of recommendation for the clean energy solutions fellowship. The Department of Science and Technology will further help by providing the most up to date information on green, sustainable technologies and policy making strategies. I will communicate with the facilities department in the hopes of them providing important information regarding the installation, maintenance, and establishment of Bryant University’s outdoor light fixtures. I will seek information from Professors in the College of Business for knowledge on cost accounting and financial planning. The Office of Business Affairs has also shown support for this project.

Influential organizations such as Bryant University’s Sustainability Committee and Scientific Community Initiative have already shown support of this project by providing  letters of nomination. My eventual cost analysis/feasibility report will be presented to the sustainability committee. For any students passionate about science, renewable energy, or just have a general interest in the project are free to contact me via email: jvickers@bryant.edu. If any individuals have any further ideas to increase project effectiveness they should not hesitate to reach out to me for collaboration.

AC:  What is your favorite aspect of this project?  What is most challenging?

JV: My favorite aspect of this project involves bringing in the greater Bryant community. I love that I will have the opportunity to collaborate with individuals working in all positions in the university. I believe each individual I collaborate with has a unique and valuable perspective on this project process. I hope to integrate all of these ideas into a synthesized whole. The most challenging part of the process will be collecting all of the information in the time frame allotted whilst studying for classes, playing on the tennis team, and other various activities.

AC:  What, at Bryant, has prepared you the most for this fellowship?

JV: Without a doubt, Bryant University has helped prepared me for this fellowship. Various classes in my major such as green technology for sustainability, environmental policy for decision making, physics, and chemistry have pushed me to think outside of the box and come up with creative solutions to problems. Professors Gaytha Langlois, Dan McNally, Christopher Reid and Brian Blais have always supported all my endeavors, helped me when I needed guidance most, and shown a passion for learning which is contagious. Working as a laboratory research assistant in the Laboratory for Terrestrial Environments for the past two years under Professors Hong Yang and Qin Leng has expanded my scientific knowledge beyond what I ever thought possible. Professor Qin Leng further advised me on establishing a herbarium at Bryant University similar to the project process for, “No Light Left Behind”.

Professor James Segovis prepared me for this fellowship by cultivating my management skills and his Management 200 class influenced my decision to pursue a minor in business management. He effectively taught me how to enjoyably work on teams with others. Working with Professor Hasseler on a publication on the educational uses of blogging has also helped prepare me by allowing me to strategize the best ways of presenting information. Playing on the women’s tennis team under head Coach Barbara Cilli, has greatly helped develop my teamwork, focus, and communication. She has always been there with support and encouragement including this fellowship. Amy Weinstein from the Amica Center has always been there to lend a helping hand and is one of the most enthusiastic and happy people I know. She has provided many resources catering to increasing awareness of this project. The Amica Center has aided me in all of my efforts. I would like to thank all who have shown support and who have helped prepare me for this fellowship

AC:  Any advice for students in your major?

JV: For any student in my major, I can say that with hard work, commitment, and dedication, your goals are possible. Take advantage of every opportunity presented and cherish the value of our education that Bryant University has given us. From experience, it is obvious there is a need for more environmental science majors in the work environment. This major is growing and if you stick with it, the opportunities will be limitless.

AC:  Lastly, where do you see yourself in five years?

JV: I see myself graduating from Bryant University in May of 2014 and continuing on to graduate school for a master of science in environmental studies or sustainability management. I am unsure of where I will apply but am very excited for what the future holds!