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.

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vineyard vines: Alexa Benk’s Dream Internship

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Name: Alexa Benk

Year: 2016logo2

Major: Applied Psychology & Entrepreneurship

Internship: Wholesale Intern at vineyard vines

How did you get this internship?

I got this internship by applying online. A few months after I applied I received a phone interview and then an offer. Throughout the application process I took full advantage of the Amica Career Center. Amy Weinstein was a great resource and helped me edit my resume, cover letter, and internship questionnaire.

What were your daily responsibilities at your internship?

My daily responsibilities varied each day. Each person in the Wholesale Department involved me in their tasks and taught me valuable information. I created Buy sheets, Hot sheets, prospect lists, OTS packets, and a master list of all of our buyers. I helped the team prep for and even attended MRket show to show off the upcoming collection to buyers in NYC and shadowed all of the territory reps for a day. I also attended numerous meetings and line reviews. Throughout the internship there was an intern group project. This project was very intensive and challenging. My group’s task was to create an extension of the Fall 2016 Performance Line. Before even designing the clothing, we had to do a lot of research on our competitors, trends, pricing, fabric technologies, etc. I worked on the project each day while juggling other tasks within my department. There was never one time in which I had nothing to do, I was always very busy and I enjoyed that.

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What was your favorite memory/experience at your internship?

I had many amazing memories/experiences at vineyard vines! Some of my favorite memories was having lunch with Shep and Ian, the founders, on the first day, having unlimited access to free coffee and healthy snacks daily, Ice Cream Truck Wednesday, Bagel Friday, the company golf chipping contest, the employee discount, and the presenting our group project in front of the entire company. I also enjoyed vineyard vine’s company culture and the people that worked there. The people I met were very friendly, sharp, helpful, and innovative.

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What was the most challenging part about your internship?

The most challenging part of my internship was the commute. It took me about 1 to 2 hours to drive only 18 miles to work. Basically, my commute was roughly 2 to 4 hours of driving a day. I loved my internship so much that I was happy to make the long commute.

How will this further your career?

This will further my career because I would like to work in the business end (wholesale, marketing, finance, e-commerce) of the fashion industry upon graduation.

What is your best piece of advice for underclassmen?

My best piece of advice for underclassmen is to take full advantage of the Amica Career Center. The vineyard vines intern acceptance rate was 5% this past summer, and without the help of having my application reviewed and edited I may not have been given the opportunity to intern there.


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.


Mikayla’s Experience at Turner Broadcasting

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Having fun at Cartoon Network

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.


Karmaloop’s Bryant Intern: Abigail Adjei

Myself and other Bryant students as new members of NEW

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.