Kathryn Sheldon '15; College for America

With graduation rapidly approaching, I was extremely interested in finding an internship with a growing company, especially one that may provide opportunities for the future. As a senior Psychology and Criminal Justice major at Saint Anselm College, I began my search in the fall, not entirely certain of which direction I was headed. I wanted to find something completely different from the internship experience I had first semester working for Hampshire House, a halfway house for convicted felons. Word of advice – take advantage of your connections! I am currently interning at College for America.Kathryn Sheldon Internship Photo

College for America is a non-profit college built specifically for working adults and their employers. College for America partners with employers nationwide to offer their employees a rigorous college degree program that is entirely online, affordable and self-paced. Students are expected to complete a series of competencies which demonstrates what they know and how they are able to actively problem solve. Students receive mastery on a competency once a reviewer has read over their work and sees that the student has demonstrated proficient knowledge in the subject matter. College for America offers both Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs.

I work most closely with the Associate’s students. I assist the coaching team who are the backbone and social support of the students, similar to a counselor or academic advisor at a traditional school. During the first half of my internship, I looked at reviewer feedback from various competencies that students had submitted and wrote a series of tip sheets to make coaches aware of common problem areas. In these cases, students had to submit their competencies multiple times before receiving mastery. The College for America coaching team has an amazing relationship with the students, viewing each individual as creative, resourceful, and whole.

I find my work extremely fulfilling. I am an active member of the coaching team and have worked on numerous tip sheets, edited videos for the student portal, and am about to start working on an ethnological report next week. Through working at College for America, I have been able to apply my social sciences background to higher education, promoting the growth and development of each and every one of our students. Internships are extremely beneficial because you are given a new found sense of independence and trust in the professional workforce. My supervisor trusts that I will complete the projects she gives me and to ask relevant questions when needed. I have learned so much over the past few months, and the knowledge I have gained is truly invaluable.

Lauren Puglisi '15; Palace Theatre

When I was younger all I wanted to be was an actress on television. Time and time again I would ask my parents if I could audition somewhere and I would get the same response where they told me to try theatre out before television. In eighth grade, I finally had the courage to try out for the school play, Snow White, where I got the part of the magic mirror. In high school, I wasn’t so lucky and it was then I realized I wouldn’t pursue it for a career. As a senior Business major and Communications minor, I landed an internship through Saint A' Internship Office at the Palace Theatre, I think how funny it is that two things I’ve always loved were coming together.Lauren Puglisi

At the Palace, I have had the opportunity to work in what everyone likes to call the “behind the scenes” and I don’t mean the crew of one of the theatre productions. I have had the chance to observe, learn and work in both the marketing and the development offices of the theatre. This being my second semester at the Palace, my bosses, Jen and Ashley have given me a great amount of experience to enter the business world. While at my internship, three days a week, I have worked on projects, sat in on meetings, wrote press releases and wrote-up posts for the Palace’s social media accounts. Interning at the Palace has definitely given me the chance to figure out and determine what I actually want to do after college as well as what atmosphere I would like to work in.

One of my favorite things about the Palace Theatre is how community involved it is. The Palace Theatre is a non-profit business and with the help of the community and sponsors, the historical Palace Theatre is able to put on the professional and presenting productions live as it has for 100 years now! This year marks the Palace Theatre’s 100th year which means everyone has been busy with the centennial celebration. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be learning on-the-job at the Palace Theatre and I couldn’t be more happy doing so with people who actually love what they do.

Sean Jenkins '15; UBS Financial Services

As many of my fellow students and interns have addressed in the past; it is imperative that as students we not only put effort into our studies, but also put an equal effort towards building our professional experiences and mindset. In my time at Saint A's I have worked hard to secure multiple internships over the summers, and was lucky to be selected to assume the intern responsibilities previously held by a former classmate of mine with a UBS Wealth Management team. No internship has been more fulfilling than my current position as I not only hold real responsibilities that contribute to the group's ongoing success, but I have been treated as an equal and have felt welcomed since day one.Sean Jenkins

Finance, Econ, and Business majors across the country and even the world compete for an internship like the one I currently have, and knowing that keeps me on my toes. UBS is the gold standard when it comes to wealth management and private banking services, and to have experience contributing to this global powerhouse is not only humbling, but also a catalyst that has opened many doors throughout my job search. Looking at college from a return on investment perspective, internships provide you with far more salary leverage and earnings potential in the first years of employment versus those who simply chose to go the easy route. I argue with classmates and family members that the degree you earn is worthless in this, good but very competitive, job market, unless you utilize your personal and school connections to find applicable real world experience. Fortunately I constantly reminded myself of the importance that out of class experience played in finding the job I wanted.

Landing the job that was right for me was my goal all senior year, and by working closely with my boss and coworkers on asset allocation, portfolio management, and specifically equity research, I was able to realize that I was meant to work in investment research. Shortly after I graduate I will relocate to Stamford, CT where I will be working as an analyst for a boutique research firm that specializes in independent institutional research and long/short strategies for hedge funds around the world. Where would I be if I hadn’t chosen to do internships? I don't know, but I do know that every student at an institution like Saint A's should be actively engaged in some off campus and out of class professional experience.

Pro Tip: You'll often learn more from internships than you will in your classes.  Visit the Academic Internship Office.

Colleen Tracy '15; Merchants Fleet Management

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question you hear from the time you’re 4 years old all the way up through college and even beyond. And, it’s a question I’ve always grappled with. What do I want to be when I grow up? Where do I envision myself? What can I do that would be meaningful? What can I contribute to an organization?internship photo-Colleen Tracy-2

Although I’ve never been exactly sure what I want to do after my college career, I’ve always known I want something in the business world. So, as I sat through my business classes and began to cross of economics, accounting, and statistics I began to worry. All these important areas of the business world weren’t of great interest to me. What was I going to do? Was business really not for me? Determined I would find the area of business suited for me I continued to chug along and before I knew it I found my niche. While sitting in my Human Resource Management class everything seemed to click. There was the logical side yet the creative side, there was the human interaction yet the independent work, and there was the common sense component yet the problem solving. What could I be missing? The only thing I could think of was the real life experience. Confident that I would love every bit of working in HR I launched into finding an internship.

At the end of last semester I stumbled upon an internship at Merchants Fleet Management in their Human Resources Department. Merchants is a family owned company that provides customized, total fleet management and leasing solutions for business and government agencies. Seeing as how I never knew there were companies as such out there, I quickly read up on fleet management and leasing. The philosophy and goals of the company were extremely interesting to me so I applied and ended up getting the position.

Over the last two and half months I have quickly been exposed to various components of the company. I have learned that Merchants is dedicated to both their clients and their employees. I have been incorporated into the company by attending their New Hire Orientation, Benefits Orientation, Onboarding Presentations, and DiSC Training. Additionally, I have gained responsibilities throughout my time at Merchants as my work load has increased. Some of the projects I have worked on or are currently working on are: the Employee Handbook, TN Visa research, 2014 Affirmative Action Plan, a Manager Training Guide, and creating an Employee Value Proposition. Between a steady workload and sitting among some of the Executive Team members I have developed skills that are incredibly transferable and useful.

By gaining HR knowledge and various skills at Merchants I have been reassured that Human Resources is in fact where I belong. Sprinkled in between the everyday work there is something new and challenging every day. I could not be more appreciative for all that I have already learned at Merchants, and I look forward to seeing what new challenges are going to be thrown my way during my remaining time as an intern.

Hoang Bui '16; Discovery Patterns

How long can be an internship? 4 weeks? 6 weeks? 3 months? 6 months? For me, I started my internship last spring, in February, and plan to finish my internship this May when I graduate. That means: my internship lasts for 1 year and 3 months.Bui, Hoang, Internship-2

You might raise your eye brows and argue that such a long internship might not be beneficial. From my own experience, I have found that a long internship has more benefits than one might have thought. Here are just some bullet points that I have on top of my head:

  • Diverse roles in an internship: When I first started my internship at Discovery Patterns, I acted as an analyst of the firm – helping with discovering business trends for different companies. I was analyzing different business trends in sectors such as healthcare, finance, agriculture, and technology. Today, I am in charge of not only analyzing new trends but also of publishing the trends, supervising the machine-learning process of our engine, and even building one of our machines. My initial analyst role was upgraded to a whole new level after a year of interning at Discovery Patterns. That means: you learn a lot more.
  • Better skills: Not only have I been tasked at different roles at Discovery Patterns, I have also been able to improve my skills vastly. For instance, when I started my internship, I had trouble coming up with a big picture from looking at all the data that the company provided. Now, I feel a lot more comfortable and confident in dealing with big bunches of data. Now, with a quick look, I can tell you how the business trends in healthcare have changed over the past week, past month, or even the past year.
  • Deeper understanding of the company: As Discovery Patterns is a small company; it is not difficult to understand the company structure. However, after one year of interning at Discovery Patterns, I have learned a few things that a short-spanned internship would not provide me with normally. For instance, I have witnessed several projects of the company that were initiated in line with the long-term goals of the company. This taught me how to think strategically.
  • Deeper relationship: I have been able to build a deep relationship with my supervisor James Andrus – also the President at Discovery Patterns. In fact, I am expecting a book written by Jim about his experience building his own company, and a small portion of which, as he said, would feature his encounter with me. Jim also helped me with my letters of recommendation when I applied for my graduate schools. Jim told me that he included several pieces of my work, which he deemed to show a high level of ability, in the letters of recommendation. In fact, I could not think of anybody more qualified to write the letters of recommendation for me.

Of course, I would encourage everybody to get as many internship experiences as possible. For my case, before Discovery Patterns, I interned at a marketing firm and a law firm. These experience have taught me that I am better suited in an analyst position like that at Discovery Patterns. I was lucky when I found out about Discovery Patterns and decided to stick with the firm. If you haven’t found the internship that you really like, do not be discouraged, come talk to anybody in the Academic Internship Office at Saint Anselm College!

Jeffrey Lessard '15: iHeart Dining

I am an English major and Spanish minor at Saint Anselm College. As a senior, swiftly approaching the day when a diploma reaches the grasp of my hands, the question “What do you want to do after you graduate?” haunts me day and night. I figured the most important thing to do once I take my final steps off of the hilltop is to pursue something I truly enjoy doing. There’s no reason to endure four years of hard work to jump into a career that is uninteresting. From the young age of fifteen I have worked in a restaurant; working as a bus boy, to a server and now tending bar I have experienced the restaurant business through good times and bad. When an internship opportunity opened at iHeartDining I immediately took advantage of my background and landed a position as one of their content writers.

I have been interning at iHeartDining for a few semesters now and have been a strong asset to their team. Daryl Eames, the owner and my supervisor, has been guiding me in the right direction for the past year and a half. iHeartDining is a marketing company that helps restaurant-loving people find great eateries from a source that this generation knows best: the internet. Their capitalization of social media among the New Hampshire populous has sparked a unique flare among the outgoing individuals who enjoy a delicious meal. Since there are so many people marketing on their own terms, iHeartDining uses social medias such as Facebook or Twitter to enlighten the people of New Hampshire of some of the interesting restaurants in the Granite State. iHeartDining designs a dining package for all restaurant clients that they have brought aboard, to ensure their patrons are getting their utmost value. These dining packages are designed to help people save money and increase revenue for the restaurants, since the more hungry mouths that walk through the door the better! Members of iHeartDining (one can register within two minutes, free of charge) are eligible to purchase any dining package from any of their favorite restaurants; while five percent of all acquired money from these packages are allotted to a charity of that member’s choice. iHeartDining is revolutionizing how restaurants market in an innovative and affordable way.

Over the course of the semester I have visited restaurants from cities all over the state including Manchester, Bedford, Portsmouth, and Concord. I am responsible for the writing, editing and publishing of many blog entries and articles that are seen on the iHeartDining website. These articles help exemplify the dynamics behind some of these revolutionary restaurants, the compelling owners that have built it from the ground up, and the meticulously crafted entrees that give their restaurant the signature appraisal they deserve. Some of my stories go so far in depth as to the unique story of some of these owners and how their journey to the restaurant business, or even the United States, has been the primary reason behind some of the passion they deliver to their clientele. My articles are either about the history behind some of these restaurants or food reviews for the current clients (restaurants) of iHeartDining. Recently, Daryl has shifted me toward the marketing side of the company to diversify me into more than one part of the business. I have been making phone calls, emailing and visiting restaurants to pitch the innovative marketing plan to some of these restauranteurs. So far, I can proudly say that Murphy’s Taproom and Restaurant, and Milly’s Tavern has come aboard from my help. I hope to continue learning more about iHeartDining and continue to develop my skills as a writer. My experience keeps growing and I am more than happy to have this remarkable opportunity interning for iHeartDining.

 

 

 

Karen Ejiofor '16: Bingham McCutchen LLP

I am a junior Philosophy major and Politics minor.  Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer.  I filled my head with the Hollywood fantasies of shows like “Suits” and of course “Law and Order: SVU.”  However, I did not know what it meant to actually be a lawyer. This summer I learned that the law is not as glamorous and as easy as Hollywood portrays it to be.

I was blessed enough to work at one of the top law firms in the country, Bingham McCutchen LLP.  I applied to receive my internship through a program called the Boston Lawyers Group.  The program then sent my application to various law firms with which they are affiliated.  During the late spring semester I got an email from Bingham to interview at their firm.  The interview went well, but they had also interviewed 30 other students.  When I got a call from the firm telling me I got the internship I was ecstatic!

Bingham McCutchen is a global financial law firm with 14 offices located across the globe, with their focus in aiding Fortune 100 companies. Their main office is located in Boston.  At Bingham, I worked in the marketing and business development department.  Surprisingly, I enjoyed it very much!  I was able to write articles for the internal and external website, edit the internal website using web codes, research pro bono awards for the firm among many other tasks.  It was very rewarding knowing I was able to make an impact at the firm.

In addition to my role in the marketing department, I was able to meet many lawyers from different practice groups, some Saint A’s alumni, and even the chairman of the entire firm.  Each individual person I met, had their own unique stories, advice and personal perspective on the legal field.  I have made many invaluable contacts and formed great relationships with some of the best and brightest lawyers in their field.

Through, the BLG program I was able to go on numerous law school tours in the Boston area, attend several court hearings at the Moakley Court House, attend a Boston Bar Association lunch, meet with the director of the Boston Gang unit and even participate in a mock trials case (which my team won).

My amazing experience fuels my energy and persistence to work hard in school, so I will be able to achieve my dream of becoming an attorney. The experience, contacts and knowledge I have received from this internship is something that can never be replaced. I would not have had this opportunity without the help and dedication of the Office of Career Services, Alane De Luca and the Kevin Gould Scholarship. I am so grateful for all the support Saint Anselm College continues to provide its students.

Ben Fox '15: Sierra Magazine, San Francisco

A Summer Playing Journalist in San Francisco

It is early in the morning and per usual, a thick fog blankets San Francisco. I am crammed, with five other interns, into the dusty Subaru Outback- surfboards lashed to the top, the trunk filled with children’s floaties, the gas tank on empty. We drive south on historic Route 1 which winds narrowly along the Californian coast, hugging the ocean through groves Eucalyptus trees, past quaint farm stands and rugged beaches.

We are headed to Half Moon Bay, home of the legendary Mavericks, to go surfing. Of course we won’t actually be surfing Mavericks but there’s a nervous excitement in the car as this is the first time the other interns and I have surfed. Steve Hawk, the Executive Editor at Sierra magazine offered to take us out and show us the ropes. We couldn’t have a better teacher. Steve is an accomplished surfer. He has been the executive editor of Surfer magazine, surfed all around the world and was even part of the first ever surf expedition to Antarctica.

After he shows us a few tips we spend the rest of the morning being thrashed by waves as we attempt to surf, stand up paddle board and boogie board among the relentless surf. The three waves I catch are awesome.

Two days later I’m sitting in the intern cubicle in an eight story building which is the executive headquarters of the Sierra Club, the largest environmental club in the U.S. This cubicle has been my office for the past 13 weeks. I am one of Sierra magazines five editorial interns. Each week we work closely with a team of editors to create content for the clubs blog and bi- monthly magazine. Among a slew of other tasks and responsibilities I am mostly responsible for writing at least one post a week to be published on Sierra’s Green Life Blog. Every Tuesday the other interns and I meet with our editors to pitch story ideas for the week. I can choose whatever topics I want and the editors help me narrow down ideas and come up with unique angles to pursue. I spend a lot of time emailing and interviewing sources, writing drafts and then formatting them to be posted online.

There’s a lot that goes into creating a magazine. Each week there is an editorial meeting where a group of about 10 editors, art directors and interns meet to discuss progress on the upcoming issue. Everything is on a deadline and photos need to be edited, illustrations purchased and copies edited and fact checked before the package is sent to the publisher. Fact checking is one of the lesser known areas of editorial work and is one of my responsibilities this summer. Every article that is published in the magazine must be meticulously checked for accuracy. Every sentence that is fact must be verified. The process includes calling up the sources used in the article as well as other experts in the field. It is essentially re-reporting the article. It’s also a great learning experience. When fact checking I’ve talked to professional surfers, professors, leading scientists and an entrepreneur in India. It’s amazing how many small errors with spellings, names, locations and numbers would be published if articles were not properly fact checked.

Besides Sierra, I work part time at the Patagonia retail store so I can afford to live in the countries second most expensive city. I work with cool people and sell a lot of jackets to chilly tourists who are shocked by Northern California’s cool temperatures. The weather is one thing that makes the Bay area unique. It’s constantly foggy, it never rains and the temperature is about 66 degrees every day. It’s a far cry from beaches and boardwalks of Southern California.

Overall my experience at Sierra and in San Francisco has been amazing. I’m surrounded by interesting people doing great things. My editors and mentors are some of the best in the business and working. I’ve had a blast exploring the city, meeting new people, and learning what it takes to be a journalist. I know that none of this would be possible without the skills and tools I’ve developed at St. A’s and especially the generous scholarship from the Flatley Fellowship. I am eternally grateful.

Dao Le '15: Rosemark Capital, Princeton, NJ

Internship is mandatory. No matter how well-equipped a student is with academic and technical knowledge, the real-world experience is what matters when it comes to recruiting. Ideally, with a rich development environment by combining formal learning, on-the-job practice and mentoring, an internship will effectively transform theoretical knowledge into practical experience of the industry. Especially in finance, which is my major at St. A’s, it is almost impossible to land an entry-level job without pre-professional experience.

As a rising senior, I was searching extensively for finance summer internship. However, the competitive level has been significantly increasing as the job market is still recovering from the 2008 financial crisis. Following the age-old wisdom, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know,” I realized the best way to get a foot in the door was through networking. I started by connecting with St. A’s alumni through LinkedIn and conducted several informational interviews. During the process, I’ve learned so much about others' experiences; the story about how they defied many odds and failures to get to where they wanted to be. I attended networking sessions and participated in the “Wall Street trip”.  At the end of recruiting season, I landed three offers at Northeast Planning Associates, Wasabi Ventures, and Rosemark Capital. I ultimately accepted Rosemark’s offer to work on a team with three another Princeton students in Princeton, New Jersey.

As an international student, I was having some concerns about financing my summer internship and living in New Jersey. Coming from a single-income family to America, I realize that the cost of living here is substantially more expensive than in Vietnam – my home country. Fortunately enough, I received a great news just three days after I got my offer at Rosemark: I was awarded a Summer Internship Fellowship funded by the generous support of Kevin J. Gould and Daniel T. Flatley. Words cannot describe how grateful I am for the support from St. A’s, so before driving down to Princeton, I left a thank-you card for the donor to express my appreciation.

The company I’m interning for is Rosemark Capital Group, a private equity fund. Here’s how private equity works: brand-new companies get their first dollars from friends and family, then from angels, and then from venture capitalists; if the company does not go public, it gets money for its next growth spurt from private equity investors. The company is founded by Chris Kuenne, who was the founder and CEO of Rosetta – the biggest global independent ad agency and also a lecturer at Princeton University. Rosemark has a secret sauce: it will restrict its investments to companies with intellectual property (IP) that is enabled by technology. The target company, whose revenue is in the $10mil to $50mil, could be providing a service or solving a problem, but it must own the IP for a breakthrough in a business process that can be scaled through technology.

As an intern, I am staffed on a deal-sourcing team covering the healthcare industry. My responsibility includes building a deal-sourcing model by utilizing top-down market research, evaluating and performing due diligence for acquisition opportunities. Usually, I start off my day with a 30-minute meeting with my supervisor to specify the goal of the day and also to update on the work progress. When I get back to my desk, I spend another hour researching the healthcare industry by reading reports and market updates. For the first two weeks, I worked on building the model to streamline the process of surfacing interesting investment opportunity. After identifying a good number of companies to engage, I started evaluating them by looking into the company’s website, reading press release, or even calling up the employees. Every week on Thursday, I create a summary page of my investment ideas, usually consist of three or four potential companies, and pitch the to the general partners and CEO. On week 6 of the internship, we have already selected four companies that we’re interested in and started engaging with them. The last part of our internship program would be to research more in detail about those companies and to start working on potential deals.

The last six weeks have been a very fulfilling experience for me as I got the chance to acquire real-world skills and experience. For now, I am excited to finish this internship program and write the next reflection on what I’ve learned and how I have benefited from this amazing opportunity.

Meagan Cox '15: United States Coast Guard

I am a Communication major and Politics minor at Saint Anselm College. As a rising senior, I am really starting to buckle down and find out exactly what it is that I want to do when I graduate. I have always had what I thought was a “set-in-stone” life plan consisting of where I would end up living and what I would end up doing professionally. However, as I am nearing the end of my college career, I’m realizing that sometimes you don’t choose the things that you are meant to do, sometimes they come to you.

Growing up in a military household, I have always had a great amount of sincere gratitude and appreciation for all of the men and women that serve our great nation. Although I have always had a sincere appreciation for our military, I did not think that enlisting was for me. Instead, my love of politics and the opportunities provided at the NHIOP drew me towards Saint Anselm College.

When I began my first year at Saint Anselm, I planned to apply for internships at local news stations, a plan that I had focused upon strictly. However, while I began researching local news stations to apply to, I was granted an opportunity that I had never even considered previously. In the midst of my active search for internships, I was directed towards an opportunity to intern for the United States Coast Guard. I decided to pursue this opportunity because it was something different from what I was exposed to, and I knew it would be an interesting change and a new experience. It was a true leap of faith that I am so grateful to have taken, as it has truly given me a direction as I near the end of my college career.

This summer I began interning for the External Affairs Office of the United States Coast Guard. Here, I assist admirable and honorable men and women, mostly enlisted, in creating events and facilitating communicative relationships between the Coast Guard and politicians. This internship has brought together two things that I love- politics and the military. Every day I walk in the office, I am surrounded by brave, focused individuals who are helping to maintain the safety and security our nation. Even more than that, these men and women are undoubtedly some of the most respectful people I have ever met. Every task that is done in my office is done with great purpose and meaning, and their actions positively affect a great number of people every day.

I have always known that I wanted to make a difference in this world, and being surrounded by so many inspirational men and women at my internship has further fueled this desire in me. I have found a new passion in the investigative side of the work field, and I plan to pursue it when I graduate this spring. My life plan that I had so adamantly followed focused strictly on becoming a reporter, but through this internship, I have realized that there is so much more that I would like to do, and so many more opportunities waiting to be explored. Working for the Coast Guard has helped me to find my passion. This summer internship has been such a unique experience, one that I will forever cherish.