Meet the Interns: Profiles of Student Interns
Jared Boyles ’16
Major: Double Major: Economics and Management
Where is your internship? Arkadium, Business Development Intern
How did you decide on which opportunity to pursue? I have a deep passion for games and the gaming industry and as I was browsing Jasperlink for opportunities in August this particularly young but successful company caught my eye looking for a business development position that I felt played to my strengths.
How did you obtain the internship? I found the opportunity at Arkadium on Jasperlink, and upon sending in my resume was asked to visit their offices for a face-to-face interview. I was pretty much hired on the spot.
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience? The most rewarding aspect of working at Arkadium is being utilized like a real member of the team. Not only do I get to meet some awesome people, but I've been able to sit down with the CEO, make friends with my coworkers, work on important projects while being asked to provide input on crucial and interesting topics as if I'm not just an intern, but a valuable cog in the team.
What advice would you give those looking for similar opportunities? The best advice I could give to someone looking for a similar opportunity is to be open to anything and everything. Identify what you're passionate about and do everything you can to work in that field. Make the sacrifice and it'll be returned ten-fold.
Deanne Griswa ’17
Major: Communication (Public Relations
Where is your internship? Per Scholas, Marketing Intern
How did you decide on which opportunity to pursue? I had no prior industry experience and they were the only one to respond asking for an interview.
How did you obtain the internship? My freshman year R.A. posted the internship offering to our Arches Facebook page. I messaged her on Facebook asking for more details, and she told me she would put a good word in for me if I applied.
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience? I want to say everything, but I know that's too vague. I was lucky to work with great people who made me feel comfortable asking questions and asked for my input on real projects. I was asked to sit in on many meetings, which helped me see exactly what goes on when they sit down to plan events and projects.
What advice would you give to those looking for similar opportunities? Internship opportunities are unexpectedly everywhere. I did not think that my freshman year R.A. would lead me to a stellar first internship - one that I always think about going back to. Ask people you know in your field if they know of any opportunities. People want to help you, they just need to know that you want help.
Michael Peyko ’15
Major: Communications and Psychology, and a minor in Religious Studies
Where is your internship? SiriusXM Radio, Production Intern
How did you decide on which opportunity to pursue? Ever since I was six years old it has been a dream of mine to work one day in the radio field whether it is on the air or behind the scenes.
How did you obtain the internship? During the summer I applied to multiple companies in radio and T.V. throughout the New York City area. Afterward I went through a number of interviews with a few different companies including SiriusXM. Eventually after three rounds of interviews with SiriusXM they offered me a position as a radio production intern which was an opportunity I felt that I could not possibly pass up, so I accepted their job offer.
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience? The most rewarding part of my job aside from living out my dream of working in the radio field is the ability to take on a task or assignment and see its completion straight through. Whether the assignment is small behind the scenes stuff that never makes it live and on air or some of the more major tasks that involve securing guests and celebrities for shows, hearing my own news pitch that I thought of being discussed on the air, or actually putting together a full run down of a show.
What advice would you give to those who are looking for similar opportunities? I would recommend for students to apply to multiple jobs at multiple companies whether the companies are large or small and even if the job seems to be a long reach in obtaining, apply anyway because you never know what can happen. Once you have obtained the job make sure that every day you show up with a positive attitude and willingness to work and take on new challenges and don’t be afraid to reach out to people and ask for help or career advice. You would be surprised how many people actually are willing to help.
Priscilla Santos ’15
Where is your internship? Wave Hill, Accounting Intern
How did you decide on which opportunity to pursue? It was not difficult to decide because it was the only existing opportunity I had that was directly in Accounting. I wanted real life exposure to the field I am pursuing and interning at Wave Hill was definitely a great start.
How did you obtain the internship? Once I came across the posting, I applied via Jasperlink.
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience? Wave Hill is fairly small community, therefore I developed strong relationships with those within my department as well as the overall staff. I was also given the opportunity to bridge my knowledge from the classroom with accounting practice. Furthermore, working with such a small entity made me realize that I wish to start my career in a larger setting.
What advice would you give to those looking for similar opportunities? What advice would you give to those are looking for similar pportunities? I would tell others to not give up; seeking for internships can be tiresome and overwhelming, but opportunities present themselves with time. Next, keep an open mind. Although it may not be your exact major, internships are learning experiences. Last and most important, always be yourself.
Alyssa Windle ’15
Majors: Business: Marketing, Global Business, Communications (Minor)
Where is your internship? Prada USA Corp. , Public Relations Intern
How did you decide on which opportunity to pursue? I identified my interests and pursued opportunities in the field.
How did you obtain the internship? I applied online, was interviewed and shortly after was offered the position.
What has been the most rewarding part of your experience? I found experiences like working with celebrities and on-site visits to major publications like Vogue to be among the most rewarding aspects of the job.
What advice would you give to those looking for similar opportunities? Always be on the lookout for new and challenging opportunities to pursue.