Sixty percent of UHart’s recent graduates had an internship while studying here. Internships are a great way to put learning into practice or simply gain exposure to job possibilities, as many students are learning this summer. Here are just a few:
Jessica Floyd '18
College of Arts and Sciences
Intern with Senator Chuck Schumer (D) New York
Jessica Floyd ’18, a politics and government major, wants to work in either public policy making, political consulting, or at a think tank after graduation, so what better way to spend her summer than interning as a legislative assistant in the Washington, D.C. office of Chuck Schumer, the senior U.S. Senator from New York?
Jessica is conducting research for legislative staffers, attending senate hearings, answering phone calls from constituents, and giving tours of the Capitol. Along with memorable highlights such as meeting former presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I) Vermont and riding the Capitol subway with Senator Marco Rubio (R) Florida, Jessica says she’s been able to fulfill her passion for political communications and make connections with other staffers on Capitol Hill and political consultants.
“To be able to start networking this early on is amazing,” Jessica says.
Kaidan Hall ‘17
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
Intern at United Technologies Corporation
Kaidan Hall ’17 is in the midst of his fourth internship with United Technologies Corporation (UTC). In his quest to gain engineering experience, this electromechanical engineering technology major has interned at various UTC divisions, including Pratt & Whitney, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Otis Elevator. This summer, is at Pratt & Whitney in the Aftermarket Process Engineering Division.
As president of the University’s chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Kaidan often advises other students on the importance of networking, maintaining a good GPA, and securing internships. In fact, after coaching a group of 19 University of Hartford engineering students attending the NSBE national convention, several who followed his advice received follow-up phone calls and internship offers.
Dylan Healy ‘17
College of Arts and Sciences
Intern at Ba Da Bing Records and Management
Dylan Healy ’17 is fulfilling his passion for music as an intern at Ba Da Bing Records and Management in Brooklyn, N.Y. A psychology major who is also pursuing a minor in performing arts management, Dylan has direct access to some of the radio personalities and musicians he admires. The internship is a natural fit because he’s a musician (guitar, bass, mandolin, keyboards, and more), a member of a campus a cappella group, and the music director at the University’s student –run WSAM radio station.
Of his internship experience he says, “I’m doing so much more than I ever expected. If one of our artists is releasing a new album, I’ll reach out to hundreds of radio stations around the U.S. to make sure they’ve heard the music and find out if they are playing it.”
Although he’s not sure what the future may hold, Dylan says he may return to New York after graduation and work at a major record label or even start his own.
Kat Scabia ‘17
The Hartt School
Intern at Nashville Symphony and Sony Music Nashville
When Kat Scabia ‘17, a performance arts management major and classical voice minor, applied for internships at the Nashville Symphony and Sony Music Nashville, she never expected to be hired for both. While on her way to Nashville for the Symphony’s philanthropy research internship, she received an invitation from Sony for an interview. Soon Kat, whose philosophy is to take “every opportunity you can,” began splitting her time between the two.
In the Symphony’s development office, Kat works on proposals and presentations, researches prospective donors, and determines how to keep new patrons involved and engaged. She credits a previous internship at The Hartford Symphony during her junior year with helping to prepare her for this internship.
As a radio promotion intern at Sony Music, Kat plans special events with radio stations and communicates with artists. This summer she met country singer/songwriter Jake Owen at a “van signing” event to promote his tour and had the opportunity to talk to Kenny Chesney.
Caitlin Smallfield ‘17
Barney School of Business
Intern at Newman’s Own Foundation
Caitlin Smallfield ’17, a management major from New Zealand, is getting a taste of how an inspiring social enterprise operates through her internship at Newman’s Own Foundation. Caitlin, an academic standout and an America East All-Conference First Team Selection in soccer, met Newman’s Own president and CEO Bob Forrester ’66 during one of his campus visits (he is a former University men’s soccer player and current University Regent). After discovering they had “a mutual love for food,” Caitlin decided to apply for a summer internship.
“The size and culture of the company has made the experience so much more meaningful,” Caitlin explains. “The small details and project management skills I’m learning from my co-workers and managers are just invaluable.”
Caitlin is working with outside marketing agencies to develop product logos and she fields questions about food allergies, natural ingredients and customer satisfaction. But her greatest learning experience so far has taken place on the road.
“Bob Forrester, I, and another intern were part of a group that attended a luncheon at the White House as part of Michelle Obama’s healthy luncheon initiative.” The experience has her feeling more confident about her people skills and natural leadership abilities.