Nearly 67% of our recent graduates had internships and about a quarter say their internship employer offered them full-time jobs. This summer, many more of our students are gaining real world experience through internships. This is the first in a series of reports on some experiences:
Art History and Judaic Studies Major
Merav spent the summer making archeological discoveries in Lithuania. She was working in Vilna with Archaeologist and Judaic Studies Professor Richard Freund when he and other researchers unearthed new discoveries including ritual baths at the site of the Great Synagogue, which the Soviets destroyed during World War II.
In the photo at right, Merav is holding one of the 19th century coins discovered near the synagogue’s changing rooms adjacent to the bathhouse. Her work and the rest of the team’s discoveries will be featured in a virtual reality display this fall in the University’s Museum of Jewish Civilization.
Insurance and Finance Major
McKenzie says she felt relaxed and comfortable when she first met with representatives from The Traveler’s Companies, because the first round of interviews took place on campus in the Office of Career Services. It turns out she had reason to be optimistic. “I learned they had around 1,000 applicants and chose 18 candidates, so I’m glad my interview skills and interest in the field stood out.”
McKenzie praises the breadth of offerings at Barney for the career path she is on now. She changed her major from management to insurance and finance, “after taking an insurance class just to learn more because I figured it would help later in life.” That switch was the key to landing her first internship at a different insurance company, The Hartford. At The Travelers, her internship duties included researching competitor pricing and making recommendations for rate adjustments on auto and homeowners policies.
Hern’s internship began when he was at the right place at the right time. While riding down the escalator to a networking event hosted by the National Association of Black Accountants, he helped a woman slipping down the steps. “When she recovered, we introduced ourselves and it turned out she was the vice president of the Global Audit Services department at Walmart’s headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas,” Hern shares.
Not only did he capture an invitation to stop by the retail giant’s booth, he was offered a summer internship in the Audit Department that night. “My first day on the job, I was able to sit in on a board meeting, and the experiences have expanded from there,” Hern says. He also appreciated making connections and accomplishing something new each week in his internship.
Valerie spent her summer abroad, interning and taking classes at London South Bank University. She was the marketing coordinator for the Sports Disability Program, which teaches students how to coach sports for people with disabilities. Valerie was responsible for several outreach programs to recruit students.
Valerie learned about the internship from Hillyer faculty, who she also credits for helping her transition from high school to college. She will continue working toward her bachelor’s in psychology this fall.
Andrea interned in the Global Supply Management department at Stanley Black & Decker (SB&D) in New Britain, Conn. She created ways to reduce inventory costs and evaluate pay terms for vendor contracts.
“I’m thriving in SB&D’s fast-paced culture,” Andrea says. “The company has employees all over the world, so I’m learning to interact with people who are used to different environments and you flex in order to fit their needs. I love that I am exposed to different skills and practices within my own department.”
Andrea learned about the internship opportunity at on CareerBridge, the University’s online job board. She was interviewed multiple times and when the department manager offered her the position, he told her the decision was unanimous.