Monday, December 11, 2017

Take it from an intern, Fall 2017 edition

I always ask interns to post about their experiences at the end of an internship, so check this space for tips and advice.

Here's what our summer 2017 interns had to say about their experiences. And here's what our summer 2016 interns reported back.

9 comments:

Shayna Hall said...

Hi my name is Shayna and I’ve had the opportunity of being a marketing intern for UMass athletics for two semesters now. As a marketing intern I create and continue to monitor the UMass athletics Snapchat account at differing athletic events. I also get to work directly with the marketing staff in order to help plan and execute athletic events.

A typical week at my internship include office hours and weekend sporting events. During office hours I enter contacts to send promotions out to in a database along with preparing bins for sporting events and tabling in the campus center. I enjoy office hours because it includes a lot of behind the scenes work and if the work isn’t completed in office hours, the athletic events would not be run as smoothly as they do.

One of my favorite parts about my internship in particular is having the opportunity to communicate with other students that are apart of the internship. I enjoy networking with them and discussing our plans for after graduation and future internship and job opportunities. Getting close to the marketing supervisors is also a great part of my internship because I if I ever have a question about the job or networking questions they’re there to help me out.

This internship has taught me a lot about the work place and meeting deadlines. Most of the work I do has deadlines and if I don’t complete my assignments, another project won’t be completed. My internship has also taught me a lot about networking. Internships are great sources for networking and learning new techniques/strategies that are fundamental for life after graduation. In my opinion, everyone should try to have an internship before they graduate. Internships allow you to learn new ideas about the workplace and new attributes about yourself that will stay with you after graduation.

Ryan Donovan said...

Hi everybody,

My name is Ryan Donovan and I just completed an internship with UMass Football. During my time with the team, I served three roles including team video, recruiting and operations. My experience was incredible as I got to travel to places I will most likely never have the opportunity to again and met some sport media giants like Chris Berman, Olivia Harlan and Jamie Erdahl. My internship was not only a great way to network, but was a unique opportunity to gain first-hand, real-world experience that a lot of other candidates in this industry do not have access too or will not have on their resume.

The best part about my position was that no day was ever the same. Each day in the office brought a new challenge or task and it was up to me to do my job as part of a larger team. I got to video record and edit practices and games, watch film, complete administrative tasks, use social media, collect and log data, bring recruits on tours, order and purchase food/drink and do any little thing that my superiors needed of me that would help better the program and further my experience.

My favorite part about the internship was traveling and meeting new people. Going to places like Knoxville, TN, Provo, UT and Tulepo, MS were a bit of a culture shock for me, but I learned so much in my few days wherever we stayed and I met some really good people who were more than willing to help me out. Although on the field we are competitors, at large, we are a collective community trying to better one another and the sport. Because of my connections, I have offers in place for future employment and people who can can vouch for my character, work ethic and overall product.

The greatest lesson my internship taught me was preparedness. Just like prepping and researching for an interview, the same principle applied to my job. College football is a funny game across all aspects and the biggest thing I found was to be prepared. If something went wrong or happened that I did not anticipate, I had back-up plans in place to make sure everything went as smoothly as possible.

If you have the opportunity to have an an internship like the one I had, jump at it. There is no greater substitute for experience and you'll get a taste of everything with a college team. It provides you with a diverse background and makes you a versatile candidate. It's the best way to apply the principles you learn in class in a professional environment. More than that, however, it's a way to meet people and get your name out there. If you do good work and show you're willing to learn and grind it out, there are a lot of good people out there who can and will help.

Justine O'Brien said...


My name is Justine O'Brien and I was lucky enough to intern with Amherst Media this past fall. I mostly focused on the writing side of the position, producing my own unique pieces of journalism, but Amherst Media offers a wide variety of positions for interested students.

The Amherst Collective, Amherst Media’s “community powered publication,” has been a great way for me to write professional, cohesive pieces of journalism that I can show to prospective employers. I have had such a positive response from people who have read my work and it has really helped to boost my confidence as a writer. Professional journalism no longer feels like a "reach" and now feels like something I could actually see myself succeeding it.

After my semester with Amherst Media, I proudly consider myself to be a better editor, researcher and journalist. Regardless of what career I actually settle into, I have a new skill set that I can totally attribute to my time working an internship through Amherst Media. Internships of this sort help set you apart from your peers and allow you to work on skills that you will be using in a professional capacity.

Working an internship shows prospective employers that you are not only capable of holding a career, but also excelling in one. My time with Amherst Media is something that I will remember as being one of the most intellectually stimulating experiences of my college career.

The best piece of advice I can offer is to proceed with confidence and know that you are capable of doing great things through a prospective internship and beyond. There are so many useful tools and opportunities that can (and should) be utilized during your time as a student; if you have the chance to hold an internship for academic credit, I highly recommend that you pursue it.

Jacob Camenker said...

Hi, my name is Jacob Camenker and I had the opportunity of working for the Amherst College Football team. With the team, I served primarily as a film assistant, working to create coaches film on practices and gamedays and also helped breakdown film in the coach’s offices a couple days a week. Additionally, I helped to set up the field for practices and did travel with the team for a critical late season game.

A typical day for me consisted of going into the coach’s offices and breaking down film of our opponents for a couple of hours. Typically, I would gather statistical data that allowed the coaching staff to recognize trends in the way our opponents played. After working in the office, I would head down to the field to set up for practice. This included getting two cameras set up to capture various angles and operating a scissor lift to get 30 feet in the air and get the best angle for my shots.

With the team, I learned a whole lot about how football organizations operate. There is so much that goes into producing a winning team that isn’t seen from just on-the-field activities. The coaches helped me to see different ways to motivate players, enlightened me about the importance of recruiting, and helped to teach me some important concepts that are critical to on-field success at any level. Also, I got feedback on my film that was generally positive, and they expressed the importance of having good game film to work with.

The most critical part of my internship experience was continuing to build my professional network. From getting to know the coaching staff, I feel that I have an advantage if I try to get my foot in the door with any other team or organization. That’s what internships are all about. If you work hard and bring a positive attitude to work each day, you’ll be able to make connections.

To anyone who wants to do an internship, I strongly recommend going forward with it. There’s no better way to get experience than hands on experience. Find something that sounds interesting to you, and just go for it. If you land in the right spot, it can really change your life for the better!

Mark Dunphy said...

You’ll tell yourself you don't need an internship, or that you'll do an internship next semester, and then you'll look up and it's spring semester senior year and your life is in shambles and the person interviewing you for that dream job is shaking your head with their bloody claws screaming WHY DIDN'T YOU DO AN INTERNSHIP?!

I interned at the Daily Hampshire Gazette this semester. Next semester I’m doing a co-op. There is absolutely no chance that second sentence would exist without the first. Before the Gazette, I had a few clips from campus media and not a whole lot else. But that internship and the connections I made there allowed me to take the next step.

I had a blast at the Gazette, traveling throughout the Pioneer Valley to cover events and coming back for late nights at the keyboard in their Northampton office. At times, I was forced out of my comfort zone (and into the welcoming arms of Google) but I learned so much about the editorial process and what it take to be a professional journalist. Working with a brilliant editor and alongside excellent reporters was the best possible introduction to the industry.

When I applied for the co-op a couple months ago, I did what any good reporter would do and religiously stalked the competition on LinkedIn. I was shocked at how much experience these college students have already. If you want to stand out in a pile of resumes these days, you better have a list of internships under your name.

So my advice is simple- do an internship. Do five internships. And when you get in the door at these places, work twice as hard as the person beside you. Lastly, take the advice I was given as I walked out the door at the Gazette with their recommendation under my arm: “Don't @#$& up!”

Anonymous said...

My name is Thomas Hannigan and I interned with the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton. Now I know what you're thinking, didn't the guy above me work there? And wasn't working at a newspaper that shuts the lights off at 5pm a little crappy? Well, yes and no. Reporting is not a 9-5 job and the quicker you learn that the easier your transition into adult life will be, and the easier you'll get a real job.

This was my second internship and let me just say, it still isn't enough. With BJ at your disposal, everyone in the journalism department should have two internships by the time they're a junior. Unfortunately for me, I waited a long time before I built up the confidence to go internship hunting.

Like me and Nike always say, "Just Do It" that's all you can do. If you just apply for a position you'll be surprised at how often you'll hear back. I sent an email to the Gazette in December 2016 before I went abroad and was offered the job in September 2017. Even just the smallest amount of initiative can go a long way. You'll do fine I promise, if I made it through then so can you. My internship with the Gazette allowed me to publish over 20 articles, and work on my interviewing skills. Over the past three months, I've gone from a stuttering blabbermouth who doesn't know what he's trying to ask, to someone who is concise and direct, not only when I'm asking questions, but when I'm speaking in general.

And when your GPS craps out on you on route 9 on your way to Belchertown and you have no idea where to go, think of me. I'll be laughing.

Serena McMahon said...

Hi everyone!

My name is Serena McMahon and I interned this semester with Isenberg’s Marketing and Communications department. As Isenberg’s social media marketing intern, I was responsible for branding Isenberg on all social media platforms and designing social media specific graphics using Photoshop to promote events, meetings and networking opportunities. I’d organize and strategically schedule all content on a social media calendar for the Marketing and Communications department to conveniently have!

This position required using the editing and writing skills I learned from my courses with UMass journalism. I learned that skills such as writing and interviewing can be beneficial in any field, not just journalism. There was plenty of times when I had to interview students for quotes, email Dean Mark Fuller or post important messages on social. Each instance, I relied on my journalism background and knowledge.

I also learned the importance of taking initiative. No one is going to hold your hand through the process! You need to be motivated to accomplish tasks and start new projects without your manager asking. Many times, I had to take initiative in finding content for Isenberg’s social media to fill in gaps where we were low on content. I also helped start The Driven Series on Instagram and Twitter to continue engaging our online audience in between our regularly scheduled content. These were all things I decided to do on my own.

ANY INTERNSHIP IS WORTH DOING! Why? Because it’s an opportunity for growth, networking and tackling real world problems. Even if you don’t think you’ll go into that certain field, I’m sure you’ll find at least a few areas where you grew from the internship. Interning is also a great start to understanding your own work ethic! For me, I don’t plan on pursuing a career within higher education like Isenberg; however, I learned invaluable skills such as Photoshop, networking opportunities and marketing tactics that I can carry into any future job.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out! My email is serenamcmaho@umass.edu.

Vinney Moushigian said...

Hi everyone!


My name is Vinney Moushigian and I'm a graduating senior. I interned with The Recorder in Greenville. After trying to get an internship on my own resulting in multiple failures, I decided to stop by BJ's office and ask for her help. Sure enough, she had a suggestion for an internship and got me started on the fast track to acquiring the intern position at The Recorder.

I'm extremely happy that I ended up interning at The Recorder because of everything that I learned there. I didn't completely understand why an internship was necessary at first but over this past semester I learned that there are things that I learned from doing an internship that I wouldn't have learned from just taking classes at UMass.

The entire staff at The Recorder was extremely kind and they treated me like I was a full time employee like them even though I was only there a few times a week and I was an unpaid intern. It was really cool to see my name in the newspaper and my superiors were always supportive while also giving me tips and lessons on how to improve myself as a writer and journalist.

An internship is an opportunity to hone your skills and grow as a person and professional in your field of work. How do you expect to be the best employee you can possibly be when you have no evidence or proof to back that up when you are being interviewed by employers? I highly recommend applying for an internship at The Recorder. It might be unpaid and it might be kind of far away but trust me, it is completely worth it.

If you have any questions you are welcome to reach out to me my email is vmoushigian@umass.edu

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