BRIDGES experiential learning through internship â€˘ 2013-14
Graduating with a Degree and a Resume
Careers for Liberal Arts Graduates The All-Important Senior Experience
BRAVE NEW WORLD: For Endicott Bioengineering and Biotechnology Interns, the Future is Now
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2013-14 • Volume I, Issue I
Letter from the Director
Endicott College Dr. Richard E. Wylie President of Endicott College Laura Rossi Le Vice President and Dean of Endicott College Cindy Richard Director of Internship Content Contributers Carol P. Raiche Director of Communications Laura Rossi Le Cindy Richard Layout Artist Angela Gulino Assistant Director of Publications Contributing Photographers Catherine Wechsler David Le Cover Photograph Catherine Wechsler Endicott Bridges is published by the Internship Office and the Office of Communications and Publications. Address editorial correspondence to the Internship Office, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915 or to email@example.com.
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Welcome to Endicott Bridges, the Inaugural Issue In the search for an appropriate name for this publication, the title Bridges emerged as the perfect fit, symbolic of Endicott’s long history of experiential learning that successfully bridges the equally important components of our students’ education: their academic pursuits and their professional goals. This inaugural issue of Bridges is aimed at celebrating and sharing the unique qualities of our comprehensive p rogram, which has been the hallmark of an Endicott education since the College’s founding in 1939. The interplay between academic theory and professional practice is central to the experience we offer our students, and it shapes the dialogue within majors across the College. Bridges opens the door
to that dialogue through a variety of features, including profiles of key internship faculty and staff, student interns, and employer partners; informative articles on experiential learning and career services; and the curricular innovations needed to keep internship programming vibrant and current. Our intent in this and subsequent issues of Bridges is to communicate the important role experiential learning plays within our academic curriculum and the vital connection internship offers to the professional development of our students as they launch their careers.
Cindy Richard Director of Internship
For Endicott Bioengineering and Biotechnology Interns, the Future is Now
More than 80 life sciences companies offer opportunities for paid internships that are the proving ground for full-time employment. Curricular initiatives supported by state-of-the-art facilities in Endicott’s new Judge Science Center pave the way to future careers.
In this Issue
Graduating with a 2 Degree and a Resumé Discover the Endicott model of experiential learning.
A Culture of Support for Experiential Learning
The Internship Office and Career Center team up to help students focus their career paths.
The All-Important Senior Experience
Read student’s stories about the valuable, hands-on experience they gained during their semester internship.
From Intern to Employee
Bonnie Weissman ’10 shares how an internship with EBSCO confirmed her career direction.
Careers for Liberal Arts Graduates
Students say internships open doors and possibilities.
Endicott’s Mentoring Program
Oscar Wyett Moore is one of several Endicott graduates to benefit from Endicott’s mentoring program.
Interested in Graduate School? Internships Could be the Key
Zack Held credits his internship for shaping his career decision.
Internships Across the Majors Confirm Career Choices
The internship program leads to student success in all disciplines.
Graduating with a Degree and a Resumé THE ENDICOTT MODEL OF EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
ndicott earned its reputation as a leader in experiential learning as the first college in the country to require that all students participate in work experiences related to their academic programs of study. Today, Endicott has a c omprehensive, academic internship program that is unique in higher education. This approach to experiential learning and its value in the academic program is the College’s most distinguishing feature and the reason most students cite as a deciding factor in choosing Endicott. From the exploratory freshman internship to the senior experience, during which interns become fully immersed in their chosen fields, Endicott’s internship program is an integral part of the College-wide c urriculum, providing opportunities for students to realize their academic, p ersonal, and professional goals.
The 120-Hour Internships
The Semester-long Internship
Students’ first two internships are usually completed during the winter or summer breaks of the freshman and sophomore years. The goal of the first internship is career exploration, where students witness the real-world application of their chosen majors and have opportunities to develop professional competencies.
Usually completed in the spring of the junior year or the fall of the senior year, the semester-long internship lets students focus on career preparation as they hone their skills, develop networks and contacts, and lay the groundwork for their transition to the professional world.
During the second internship, students often narrow the focus of their career paths and their majors. Defining areas of interest, exploring professional options, and learning to apply the knowledge they have gained in their coursework are key features of the sophomore year. Internship-related coursework, assignments, and dialogues with coordinators and faculty maintain the vital connections between academic theory and practice throughout the internship experiences.
A Record of Success Each year, the College surveys recent graduates to gain insight into the value of internship, the link between majors and careers, and our students’ preparation for graduate study. Results continually demonstrate that the Endicott model — the combination of academic study and experiential learning — prepared our graduates for their first jobs, broadened their options for advancement, and helped them gain entrance to p ostgraduate programs. u
Many of our graduating seniors (80% in 2012) are prepared to step confidently into professional positions within six months of walking across the stage at commencement. A good number of those positions (36% in 2012) are tied directly to the graduates’ internship experiences. Graduating with a degree and a resume — it’s a combination that works!
Michelle Backlund, Class of 2013 Michelle, an accounting major, held a semester internship with Ernst & Young in Boston where she interacted with peers from across the globe, ranging from Bulgaria to India to Australia. “My experience strengthed my interpersonal skills, sense of ethical standards, and leadership abilities,” she explains. After graduating from Endicott, Michelle accepted a position as staff accountant with Ernst & Young.
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Lauren Sleeper, Class of 2013 Connections Lauren made through her internships with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Lund Family Center, and Image Unlimited Communications, LTD – along with a bachelor of science degree in communication – helped her land a job as an associate marketing communication specialist at ING.
91 80% 36% 20% %
of graduates say that their current employment is related to their programs of study of graduates consider their current job a step toward achieving their career goals of graduates are employed full-time of graduates received job offers from their semester-long internship sites of graduates are enrolled in graduate school or other institutes of higher learning (full-time or part-time)
Employers of Our Recent Graduates A small sampling of companies and organizations that have hired recent Endicott graduates includes: American Cancer Society • ARAMARK • Boston Celtics • Boston Harbor Hotel • CBS Radio • CellSignaling Technology • Coldwell Banker • Daedalus Software, Inc. • Doubletree Hotel • EBSCO Publishing • Electric Insurance Company • Enterprise Rent-a-Car • Enzymatic • Ernst and Young • ESPN Boston • Fidelity Investments • Genzyme • Genzyme Biosurgery • Gorton’s • Hyatt Regency Boston • Liberty Mutual Insurance • Marriott Hotel • MTV Networks • NECN • Omni Parker House Hotel • Oracle • PUMA North America • Ritz Carlton • Roger Williams Zoo • Sherwin Williams • Sovereign Bank • State Street Bank • State Street Corporation • State Street Global Services • TJX Corporate • Universal Music Latin America • Xenith, LLC
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Afor Culture of Support Experiential Learning We’re Here to Help. Throughout each student’s degree program, internship coordinators are key educators, allies, and advisors, helping students match their learning objectives to their internship experiences. Pictured here are members of the internship team: seated at the center is Director of Internship Cindy Richard surrounded by internship coordinators and assistant professors of experiential learning (left to right) Marie Wilson, Abigail Bottome, Catherine Butler, Cherie Lynch, Devin Rozansky, Helen Eaton (program assistant), and Kevin Commette.
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hroughout their studies at Endicott, students receive the advice and support of many members of the College community. Each student is assigned an internship coordinator who is based in an academic department and is familiar with the student’s major. Most coordinators also serve as faculty members in experiential learning courses. They provide individualized counseling, screen and approve internship sites to ensure that they meet student needs and program requirements, and make visits to internship sites. Faculty members across all disciplines become partners in the experiential learning process, acting as resources and making site visits to witness their students’ p rogress first-hand.
To alleviate some of the financial burden of undertaking internships at a distance from their homes or campus, the College provides students with travel stipends and reduced rates for campus housing during internship periods. Resources are available to support the internship and job search process, and the Internship Office partners with the Career Center to sponsor events and workshops to assist students as they explore career paths. The Career Center also offers workshops on topics such as resume writing and interviewing techniques, along with fact sheets on potential careers for every major. u
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Internship Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Experiential Learning Q. How does experiential
learning work? A. Experiential learning is about learning by doing. In the first internship, freshmen explore career options within their majors and then refine their choices in the second internship during the sophomore year by seeking out new areas within their fields of study. By the time they reach the full-semester internship in the senior year, students are prepared for internship positions within the fields they plan to pursue after graduation. Self-reflection through j ournal and essay writing is an important part of the coursework throughout the internship experience and enables students to form connections between theoretical and p ractical learning.
Q. How do you help students through the process? A. I guide them throughout the search p rocess and focus on the importance of pursuing the “right fit” versus staying on a set career path. In addition to class time, I meet with students individually to discuss options and strategies, and I encourage them to think out of the box when reflecting on careers they wish to pursue after graduation.
Q. How do employers participate in student learning? A. At each internship site, the employer p rovides a s upervisor
who monitors the s tudent’s progress as he or she works to fulfill agreed-upon learning objectives. The supervisor provides guidance and evaluates the student at the end of the experience.
Q. What type of feedback do you receive from
the internship sites? A. Employers like the structure of the p rogram and the information we provide to help them work with our interns. We also receive positive feedback on the preparedness of our students and their ability to acclimate quickly to the workplace.
Q. What is the best part of your job? A. I enjoy watching students grow and mature from freshman
to senior year. Their confidence levels soar over time as a result of their internship experiences. It is gratifying to see students get job offers from their internship experiences and to know that graduates have gained valuable skills that will help them throughout their careers.
Director of the Career Center Q. How does Endicott connect students with
potential employers? A. Any number of ways! The Career Center, through the efforts of its employer outreach specialist, contacts a wide range of companies and organizations. When we find employment opportunities, we post them online and on social media for students. We also plan networking events, on and off campus where our students and employers can interact.
Q. What events bring students and employers together? A. On-campus recruiting is one of our best tools, where we
make arrangements for e mployers to hold interviews right here on campus. The annual Internship and Career Fair is another great opportunity. This past year, more than 80 employers connected with students through the fair. We also partner with faculty to host e mployers as p resenters in classes, a format that allows students to gain invaluable “insider” information. Students may also participate in tours of prestigious organizations, hosted by the Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers.
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Q. Which employers have
sent representatives to the Endicott campus? A. Some of the companies we welcomed to c ampus include: KPMG, Oracle, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, The Madison Square Garden Company, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, Salem Five Bank, Hyatt Hotels of Boston, Central Intelligence Agency, Electric Insurance, Epsilon, Pearson Education, and The Langham, Boston.
Q. What do employers say about Endicott interns? Employers frequently report that our students are better p repared for the interview process and adapt more quickly to the work environment, compared with students from other schools. The best compliment we hear is that our students are just what employers are looking for because of their well-rounded education, leadership abilities, and teamwork skills.
(Left) Internship coordinator Marie Wilson works with graduate assistant Oscar Moore to develop resource materials for business interns.
(Right) Adam Rosen and Marissa Dalton consult with internship program assistant Helen Eaton on their search for an appropriate site.
Launching That Career
THE INTERNSHIP PROCESS SHOWS STUDENTS HOW
aunted by the prospect of finding a job? Endicott students say that the process of finding, applying for, and being accepted by internship sites is a great way to build confidence and develop valuable skills.
On average, 40% of Endicott’s graduates find employment through their internship sites or contacts. Students are not “placed” in internships. Instead, they are introduced early to the job search process and have at their disposal a database of over 16,000 internship sites which can be accessed on Endicott’s online resource, ECLaunch, as well as on social media
including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Assisting them in the process is a team of internship coordinators, who are linked to specific majors in order to provide students with focused guidance and expertise in their respective fields. Together with the Career Center’s employer outreach specialist, the coordinators seek out and vet p otential sites for their students. Workshops on writing resumes and cover letters help students represent themselves well to potential employers, and a pre-internship course in the freshman year acquaints students with the search process and provides guidelines on developing learning objectives for each internship. Internship c oordinators, faculty members, and advisors offer their expertise and support to ensure an appropriate placement and internship experience.
Over 90% of employers ranked Endicott students “Excellent” in the following categories: listening skills, professionalism, work ethic, positive attitude, and integrity. By the time they earn their degrees, Endicott students will have applied for and landed at least three professional positions. That experience, coupled with robust resumes that chronicle the practical work experiences they have gained through internship, will give them an impressive edge as they enter their careers. u
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My internship in marketing operations for the Kraft Sports Group gave me an insider’s look at what it takes to plan and execute great game-day experiences for millions of fans. I also experienced the overall team effort that goes into creating a dynasty.”
Senior Experience A Step Up... and a Step Into the Professional World. 8 ENDICOTT BRIDGES • 2013-14
ith three years of academic study and short-term internships under their belts, Endicott students enter the senior year with several objectives in mind: to complete all coursework, to compile a senior thesis project that will allow them to demonstrate all they have learned, both in class and out, and to have a full-semester internship that will give them a step up and into the professional world.
that arise on the job, and seek advice. Faculty and administrators from the College visit students and their supervisors during the internship to ensure that learning objectives are being met and to support students through the process. Other important aspects of the course include strategies for networking and forming business connections as aids in finding full-time employment.
Dr. Kristine Kelly, associate professor of Dr. Kelly says, “Students have the opportunity to develop b usiness, who has taught thesis and internship courses in addition to courses in the business relationships with colleagues and supervisors, deal with major, reflects on the importance of the senior issues, and develop projects to show future employers. I year. “Students complete the 12-credit, full- semester internship while working on the first try to get students to approach problems like consultants, part of their theses, and some students use the so they can fully understand issues from multiple angles.” internship as a source of inspiration and data for their thesis projects. As the culminating academic work of each student’s program of study, the projects The results for our students have been overwhelmingly positive. are showcased during the annual spring Thesis Conference, a day- The real-world job experience and the strong academic compolong celebration of the academic achievements of the senior class.” nent of the senior thesis give students a deeper understanding of their chosen career paths. Historically at Endicott, they have During the full-semester internship, students typically return also led to a good percentage of job offers – great first steps to to campus one day a week to participate in a course where they career success! u can share their insights, describe their experiences, discuss issues
Jeff Marcel ’14
Site: Kraft Sports Group – Foxborough, Massachusetts Major: Sport Management
As a Patriot’s fan, I had to learn to maintain my professionalism and keep my “inner fan” in check when working with athletes I admire. My responsibilities ranged from d istributing giveaway bags to directing camera crews shooting promotions. I also had the opportunity to manage all aspects of a tournament for Anheuser Busch and to oversee the event schedule for 14 other interns. My internship experiences have given me the confidence to tackle leadership responsibilities in the future.
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SITE: BURNS ENTERTAINMENT – CHICAGO, ILLINOIS MAJOR: SPORT MANAGEMENT
Andrea Doyle ’13: Interning Far From Home My senior internship in sport marketing at Burns Entertainment introduced me to a new city — Chicago! Adapting to life there on my own was a challenge and a learning experience. It gave me an idea of what life could be like after college. Like Chicago itself, the working environment at Burns was thrilling and fast-paced. One of my roles was assisting in talent
procurement. Since I am interested in p ublic relations, learning the process companies use to find the right celebrity for a campaign was beneficial for my career. As a result of my experience, I would encourage students to do a distance internship. I didn’t just learn about the industry; I learned about myself and what I am capable of accomplishing.
SITE: FIDELITY INVESTMENTS – BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS MAJOR: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT/FINANCE
Chris Sears ’14: Making Critical Connections With my career goal of working in asset management, landing an internship at Fidelity Investments was definitely a step in the right direction. From day one, I became part of a tight-knit team and quickly learned how to juggle multiple projects. It was e xciting to work with large revenues on a regular basis and to be given so much responsibility as an intern.
My supervisor gave me invaluable advice by urging me to take initiative, and I appreciated the opportunity to put that advice into action. It taught me to develop strong problem-solving skills, which are necessary in asset management and many other fields. The connections I made at Fidelity have expanded my professional network, and I would recommend the site to students interested in the field of financial services.
SITE: LANGHAM HOTEL – BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS MAJOR: HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT
Alyssa Poon ’13: Learning in the Lap of Luxury As a hospitality management major with a focus in hotel management, I chose to intern at the luxury Langham Hotel in Boston. It offered me a great contrast to the limited service hotel where I had been working, and I was not disappointed with my experience. Based in the sales department of the hotel, I had the o pportunity to take the lead in the Langham’s “Think Pink, Win Green”
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program. The success of the program made me feel that I was making a contribution to the company while building relationships with hospitality professionals. My internship confirmed my interest in luxury service hotels and reaffirmed my passion for the hospitality profession.
SITE: WINNING SOLUTIONS – GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS MAJOR: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION/FINANCE
Megan Fulford ’13: Turning Senior Thesis Research into a Full-Time Job As a business major with a finance concentration, I chose to intern at Winning Solutions, creators of premium versions of games such as Monopoly, because I wanted to gain experience in all aspects of running a small business. Some of my responsibilities included creating invoices, billing customers, and recording payments of orders.
Because Winning Solutions was very busy and understaffed, I learned how to p rioritize my work and multitask on d ifferent projects. Through my senior thesis project, I proved that Winning Solutions needed to hire additional employees, because the business was suffering by operating with fewer workers than were actually required. By presenting my findings to management, I was able to secure a full-time job with Winning Solutions after graduation!
“Megan was an integral part of the Winning Solutions environment. She was as excited to be here as we were to have her, and that led to a wonderfully inclusive environment.” ~ Michael Doyle, General Manager at Winning Solutions
SITE: NORTH SHORE ART*THROB – SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS MAJOR: VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS/GRAPHIC DESIGN
Kylie Alexander ’13: Doing It All I decided to intern at North Shore Art*Throb, a Salem-based magazine focused on the arts, because I wanted a small o peration where I would be given a lot of responsibility. As I had hoped, every task I was assigned pertained to my major. I handled a lot of editorial design projects, which included creating one of the magazine covers.
handed out the free magazines, which was a strange experience for me! It taught me the importance of being able to articulate the purpose and design of a publication quickly and in a way that will excite people. Working for Art*Throb confirmed my interest in publication design and my dream of having my own firm in the future.
I attended events all over the North Shore to publicize the magazine and even
“Kylie was involved in the day-to-day design process. Her creative feedback and views were highly valued during production meetings and creative exchanges.” ~ Lilly McCrea, Creative Director, North Shore Art*Throb
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From Intern to Employee EBSCO’s Bonnie Weissman ’10
onnie Weissman, a graduate of Endicott’s Gerrish School of Business, credits the competitive job offer she received just one week after commencement to the valuable experiences she gained through Endicott’s three required internships. She landed a position in the sales operations group at EBSCO Information Services in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a company that supports the research needs of its customers by providing comprehensive research databases, e-books, and e-journals. “Through my first 120-hour internship as a freshman at Bath and Body Works, I learned about the consumer retail business,” she recounts. “Then my sophomore internship brought me to EBSCO’s business development department where I assisted with sales lead research and had my first taste of working for a large corporation.” Weissman says it was her full semester internship in EBSCO’s sales and marketing department that confirmed her career direction. Already familiar with the company, she was able to see how the sales leads she had researched in the business development department helped the sales and marketing teams break into new markets. “I really enjoy the fast paced sales environment where new and different issues arise every day,” she says.
potential. “Most companies like EBSCO usually like to hire their interns, as they are familiar with the company culture, products, systems, and employees,” she explains.
Reflecting on her own experiences, Weissman’s advice to future graduates is to seek out internships that offer job
Weissman also advises students to try to work part-time for the company once the internship ends in order to keep
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apprised of possible full-time openings. “While this may make your last semester of college a little busier,” she states, “in the long run you could be graduating with a job offer while most of your friends are still looking.” u
Making the Transition from Intern to Employee: An Interview with EBSCO Sales Manager, Randall Esber
EBSCO Senior Director of Sales Randall Esber gives Bonnie Weissman positive reviews in her progression from EBSCO intern to full-time employee. In the following interview, he describes Bonnie’s successes as an intern and gives advice to other students embarking on internships. What qualities do you seek in candidates, and how did Bonnie fit those criteria? At EBSCO we look for individuals who are highly motivated to succeed and who can harness that motivation to help EBSCO accomplish its business objectives. Bonnie demonstrated those qualities as an intern and continues to do so as an employee. She is able to grasp concepts quickly and apply them successfully. What were some of Bonnie’s responsibilities and accomplishments as a full-semester intern? Bonnie was fully immersed in the sales and marketing department where she gained e xperience in many areas including process improvement, data management, and marketing initiatives. She played an important role in helping to redesign our sales processes for enhanced productivity. Additionally, her thesis research aided our medical product managers in developing a strategy for making our products available via Smartphone.
My sophomore internship brought me to EBSCO’s business development department where I assisted with sales lead research and had my first taste of working for a large corporation.
What advice do you have for other interns? Come with a positive “can do” attitude. Treat the internship as the first step in your career, not as a temporary stop to fulfill course requirements. Give the internship your full attention, and work toward acquiring skills that you can leverage in future positions after graduation.
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The field of genomics will transform medicine as we know it in the coming decades. I foresee life science-centric computation, engineering, research, and diagnostics, offering fertile
ground for job opportunities in the future. Increasingly, the industry will swing from a drug-centric, therapeutic approach to disease to health monitoring and personalized medicine. There is o pportunity for students to be at
the forefront of the genomics revolution that is underway and carve out long and highly remunerative careers. – Gary Magnant, CEO of Sage Science in Beverly, Massachusetts
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Brave New World
For Endicott Bioengineering and Biotechnology Interns, the Future is Now
Justin Nguyen, Endicott Class of 2011 Nguyen’s internship at Sage Science led to full-time employment with Sage where he now serves as a manufacturing associate.
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Gary Magnant, CEO of Sage Science in Beverly “Interns bring light, youthful energy, smiles, and young hearts which often lift the spirit of all people. My employees have a natural sense of obligation to teach younger folk, and it is good for them to do so. As with most things in life, Magnant concludes, the more we do together, the greater the good for all.”
iotechnology is considered to be a true technological revolution – one that will lead to discoveries and applications in fields as diverse as health, pharmaceutical research, energy, and agriculture. Career possibilities seem limitless, and with Endicott’s commitment to hands-on learning through internship, our students are already experiencing the opportunities. Dr. Gene Wong, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, notes that Massachusetts has experienced remarkable growth in biotechnology and related fields. “Companies, ranging in size from small start-ups to large multinational corporations, have contributed to Massachusetts’ high growth rate in the biotechnology industry,” he says. “On the North Shore region alone, there are more than 80 life sciences companies with
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opportunities for internships that have become the proving ground for full-time employment. Endicott’s program is poised to take advantage of that growth.” Endicott graduates have completed internships that opened doors to professional positions. The sites include university research labs and institutes, such as the Koch Institute for Integrative
care and research database systems), and Sage Science (instrumentation). Gary Magnant, CEO of Sage Science in Beverly, Massachusetts is an eager p roponent of internship. “We seek to hire the brightest, most prepared and e nthusiastic interns who serve as ambassadors for their respective schools. The quality of their education, their
On the North Shore region alone, there are more than 80 life science companies with opportunities for internships that have become the proving ground for full-time employment. Cancer Research, and a variety of companies, each with a different focus, including Cell Signaling Technologies (bioreagents), Daedalus Software (heath
laboratory skills, their preparedness, and their passion are all reflected in their ability to interview well and then perform on the job.”
A case in point: biotechnology major, Justin Nguyen, Endicott Class of 2011. Nguyen’s internship at Sage Science led to full-time employment with Sage, where he now serves as a manufacturing associate. He was not only an a mbassador for Endicott during his internship, but he was also a serious young man whose training, work ethic, and enthusiasm made him a good fit for the company. Nguyen says, “I believe I was hired because I expressed an interest in the engineering aspect of the field, which impressed Mr. Magnant.” The company develops products for use in life sciences research and diagnostic laboratory markets, and Nguyen enjoys being part of a team focused on developing “new and improved tools to support future research.” Reflecting on his career path, Nguyen notes, “The biotech industry is more massive than a few niches, so graduates should approach the field with an open mind and take a broad view of the career options, which extend beyond lab work.” In addition to preparing interns like Nguyen for future employment, Magnant views internship as a powerful link between industry and college c ampuses. “The internship program brings the management of the company and the college together,” he says, and he foresees relationships that might result in “philanthropy, trusteeships, or other favorable interactions.” Dr. Wong notes that Endicott and Sage have been working on several projects aimed at building the college/industry partnership, and Magnant envisions companies outsourcing research, which interns would conduct in labs on college campuses. Dr. Richard E. Wylie, president of the College, notes, “These are just the kinds of connections we are hoping to make for our students, for our alumni, and for the industries that will provide the careers of the future.” u
National Science Foundation fellowship recipient, Paige Tanner (right), confers with her mentor Dr. Bram Lutton, assistant professor of biotechnology at E ndicott College and researcher at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory.
A National Science Foundation Fellowship
for Biotech Major, Paige Tanner ’14
ine summer weeks in Maine’s Acadia National Park? Sounds enchanting. For Paige Tanner, it was also a unique opportunity to conduct research thanks to a National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowship grant. Working with her mentor, Assistant Professor of Biotechnology Dr. Bram Lutton at Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL), she gained a variety of experiences with the non-profit marine research institution.
By having the freedom to undertake many of the procedures myself, I was able to have first-hand experiences and figure out my strengths, weaknesses, and overall interest in a specific procedure. According to Tanner, “Full-time and visiting scientists c onduct novel biomedical and environmental research within a relaxed setting that breaks down traditional academic
boundaries, allowing scientists and students to exchange ideas and address problems together on a comfortable level.” Tanner believes that her academic preparation as a biotechnology major with a concentration in environmental science prepared her well for the fellowship, which is equivalent to the College’s full-semester internship requirement. She says, “The internship provided a way for me to reinforce, refine, and practice skills and laboratory techniques learned or discussed at school.” Some of the techniques that she performed for the first time, included RNA extraction and cDNA synthesis. “My m entor was extremely encouraging and helpful,” Tanner explains. Tanner is pleased with the networking opportunities that her internship has provided and the connections she has made with scientists and researchers in the fields of marine physiology, regenerative biology, and environmental health. She says, “My internship at MDIBL has given me the motivation and inspiration to continue down the research path and pursue a degree in genetics or developmental biology after I graduate.” u
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Careers for Liberal Arts Graduates? Students Say Internships
ore often than not, students who venture into liberal arts majors are questioned as to the practicality of their choices – “What will you do with an English degree? How do liberal studies translate into a career?” Common questions. For Endicott graduates, there are many answers. Applied learning is at the center of every program of study at Endicott, and programs in the liberal arts are no exception. Like their classmates who pursue more professionally oriented majors, liberal studies students find themselves blending academic theory with real-world practice in a work setting. The internship requirements of every major ensure that disciplines are not studied in isolation.
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Emily Harrigan, Endicott Class of 2012 Emily interned in the office of Massachusetts According to Dr. Mark Herlihy, Governor Deval Patrick, a position that sparked professor of history and a ssociate her i nterest in politics and led to her application dean of arts and sciences, and acceptance to Boston University Law School. “Internships for students in Endicott’s liberal arts disciplines provide opportunities to explore The skills that students in liberal arts possible career paths, develop professional majors acquire are put into practice within competencies, and utilize the critical think- a variety of internship settings, from ing, reading, and writing skills essential for schools and non-profit agencies to law meeting the challenges of the current infor- firms and corporations. English majors, mation age.” for e xample, have interned and obtained full-time p ositions in p restigious pubDale McLennan, director of Endicott’s lishing houses such as Random House, Career Center, notes that very often as well as in corporate settings including employers seek out students who are more L.L. Bean and Genzyme Biosurgery. broadly educated and who have strong Many of Endicott’s history majors have w riting and analytic skills, which are used internships to explore careers essential for success in any field. in museums and public service. u
Open Doors and Possibilities SITE: PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM – SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS
Sampling of Sites Hiring Endicott’s Liberal Arts Graduates
Colleen Hartigan ’12
History Major As a history major, I felt privileged to have the o pportunity to intern at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where I have always enjoyed experiencing the variety of cultures represented in the many galleries.
I loved working with history every day and learning about the exhibits in each gallery, so that I was ready to answer any of the guests’ questions. My internship confirmed my career goals and gave me an understanding of the skills needed to work in a museum setting.
SITE: GENZYME BIOSURGERY – CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS
Lauren Peterson ’12
English/Creative Writing Major Communication Concentration
While it seems strange that an English major would work in a biotechnology company, my degree actually made me an ideal c andidate for the position of d ocumentation specialist at Genzyme Biosurgery in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I have learned to assess problems critically and from multiple angles. I use my writing and editing skills to revise documents and my communication skills to create and deliver presentations. My job motivates me, not just in my own career, but for the p eople we serve. The services we provide save patients’ lives, and it’s w onderful to be a part of something larger that does so much good.
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Interested in pursuing an MBA, but not sure what path to take, Oscar Wyett Moore became one of several Endicott graduates to benefit from the College’s mentoring program.
ndicott’s mentoring program enables students to earn Master’s degrees while receiving valuable mentoring in key positions on campus from the Admission Office to the Center for the Arts. Moore’s evolving interest in business and entrepreneurship led him to the MBA program at Endicott’s Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies and an assistant position within the Gerrish School of Business where he is mentored by Dean Michael Paige.
Endicott’s Mentoring Program Offers a Powerful Blend of Graduate Education and Career Development Dr. Michael Paige, Dean of the Gerrish School of Business Our School of Business is a business in its own right. Oscar has become a productive part of our a dministrative team and is putting his business skills to good use in the operational and strategic management of our organization. His roles include completing administrative tasks, mentoring undergraduate students, and attending entrepreneurial conferences in Boston.
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Moore, who majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology, was selected for the Mentoring Program based on his undergraduate accomplishments and work ethic. A strong student, Moore played football throughout his academic career serving as the team captain in his senior year. In addition, Moore’s unconventional internship path was symbolic of his desire to grow personally and professionally. Although he was a criminal justice major, Moore decided to explore the marketing field, completing his 120-hour freshman internship at Build It Green, a nonprofit environmental organization. As a sophomore, Moore’s interest in sport psychology led him to an internship at TD Athletes Edge where he helped athletes train and individuals build up strength prior to surgery. It was at TD Athletes that Moore became interested in entrepreneurship and created a business plan for using speed camps to teach children how to run properly, an idea that is still on his back burner. Asked what advice he would offer interns, Moore’s response is “to take advantage of all of your resources and to maximize your situation by putting your best foot forward”—a perspective that will continue to serve Moore well as he works toward his future goals. u
Interested in Grad School? Internships Could Be the Key.
Ask Endicott Alumnus and Doctoral Candidate,
Sampling of Graduate Schools Attended by Recent Graduates SCHOOL
Babson College Boston College Boston University Boston University, School of Law Endicott College George Mason University IESE Barcelona Northeastern University School of the Art Institute of Chicago Syracuse University
Master of Science in Accounting Master of Nursing Doctor of Physical Therapy Juris Doctor Master of Business Administration Master of Political Science Master of Business Administration Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program Master of Art Therapy Master of Broadcast Journalism
urrently pursuing a doctorate in clinical neuropsychology at Suffolk University, Zack Held ’11 credits his internship with giving him the practical experience and p rofessional connections that shaped his career decision and enabled him to gain acceptance to a competitive graduate program. The biotechnology graduate is one of a growing number of Endicott students whose internship experiences have directed them toward careers that require graduate degrees.
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and his full semester internship at Worcester State Hospital where he became involved in neurology research, he decided to earn a Ph.D. in neuropsychology. This career shift combines Held’s interests in research and
As a freshman fulfilling his 120hour internship requirement at Newton Wellesley Hospital, Zack had planned to attend medical school, with a focus in psychiatry. After completing his sophomore internship in the neurology department at
patient interaction. As part of his program he conducts tests with patients suffering from conditions such as athletic concussions and Parkinson’s disease in an effort to develop appropriate treatment plans.
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I found that most of the a pplicants had to work a few years to get the same level of e xperience I obtained by completing the three internships at Endicott.
Reflecting on his path to graduate school, Zack says, “I found that most of the a pplicants had to work a few years to get the same level of e xperience I obtained by completing the three internships at Endicott. My internship experiences were extremely helpful in gaining admission to some excellent g raduate programs.” Zack also values the professional connections he formed and maintained as a
result of his internships. He notes, “During my full-semester internship, I worked with an individual whose letter of recommendation helped me get accepted and who actually knows my current mentor at Suffolk.” Eager to share his experiences, Zack serves as a mentor for Endicott’s Career Center. What advice does he offer? “Get to know your professors because they can help with career choices. Most importantly, stay connected to your field and the people you meet during your internships. You never know when you might need a letter of recommendation to open a graduate school door.” u ENDICOTT BRIDGES • 2013-14 21
EMPLOYED: Boston Bruins Boston, Massachusetts
Rich Yutkins ’12 Site: Woburn High School – Woburn, Massachusetts Major: Sports Management I used my Endicott internships to experience the variety of positions open to sports management majors. I worked with the athletic facilities manager at Boston University in my freshman year and completed my senior internship with the athletic director at Woburn High School, and each experience was unique. After graduation, I took a short-term position with the Boston Celtics, which led to my current position as a fan relations r epresentative with the Boston Bruins. I also earned a master’s degree in athletic administration at Endicott. I believe that my internships taught me the value of networking and helped me mature from student to professional.
Rich Yutkins and colleagues meet bi-weekly to discuss customer service tactics, touch base on sales goals, and discuss new products.
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Bobby Gourdeau ’13
etts Site: State Street – Boston, Massachus Major: Sport Management
EMPLOYED: Oracle Burlington, Massachusetts
shape my Endicott were valuable in helping me My varied internship experiences at -hand first ned lear I re at Boston College whe r at career direction. One internship was the Ano s. litie faci its functions and manages how a college athletic department State Street confirmed that sales ng and leveraging my was the career path I wanted to By networki pursue. As an intern there, I sup- internship experiences, I landed a ported the field with research on ition with Oracle. financial companies, such as State sales pos Farm and Sun-Life. I learned how and leveragaccount managers. By networking to organize and present findings to advice to ed a sales position with Oracle. My ing my internship experiences, I land net worth.” saying goes, “your network is your interns is to network because, as the
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hallmark in their chosen fields to Endicott’s ses ces suc ir the ute rib att t, sen Interns, past and pre deep appreciation for their many a s res exp ey Th ce. cti pra d an ory toward curriculum, which integrates the internship experiences as they work ir the ge era lev d an rk wo net to how opportunities to learn fulfilling their career goals.
Mary Lynn Massey ’13 Site: Cape Ann Art Haven – Gloucester, Massachusetts Major: Studio Art
with a minor My studio art major, combined my internin education, prepared me well for ven , wh ere shi p at the Ca pe An n Art Ha cover and I helped children of all ages dis ducted art exercise their artistic talents. I con g arts events classes and assisted in organizin p played a for the community. My internshi n a degree in valuable role in helping me ear e to teach in hop I and visual arts education, . the public school system
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Max Snelling ’13
Massa s Center – Gloucester, Site: Gloucester Writer e Writing Major: English/Creativ
me a glimpse into ter Writers Center gave ces ou Gl e th at ip sh ern My int ed me the versatility ssional writers and show ofe pr of s zen do of es s of the c enter’s the liv to participate in all aspect le ab s wa I e. oic ch eer events. I am most of my car s to planning community nt gra g itin wr m fro s, storytelling event activitie start a bi-monthly, live to ng lpi he in le ro my stories. My proud of come to tell their real life g career le op pe ich wh in s, ale called Fisht own writin excited to see where my internship has made me will take me.
Kelly Webster ’14 Site (Spring 2014): Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, Massachusetts Major: Nursing The opportunity to gain hands-on experience so early in my training was one of the reasons I chose Endicott. Learning in Endicott’s nursing simulation lab, then applying that experience through a variety of clinical rotations has been great. I had an acute care nursing rotation at North Shore Medical Center, a pediatric rotation at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a m aternity rotation at Beverly Hospital—just to mention a few. For my senior practicum, I was thrilled to work with a preceptor on the medical/surgical unit of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In the future, I hope to pursue a career in intensive care nursing, and I am confident that the education and clinical experiences I gained at Endicott will enable me to reach my goal.
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EMPLOYED: Marblehead Public Schools Marblehead, Massachusetts
Sample List of Internship Sites for All Majors 2012-13
Melissa D’Andrea, BS’11, MEd ’12 Site: Beverly Public Schools – Beverly, Massachusetts Major: Elementary Education As an undergraduate, I completed my student teaching in a fifth grade classroom in Beverly, where my cooperating teacher treated me as a co-teacher, not a student teacher. I was able to practice what I was taught in my education classes while learning valuable lessons about classroom management and professionalism. Through networking, I learned of an opening for a fifth grade math and science teacher in the Marblehead school district, and I was selected for the position, in part because of Endicott’s positive reputation. I have since earned my master’s degree in education at Endicott, and I would advise interns to make the most of their internships and networking opportunities. Endicott’s name on my resume was my connection!
Jordan Lewis ’14 Site: FUEL (Funding Unique Entrepreneurial Leaders) – Beverly, Massachusetts Major: Business Management My internship experiences at Travelers Insurance, UTC Aerospace, and the Hartford Attorney General’s Office gave me the chance to try different aspects of the business field and helped me choose a career direction. For my full-semester internship, I was thrilled to work as the CEO of a new program at Endicott, FUEL (Funding Unique Entrepreneurial Leaders), which helps students who dream of starting their own businesses. I have always thought of myself as an introvert, but this leadership role has taught me how to connect with people and exercise organizational skills.
Aflac • Appalachian Mountain Club • Avid Technology • Bank of America • Baystate Financial Services • Blue Man Group • Boston Celtics • Boston Magazine • Brigham and Women’s Hospital • Burns Entertainment and Sports Marketing • CBS Radio • Cell Signaling Technology • Christian Dior • Cigna • Coldwell Banker, • Country Music Television • DMB Financial • Davis Advertising • Delta Airlines • EBSCO Publishing • Electric Insurance Company • Finish Line • Fisher-Price • Four Seasons Hotel • Fox News • Garnet River, LLC • General Electric • Global Environmental Technologies • Gorton’s Seafood • Hasbro, Inc. • Kraft Sports Group • MAC Cosmetics • MFS Investment Management • Mass Audubon Society • Museum of Fine Arts/Boston • NOVA Biomedical NeuroLogica • Nike Golf • North Shore Magazine • Novartis • PUMA North America • Peabody Essex Museum • PepsiCo International • Philadelphia Eagles • Putnam Investments • Reebok International • Ritz-Carlton • Saint-Gobain • SatCon Technologies • Shawmut Design and Construction • State Farm Insurance • State Street Corporation • TD Garden • Target • The Langham Boston • TJX Companies • Traveler’s Insurance Co. • Unum • WBZ-TV • Worcester Sharks
BRIDGES experiential learning through internship
This inaugural edition of Bridges is aimed at celebrating and sharing the unique qualities of our comprehensive program, which has been the hallmark of an Endicott education since the Collegeâ€™s founding in 1939.