Published 02/06/11

Internships provide a glimpse into possible career paths

February 6, 2011

Alexandra Pearson ’11 (North Dighton, MA) credits an internship at Reebok in Canton, MA, for opening her eyes to vast career opportunities in market research. During her second internship with Reebok, she was a Consumer Insights Intern in the company’s Brand Strategy Department.

Through online communities and focus groups, she researched how the Reebok brand resonates with consumers, compiled competitive analyses on categories within the industry, and evaluated qualitative research.

She’s taken part in a project that involved skateboarders on the Dew Tour in Boston and has also traveled to Dallas and Phoenix to observe focus groups.

“The team I worked with was small, so that allowed me to spend a great deal of time working with each person,” she says. “Their wisdom and knowledge of the industry, as well as consumer research, is what I aspire to in my own career.”

‘Seriously unbelievable’

Eligible Bryant juniors and seniors have an opportunity to gain significant work experience while earning academic credit through internships. In order to take part in Bryant’s Academic Internship Program, students must attend an orientation session put on by the Amica Center for Career Education.

Bryant students have interned for Fortune 500 companies, sports teams, museums, newspapers, nonprofit organizations, and businesses abroad.

Last summer, Andrew Famiglietti ’11 (Lincoln, RI) was a special projects administrator at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London. During the fall semester, Kate Rosales '11 (Dallas, TX), a finance concentrator, interned at the Washington National Opera in Washington, DC. 

Currently, Jason Fortin ’12 (Pomfret, CT) is a research assistant at the Brookings Institution, a renowned policy think tank in Washington, DC. Danielle Scoli ’12 (Harrison, NY) recently learned that she landed a summer internship at Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Brittany Glenn ’11 (Easthampton, MA) actually began her internship with the Boston Celtics during the team’s playoff run last spring.  The team ultimately came up just short – but the experience was a memorable one for Glenn.

“Having the opportunity to be on the court for the pregame introductions was seriously unbelievable,” says, Glenn, worked with the game operations director to coordinate sideline activities during the Celtics playoff run. “I was so overwhelmed with excitement it was difficult to keep my composure.”

Glenn learned about the internship through a friend, Pat Walcek, a 2009 Bryant alumnus who is currently an account executive with the Celtics. She then sought assistance from the Amica Center for Career Education to put her best foot forward. 

"They helped me work on my résumé and gave me some great tips for a successful interview," she says.“My Bryant education gave me the confidence to enter a well-established franchise knowing I was capable of handling any situation that arose.”

‘Learned from professionals’

After experiencing what it was like to run a campus radio station, A.J. Toto ’10 looked to sharpen his skills interning at SIRIUS Satellite radio in New York City.

“I learned from professionals with decades of experience and received the best preparation on the use of the industry’s tools, software, and equipment,” says Toto.

During two separate internship at SIRIUS, he worked with the “The Howard Stern Show” and “The Jay Thomas Show.” On a typical day, he would help to edit, screen phone calls, and run board operations. He also did on-air bits with Thomas, the staff, and guests.

No matter what they threw at him, Toto felt he could handle anything. “Bryant faculty prepared me to deal with different business situations in a professional manner,” he says.  “My experience with WJMF 88.7, Bryant’s student-run radio station, definitely helped me to land my internships.”