Working for the world’s largest cosmetics company or testing a space launch system at NASA is impressive experience on any résumé. When it’s part of a University of Hartford student’s résumé, it’s a pretty good indicator of a path to future employment success.
Ninety-two percent of our recent graduates are working, in graduate school, in the military, or pursuing their dreams in other endeavors and 64 percent of our students report having internships that advance their career skills with real-world training.
Here are a few:
With her eyes focused on becoming a doctor of optometry, Taylor Beverly appreciates the exposure to various medical specialties she received as a young scholar in the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP). The competitive six-week health science-based program is funded by the Robert Johnson Wood Foundation, one of the nation’s largest health philanthropies, and took place at Howard University in Washington D.C. UHart Associate Professor of Health Sciences Claudia Oakes encouraged her to apply.
“It was the best decision I have made,” Taylor says. “The opportunity for networking and exposure was incredibly valuable.” She participated in clinical rounds at Howard’s medical center and completed courses in genetics and organic chemistry during the program.
James spent much of his summer swimming in an ocean of business data in Manhattan, New York, but says the deep dive was worth it.
As a sales planning intern for L’Oreal’s USA New York headquarters, he analyzed sales and marketing numbers related to the company’s Garnier Hair Care product line and learned that the cosmetics industry can be fun and exciting. “I collaborated and networked with senior management and marketing teams and made recommendations related to the products’ pricing, promotion, and distribution,” James says. He also met the CEO of L’Oreal. “L’Oreal had a structured intern program,” James continued, “so I was able to learn about the retail sector by going on behind-the scene tours and enjoy Manhattan thanks to networking events they arranged for us.”
Margaret divided her time between two social media summer internships in the retail sector. She says one of her greatest accomplishments interning for Louisiana-based clothing company Sweetflexx, was connecting the company with a YouTube vlogger who has over a million subscribers. Sweetflexx has asked her to continue the internship into the fall semester.
At her internship for Vintage Vine, an antique furniture store in Canton, Conn., Margaret created social media pages and increased the store’s internet presence. “The owner is now able to run her Facebook page by herself and is seeing great success by connecting with customers through social media,“ Margaret says.
Before attending the University of Hartford, Wesaam lived in Brazil, Qatar, Germany, Sweden, and Washington D.C. This summer, he added Cleveland, Ohio after landing what he calls the “internship of a lifetime” at NASA Glenn Research Center.
As a vibroacoustics engineering intern in the Structural Dynamics Branch at NASA Glenn, Wesaam worked on the Space Launch System, NASA’s next generational rocket that he predicts will, “most likely take humans to Mars.” His responsibilities included conducting acoustics analysis of the launch abort system, a vital step to ensure the rocket will survive the intense vibrations and sound of launch and ascent.
He credits the coursework in CETA’s mechanical engineering program with an acoustics concentration with helping him to stand out as an applicant for the internship that receives thousands of applicants annually.
In Aetna's Summer Associate Program, Kevin supported the Human Resources Technology team. He worked on the project management of a computer upgrade, assisted in preparing two requests for proposals, and devised and presented a business strategy to help engage college students locally in wellness activities.
His experience was so successful that he has been asked to stay on for the fall semester as a Human Resources Business Analyst and has been offered a position for the 2018 Summer Associate Program.
“Early in the program, I told them of my commitment to launch my career rather than make a check mark that I’ve completed an internship on my professional development roadmap. Joining one of the nation’s largest healthcare providers was a huge learning curve that helped me grow practically and interpersonally. And now there’s more to come.”
Brianna Wilson says she felt “more than prepared” for the duties as development intern at the Handel and Haydn Society (H+H), a 200-year old organization that specializes in Baroque and early classical music. Her main project was drafting proposals for H+H’s inaugural Annual Giving Day. She focused on cultivating young donors and increasing recurring gifts. “The development team loved my ideas and will be implementing many of them early next year.”
This is the second part of our look at summer internships. Read the first installment here.