Internships that Matter

Doug, The Super-Intern

Is anyone else getting this?!   “You remind me so much of So-and-So!” or “Oh, wow, Boss! He is just like So-and-So!”   Unlike many of you, I am still in my first week at this spring’s new internship at the NFTA in their Marketing and Communications Department. The work itself is going great as I have hit the ground running, and already have multiple projects to complete.   However, as we begin our internships, wherever they may be, we are all meeting many new people. On a more-often-than-not basis, when I am introduced to somebody at the NFTA, they will proceed to compliment me about how much I remind them of a previous intern, Doug (his name’s not really Doug).   Now, make no mistake about it, they definitely mean it as a compliment. This Doug… he’s quite a guy! (I know first-hand). But, more about that later.   You see, Doug was an intern for my supervisor a few semesters ago, and he made quite the impression there. Everyone on her team loved him, and he worked hard for her and others. Many people hype him to be a super-intern, and as for me, they see me as the second coming.   I don’t word it that...

Right for Ronco

Ronco Communications is my third internship ever and my past two experiences did not leave me with high expectations applying for another, but I was hopeful. When I first heard of this opportunity, Dr. Wanzer shared with me that my supervisor is an amazing teacher but that like any other, you start off slow. Once I accepted and arrived on my first day, I was expecting some remedial task that probably involved filing or customer service calls. I was pleasantly proven wrong. First day, I was invited into back-to-back meetings with the various directors of sales and marketing; then with the marketing team I would be working with internally.  Right from the start I was given writing pieces to be featured on the homepage, and projects that I will be nurturing over time and spearheading. They have included in me in every decision every step of the way and genuinely appreciate and consider the ideas I contribute to the team. There a many more projects in store and I could not be more excited to implement almost all the skills the communication studies department has taught me over the...

New Beginnings.

I am a graphic design intern at Sentient Science which is a company devoted to expanding useful life expectancies of technology and making testing and operations more efficient. They have developed solutions to dramatically reduce fatigue, friction, and wear-based product issues with computational testing design simulations and prognostic asset management. As I am starting to get comfortable at Sentient Science; there is always a fresh feeling when I come in through the beautiful iron gate. The gold plated chandelier also adds an elegant feeling while walking up the stairs in the Butler Mansion. I have met some of the staff and they seem very nice.  I haven’t met everyone yet because some people work remotely and travel to and from the Buffalo and Idaho Falls offices. I spent my first couple days getting to know the company and what they do by looking at past presentations and studying some data. It was hard for me to grasp and understand some of the scientific research but I am now starting to understand it. It is important to know about a company before you start to design things in correlation to it. Channel 2 has interviewed us because we were listed in the “Top 10 Mansions in Buffalo.” It was interesting listening and learning more about...

Whatever happened to customer service?...

My first week at the International Institute of Buffalo went relatively well!  I am the medical advocate/health intern and so far I have been setting up medical and dental appointments for clients. I have not met any of the refugee clients yet, but I am sure once it gets warmer out I will be taking some of them to their appointments ( I do not have a car). I did have one frustrating thing happen; a few days ago I had to make dental and medical appointments for a family of five. The health agency that their case manager wanted me to schedule the appointment at gave me the run around. I was transferred and transferred, and than the phone would keep ringing. I felt like I was being ignored and I was even hung up on before I finished telling the representative who I was and why I was calling. Even the receptionist was annoyed; he told me to leave a message and someone would call me back. I never got the voice mail, because the phone kept ringing and the receptionist ended up answering the phone again so I told him I would call back tomorrow. I finally made the appointments and the case manager was really...

Growing Into Greatness

I had no idea what to expect when I walked into my marketing internship at the Botanical Gardens for the first time. A student who had the same position last semester said that it was a great experience and that she learned a great deal. This gave me a positive outlook on the situation. However, hearing my supervisor explain the interns in the Fall had completely different roles than interns in the Spring worried me. What was so different about them? What if I did not get to experience everything that the interns from last semester loved? Would I be learning just as much? The first day I was given the monotonous task of uploading upcoming events on to websites that allowed companies such as the Gardens to advertise for free. For five hours I sat at a desk re-typing the same information. My supervisor apologized that the work was so dull and promised that it was going to get better, and she did not let me down. The next day I helped set up for an event called Lumagination that was to happen the following day. I assisted with organizing the raffle, pricing merchandise to make a profit, and arranging the different rooms within the Gardens. I also...

Bright and Early at Entercom

I started my internship at Entercom radio January 12th, not long ago at all, yet I already feel very welcomed and comfortable there. I am interning at WGR550, which is the Bills and Sabres sports radio. I am constantly learning each and every day. My advisor Matthew has pushed me since day one to learn as much as possible and I am so glad he has. I was pretty nervous my first day because I knew that a lot of what I was going to do, I had no experience in and it was going to be a lot to learn all at once. However, after my first day and that first week, I was not nearly as overwhelmed as I thought I would be. The hours were hard to adjust to at first and still are today, but I think in a week or two I should be getting used to waking up at 5:00 am. As well as getting use to waking up early, I am also getting used to the daily tasks my advisor asks me to help him with. I have been helping assist him in the production room, taking calls, cutting audio, posting interviews, writing sports articles, helping with discussion topics, writing and recording news...

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