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Internship Series: The Boston Globe

November 22nd, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Natasha MascarenhasNatasha M. internship

COM ’19 | Journalism

Business Department Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

NM: I curate the weekly/daily agenda of the latest business events, maintain the @GlobeBiz twitter account and coordinate social media around breaking news stories, and write breaking news pieces for the Metro section. I also work on features and news briefs for the business section, and I run the Bloomberg Stock Exchange Machine and update the Top 25 Companies in the mass index.

CCD: What surprised you about your summer experience? 

NM: Everyone is so humble, despite being so accomplished. You’d be surprised how many reporters would get lunch with you to talk about journalism.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans? 

NM: It confirmed that I want to work at a daily publication. Working for a traditional paper amidst its transition to a more unconventional, dynamic and challenging paper is essential. There are no instructions on how to get rid of the “fake news stereotype” other than to dynamically deliver amazing journalism everyday. Being with people who have worked in the industry for as many as 40 years, or as few as 4 months – shows me that it’s an ongoing conversation and something I’d like to be a part of.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship experience?

NM: Ask questions, never say no even if the task isn’t in your job description, and most definitely offer your experience if you think it would help. For me it was nominating myself for the @GlobeBiz Twitter position. I had a lot of downtime between stories and I wanted to contribute in some way, this was how I did it.

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Internship Series: General Electric – Aviation

November 1st, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Alejandra FloresAlejandra Flores internship

ENG ’18 | Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Systems Design Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities?

AF: I verified accuracy between balloon notes on S-500 drawings to their corresponding database to manufacture as-designed engine parts; supported execution of the TERN Lube System Simulator test through data reduction and evaluation of rig performance to meet design intent; researched, tested, and performed T64 bearing load sensitivity study for upcoming flight test program; led mechanical systems on Software Requirement Document (SRD) for CT7-8 radial drive shaft.

CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?

AF: Email etiquette, how to interact with employers outside of an office setting, and presentation skills.

CCD: What is one challenge you encountered during your summer experience and how did you manage it? 

AF: A challenge I encountered was having to do a project that had a lot of missing information and having to make educated estimates of values in order to continue the calculations.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience?

AF: Talk to as many people as possible! Everyone has a lot to offer and share and they are looking to share it, all you have to do is ask and take interest.

CCD: What’s next for you?

AF: Hopefully getting a job with GE!

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Internship Series: Pfizer

October 25th, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Brian ChirnBrian Chirn internship

SAR/CAS ’18 | Health Science & Biology

Summer Intern/Research Assistant

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

BC: I worked in the drug discovery and internal medicine department on a team of several scientists. During my time at this internship, I optimized a functional assay which tested cell surface expression for GCPRs. I planned and carried out experiments, graphed data, and analyzed trends.

CCD: What is one challenge you encountered during your summer experience and how did you manage it? 

BC: One challenge I encountered during my internship was that my experiments wouldn’t work out! But that’s part of the scientific method. During this frustrating time, I sat down with my supervisor and we troubleshot potential steps I could improve upon. In the end, with thoughtful backtracking, we were able to produce data that was presentable and significant.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your summer experience? 

BC: When I was preparing to leave I needed to organize all of the data I had collected over the summer for the next person to pick up where I had left off. After organizing it all, I sent it to my supervisor and I was shocked at just how much progress I had made in my short time there. It was really rewarding knowing my work will be continued even after I leave.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of a summer experience? 

BC: One thing I learned from this internship was how important asking for help is. As the newest employee, it was often hard figuring out where certain things were, or why my data wasn’t turning out the way we expected. But people around you want to help and this was a valuable lesson I learned.

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Internship Series: Central Michigan University

October 18th, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Anna BarcalaAnna Barcala internship

CAS ’20 | Marine Science

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Researcher

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

AB: I helped to come up with and plan the project that our team worked on for ten weeks, sampled nutrients daily, filtered all the nutrient samples, and analyzed and presented the findings for total nutrient dynamics.

CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences? 

AB: For me, as a scientist, learning the process of working on a study and how to make the research count will be the most beneficial. The experience of setting up my own project and working on a team are skills that apply to every type of internship or hands-on experience.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your summer experience?

AB: We did midnight zooplankton tows to test if there was a temporal difference in zooplankton abundance. Wading through the water in complete darkness, while it was at its most calm, is something I will never forget.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

AB: I do not want to study water chemistry; I already knew that. However, I did learn a lot from the experience about what getting a Master’s and a PhD mean. I did not realize all of the things that you could do with either, and I did not realize the limitations that both bring. Learning this expanded my ideas of what I could do with a PhD, but it also opened my eyes to careers that you can no longer have with a PhD. I think I know less about what I want to do after having gone through the program, but this is mainly because now I know that there is so much more that I could do.

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Internship Series: Arena Stage

October 11th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Emily GianvecchioEmily Gianvecchio internship

COM ’18 | Public Relations

Development Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

EG: My main responsibility as an intern was to assist each member in our 12 person department with various tasks and projects. These responsibilities included writing and editing grant applications and sponsorship proposals for our Foundation Relations Manager and Corporate Relations Manager. I researched individual donor prospects, foundations, and corporations that we were looking to solicit. I updated our donor database consistently and had a whole project dedicated to documenting planned giving. Other accomplishments of mine included redesigning informational material about the organization, coordinating donor event logistics, and writing and editing donation acknowledgment letters. I also had daily tasks such as filing donor records and managing auction donation requests.

CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this internship?

EG: 1. Grant writing. Learning what foundations like to hear and what they value from grant applicants completely changed my style of writing for this purpose. I learned so much about my organization in having to write about it as well. Grant writing is also a skill applicable beyond theatrical organizations. 2. Donor stewardship. Working in Development means talking to donors and talking about money, which can be a sensitive subject. I was so grateful for the opportunity to learn about the best language to use when asking for support and also what methods are best for continuing relationships with patrons. 3. Research. I thought I knew how to research before this internship, but this experience opened my eyes to many different tools to find information and the most clear and concise way to present that information to department superiors.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

EG: This experience reaffirmed my choice to follow a career path in Arts Administration and opened my eyes to the idea of pursuing Development specifically. Going into this experience, I thought that I would just be trying something new, but would end up continuing on another path within the theatre. Now I am not so sure! In fact, I have another internship in Development lined up for this fall. This experience also welcomed me to D.C. and made me realize that it is a city I can see myself living after graduation.

CCD: What were some of the benefits of this internship?

EG: The benefits of doing an internship at Arena Stage are endless! Not only did I gain a variety of valuable career skills, but I also met lots of interesting people. I got to know everyone in my department so well and had access to everyone in the organization. Everyone was so willing to answer all of my questions and connect me to other people. I now have a whole network of close colleagues outside of Boston thanks to my internship.

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Internship Series: Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA)

October 4th, 2017 in Internship Series, Uncategorized

Kristin JohnKristin Johnson internship

Questrom/CAS ’20 | Business Administration & Economics

Consulting Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

KJ: I consulted for a fashion brand of a nonprofit based in Ahmedabad, India. The fashion brand created a livelihood for poor, rural women by incorporating their traditional embroidery skills into a profitable business.

CCD: How did you find the position, and what resources helped you get the internship?

KJ: I found this internship through Questrom, as it is partnered with Newcastle University to offer several internships to students in India, Israel, and the U.K. I got more information through the Questrom UDC.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

KJ: My most memorable moment was our field visit into a small village in rural India. We spent the day conducting market research into fashion trends in that area. The whole village came to greet us and the villagers were so kind, helpful, and welcoming. I never thought I would experience this in my life. It was eye-opening.

CCD: What were some of the benefits of your internship?

KJ: Being in India allowed me to understand an entirely different culture from the American culture I was raised in. It was awesome to live and experience a developing country. Additionally, I enjoyed my internship because I researched and analyzed an entire business, looking at all the different functions in the business. Then, I had to come up with suggestions for the company to improve and become more profitable. I learned that I really liked this kind of work.

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Internship Series: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Malawi

September 27th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Rachel EdwardsRachel Edwards internship

CAS ’20 | Sociology and Environmental Analysis & Policy

Overseas Summer Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

RE: I worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist to analyze, review, and present data from the 2015-16 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey. I also traveled to conduct Data Quality Assessments at district and outreach health facilities in Lilongwe, Balaka, and Salima. Additionally, I provided organizational support to the Family Health Team of USAID Malawi.

CCD: What was the best thing about this experience? What was the worst?

RE: The best thing about this experience was the opportunity to work with data and perform data quality assessments at primary data sources. The worst part about this experience was identifying systematic data quality issues without having the appropriate means to combat them.

CCD: How has this experience changed your future plans?

RE: This experience solidified my interest in development. Additionally, it gave me hands on experience with data, reaffirming how necessary data collection and analysis are in the human sciences.

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Internship Series: Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren

September 20th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Jonathan HauserJonathan Hauser Internship

CAS/Pardee ’18 | International Relations & French Studies

Congressional Intern

CCD: Tell us about your internship experience. What were your responsibilities? 

JH: I attended and transcribed notes from policy briefings and luncheons, documented the concerns of constituents surrounding policies and current events through various mediums, and performed administrative tasks such as delivering ‘Dear Colleague’ letters. Overall, I helped ensure the efficient management of the Senator’s D.C. office.

CCD: What was the best part of the experience? What was the worst?

JH: The best part of this experience was interacting with constituents and representing the Senator. I came to understand the importance of connecting with the public as a politician and ensuring that the political process remains visible. The worst part of the internship was receiving phone calls from non-constituents who only said hateful things about the Senator with no evidence.

CCD: What are the top 3 skills you’ve learned from this experience?

JH: Patience, organization, and being inquisitive.

CCD: What is one thing you’ve learned that will benefit any future internships or other hands-on experiences? 

JH: I have learned how to better interact with coworkers in a political setting and how to keep composed even when somebody has extremely differing opinions from your own.

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Advice from the Other Side: Your First Week

September 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sarah Farkas 1By Sarah Farkas
Assistant Director of Mentoring & Outreach, Educational Resource Center

Welcome back, Terriers! And if you’re a brand new Terrier, welcome to your very first week as a Boston University student. Let’s begin by examining a very important question: What should your first week back to school or starting school look like? One day (sooner than you think) you’ll be entering the very first week of a new job, and if you learn to prepare like a pro while at school, all of the transitions that come later will be much easier for you. And whether you’re new to BU or not, the first weeks are always a pretty big transition. Here’s what your first week (or weeks) can look like if you’re on top of your game: 

Read Your Syllabi and Read them Well

You know that document that your professors hand out to you on the first day of each class? That’s called a syllabus and it’s important, so go ahead a fish it out of the trash (or find it on blackboard). In so many ways, minding the syllabus can be key to academic success because just about all the information that you need for the semester is contained within in. You’ve got book selections, due dates, test format, expectations, office hours, Faculty and Teaching Fellow contact information…the list goes on! So, take some time this week to read your syllabi and make note of all your important due dates. This can be in a planner, on your phone, on a paper or electronic calendar, but it can’t be inside your head. Make note of when your professor’s office hours and make sure that they don’t conflict with other classes; if they do, find out if your professor will see you by appointment. Doing these things now will make it much easier for you when you actually have an exam or need to see your professor—the logistics will already be taken care of.  

Explore Campus and Find Your Perfect Study Spot 

Whether it’s your fourth or first year at BU, you should always be looking for hidden gems on campus—I assure you, there are many! If it’s your fourth year, you may think you’ve found your perfect spot at Mugar, but have you checked out the Theology library? Did you know that CAS has a new Think Tank that’s perfect for studying? Too often, we decide where to study haphazardly, but atmosphere can make so much of a difference in helping you focus and get the work done. Maybe you need to be in your dorm room or apartment. Maybe you need to be on the 6th floor of the Yawkey Center because of that view of The Charles (I’m biased). My point is that you’ll never know where the best place is for you in terms of performance and focus if you don’t experiment and explore. Take the first few weeks of the semester to do just that! 

These are just two small things that you can do during the first week or weeks of the semester. Stay tuned for tips from my friends at the CCD and never hesitate to reach out the ERC to talk about syllabi management, study strategies, or anything else related to academics. We’re so excited to see you again! 

Advice from the ERC: The Value of a BU Education

April 14th, 2017 in Advice from the Other Side, Uncategorized

Sarah Farkas 1Editor’s note: The CCD will be teaming up with the ERC to bring you a special series of Advice from the Other Side in the spring semester. Check back every week for new posts!

By Sarah Farkas, Assistant Director for Mentoring and Outreach, ERC

As we hurdle towards the end of the semester, it’s time to look towards your summer plans (exciting!). For most of the you, at least some part of the summer will involve spending time at home with your family. Because your family loves you and is invested in your future, you’re probably going to have to field some questions about what you’ve learned in the last year. And your family probably isn’t going to want specifics—they’re going to want to know the general value of what you’ve learned during your time at BU. These kinds of questions can be daunting, but it’s important that you learn how to answer them now when the stakes are low because both starting and advancing your career will involve expressing the value of what you know. Because I studied Philosophy, people were often bewildered by not only what I would do with that degree after college, but also what value studying the discipline could possibly have. Here are some skills that you can focus on when having these kinds of discussions with your family and friends:

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking skills are essentially invaluable; they will be necessary in whatever career you pursue and in excelling during the rest of your college career. If your family is curious about the value of that Art History course that you took this semester, try explaining that you had to learn volumes of historical information and nuanced artistic techniques, and then you had to apply that new knowledge and critically analyze a piece of art. Having to make all of those interdisciplinary connections is going to help you in any other writing intensive course that you take, but you could also make the argument that synthesizing all of that information and applying it will prove helpful in STEM courses as well. Your family wants you to succeed in college, and if you can demonstrate to them that you’re gaining skills that will help you do that, they will see the value in what you’re learning (whether they’re wild about the chosen discipline or not).


Raise your hand if you’ve had to either write a paper or work in a group during your classes this year. Now, I can’t see you, but I’d bet that many of you have both hands raised. Having to articulate your thoughts in writing can be challenging, and you often just think about the grade as opposed to realizing that you’re improving your communication skills every time you complete a writing assignment. As you continue through school and beyond, you’ll spend so much time expressing yourself through emails and proposals; the ability to communicate effectively through your writing will, just like critical thinking, grant you continued success in your studies and your career. You’re also building your communication skills when you work in a team on a group project. I know, I know, group projects are the bane of our existences, but think about what you’re forced to do when you work in a group. You have to adapt your communication style to meet the needs of your group and in some cases, depending on the group, you actually have to lead and communicate on behalf of your group. Your family may not understand why you’re studying organizational behavior, but you can easily explain how much better the group projects have helped you communicate and work as a team.

Critical thinking and communication skills aren’t just academic skills or job skills—they are life skills. Learning to think through problems, to analyze ideas, and to communicate your thoughts is helping you to become a more well-rounded, fully realized person, and there’s a lot of value in that!

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