Summer Success

School of Business students gain valuable internship experience.

Photo: Mike Peters

Senior Edward Simoes is an intern at the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

This summer, a number of School of Business students landed internships that have given them real-world experience in their chosen careers.

“To gain a competitive edge in the job search, graduates need to have not only the degree, but also experience in the field,” says Diane Freedman, director of School of Business career services. “Internships provide that experience.”

The School of Business has forged solid relationships with a number of high-profile companies that offer competitive, for-credit internships. “There is no guarantee that a student will successfully land an internship,” explains Freedman. “The students interview for the positions and hiring decisions are made solely by the employers.”

Ultimately, internships can open doors for future employment. “These companies have hired interns from Montclair State on a regular basis,” says Freedman.

Senior Amanda Malko is working 16 hours a week as an accounting/finance intern at MetLife Stadium. “This internship relates to my future goals because I want to become an accountant, so I get to learn just what it takes to work in the real world,” she says.

She will receive three course credits while gaining practical experience in accounting. “Some of my responsibilities are depositing checks into the system, looking through their database to pull files and invoices, and learning about the program they use,” she explains.

The Right Fit
According to Freedman, internships are a great way for students to “try on” a career before committing to a full-time job. “I’ve often seen students change their career focus after an internship gave them a realistic insight into what the actual work entailed,” she says.

Johanne Dorvil is majoring in business administration with a concentration in hospitality management. Her summer internship at The Heldrich Hotel in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has helped her fine tune her career aspirations. As an administrative assistant intern at The Heldrich, she spends 15-20 hours a week working closely with the general manager and catering department.

“From what I’ve learned so far, I definitely want to work in the hospitality industry,” she says. “Before, I wanted to work as a front desk manager, but not anymore! There are other areas I am discovering and want to explore further.” These include hotel catering and events planning and management.

For Senior Edward Simoes, an internship with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries, has provided him with valuable insights for the future. He has been helping the Foundation’s development team with fund-raising projects that support its mission of finding treatments and cures for spinal cord injuries and recruitment ideas. “I’m gaining good experience in marketing and development, learning a lot and grasping a business atmosphere,” he says. “But I don’t necessarily see myself working in a nonprofit after college.”

Atelier Creative Services is a Manhattan-based public relations and marketing consulting firm for fashion, beauty and accessory products. Sydney Grimes, a business administration major who is concentrating on sports, events and tourism marketing, wanted an internship that would give her a feel for the world of events and marketing.

“I do everything from picking up packages to picking out swimsuits and dresses to send to publicists for actresses or models to wear,” she says. “I’ve learned a lot about the fashion industry and fashion events and I’ve learned what I am and am not interested in.” Her internship has sparked a deeper interest in public relations.

For these students, summer is the ideal time for internships that give them the experience they need to build a resume. “One of the greatest benefits of a summer internship is being able to come to work and focus all of my time on my internship, without the stress of being in school,” says Malko.