Graduation Year: 2016
Internship Company: Ocean Spray Cranberries
Internship Position: Research Analyst
Internship Location: Lakeville, MA
While looking for your internship, what services did you use at the Center for Career Development?
I went to the Center for Career Development to prepare for my interview and they edited my resume before applying for the job.
What skills did you gain from your internship experience and how have they added to your professionalism?
The internship experience allowed for me to gain industry experience and add to my ability to market myself. During the past summer, there were 16 other interns at Ocean Spray. Even though there were no more than 2-3 of us in each department, making a positive impact and being able to market myself led to a full time offer for post-graduation.
How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?
Significantly. Working with upper management weekly, and being able to connect/work with the CFO, and Vice Presidents of the company allowed for me to significantly expand my network. Also, working with suppliers, my network has grown to companies outside of Ocean Spray.
What is one piece of advice that you would give to the future intern?
Do the little things to set yourself up for success. Employers applaud when you show dedication to work and excitement. With this being said, if you truly don’t like what you do don’t fake it; being genuine goes a long way, especially when you are giving your work 110% of your effort.
Overall, what was your most exciting experience at your internship?
To be completely honest, my internship had many very exciting experiences and to label a single one as #1 doesn’t do justice to my experience. Due to the constraint of the question, I would have to say traveling to Chicago to visit packaging suppliers and co-packers was my most exciting experience of my internship. It is exciting to see the product start from the ground (cranberry bog) and end on the shelf.