Internships - Student Stories

Click on the student names below to read about their internship experiences

Student Story

College

Major

Position

Aaron Weatherbee

CEPS

Civil Engineering

Engineering Intern

Allie Ginwala

COLA

English/Journalism

Writer/Editor Intern

Rob Woodbury

COLA

Communication

Marketing Intern

Ashley Lefebre

PAUL

Business Administration- Accounting

Accounting Intern

Sarah Botelho

COLSA

Animal Science/Pre-Vet Medicine

Aquarium Rehabilitation Facility Intern

 If you are interning at a company and want to share your internship search and experience story with other UNH students, please contact Jason Whitney, The UNH Career Center Internship Coordinator, jason.whitney@unh.edu

 

 

 


Aaron Weatherbee

Major:Civil Engineering
College:Engineering and Physical Sciences
Year:Class of 2012
Position:Engineering Intern
Company:Appledore
Time:Summer 2011
  • In this video, Aaron talks about how he found his internship and what he has learned and gained from the experience interning with Appledore Engineering. Gregg Mikolaities, Vice President of Appledore Engineering, UNH Class of 1982, talks about why his company values interns from UNH.

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Allie Ginwala

Major:English/Journalism
College:Liberal Arts
Year:Class of 2013
Position:Writer/Editor Intern
Company:Applaud Women Magazine
Time:Summer 2012

What would you tell your peers they need to do to find a great internship?

  • Definitely network, as much and as often as you can.  Most of the opportunities I’ve found so far have come by making contacts and sustaining the relationship. Telling others what you’re striving for, whether it’s a friend, roommate or coworker, can only help you. You never know who may be the friend of someone in your chosen field.

What did you learn from your internship search that you will apply in future job searches?

  • The biggest thing I learned is the importance of finding a balance in the application process. While it’s good to seek multiple opportunities, you need to make sure you don’t have application overload.  Being able to know your potential employer, what they do and what you want to accomplish if given the position will benefit you during the interview stage.

What skills are you using and/or learning at your internship that you can use in entry-level jobs?

  • Being in the writing field, everything I’m doing at Applaud Women will help me in an entry-level journalism job. I’m interviewing, writing, editing and interacting with all types of people giving me a good look into future journalism positions.

What is one highlight from your internship experience?

  • Being able to work on a well-rounded group of projects has been the highlight for me. Through my internship I’ve been able to research and write feature pieces for the health, beauty and food sections as well as interviewing local business women and editing other articles for publication.

What is the most valuable part of your internship experience? 

  • Working closely with my editor has been wonderful; I’ve enjoyed learning that new dynamic. We’ve brainstormed ideas, reviewed edits and discussed interview techniques. It’s really been an invaluable experience

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Rob WoodburyRob

Major:Communication
College:Liberal Arts
Year:Class of 2013
Position:Marketing Intern
Company:Gemline
Time:Summer 2012

What would you tell your peers they need to do to find a great internship?

  • I would tell them to use all available resources around them to attain an internship. Family, friends, and faculty members are all connections that may help you find a great internship. Keep a positive outlook and mindset when looking for an internship as well. It might take a few attempts, but maintain a positive attitude while searching for the right internship.

What did you learn from your internship search that you will apply in future job searches?

  • When I looked for my internship, I would only research and apply to paid internships that were available. This ended up being my number one mistake. After several interviews I realized that I did not have the experience to obtain a paid internship. I took advantage of an unpaid internship that was offered, and after a few months it turned into a paid internship. In future job searches I will keep my options open and look for opportunities in different industries.

What skills are you using and/or learning at your internship that you can use in entry-level jobs?

  • The biggest skill I am learning at my internship is how to communicate and interact with my co-workers within an organization.  It is important to know your role in the environment you are placed and how to work well with the people around you.  I am gaining a lot of experience with Social Media mediums and how to engage customers effectively.  I am also learning how to build strong relationships with my peers while demonstrating knowledge learned from the classroom.

What is one highlight from your internship experience?

  • Being involved in the creation and implementation of our product line is amazing.  It is a great experience to watch over the course of several months how much time and work goes into designing the product, working with creative agencies, and then showing off the finished product.

What is the most valuable part of your internship experience?

  • The most valuable part of my internship experience is gaining real world experience in a corporate setting.  I have had the opportunity to meet hundreds of professionals and work side by side with them on all types of projects where I am able to see the end result.

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Ashley LefebreAshley

Major:Business Administration - Accounting
College:Paul College of Business and Economics
Year:Class of 2013
Position:Accounting Intern
Company:C&S Wholesale Grocers
Time:Summer 2011 and 2012

What would you tell your peers they need to do to find a great internship?

  • When searching for an internship, you really have to put yourself out there.  You have to go to the campus career fairs, resume reviews, company info sessions, and basically any other professional networking event you can find.  You can even start as a freshman, so recruiters can see your face and remember you the next year. It’s also good conversation material for when you have interviews with them.  After that, it’s all about choosing what company, culture, and location that you’re looking for.  Do your research on the companies that you are interested in, and then decide how far you are willing to commute or if you need a paid internship.

What did you learn from your internship search that you will apply in future job searches?

  • I got lucky by finding my internship with C&S - they wanted an accounting student and luckily they are based out of my hometown, so it worked out for both of us.  Before all of my interviews with them, I made sure that I looked at every link on their website and found different topics that I wanted to ask questions about.  I also made sure I mentally prepared answers for a variety of standard interview questions so the conversation wouldn’t seem halted.  I was a little over prepared, but I wouldn’t have done i t any other way.  For another job search, I would prepare the same exact ways as I did for C&S – learn the company, their values, the culture, and why I would want to work there.

What skills are you using and/or learning at your internship that you can use in entry-level jobs?

  • My internship at C&S was basically an entry-level job.  Due to staff changes when I started work, I was basically given the same responsibilities of a staff accountant.  I approved and coded invoices, reported the expenses for five different overhead departments, and contributed to the weekly financial statements.  I used a variety of accounting systems and software to perform my everyday activities and my Excel skills majorly improved this summer.  I also had to communicate with various VP’s and Directors so my people skills were also improved as well as my email etiquette. All of these skills and experiences will definitely ease the transition from student to full-time employee after graduation.

What is one highlight from your internship experience?

  • Choosing just one experience from my internship to highlight is very difficult. I was given so much resp onsibility and respect that choosing just one moment or event would be near impossible. Therefore, I would say that the highlight of my internship would be the week vacation that my supervisor took towards the end of the summer when and I was basically ‘flying solo’.  By the time she left for vacation, I was settled into a comfortable routine so it wasn’t incredibly stressful.  However, by not having her there to double check any emails or numbers, it really made me feel like a professional and not like an intern.  The trust and responsibilities that the accounting department gave me this summer were unexpected and very rewarding - it really was emphasized by the fact that they felt comfortable enough to leave me alone for a week.

What is the most valuable part of your internship experience? 

  • The most valuable part of my internship experience would be the overall exposure to ‘real world’ expense reporting. It was interesting to learn how C&S records its expenses and how each department within the company has its own budget. It was challenge to learn how to code invoices to the appropriate locations because C&S is just so huge. I think that this exposure on such a large scale will really help me adjust to working life and help me put things into perspective after I graduate from UNH.

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Sarah

Sarah Botelho

Major:Animal Science w/ conc. in Pre-Vet Medicine
College:Life Sciences and Agriculture
Year:Class of 2012
Position:Rehabilitation Facility Intern
Company:New England Aquarium Rehabilitation Facility
Time:Summer 2011

What would you tell your peers they need to do to find and secure a great internship?

  • One of the best ways to find internships is to talk with students in your field who have already interned with different organizations. These students are the best sources because they have already gone through the application process and since they became interns they know what it took to accomplish that goal.  I would also say don't be afraid of the Internet.  Internships won't always just pop up in a search, so you really have to dig deep in your results and individual websites to find the right internship for you.

What did you learn from your internship search that you will apply in future job searches?

  • I've always been a very reserved student and never stuck my head out further than it needed to go to get the work done.  I learned finding the internship at the New England Aquarium that sometimes I'm going to need to take a chance and put myself out there to get the opportunities I want.

What skills are you using and/or learning at your internship that you can use in other internships and entry-level jobs?

  • I've always worked in an animal medical field, so the animal and medicals skills I learned will be used for all other animal medical internships and jobs I may get one day.  Interning at the New England Aquarium helped strengthen skills I already had and helped me learn new ones. The skills obtained while interning weren't just animal and medical based.  While interning I had a lot of time to talk one on one with the public and develop my communication skills.  Through the presentations I made on the beaches to the public about proper marine mammal behavior and what they will and will not see, the internship also helped me strengthen my public speaking skills.

What is one highlight from your internship experience?

  • It's hard to pinpoint one highlight from this experience as it taught me so many skills and gave me the opportunity to work in many different scenarios.  However, one of my favorite days was when I went down to Nantucket, MA, an island off of Cape Cod, and rescued an orphaned seal pup who was emaciated and left by his mother.  The seal pup I helped rescue is a wild mammal.  Like raccoons, skunks and other wild animals, we don't really see them as having a "history" and even forget sometimes that they need help. I was fortunate enough to understand this and was able to help a wild animal in need.

What is the most valuable/beneficial part of your internship?

  • I was able to work alongside so many great people who like me shared a passion for helping all animals.

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