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I interned at Expeditors International of Washington, a Fortune 500, freight forwarding company. My various responsibilities included working in customer retention and development as well as assisting my manager with order management. My internship provided me with interesting insight of internal operations of a freight forwarding business and an opportunity to use the knowledge and skills that I had acquired throughout my college career and professional experience. Throughout my internship, I learned how to use a variety of systems and databases.
Moreover, my internship provided me with work experience that was directly related to my major. I would encourage anyone to get an internship; it gives you a unique opportunity that you will never again encounter throughout your career. This is your chance to try different positions and see which one you enjoy most.
Customer Retention & Development Intern
spring semester, I completed three internships through Professor Scaliaís
course and each of them were extremely beneficial adding
to my knowledge and skills in the real-world setting.
interned at the Briceland Insurance Agency, which
gave me basic knowledge of the insurance industry. It provided me with a
better understanding of the insurance field and gave me insight into how I
can be successful in the field. I was offered a full time position from Briceland Insurance at the conclusion of the
also was an intern at the Erie County Department of Health. In this
position, I was able to apply both my Business Administration degree and
Health and Wellness degree by working in strategic planning of public
health. I was directly involved in various community activities and
analyzed data to get a better understanding how to improve current health
services. It was a great experience and I loved my supervisor and the
public health environment.
third internship was with the American Red Cross, this internship was my
favorite. My supervisor was amazing and the experience I gained really
complimented all of my interests and what I have learned in my four years
at Buffalo State between my two majors. This position applied public
relations, marketing, management, event planning, and communication skills
along with health knowledge to make it a perfect internship. I was able to
be in the office setting and also out in the community conducting
blood-drives. I loved the positive energy at the American Red Cross and
felt it was a great fit for me!
all of these internship experiences, not only did I learn new skills and
knowledge, but I also gained better insight about myself; my strengths,
weaknesses, likes and dislikes and what I need to do to be successful. I am
so glad I took this course which enabled me to have valuable opportunities
and learning experiences.
Briceland Insurance Agency, Intern
American Red Cross, Intern
Erie County Department of Health, Intern
Participating in the Business Department Internship Program was one of my best learning experiences. This opportunity gave me a chance to apply what I was learning in the classroom to a real-life business setting.
While interning at PEOPLE INC., I was assigned to work in the Marketing and Public Affairs Department. I worked on a variety of projects from devising a marketing plan for our Senior Housing apartments to making pitches to the Buffalo News to get publicity for our events. One of the greatest things about interning there is that I was able to help coordinate and attend many different events. My internship was originally just for the summer session, but because of my performance I was extended into the Fall term.
It was at these many events that I was able to meet and mingle with many local politicians and business people. Working at the annual golf tournament gave me a chance to market myself as well as make business contacts. Through this networking, I have started my employment search prior to my graduation.
Throughout my time at PEOPLE INC., I had a great management staff to work with. My experience from this internship taught me how successful businesses run and how to work and contribute as a team member. The internship program through Buffalo State College has not only opened my eyes to the real-working business world but, has also granted me open doors that I would have not had otherwise.
PEOPLE, INC. Intern
Interning with the Finance & Accounting Office at the U. S. Army
Corps of Engineers while finishing my business administration degree was
one of the most valuable and rewarding experiences of my life. I was able
to take many of the skills and concepts that I learned in the classroom and
utilize them in a real-world business setting. I have progressed to the
point where I am able to work independently on nearly all of the projects
and assignments that I am tasked with completing, including handling our
accounts payables, logistics billings, and many other accounting related
matters. My hard work, positive attitude, and dedication have paid off; I
have been offered a permanent position upon graduation in May! My
internship experience has been wonderful in that it opened many doors for
me and helped to get me on track for a bright future.
Amanda L. Kwaczala
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, Intern
Document Advantage has been a great experience to learn and grow with a
small company. I have been an intern there for seven months and was just
offered a full-time job as the project manager. Being able to get
on-the-job experience has helped me put together what I need to do for my
career, and has shown me that everything taught in lectures really does
matter on the job. Before the internship, I believed that college was a
waste, but after I realized what an internship can provide, I have taken
new light to the whole college experience. While working at Document
Advantage, I have been exposed to marketing techniques, managing
techniques, and etiquette techniques. I would like to thank both Buffalo
State College and Document Advantage for providing me with a lifetime
Document Advantage, Intern
internship positions at both American Axle & Manufacturing and Wilson Greatbatch, Ltd. gave me the ability to market real
hands-on experience to prospective employers. I feel that with out this experience, I would not even obtained an interview upon graduation. Currently, I am
working for a very prosperous staffing agency where on a daily basis, I
come across new graduates. Those that have completed internships are the
ones who I give a second look. My internship experiences
was probably the most beneficial and fulfilling courses that I have
taken throughout my fours years of college.
Without it, I 'm pretty sure I wouldn't be where I am today.
Erin J. Kabel
American Axle and Manufacturing, Intern
Wilson Greatbatch, Ltd. Intern
My internship experience with the Buffalo State College
Business Department Internship Program was the best learning experience I
gained from college.† I am now
completing my third internship placement and this has helped me decide what
field I want to pursue after graduation.†
My internship experience at Cooper Tuborcompressor
and Adamís Mark Hotel has given me personal confidence and the unique
opportunity to work and learn in a professional atmosphere.
My internships at Delphi-Harrison Thermal Systems, Veridian Engineering, and the Buffalo Jills have been very rewarding.† I learned a lot about myself Ė what my
strengths and weaknesses are.† When I
entered the internship program, I thought I wanted to pursue a career in
the purchasing area. Three internships later, I determined that I would be
best suited in the sales and marketing field. I found that the supervisors
at my internships were very accommodating to my schedule, helpful in giving
me feedback regarding my work, and identified what my proficiencies
are.† I definitely would recommend
that all students in the business program should do at
least one internship during their years at Buffalo State to help
them determine what their career choice should be.
Completing an internship is one of the most important options a junior or
senior should consider prior to graduation. I didn't really know what area
of business I wanted to pursue until I completed my intern assignments. I
interned in the human resource department for two different organizations:
Language Development Program and ClientLogic. One assignment was for an
education institution and the other in a computer service organization.
With the exposure to this experience, it helped me decide what kind of
company I wanted to direct my job seeking efforts toward. I strongly feel
that my internship experiences helped me obtain a career path and brought
me the job experience that can't be taught in the classroom.
Language Development Program, Intern
Client Logic, Intern
I can not say enough about the
Buffalo State College Business Internship Program.† If I had known about the program before
my senior year, I would have completed additional internships.† The experience I received in a hands-on
environment was extremely valuable for my future.† I can not imagine
where I would be right now if it werenít for my internship in the Travel
Department at Moog, Inc.† I recommend
that students test out a couple different internships to discover the field
that they should pursue as a career. I got lucky with Moog, Inc.† I am now a Buffalo State graduate with a
Bachelorís degree in business and have been offered a full-time position
with my internship company.† I am
currently being trained on Sabre, our computer reservation system and on
Trams, a new program that handles the accounting portion of travel.† I found that managing work full-time with
night classes taught me responsibility and I learned what my priorities
are. Because of the internship, I am leaving Buff State with confidence and
a rewarding career at Moog, Inc. I look forward to working in this
The experience I gained by interning with Junior Achievement of WNY was the most valuable opportunity I had while
attending Buffalo State. One of my major internship assignments was to
coordinate a national JA project, "Groundhog Job Shadow 2000".
This project provided me the opportunity to refine valuable marketing
techniques and communication skills.. This event
was a great success with over 1,000 students participating and was a
wonderful learning experience for me. I am very fortunate to have had the
opportunity to take part in this experience though in the Business
Department Internship Program and Junior Achievement. Upon completing the
internship, I was offered full-time employment as a Program Assistant with
Junior Achievement of WNY, Inc.
Junior Achievement of WNY, Inc. Intern
At the Niagara Falls Conventions and Visitors Bureau, I
had the opportunity to work alongside travel professionals and promote our
area as a worldwide tourist destination.†
I was able to gain experience doing exactly what I want to do.† I worked with a great group of people who
empowered me as part of the team in the tourism department and therefore, I
learned a substantial amount about human resource management, general
management, and office administration.†
Being exposed to a professional atmosphere and being able to apply
what I learned in college while still taking classes helped me identify my
strengths and weaknesses.† This
internship experience helped me realize that this career path is truly what
I want to spend the rest of my life doing.
Falls Conventions and Visitors Bureau
My four sports management business internships have allowed me to make
classroom theory come alive. I have been able to apply what I've learned
almost immediately at my internship sites. I have learned things about the
business world that cannot be taught in the classroom. Without the
internship program, I would not be working in my career of choice already.
I truly believe every college student should be required to complete at least one internship before graduation.
Buffalo Sabres Hockey, Intern
Buffalo Wings Roller Hockey, Intern
Buffalo Blizzard Soccer, Intern
Connecticut Wolves Soccer, Intern
My participation in the Business Department Internship Program has been
of great value to me. As a Business Education major, I was not sure which
direction to take my degree: training or education. I thought Human
Resources would be an avenue I would like to pursue. After the assignment,
I came to the conclusion that HR was not for me.
I decided to obtain a second internship with a computer training company.
The most attractive part of that internship was the ability to attend
classes at the site. Prospective employers were always impressed with the
amount of experience I obtained while still earning my undergraduate
degree. I found the Business Department Internship Program to be a valuable
and useful experience which helped me focus on my career path.
Ramona R. SantaMaria
Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Intern
New Horizon Computer Learning Center, Intern
The Business Department Internship Program was one of the most valuable
experiences that I had during college. It gave me the chance to compare my
knowledge and skills to the needs of prospective employers. I was given a
lot of responsibilities and feel that I am now a better candidate for a
job. I would recommend that students take one or more internships before
Michael J. Kaizer
National Fuel Gas, Intern
Working as an intern for Independent Health, I acquired on-the-job
experience that was not attainable through the classroom. I was able to
take advantage of what I have learned and integrate that to my work. They
alleviated many of my fears, and I had the opportunity to become familiar
with the business world. My internship was not only a connection; it opened
the door for a future career.
Rebecca L. Hayes
Independent Health, Intern
During my senior year at Buffalo State, I took part in an internship
with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This was the best
learning experience I had. It enabled me to explore my strengths and
weaknesses, as well as provide some light as to possible career choices.
Now that I am closer to graduation, I feel that I will be able to adjust to
the professional work environment and will also offer valuable experience
to my future employer.
Christopher L. Rivera
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Intern
My internship experience was well worth it, considering that I was
offered a job during my internship period. I learned, and am still
learning, a great deal on the job. Completing an internship really gets
your foot in the door. This saved me all the hassle of trying to find a job
upon graduation and competing with all the other hundreds of grads! My best
advice would be to act positively and confidently about yourself and show
that you are worth keeping after the internship period terminates!
Curbell Plastics, Intern
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