Rising seniors offer advice for excelling in internships.
Four members of the Class of 2023, all of whom have spent this summer working for notable organizations in the Greater Boston area, share their stories about completing internships and offer helpful advice for anyone looking to stand out on the job.
Abigail Murphy ’23: Possessing the Skills to Excel
Internship: Murphy, a resident of Upton, Massachusetts, is completing an internship with the Indirect Tax team at Dell Technologies. She is primarily responsible for compiling and analyzing tax audit data.
How Stonehill prepared her for this experience: “The Quantitative Analysis course I took focused a lot on the use of Excel. The skills I learned in that class have helped me because I have used Excel almost every single day during this internship. At Dell, you’re expected to possess advanced knowledge of the program.”
How she believes interns should approach networking: “Take advantage of opportunities to go to lunch or after-work gatherings with other people. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for a little time to get to know them one-on-one. That’s not something I’m used to doing but getting out of my comfort zone has been useful during my time at Dell.”
Meghan McDevitt ’23: An Intern with Heart
Major: Healthcare Management
Internship: The Woburn, Massachusetts, native is a patient experience representative with the Benderson Family Heart Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric cardiology program in the United States. McDevitt helps patients check in for their visits and prepares them for examinations.
What she likes about interning at a hospital: “I enjoy interacting with the patients and their families. A lot of people who come here are dealing with major health concerns. I like having the opportunity to help make them feel comfortable when they visit.”
What she thinks all students applying for internships should remember: “Go into it with an open mind. When organizations post internship opportunities, the application process can get competitive. If you aren’t called for an interview, it’s okay. There are other opportunities out there. You’ll find the right one.”
Myra Hines ’23: ‘Maxximizing’ Opportunities for Growth
Internship: Hines, who hails from Norwood, Massachusetts, is an intern with the Digital Financial Planning team at The TJX Companies, the corporation behind popular retailers like TJ Maxx, Home Goods and Marshalls, among others. The rising senior develops reports tracking recent trends to help the organization predict next year’s financials.
Why she believes all students should pursue internships: “I’m realizing so many things about myself through this experience, specifically related to what I like and what I want in my career. Doing as many internships as possible is so important. Internships complement your classes by exposing you to different things and helping you get a good sense of what you see yourself doing in the future.”
How she thinks people should approach interviews: “Staying true to yourself is so important. Interviewers don’t want to see a robot spouting off automated answers. They want people who are comfortable being themselves, who display a bit of a personality. I try to be myself and think of it as a conversation, which feels less scary than an interview.”
Christopher Cassidy ’23: A Home Run Experience
Internship: Cassidy works for the Harwich Mariners of the Cape Cod Baseball League. In addition to acting as the team’s social media coordinator, he also serves as a public address announcer during their home games. This summer marks the second year that Cassidy, who comes from Milford, Massachusetts, has worked with the team.
How his internship ties into his career goals: “Nothing is set in stone, but I’d like to do something that combines my interests in sports, social media and marketing. I think this internship opens so many doors for me. I’ve done a lot of great work with this team that I can add to my portfolio and show to future employers.”
How he suggests interns go about achieving growth: “When I started working for the Mariners last summer, I often approached one of the more experienced broadcast writers in the hopes of receiving constructive criticism. Without him, I don’t know if I’d have gotten to where I am now. Now that it’s my second year on the job, the new interns have been coming to me for advice. I love it because I know what it’s like to be in that position.”