The CIS Society knows the importance of networking when it comes to landing ‘the dream’ internship. Marissa Maturo, Vice President of Career Development for the CIS Society recently completed the summer IT program at Cigna, which has led to her permanent position with the company.
CIS Society President Luke Forrister has also learned the art of networking. Luke recently completed his summer internship at The Ergonomic Group, a Hartford-area company focused on providing customers with IT solutions that will solve their most pressing business challenges. “After getting my hands wet with my first big business experience, I learned what students in this major need to do in order to get on a company’s radar,” Luke said. “This fall alone we have a strong lineup of events” which enable members to fine-tune the skills essential in career development.
The first big event the Society has planned is the CIS Society BBQ, which will be held on Wednesday, September 17 at 12:30 p.m-2:30pm. (BBQ will be on the Mount Carmel Campus in the Maple Grove, adjacent to the library). All proceeds from the barbeque will go to Cigna’s charity of choice, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which raises money and awareness of childhood cancer causes and research in new treatment and cures. Luke states, “This is our first corporate-partnered event, and we are excited that employees from Cigna have offered to help cook and serve food to event attendees.” He continues, “This is a great chance for students to speak with Cigna representatives who have all once been in their position, looking to jumpstart a career in IT.” The goal at the end of the day is to find the right fit. ” At the Computer Information Systems Society we really want to help students get their dream jobs, and the group has been a good resource in the past. It will only get better and better.” To learn more about The CIS Society’s upcoming events, log into your DO You QU account and go to the club’s page: https://qucollegiatelink.net/organization/computer-informaton-systems-club.
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Waking up to 20 emails from your boss is a jarring experience at first, but eventually it just becomes routine. This is exactly the routine that MBA candidate Brianna Mello adopted as intern and Executive Assistant at JSimple, an IT services and solutions company located in North Haven, CT.
“In my time at JSimple, I became CEO Jag Singh’s right hand,” Brianna says. “Any administrative task or otherwise, he would quickly type it in an email and send it my way. I organized his calendar, scheduled his meetings, and managed his relationship with his five direct reports in India.” Brianna, who already considers herself an organized person, soon learned that those skills would not be enough for the job at hand. To be successful in managing a hectic CEO’s whirlwind life, she had to consistently think ten steps ahead and anticipate her next task to come.
“I learned that when you work for a rapidly growing IT company, a little chaos just comes with the territory. As efficiently as I ran the office, there was always this sense of disarray. At first this was unsettling to me, but after a week or so I accepted it as a part of the company’s culture.” Hard work, perseverance, and innovation.
Once able to settle in and adjust to what a ‘normal’ day at JSimple was like, Brianna immersed herself into the business on a deeper level. She made an impact at the company by utilizing and applying marketing concepts from her undergraduate coursework, including creativity, innovation, search engine optimization and page rank strategies. “Not only did I manage every aspect of Jag’s life, but I consulted on changes made to the company website, created landing pages for three of JSimple’s HR products and designed an email template for our sales team.”
Brianna’s time at JSimple was so successful that Jag asked her to continue at the company for the fall term.
“It is a very high stimulation, high energy job but I am happy to do it. I am not so much an Executive Assistant as I am jack-of-all trades; where ever there is a need, I am there to fill it.”
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In a matter of months, MBA candidate Ian E. Jackson has traveled to Asia for the first time, balanced three classes and worked two jobs. Reflecting on his action-packed summer, Ian says that his internship experience with Digital Surgeons has made all the hard work worth it.
“Whenever asked what my dream job is, I reply that I want to do marketing at a media-based firm,” Ian says, “and Digital Surgeons isn’t too far from that.” Digital Surgeons, headquartered in New Haven, CT., was formed in 2007 by a group of passionate visionaries, technophiles, and strategists. For Digital Surgeons, “‘good enough’ is not in our vernacular.”
As an intern, and despite limited knowledge of the business, Ian assisted the launch of two websites and created new ideas for clients. How was Ian able to excel? He says quite simply, he’d just ‘Google’ it and strategize from there. “If there was ever anything I didn’t know, I was able to use Google and find out myself as opposed to asking someone else and breaking their creative train of thought.”
At the agency of 30 designers, developers and account executives, Ian says the group forms a little clan of creative thinkers. There are no desks, and instead everyone sits at industrial-style tables in rows. The office kitchen is filled with books to read and a couch surrounded by several Bean Bag chairs. Even better Ian says, “There is a loft with a TV and Xbox so that after a long day of staring at a computer screen, you can stare at a bigger one and blow up aliens.”
Ian says that he can see himself working for Digital Surgeons in the future. “The idea of being able to be creative and free to do as I please in this very open and welcoming environment is something that I value in a job.”
“If I can I say I learned anything from this internship aside from the technical skills, it would independence. By no means did I just play this summer, no, no! You have to be hardworking and resilient to work at Digital Surgeons, because to them it’s all about the ‘blood, sweat and pixels’.”
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Marketing major Justene Konop spent a month this summer studying abroad in Italy for academic credit. As Justene states, ” This was an experience of a lifetime. During my stay, I was lucky enough to travel to many parts of Italy, such as Tuscany, Venice, Florence and San Gimignano. My favorite place was the floating city of Venice because of the little side streets, food and of course the shopping. I also had the opportunity to travel to the beautiful country of Croatia for a weekend where I went cliff jumping and river rafting.”
While in Italy, Justene studied the Art of Rome, an on-site course that brought students to all of the major historical sites around Rome, including different Basilica’s, Palatine Hill, the Vatican and many more. Justene states, “The Vatican had to be my favorite site because I was able to see the breath taking ceiling of the Sistine Chapel that put me to tears. I also had the pleasure of attending a mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. The second class I took abroad was Italian Cinema where I watched movies such as the Godfather and Goodfellas. This class talked about Italian stereotypes in America, movies and in Italy.”
Justene found Rome to be the perfect place to study abroad due to the amazing culture, beautiful scenery and the unbelievable food. She said, “Although I was only there for a month, I learned so much more than I would have in the classroom. It teaches you how to be independent, culturally diverse and not take what we have in the United States for granted. I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to study abroad and it’s an experience that I will never forget.” The School of Business encourages students to study abroad as part of their intellectual and academic development.
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Cantor Fitzgerald, a leading global financial services firm, recently announced the continued expansion of its Foreign Exchange (FX) Sales and Trading group with the appointment of Joseph Pinto as Senior Managing Director and Stephan McElreath as Vice President. Both will be responsible for building out Cantor’s global FX trading business, and increasing the firm’s market making capabilities. Joseph Pinto, who graduated from Quinnipiac with a B.A. in Financial Management, was head of Americas electronic forex sales at Goldman Sachs. He previously worked in electronic forex for Bank of America Corp and Barclays Capital, a unit of Barclays PlC. Shawn Matthews, Chief Executive Officer, Canter Fitzgerald & Co., stated of Mr. Pinto and Mr. McElreath, “We welcome the breadth and well-established relationships these highly respected individuals bring to the Cantor team.” James Reilly, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Foreign Exchange, added, “Joe and Stephan’s extensive experience in FX strategy will play a significant role in driving our business expansion and developing a deeper client footprint.”
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Marcus Harun, an MBA candidate, assisted in managing the airwaves this summer at AM 1220 WQUN. Marcus’s internship in digital marketing management had him thinking about how a radio station can grow its digital presence. As Marcus states, “Management at the Hamden based station realized the importance of the web, but worried that they lacked the man-power to create content for the airwaves and the web.” That’s where Marcus stepped in. As Marcus states, “I began the summer by researching technological tools and the apps that could increase efficiency and save time in the workflow of staffers.” He observed that “staffers were previously keeping up to date with the news by individually researching headlines on 25 websites.” So, what Marcus did was “setup a group RSS account that all staff can log on to, which aggregates the top headlines of all 25 websites onto one page.” Once Marcus had accomplished that task, he began to research strategies that news publishing operations use to post their content directly online and on social media. Marcus evaluated WordPress as an option to manage WQUN’s on-line content because of the “add-on” tools that make it customizable. Marcus approached his supervisor with his idea for staffers ” to use 4 clicks to copy and paste their current scripts into the new website, and have it posted on Facebook and Twitter.” This project lead Marcus to think about how social media experts operate. He analyzed data from social media sites and scrutinized what news stations and radio stations did to get the most “likes,” retweets and shares He then presented this research to both staffers and managers. The result? Marcus set up a TweetDeck software for the staffers to organize new tweet organizations they want to follow. As Marcus notes, “I am so happy with my WQUN internship because they empowered me and gave me real responsibilities. I feel like I really had an impact on the business.”
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This summer, Kaitlin Prendergast has had the opportunity to work at Ernst & Young as an intern in their assurance services. Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services organizations and is know as one of the “Big Four, ” along with Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KMG. In May of 2014, Kaitlin earned her degree in accounting and this summer she entered the MBA program. Working at EY offices in both New York City and Long Island has meant long hours and high performance demand. As Kaitlin states, “I was introduced to ‘busy season’ because the company has a June 30th financial year-end.” As an intern, Kaitlin “mainly worked at the client site performing year-end audit procedures such as depreciation reasonableness, inventory cutoff testing, and accounts payable aging.” With a positive attitude and a willingness to learn, Kaitlin was able to ready herself for the tasks at hand. The foundational coursework she had as a QU undergraduate in business helped her find equilibrium and prioritize tasks. As an MBA candidate and an EY intern, training with her managers and finding mentors was a key component in learning on the job. As others who have interned at the “big four” attest, professional services isn’t dull. As Kaitlin states, ‘While many people think of accounting as isolated tasking in a cubicle, it is actually the opposite.” She continues, “I am always working on a team, participating in group discussion, and constantly problem solving with seniors.” This interactive dynamic resulted in Kaitlin attending an international conference for EY interns focused on team building and leadership skills in Orlando, Florida. As Kaitilin states, “EY has given me an incredible opportunity to learn and grow.” And the hard won invitation to an international conference has provided for strong networking possibilities.
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