I don’t think there’s ever been a better example of how Trinity gets internships for students than my experience. I currently have an internship with the minor league hockey team downtown called the Wolf Pack. I’m doing PR and Media Relations with them, and though I’ve only been on the job for a few weeks, I’m loving it. But let me start from the beginning and walk you through how I got this amazing opportunity.
I’ve been writing for years and knew I wanted to major in English when coming to college. I loved that Trinity had a creative writing concentration within the English major so I knew I could really pursue what I wanted to do. I’ve also been going to hockey games since I was about seven, starting with the Lowell Lock Monsters, a minor league affiliate of various NHL teams over the years. So it was only natural that I would start writing for Trinity’s newspaper The Tripod my first semester here.
I loved covering for the hockey team and getting my stories in the paper, even if it was just a college newspaper.
Fast forward a year and a half to my sophomore year. I had been writing for the Tripod for almost four semesters and looking for internships.
I wanted to do something in the PR, Communications, or Marketing field so I looked on the Trinity College Career Development Center website and found internship and job postings. Alums and local businesses, who have hired Trinity students in the past, tend to advertise there. One of the internships listed was with the Wolf Pack, who has different interns each semester, all of them from Trinity (and, unbeknownst to me, all of them male, but we’ll get back to that point in a minute). So I applied for the PR and Media Relations internship. I sent over my writing samples, and I went downtown to the XL Center for an interview. I aced the interview and during this time, my future boss told me that I was the first female to apply (and eventually be hired) for this job. At this point, I was feeling pretty good about myself. It’s a good feeling to achieve something you’ve really wanted, but it feels even better to be the first female to do so and to start breaking down that barrier.
So now, I have this amazing internship this semester where I’m writing game stories, interviewing players, and learning about what it takes to make it in this industry. Not only is my work getting regularly published, it’s an incredible experience and I’m so thankful I am the first woman to do so.
It’s officially spring, even if the weather in Hartford is still adjusting to this fact. We’re nearing the final month of classes, and before we know it, summer will have come to Trinity. Many of my friends will be returning to their hometowns to work summer jobs or spend time with their family. During finals week, students begin to trickle out and campus becomes noticeably emptier. However, Trinity is by no means dead during the summers. Trinity and its students are active all year round! Here are just a few options for students who want to spend the summer at Trinity:
- Research: Because I’m a humanities student, people are often surprised to hear that I did summer research during my first summer at Trinity. There are lots of different opportunities for research across many different disciplines, with both on- and off-campus summer positions available. I chose to work on my research from home while also working at a part-time internship, but there are always student researchers living at Trinity for part or all of the summer.
- On Campus Jobs: Because Trinity remains vibrant and active during the summer, there are several campus jobs that need to be filled in order to keep the college running smoothly. I have friends who stay on campus and work in IT, as tour guides, in the library, and as summer RAs.
- Summer Classes: Need an additional credit to round out your major, or just want to pursue a subject you didn’t have room for in your schedule during the year? You can take a summer class at Trinity and live on campus while you do it!
- Internships: The Career Development Center maintains an enormous list of internship and job opportunities for Trinity students, and many of these opportunities are based in Hartford. Take advantage of this and enjoy living in the city while you gain experience in your field.
- Summer Study Abroad: Trinity has summer study abroad opportunities in Rome, Barcelona, Paris, Israel, and China. If that’s not enough, students choose their own study abroad programs and get them approved through the Office of Study Away. Through Trinity, you can spend your summer nearly anywhere in the world!
I hope this helps show just how many different ways students can be involved at Trinity even when regular classes aren’t in session.
I walked into my summer internship on the first day of orientation and sat down assuredly at large meeting table, excited to meet a variety of individuals who I didn’t know would soon become some of my closest friends. As all of us interns made small talk and waited for a supervisor to begin our orientation presentations, I immediately felt at ease due to way that we all automatically meshed as a cause of our mutual love of social media. As we went around the room and played an icebreaker, everyone announced their year and where they were attending college. A chorus of large universities such as “U Michigan, Boston University, Sacramento State,” filled the air as I followed them up with “Trinity College… In Hartford, Connecticut…”
I’ve never felt insecure about going to Trinity, and within that moment, I certainly didn’t feel apprehensive about my decision to attend a small liberal arts school. But what I didn’t yet know was how my Trinity College experience and the holistic approach that a liberal arts school provides would come to my aid in “the real world.”
I had known from a Career Trek with Trinity’s Career Development office that HR departments placed a particular value upon students graduating with a liberal arts education, but I had no idea as to why. Was it because these students got to experience smaller class sizes? Or because they had a greater opportunity to meet with their professors and advisors one-on-one? Or did it have to do with the myriad of distribution requirements that most liberal art schools require? The answer was all of the above.
I started off my summer internship journey in one department, and then ended up bouncing from that area of the industry to two different departments. When meeting with the head of HR to switch from my original department, I became aware of how the range of diverse academic experiences that I had undergone throughout my Trinity timeline thus far could assist me in a variety of facets within this company. My involvement as a tour guide helped me on the Communications department for tasks that required outreach, my “Mafia” seminar that observed human reactions and decision making in regards to vice markets supported me with understanding how the Analytics and Insights department operates, and the writing skills that I have attained through Trinity’s various writing requirements helped me to prepare client briefs and decks for Account Strategy and Client Relations as I spent the majority of my summer interning with this department.
The malleability of a liberal arts education is incredibly valuable, and the working-world may help you come to appreciate general distribution requirements in a manner that you never would have originally believed.