Trinity College Class of 2017

Category: Internships

Calare Properties

This past summer I served as an intern at the small boutique commercial real estate company, Calare Properties. Calare, based out of Hudson, Massachusetts, is a real estate operator, primarily focused on the acquisition and management of large warehouse, manufacturing, research and flex/office assets all over the Northeast. Run by a small team, Calare has managed to acquire and maintain over 15 million square feet of properties.

I was fortunate enough to work alongside the entire senior management team, namely, Bryan Blake, the President and Head of Portfolio Management, and Bill Manley, the CEO and Chief Investment Officer. My day to day activities ranged from assisting with internal operations, to researching online sources and in-house databases to source potential clients and properties, to attending budget meetings or listening in on sales calls alongside the investor relations team. However, on occasion I had the opportunity to visit Calare’s acquired properties to better understand property management and tenant-landlord relationships.

Moreover, and complementary to my liberal arts education I was thrilled to have had the opportunity to further both my communication and my networking skills.

Ultimately, and perhaps most importantly I was able to confirm my interest in commercial real estate, which has now led me to pursue internship positions for the summer of 2016 at two of the largest and leading companies in the field, CBRE and JLL.

 

 

 

3d Lacrosse

This past summer I was offered a coaching position at a new, upcoming lacrosse club. The club, 3d Lacrosse, began as a men’s club in Colorado, quickly spread to countless locations across the United States and has recently grew into a girl’s program as well. I was hired by one of the managers among the Colorado branch who understood my lacrosse background, particularly in the NESCAC conference. My commitment included one practice per week, which I was responsible for planning and coaching, and five tournaments, each of which lasted a full weekend and typically required travel time. Additionally, towards the end of the season I was responsible for evaluating and vetting new and old players at tryouts for the following summer.

Throughout this process I learned a set of skills I had yet to come across. First, I learned how to properly communicate a set of instructions or ideas to a large group, which brought about obvious struggles. Many of my players had different learning styles and I had to alter my explanations accordingly. Secondly, I learned how to remain professional under uncomfortable circumstances. This skill came about when parents and players would question and argue about playing time or sometimes placement on the team. Both of which involved high emotions and simulated professional difficulties that I could find in other professions. Thirdly, I learned how to be largely depended on. These girls, ranging between the ages of 12-14 were entirely dependent on me for not only lacrosse related support, but also mental, emotional guidance, particularly while away from home. Additionally, as I served as a mentor to the older players, I was depended on for college information and assistance such as contacting coaches and advocating for these prospective college athletes. Ultimately, it was a learning experience and I luckily was promoted to a head coach position this summer.

Sophomore Success Program

Each year, Trinity College offers its sophomores a three day program where career planning is the main focus. This past October I was lucky enough to participate. The “Sophomore Success Program” began on a Sunday evening with Bryant McBride, the program’s keynote speaker. Mr. McBride explained the networking process to the students present, while also describing his own experiences navigating through the professional world. The following day included a series of workshops. First, resumés and cover letters were discussed and created. Most importantly, however, a series of mock interviews were arranged. The career development fellows assembled our chairs in two parallel lines, so that each sophomore was sitting across from another. One of each pair were given a question that are commonly asked in an interview. The final day, Tuesday, was the most valuable in my opinion. For an entire day, alumni and alumnae from various fields in the work force, similar to Mr. McBride, explained to us their career journey and the job they currently hold. I chose to attend the sessions that discussed careers in the insurance, financial, real estate, and law fields.

It is very common that a young college student foresees themselves in a financial, business-related occupation. I was no different. The only thing I saw when I heard of investment bankers, accounts and private-equity directors was dollar signs. In stark contrast, Connor Nolan and William Clearly, recent Trinity graduates explained a life of sleepless nights and difficult time commitments. The sophomore success program helped me gain a more realistic view of a career in financial services, which has pushed me towards other, more suitable careers for me personally.

For example, upon meeting Bryan Blake, the current president of Calare Properties Inc. and a 2004 Trinity graduate, I instantly became interested in commercial real estate. Mr. Blake described real estate as an equally competitive and exciting business, just as finance had always seemed. However, he also explained that he originally found himself working for a finance company, Fidelity. Mr. Blake then mentioned how moving towards commercial real estate gained him more opportunities to work directly with clients and co-workers, further utilizing his communication skills, and also better hours, more concrete successes, and a better lifestyle.

Using the networking skills and interviewing techniques taught throughout the program I was able to achieve the ultimate goal, which was to secure an internship for the upcoming. In fact, since completing Trinity’s “Sophomore Success Program” I have secured an internship with Bryan Blake at Calare Properties Inc. for this upcoming summer. I am thrilled to explore the commercial real estate field, and hope to gain as much experience possible at Mr. Blake’s small, but highly successful firm.

Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office

At my high school, Marblehead High School, seniors are granted the opportunity to exchange their final quarter of their final school year with an approved internship of their choice. Commonly, students chose to spend their time as local teaching assistants or local small-business interns. Opportunities like such offer a convenient schedule and ample learning opportunities. As a spring athlete and an AP student, I had to take into consideration my afternoon practice schedule as well as my morning, inexcusable AP Statistics course. Based on convenience alone, a local internship opportunity as previously mentioned would have been the simplest. However, I chose the less convenient, but certainly more positively challenging route. For my senior internship I chose to intern at the Suffolk Count District Attorney’s Office in Boston.

As an intern, I was responsible for various tasks within the office. My first major responsibility was to listen and transcribe a criminal confession of a serial rapist, who had attacked countless women in the Boston area. The interview, which later turned into the confession lasted two and a half hours, and each detail had to be noted. At the completion of that length task, I was asked to read the numerous police reports filed for a particular case and later record the mentioned acquired evidence that would need to be presented to the defendants attorney.

On other days I was sent directly across the street to view and take notes on actual cases. Over the three months that I spent in Suffolk County, I witnessed a double-murder indictment, three days of a rape trial, a partial third-offense OUI trial, and the closings of a gun-possession trial.

 

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