Business Students Thriving in Internships
One of the greatest ways to gain valuable professional experience in the workplace is through an internship where individuals have the opportunity to become a part of an organization through the day-to-day functions and operations. St. John Fisher College School of Business students have the opportunity to be placed in an internship related to their field of study, giving them a competitive advantage and enabling them to possess a greater understanding of the positions they are looking to land.
Michele Accorso, a senior Accounting student, is currently working in downtown Rochester at PLS Launch Solutions as an Accounting Intern. She is trying to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to become a full-time accountant. A typical day for Accorso includes paperwork including company bills, accounts receivable, accounts payable, and payroll processing. This internship has allowed her to discover her passion for a career in accounting.
“You can only get so much insight in class, but having a position in a corporate setting allows for growth that you can’t learn in any kind of classroom,” said Accorso. She also plans on interning in the spring for a tax audit company.
Senior Business Management major Julia Sutherland was lucky enough to get the opportunity to balance not one, but two internships this semester. Sutherland was a Public Relations intern for Eric Mower + Associates, a well-known advertisement agency with several locations along the East Coast. Working in the Rochester office, she was in charge of editing and posting entries for the company’s nationwide blog.
“With this internship, I wanted to see what the advertising agency life was like and actually ended up loving every aspect of it. I now enjoy public relations and can definitely see myself doing this for a lifelong career,” she said.
Additionally, Sutherland was able to work at Stacy K Floral as a Marketing Intern. She performed a variety of tasks including content creation and management of the company’s social media sites, maintaining the blog on the company website, and assisting with the daily operations of the shop.
“The business education is generally very linear, so I wanted to break away and find an opportunity that would allow me to become more creative,” added Sutherland.
Senior Jessica Rockcastle is fulfilling her internship at Hillside Family Agencies as a Recruiting Intern working in the Human Resources Department. After initially inquiring about the job, Rockcastle was asked to come in for an interview with a representative from the HR Department, and toured the company’s headquarters. Upon completing her interviews that day, she was offered the internship right on the spot. A typical day for Rockcastle consists of logging qualified applicants who submitted their résumés through the company databases in an effort to fill job vacancies. Recently, she had the privilege of assisting in the hiring process of an applicant that was found directly by her efforts. With this opportunity, she hopes to get a better understanding of the HR field.
Jamie Campagna, a senior Management major, works for Cobblestone Capital Advisors, LLC as a Wealth Management and Operations Intern. He assists the head planners with updating client workbooks, and also works on projects for clients’ estate planning. This includes updating wills and revocable trusts as well as creating an estate planning flow chart so it's easier for clients to see which tax benefits they are receiving and how their money will be distributed among beneficiaries. He hopes to gain the necessary experience to be successful in the financial services field.
“I enjoy building relationships with clients, as well as the satisfaction of helping them plan for their retirement,” said Campagna.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of career building opportunities that are offered to them through the College’s Career Center.