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Palumbo

Miranda Palumbo

Major: Communication
Graduation Date: May 2016
Company Interned With:
Signature Theatre Company

What did you learn from your internship?
I learned so much from my internship. I gained technical knowledge in Adobe software and social media platforms. I also learned about marketing strategies and how they differ for each theatrical production's target audience. 

What was surprising or unexpected about your internship experience?
What was both surprising and unexpected was getting to attend the opening night of one of their productions. I didn't know I was going to get to do that, and the experience was such a thrill.

How did classes or involvement at UT prepare you for your internship?
My coursework really prepared me in terms of my technical knowledge. I went into my internship knowing a lot about some of the Adobe software. This was imperative in order for me to get the internship, but it also helped me once I got there.

What advice would you give to students who are searching for internships?

  1. Don't be afraid to use Google! I found a lot of the companies I applied to just by doing a simple Internet search. Of course, once you find the company you will need to do some research on them, but sometimes Google can be your best friend.
  2. Apply! Apply! Apply! Don't just send out one application to one company. Who knows if they are going to say yes? The workload of applying to multiple internships while juggling everything else a college student has on their plate can be intimidating and overwhelming, but for me it was worth it. Each summer, I have applied to more than 10 internships. The best possible scenario is you get offered more than one and you have to choose.
  3. Figure out who you are writing to in your cover letter. As someone who is in a more creative field, I began my cover letters a little differently than I think someone would if they were applying to a more business-oriented company. That helped me a lot. It was a risk, but I knew it was a risk that could be well received by that type of company and possibly help me stand out and get me to the next step of getting an interview. If I were a business student, I would have definitely written my cover letter differently. 


Hanneson

Lauren O’ Hanneson

Double Major: Business Marketing, Sport Management 
Graduation Date: May 2017
Company Interned With:
 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg

What did you learn from your internship?
I started with the Grand Prix as a sophomore, and they were one of the only companies to give me a chance to work for them as an underclassman. I gained a wide range of experience, from routine office experience to event planning to ticket sales to client services. I was able to meet so many people and not just in the IndyCar industry, we had a ton of other athletes, company sponsors and VIPs from all around Florida. I learned the importance of hard work and doing more than was asked of you – it always pays off.  

What was surprising or unexpected about your internship experience?
I went in thinking I was just another intern in the office. I didn’t think I would be able to make that much of a difference at all. Turns out, that was completely wrong. GPSP (Grand Prix St. Pete) trusted me with so many important tasks that were critical to the flow of race weekend. As an intern, we were treated as a part of the team, not just students coming in to work for school. I was thrilled I had a much bigger role in the event than originally anticipated. At the end of the day, my name will forever be in the 2015 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg program as a “Client Services Representative.” It was awesome!

How did classes or involvement at UT prepare you for your internship?
Being a part of the sport management program helped me prepare a ton for my internship. The Department of Sport Management invites various employers to come speak to students once a month, which is how I got my internship. It allows us to learn about their jobs as well as gives us the opportunity to network afterwards – which is amazing! My professors always stressed the importance of networking and getting as involved as possible from the start. I think that’s what stuck with me the most since my Gateways class freshman year. 

What advice would you give to students who are searching for internships?
Go to the events UT offers. There are a TON of internship fairs/networking events that UT puts on; take advantage of those. Don’t wait until junior or senior year to get an internship. Internships provide the perfect opportunity to discover what career path you may or may not want to take, so start early! Even if there aren’t hired positions within a a company, there are still so many volunteer opportunities to start networking.