Editor's Note - This is the second in a series of "Summer Intern Chronicles" that Cape Cod Today will publish throughout the season. Many local college students undertake internship experiences during summer break. These internships can truly form a young person as a professional in their chosen career path. For many, the internship is their first work experience in the career they hope to pursue. These internship stories are intended to give the students an opportunity to share their experiences, showcase the work of their sponsoring organization and put in a plug for their college. The stories are written in the students' own words and published verbatim as submitted.
If your Cape & Islands or Plymouth organization hosts summer interns and you'd like them to participate, please email [email protected] and we will send you the project guidelines.
My name is Jack Harrington, and I am a Chatham resident and a senior at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. This summer, I am a Communications Intern at Latham Centers’ Orleans Administrative office. Latham Centers is a non-profit human services organization serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. I work closely with the Director of Communications, Dawn Dinnan, learning about the agency’s mission and how Latham communicates with external and internal community members.
As a Journalism major, I wanted to find an internship that related closely with what I was learning at UMass. My experience thus far has been very insightful. Some of the projects I have worked on have related closely with my assignments at school, and I have truly learned so much by working with Dawn. My interviewing skills have increased greatly and I have gained more hands-on experience with writing for varied audiences. I have worked on writing assignments including a press release, blog post, and employee newsletter article, adjusting the writing style and voice for each distinct audience. I’m practicing journalistic and photo-journalism skills, and no two days are the same in this communications internship. I have learned a lot about collaboration at Latham; every department participates in sharing Latham’s good news, happenings, and staff achievements on our website blog and social media.
While I have had other summer jobs on the Cape, this summer’s internship is much more meaningful to me. Not only will it look good on my resume and enhance my writing portfolio, but it has and will continue to give me the valuable experience a budding graduate needs to enter the workforce. It has also given me the opportunity to be a part of an organization that is committed to enhancing the lives of children and adults with special needs.
One piece of advice I would offer to other hopeful college students looking for a summer internship: start searching early and thoroughly. I started my internship search in March of 2018. I remember searching all the professional job posting sites such as Indeed, Monster, CareerBuilder, and even created a LinkedIn account. I also went to a Cape Cod Young Professionals (CCYP) networking event. The first initial interviews were intimidating; however, I was able to overcome my uneasiness and be offered this internship. It has been an immense pleasure learning and writing about Latham Centers, and I have met many welcoming, passionate staff members.