This is part of a continuing 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.
Kelsey Lawrence from Endicott College
My name is Kelsey Lawrence, and I am from Sandwich, MA. I attended Endicott College for undergraduate and graduate school. During college, I was an intern at a small ad agency, the Cape Cod Baseball League (Cotuit Kettleers), and Convention Data Services (CDS). In the spring, I completed my MBA and accepted a full-time position at CDS in the Marketing Department. Accepting the offer was easy because I had such a great experience as an intern.
During my internship at CDS, I learned a lot that could not be taught in a classroom. My experiences included working on a corporate rebranding project, sitting in on client meetings, and attending board meetings. My internship solidified my professional outlook. Before working at CDS, I was unsure what opportunity existed within the events industry but now that I’m in it, I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else. I knew I wanted to market a single brand rather than manage multiple brands across many industries, which is what I would have done working at an ad agency.
A variety of factors were involved in making the decision to accept a permanent position at CDS. The people who I work alongside were key as well as the location. I knew I wanted to move home to Cape Cod, and I was excited to work with the Marketing Department’s team of welcoming, hardworking people. Living on Cape Cod was very important to me because I grew up here and can’t imagine living anywhere else. Briefly, I looked at jobs in the North Shore and Boston, but the city life just wasn’t for me.
Having an exceptional mentor had a strong influence on my development. Christine Cullity, CDS Marketing & Public Relations Director, helped me immensely when I was deciding whether to obtain my MBA right after graduation or wait a few years. She acted as a mentor rather than my boss and helped guide me in the right direction.
My advice to college students seeking an internship and permanent employment is this--don’t be afraid to intern in a few different industries so you can get a feel for what you want to do in your career. Also, don’t be intimidated by a company if there is not an apparent internship program. In 2015 when I was looking for an internship, I emailed the chief sales officer out of the blue and asked for an internship. After a few emails and a phone interview, I was offered the position and have been here ever since.