Summer Intern Chronicles: Sarah Gaffney from University of Alabama

Intern at Convention Data Services
Sarah Gaffney, a 2019 graduate of the University of Alabama, interned last summer at Convention Data Services. Upon graduation, she returned to CDS as a permanent employee. (Courtesy photo)

My name is Sarah Gaffney, and I am originally from Sandwich, MA. I graduated in May 2019 from The University of Alabama, where I studied Meetings and Events Management. Recently, I accepted a full-time position as a Registration Coordinator at Convention Data Services (CDS), where I had interned last summer.

During my internship at CDS, I learned the importance of working somewhere with a positive corporate culture. CDS is an environment that encourages independent thinking and where employees respect one another’s ideas. After interning at CDS, I decided that corporate culture would play an important role in any future employment decisions. Because the culture is so positive, the transition to a permanent employee has been very smooth.

CDS is the kind of place that inspires employees to ask questions and to be constantly learning. I always feel comfortable approaching my co-workers when I need a hand with something--and they are always willing to help. It is a great feeling knowing you are working as a team and motivating each other to strive for success.

To any college students seeking internships, I would advise you to reach out to as many companies as possible. The worst thing a company can say is no. Do not get your heart set on working at a certain place. You will not know what opportunity may exist until you try, and no matter what, you will still be left with more networking and interview experience than when you started.

About "Summer Intern Chronicles"

This article 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.


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