CASTLETON - While many students use the summer months to relax
and unwind after a long school year, 12 Communication students will
be hard at work learning tricks of the trade as they partake in
various summer internships.
These students from the Communication Department acquired
internships in the fields of public relations, marketing, graphic
design and journalism stretching from the Castleton campus to
Boston and all parts in between. "It's really gratifying when you
send out an intern that you know will do well and you hear back
that they are really helping," said internship supervisor Bob
Gershon, who has heard nothing but kind words of this year's
One of those students is Digital Media major Ryan Ackerman, who
has been conducting e-commerce and marketing analytics for several
semesters with The Vermont Country Store. Developing his skills in
online marketing and phone sales, Ackerman has become a valuable
asset to the team.
"He tells me they call him the 'Excel Ninja'," joked
Working with The Vermont Country Store has allowed Ackerman to
gain valuable industry standard tools, while immersing him in a
potential business environment.
"Experience is no longer optional," he said, "Exposure to
real-world situations is vital to obtaining a job after
Communication student JenniLee Mark is spending her summer
surrounded by Major League Soccer players as she interns with the
New England Revolution in Foxborough, Mass. An athlete and sports
enthusiast herself, Mark found the publicity department of the
professional sports team to be a perfect fit for the summer.
"It's important to see what someone in your field does on a
daily basis and what a job for you may entail," she said.
Her normal day can range from clipping news articles to
collecting player quotes while in the office, but Mark finds game
days to be most eventful.
"On game days it's a very different scene," said Mark, adding
that she helps set up equipment, organize player appearances and
assist in media check-ins. "They are always long and busy, but
Mark believes her summer experience will better prepare her for
entering the job market and has opened doors for her in the
"It makes me learn how to think for myself and take initiative,"
said Mark. "I am pushed to my limits and challenged every
Senior Martina Marchese is working as a reporter at The
Poughkeepsie Journal in New York.
As an aspiring journalist, Marchese has been shadowing other
reporters, conducting interviews and writing stories for the local
newspaper since the beginning of June.
"There's only so much you can lean in a classroom," she said.
"The real nitty-gritty stuff you have to experience
Journalism Professor Dave Blow has enjoyed following the success of
student interns through both the spring and summer semesters.
Having worked closely with, and taught many of the students, he
takes great pride in seeing the work they achieve while on the job
and looks forward to hearing feedback from supervisors.
"I don't think there is any greater reward," said Blow of
reading his students published work and having them frequently
share with him their recent accomplishments. "That's why we do