Carley Wainwright, HR Intern at The Richard’s Group

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“The learning experience that I received from this internship is immeasurable. I have worked for a handful of years, in a variety of departments and environments, but none could compare to the level of education and real-life practice that I had received from The Richards Group. As mentioned before, I carried no experience under my belt as I walked through those doors. Yet by the time I had walked out for the final time, I had gained more than just HR experience. I had learned confidence, I strengthened my communication skills, and I learned to manage the stress of other employees to make them feel at ease and comfortable. In conclusion, this internship offered me a “crash course” in all things HR. I had been trained to recruit, perform onboarding, handle a complaint, enroll employees with benefits, how to offer COBRA, and I had even learned how to organize an entire event on my own for 145 attendees. It’s easy to list all the things I’ve done at The Richards Group, but it’s nearly impossible to truly explain how much I took away from this opportunity. I am forever grateful to have been given the chance to prove my abilities and assist such a great company.

Now that my internship has come to an end, I can confidently say that I walked away with a wonderful, educational, happy experience. My resume has thoroughly been strengthened by the skills I hope to master one day, and I owe everything to the BDCC, Kristin Brooks, and my lovely supervisor that I admiringly call my friend and mentor. I would suggest this internship to anyone looking for not only a great learning experience, but a fun one. This is probably the most flexible, understanding, and caring company in Vermont. Once graduated from Quinnipiac, I hope to be given the chance to work full time for the HR department.”

– Carely Wainwright, Putney Resident, and Quinnipiac University Student

Caleb Paasche, Project Intern at BDCC

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“My contact with the internship program came last year when I worked over the summer as an intern with the BDCC. When the time came to look for summer employment, I decided to return to the organization owing to the great experience I had last summer. Last year I spent a fair amount of time learning about the Windham Region but in order to provide a new experience, I spent much of this summer learning more about the work that goes on within the BDCC in order for the organization to function and provide the services it does. That included things like working on the website to remodel old pages, gathering data to be used in the annual report, and working with contact management software to keep it up to date.

My favorite thing about my work this summer was really the office itself and all the great people I got to work with at the BDCC. I felt like I was trusted to do work that was going to be public and mean something (ie. the website) and that really helps make the experience meaningful. Doing work like that also gave me experience in programs like WordPress and Excel which are certainly transferable to future employment. I would absolutely recommend the BDCC’s internship program to anyone looking for work in the southern Vermont region; the program really allows you to do meaningful work with professional organizations, rather than simply getting an entry level job that you’ll leave only with rather transient skills that ultimately aren’t transferable.”

– Caleb Paasche, Guilford Resident, and Bucknell University Student