Summer Intern Spotlight – Carley Wainwright, HR Intern at The Richard’s Group

“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 


About the BDCC Internship Program 

The BDCC Internship Program connects currently enrolled college students and recent college graduates with Windham County companies through paid internship opportunities. The program attracts students from across the County, the state, and the country to start their careers in Southern Vermont, providing work-based learning experiences to students, and qualified workers to the County’s growing businesses and nonprofits. BDCC partners with the Six College Collaborative which includes; Community College of Vermont, Landmark College, Marlboro College, World Learning/School for International Training (S.I.T.), and Vermont Technical College. BDCC works directly with numerous other high education institutions in Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts to attract and recruit college students to opportunities in Windham County. Internships are a critical part of BDCC & SeVEDS efforts to increase the size and quality of the workforce.

For more information, contact, Kristin Brooks, Talent Specialist at kbrooks@brattleborodevelopment.com