Take it From Them!
Kristen Connulty ’12
“I interned at Randall’s Farm and Greenhouse in Ludlow, Mass. The entire Randall's Farm family, in a short time, took me in as one of their own. I am grateful to Springfield College for placing me in such a warm and unique learning environment for my internship.”
Kristin Cadigan ’12
"I was fortunate enough to complete a marketing internship with the locally run organization, Square One. My advisor, Brenda Canning, used to work at Square One, so she helped me get my foot in the door. I primarily assisted in the marketing of their ‘Book It,’ program which gives out free books every week to Springfield children. They have 14 current bookshelf locations that they bring books to weekly for kids to take and bring home. I was able to utilize many skills that I acquired the last few years through the multiple marketing classes I took. I know that the experience I gained during my internship with Square One will help me with my future professional endeavors.”
Alumni Entrepreneurs Sean Pierce '90 and Darren Pierce '91, Owners, Pierce Brothers Coffee Roasters
"The business management program at Springfield College provides a comprehensive curriculum that develops a students' marketing, communication, and entrepreneurial abilities. In addition, the program, and Springfield College as a whole, promotes the importance of strong leadership skills. We know that success of our business is directly related to our ability to serve as effective leaders. As entrepreneurs and business owners, the Springfield College philosophy of 'leadership in service to others' is one that continues to guide us as we lead our team and work to continue growing our business."
Sean Pierce '90 and Darren Pierce '91, Owners, Pierce Brothers Coffee Roasters
Baldwin Cunningham ’10
“Special thanks goes to the Springfield College Business Department for thoroughly preparing me to complete an internship, get a job offer, and feel comfortable today in the ‘real world.’
“The business department was structured in a way that allowed me to develop a strong relationship with both peers and faculty. The close-knit community makes the department a family. Each project and assignment forced me to communicate and work together with other students to achieve a goal. At the time, I didn't understand the importance of all the group projects, but looking back now, I realize it enhanced my ability to work with others towards a common objective. It is always possible to read or study ways of effectively working with people, but nothing beats learning from real-life experiences.
“The best part about the department is the faculty. Learning from people who truly cared about my success was amazing. My professors always pushed me to do my best. They always did whatever they could to make themselves available to me, whether it was to provide support on the latest homework assignment, or to simply listen about a personal situation. To this day, I am still in contact with all of my professors. The support and guidance they provide doesn’t end on graduation day.
“I went into my internship with little corporate experience, but all of the knowledge I gained through coursework and my time in the classroom gave me a competitive edge. I was apprehensive about competing for a job position with students from other colleges in the area, but I knew that my education prepared me to handle any task. At the end of the internship, I was offered the job. While I didn’t accept that particular position, it was a good feeling to know that I had managed to set myself apart from the others, and that the Springfield College Business Department had helped me to do that.”
Christina Pagella ’12
“The Springfield College business management program and my internship site, Square One, have helped me realize my potential in the business field. Because of my classes/coursework and internship, I feel confident in making strong business decisions and know that I will be able to have success in my future. The Strategic Management course helped me to think about all of the aspects and situations that can arise in business. Because of this class, I feel prepared to handle a wide array of situations that may arise, and am confident in my ability to analyze companies. It has also taught me how to work effectively with a team of business members, and that when everyone works together you can take a good decision and turn it into a great one.”
Robert Raynor ’09
“The task of summing up my four years at Springfield College and how the College benefitted me in just a few sentences is a difficult one. The Business Administration Department played a large role in my professional development. I switched into the business management program during my sophomore year at Springfield College. The department’s ability to prepare me for future success did not lie in the readings, papers, and projects – but rather in the lectures of and conversations with incredibly knowledgeable professors, such as Dr. John Doyle and Professor Brenda Canning, who went above and beyond in helping me to grow and develop both as a student of business and a student of life.
“Bringing an accounting or economics textbook to life sounds nearly impossible to most – however, relating curriculum to real life events was an ordinary occurrence in their classrooms and made the task seem easy. I mentioned Dr. Doyle and Professor Canning because I had the privilege to enroll in a number of their classes and converse with them outside of the classroom. They are both two people who I am honored to call my friends today. Even though I have graduated, I know that they’re just a phone call away to bounce ideas off of when I encounter new situations in my current position as an Internal Auditor in the Risk Oversight Group of PeoplesBank in Holyoke, Mass.”
Katie Hawkins ’10
"The education and preparation I received from the Business Administration Department at Springfield College equipped me with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve an internship with the global play company, Hasbro. The communication skills and marketing techniques I learned, and the overall professional training I received through course work, hands-on learning opportunities, and supportive faculty who guided me, prepared me to be successful in my internship with Hasbro.
“Hands-on learning is a significant part of the curriculum at Springfield College, including working with Junior Achievement, a nonprofit organization that teaches students grades k-12 about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work-readiness skills. As part of the business administration program, Springfield College students go into area classrooms and teach local students at all grade levels valuable life skills. I worked as a volunteer with the program throughout all four years at Springfield College, and after graduation, was offered a position as the organization's special events manager. I continue to utilize skills gained at Springfield College every day in my position, and am grateful for how well-prepared I was as I embarked on my career."
Lindsay Pandiscio ’12
“Having my internship at United Way of Pioneer Valley was truly a great experience. I learned so much, and know that the reason I was able to be so prepared for my internship was because of the courses I took at Springfield College. In addition, my professors also helped to prepare me to be successful in my internship. The professors did a great job at providing real-world scenarios in class that were transferable to the internship setting.”