John '13,Intern — ÉcorceMarketingMontreal — Fall Semester '11
My internship was amazing and I felt that it was a perfect fit. I loved the atmosphere, my coworkers, and the relevant experience I received. Rather than making coffee runs and copying documents, I truly was a member of the Écorce team and directly contributed to campaigns for Écorce clients.
On my second day of work, the founder of Écorce introduced me to the rest of the employees as "Marketing intern...and Vice President of English." I was the only person at the agency whose primary language was English. My unique status as a native Anglophone provided me with the opportunity to work on a variety of client projects across various media: editing a booklet for an indie film festival, writing copy for a newly rebranded bilingual website, and even creating a presentation for a multinational company that included a step-by-step guide to leveraging web and social media for B2B services.
While the days at Écorce were busy, we still found time to have fun. I "modeled" a retro one-piece ski suit at a photo shoot for the annual electronic music festival Igloofest and attended a swanky launch party for the aforementioned film festival. When the team needed to blow off steam at the end of a long day, we would hold fiercely competitive matches at the agency's bébéfoot (foosball) table.
By the end of my time in Montreal I had worked on some great projects for big-name companies and events, made new friends and professional connections, and even picked up un petit peu de français from the Québécois employees and French interns. My experience in "la belle province" was so great that I have even considered moving to la plus belle ville au Canada after graduation.
Nicole '15, Student Placement at Howth Road National SchoolElementary/ Childhood Education Major Dublin — Fall Semester 2013During my freshman year at Champlain College, I knew that spending a semester abroad was something that I wanted to do. For me, the main reason I wanted to study abroad in Dublin was to force myself to get out of my comfort zone. I wanted to discover more of the world than what my small town in Massachusetts had to offer. Immersing myself in a new city and culture was the best way to learn about myself and grow as an individual.
While I enjoyed all of the classes I took while in Dublin, I learned the most from my Community Advocacy and Inquiry course. Class time was devoted to discussing the different groups of people that make up the larger city of Dublin and what we can do to change the perceptions about certain groups. Discussions in class really opened my eyes to the way that the world works, and made me think twice before making judgments. In addition to the time spent in the classroom, this class gave me the opportunity to be a part of a primary school classroom in Dublin. By far, this was my favorite experience that I had my entire semester abroad.
Every Wednesday, I would take a 20 minute bus ride out to Howth Road National School in Clontarf to be a part of Ms. Gilleran's junior-senior infant class. In Ireland, a junior-senior infant class is a multi-aged, mulit-grade classroom with students from the ages of 4 ½ to 6 ½. Through my experience, I was able to compare the differences in curriculum, classroom structure and teaching methods between the United States classrooms and Ireland classrooms. I loved helping out in the classroom and teaching the young students about the differences I've noticed between my home and theirs. I felt completely welcomed into the school's community and had the best time talking with the students learning from them while they learned from me.
Attending placement in Ireland completely brought me out of my comfort zone. I saw myself learn and grow each week throughout the semester as I went from knowing nothing about schools in Ireland and being extremely self-conscious at Howth Road, to feeling confident teaching lessons and learning from my interactions with the students and teachers at the school. My experiences with my placement have greatly enhanced my view of teaching and I will definitely be taking some of the new skills I've acquired and applying them to my teaching experiences in the future.
David '13, Intern at The City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee Social WorkDublin — Spring Semester 2012
My time in Dublin was truly unforgettable. There are so many opportunities for fun and personal growth there that I never would have experienced otherwise. The people I met were really friendly and hospitable and the city itself was alive with things to do and places to explore. I love architecture so it was especially cool to see the juxtaposition of modern buildings next to older historical buildings and landmarks, and I've never been to another place where you could be driving through the countryside and watch a farmer maneuvering his tractor around a 4,000 year-old monument.
The Dublin campus crew offer a lot of fun activities for students, including a hiking trip in the countryside, weekend trips to Galway on the west coast and to Belfast in Northern Ireland, a gaelic sports day, and comedy/theater/music events around the city. I enjoyed going to the little seaside town of Howth and walking through the winding streets, browsing the local shops for trinkets and treats, and standing on the pier watching seals playing around in the water.
As a social work student, I feel very fortunate to have been able to expand my cultural understanding, which is an important aspect of the profession. I was amazed by how accomplished my professors were and the small class sizes allowed for me to get to know them well. In fact, it was their stories of their work in the UN and the guest speakers they brought in (including the ambassador to Taiwan and one of the founders of the UN Women group) that has inspired me to go into community practice social work to influence and advocate for policy that is fair and just for all.
As part of my social work program I interned with the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee where I provided individual assistance to teenage asylum seeking orphans in a life skills and math class and helped to teach the classes. I also had the opportunity to participate in a study buddy program that paired Champlain students with refugee teenagers to assist them with their high school homework. I worked one-to-one with a girl from Kenya helping her with her English homework, which was a rewarding experience in that I was able to see when something clicked for her and she became more enthusiastic in her writing.
Kelsey '14, Intern- Nomad IndustriesFilmmakingMontreal- Spring Semester '13
While abroad, I had a great opportunity to intern at Nomad Industries, a trans-media production company that creates content for a number of different outlets, from the web and television, to events and installations. Nomad aims to explore new media frontiers throughout the world. It is located in a building deemed Nomad Nation, situated in the Montreal Mile-End. Nomad Nation is a two-story building, with both a production and recording studio on the first floor, and office space for artists on the second floor. Here, video artists, animators, editors, graphic designers and the like gather to create. Nomad Industries founder, Jason Rodi was my site mentor throughout the semester. After climbing Mt. Everest with his father, he created a documentary entitled Eye of the Son. He is also an award-winning experimentalist, and created a docu-fiction entitled 99¢ dreams which was filmed on seven continents. One of my goals for the semester was to step outside my comfort zone and to take risks, so I was very excited and eager to work with someone like Jason. At Nomad, I was always working on a project, from a series entitled Intersection, to a group of interviews for the World Anti-Doping Agency, which features past and current Olympians. As so, my technical editing ability has grown immensely. I also filmed a concert with Jason downtown at a venue called Petit Campus, and I am now more prepared to film live events. This semester I had the opportunity to interact with film professionals on a daily basis. I was able to converse with them about their projects, their views on video and storytelling, and my outlook on the world of professional filmmaking has expanded. Ultimately, I look back on my semester with so much gratitude. Studying in Montreal was by far the best choice I could have ever made, career-wise, and I have decided to take a paid internship for the summer at Nomad. I am very excited for what new opportunities this summer will give me, and I cannot wait to advance in this field. All that I've been working towards over the past few years is culminating into something real. My dreams are resting in my hands and Montreal is a place where I can turn them into a reality.
Steven '11, Interned at EidosGame ProgrammingMontreal - Fall Semester 2010
My experience in Montreal was one I constantly makes it into discussions of mine with other people. It doesn't really matter what the topic is, I am very frequently reminded of something I experienced or learned during my time in Montreal. I spent a semester at Champlain Montreal and that out of that I was able to land an internship at one of the companies there that summer.
Aside from being able to think of things in different ways I was also able to enjoy a lot of what Montreal had to offer. I went to places that I would have never thought I would have gone to. I was definitely out of my comfort zone but I really didn't care. In many cases it is what made it so memorable. I remember going out for Nuit Blanche and to Quebec City for Carnival. While at Carnival on our way out, two of my friends and I decided to wait in the huge line to go down this very long ice slide. It was freezing and I couldn't feel my feet or fingers. We just had the chance to talk and enjoy the moment. We are thinking that wow this slide must be awesome and we are expecting this amazing trip down the hill. Then I got on the sled and started down, it turned out to be nothing really special and we all said as we were walking back that the ride was kind of a flop. But during the wait we had taken pictures and I can now look back on them all and remember what it was like there.
The academics there were very challenging for me. I was in the Canadian and American relations class. It was probably one of the most interesting history classes I have ever had. We learned about the history between the two countries in new ways. I remember the day we went over the war of 1812, something I had covered before in other classes. We were at war with England and as part of the process we attacked their colonies in the North America. From a Canadian view, this meant that during the war of 1812 we invaded Canada. It was something so simple and obvious if you think about it, but I had never really had the occasion to think about it. It is one of the things that will stick with me from that class.
Between my three major related classes there I had one awesome experience. I was in Production II so I got to make a game that I will never forget. It was something I am very proud of when I look back on it. I was spending hours and hours on it every week and in the end I had something I was happy to show off and talk about. My graphics class pushed me to my limits learning all kinds of math and information on how graphics work. I was able to use this knowledge in my internships. I looked at large chunks of code and knew what was going on with them. The class was very difficult but in the end it really gave me some of the basics of how graphics work and engraved them into my mind.
My Montreal experience made me a stronger student and more well rounded individual in general. I think that Champlain Montreal is one of the best choices I have ever made. I would encourage everyone to take advantage of the Champlain Abroad program.
Josh '14, Student Teacher at Mater Dei National SchoolEarly Childhood/Elementary EducationDublin — Fall Semester 2012 I remember being hesitant about going abroad to begin with. I didn't think that I would do it, until my advisor, Laurel Bongiorno, told me that I would never have this kind of opportunity again. I get to use my student loans to travel to Europe instead of thinking about all the expenses that would occur if I wanted to do this after college. She also mentioned to me the opportunities that I would have as an Education student in Dublin, and I was convinced.
While I was studying in Dublin, I took a class called Community Advocacy and Inquiry in Dublin, which studied how communities come together, how they occurred in Ireland, and what advocates of those communities can do. The class was paired with a weekly placement, and I got to work in a Primary School called Mater Dei National School every Wednesday in a first grade classroom.
The teacher I worked with, Donna McMahon, couldn't have been better to me. My first day there she welcomed me into the classroom saying that I was more than welcome to do whatever I needed to or wanted to in the class. At first I was overwhelmed with that freedom, but then I jumped right into it. I worked one-on-one with a boy during their literacy block, taught a whole-class lesson about time, and worked in small-group co-teaching blocks during their math time.
I don't think I realized how that invaluable experience changed me as a teacher until I returned home. I got to experience what it was like to live in an Irish community of inner-city kids where it seems like everyone is rooting for their success and looking out for their safety. I learned what it is like to combine the emotional discipline philosophy of the US with the direct confrontational style in a Dublin City classroom, and bring both of those back home with me in my student teaching experiences in Burlington.
By studying with Champlain Abroad Dublin, this global education with Champlain helped me to become a global teacher. I have one more experience from a totally different setting to work on my passions with. I was able to give some of my own style to Donna and her class, and I took away new ideas on what it means to be a teacher and work with kids.
Jess '11, Interned at Hunt RefrigerationInternational BusinessMontreal, Spring Semester 2011
Montreal has it all; it's not far from home, but still far enough. Plus it's a city and a completely different culture in a different country. I came here not knowing a single person, so that should not deter anyone else from coming here. It is a small group of people that you instantly become close. My one recommendation for anyone coming to study in Montreal is to find an internship. It will be worth your time and you will make connections that will last forever. It will always look good to future employers that you worked in a different country.
Montreal definitely made me grow as a person. For me, Montreal was a break from what was happening in my life. I needed to realize that I am an independent person and Montreal did that for me. Being able to live in a city definitely taught me some life lessons. I only have one semester of college left and this semester prepared me to be able to handle the real world because I was on my own. I had such a positive experience being in Montreal and I miss it dearly.
So good luck to future students coming up to Montreal, you will not regret it!
Zach '14, Intern- Minority Media Inc. Marketing - Game DesignMontreal- Spring Semester '13
As a Champlain College student, I have had the unique opportunity to design and tailor my major to suit my skills and interests around game design and marketing. This past semester I interned at Minority Media Inc., an independent game developer based in Montreal, Canada. It was founded in 2010 by Vander Caballero, the former Design Director at EA Montreal. Vander started Minority out of a passion for creating alternatives to generic shooter/action games. His vision was to deliver a deep, emotional experience that is rich in content and texture. He recruited like-minded staff from companies like Enix and Ubisoft. From the moment I met the Minority Team, I knew it was a perfect fit. I became Minority's "Marketing Coordinator." Minority's most recent release, Papo & Yo is based on Caballero's relationship with his alcoholic father. It tells the story of a young boy, Quico, who has a friend, Monster. He loves Monster, and Monster loves him, but Monster has a dangerous addiction to poisonous frogs. When he eats one, he becomes enraged, lashing out at anything that gets too close - even Quico. The two must journey through the mystical favelas to find a cure. As the Marketing Coordinator, I was given the freedom to create and execute my ideas in support of Minority. I worked on a number of projects, but my favorite experience was contributing to the marketing plan for Papo & Yo. I was given responsibility for redesigning the game's website and helping to publish the game on several online stores. I also created the concept and designed the online merchandise store. I generated marketing buzz when I coordinated a Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' event. It worked so well, I earned the nickname, "Genius Intern" which I was proud to answer to.
John '13, Intern at Hireland MarketingDublin — Spring Semester 2012
Coming to Ireland, I wasn't sure of what to expect from my internship at Hireland. I had been in contact with Lucy Masterson, my internship supervisor, via email over winter break and had a general idea of what my responsibilities would be, however I was still very much unsure of what my experience at Hireland would be like. After taking a few days to settle into my new home in Dublin, I was thrust into the Hireland whirlwind and have been pleasantly busy ever since.
One of the perks of being an intern at Hireland was the fact that I was the only one. In fact, I was the only person (other than Lucy) who worked solely for Hireland; the rest of Hireland was made up of an all-star lineup of professionals in marketing, IT, public relations, non-profit fundraising, and other industries who have shared their talents to create a part time pro bono collective. Working alongside Lucy was more like having a partner than a boss and through my maturity and work ethic I earned a high level of respect and trust from her.
From my very first day on the job I was learning new things and given plenty of responsibilities. Right away I was introduced to the developers and designers behind the Hireland.ie website and walked through the process of editing and updating the various pages with the end goal of transferring the task from the developers to me. Since that day, I surprised both Lucy and myself with my ability to troubleshoot and fix minor issues that arose or apply changes to the site. In addition to updating the website, I was also responsible for monitoring Hireland's web and social media analytics accounts and manually recording data to track web traffic and trends as well as our progress towards the initial goal of securing 5,000 new job pledges by the year's end. Through the analysis of the information collected, I was able to recommend changes we could make to optimize Hireland's web properties to ensure the highest level of performance. One such example was when I compared weekly website traffic patterns for the Hireland.ie website and saw that Monday was by far the busiest day and that it would be best to engage visitors earlier in the week to reach the highest number of people, as opposed to later in the week as we had previously been doing.
My time at Hireland was not been limited to pouring over lists and graphs. I met some incredible movers and shakers of the Dublin business community and tagged along on some very interesting trips. After working with Hireland for just a matter of days, I accompanied Lucy, Michael Killeen and Kingsley Aikins on a trip to the Dublin office of advertising agency Ogilvy for a promotional photo shoot. Having the opportunity to explore the beautiful interior of the Georgian mansion was rewarding enough, but having my picture featured in a nationally distributed newspaper days later was an absolutely surreal experience.
The most exciting part of my internship at Hireland was when I was chosen to be part of a four-student task force that represented levels of education from undergraduate to doctoral candidate. We had all worked with Hireland at various points in time, so it seemed appropriate that we, students, should be the ones to represent Hireland's mission in the BBC documentary Coming Here Soon: Ireland, Lost and Leaving. Part of this documentary included a proposal to the editor of The Irish Times, where we asked for a donation of resources for a future promotional campaign. The editor not only agreed to our request for support, but also offered to donate ten times as much as we had originally requested!
My internship with Hireland was an incredible couple of months that yielded a few unforgettable experiences and introduced me to many amazing people. Overall, interning at Hireland proved to be one of my favorite parts of studying abroad in Dublin.
Nathan '12, Interned at Concordia's TAG Lab Game DesignMontreal - Spring & Summer 2011
Of all my experiences at Champlain College, the best of them were in Montreal. I gained so much both personally and professionally that it's hard to remember what life was like before I went to Montreal.
I began the semester knowing only a few people but ended it with many good friends and a lot of great memories. We had a blast hanging out and exploring the city, which by itself has an amazing amount of things to do. Fortunately for us, the staff at Champlain Montreal did an amazing job of planning activities covering everything from laser tag to snow shoeing. We even got to visit Ottawa and Quebec City, both of which were unforgettable.During the year even the professors took advantage of the city's vibrance and history with many field trips to museums, historical sites and cultural centers.
I learned far more than I expected to, and gained a lot of insight from professionals doing the very things I'm working so hard at learning toward now.My experiences there have been a springboard for greater things, as the connections I made during the year landed me back in Montreal over the summer making games and taking advice from professionals who really know their stuff. When it comes down to it, my experiences in Montreal were only positive, and I would go back in a second.
Rebecca '15, Student Placement at Saint James' SchoolEarly Childhood/ Elementary EducationDublin, Fall Semester 2013
I have done a lot of traveling growing up, but this was my first time experiencing what the Irish culture is like. I had an extremely difficult time deciding whether or not I should go to France during my semester abroad after taking French for seven years, or if I wanted to study through Champlain's program in Dublin. As an Early Childhood/Elementary Education major, what drew me to Champlain's study abroad program instead of other foreign campuses was the placement I would have in a local Irish school through my Community Advocacy and Inquiry class.
While immersed in all things Irish for four months, I gained experience working half of the semester with kindergarteners and half with first graders. The combination of exposure to educational experiences that correlated directly with my field, as well as the global engagement within the Irish community, gave me new insight into our culturally interconnected world.
One of the strengths of Champlain's program in Ireland is the non-traditional academic experience. A unique aspect to classes at the Dublin campus is that all of my courses had field trips to local sites where we learned about Irish culture through direct experience. My Environmental Earth Science class, for instance, went to Trinity College's Geological Museum during our rock and mineral unit to travel through Ireland's geological past.
In Kelli Maoileoin's Northern Ireland History class, we spent a weekend becoming intimately familiar with the daily life of individuals who live in Shankill and the Falls, neighborhoods in Belfast built around factions from the Troubles. Prior to the trip, Kelli used storytelling to create a picture of what life was like during the Troubles in the North, a time of deep-rooted conflict between the Catholics and the Protestants. On our last day of the trip, Kelli arranged for us to hear personal stories about the conflict by listening to a veteran of the British military and a man who was once a member of the Irish Republican Army.
My take-aways are the stories, which are more powerful than one may think. The lessons I have learned through travel will permeate into the lessons of the future classrooms I will work in during the coming years.
Lindsey '14, Intern -EyeSteelFilmGraphic Design & Digital MediaMontreal- Spring Semester 2013
EyeSteelFilm is a documentary film and interactive media company using cinema as a catalyst for social and political change, and their films are meant to empower those who are ignored by mainstream media. My role at the company was the graphic design intern, where I created various print projects, which was fitting as I aspire to be a print designer. On my first day, I was asked to create a poster for the film Forest of the Dancing Spirits. Naturally, I was extremely nervous, as I had never done a project of that nature before. At the end of the project, in addition to my pride that I had completed the project on time and efficiently, I was definitely excited to hear that all of the posters had been ripped down by spectators at the festival because they were in such high demand!
After that first project, I worked on informational posters for the same film, a DVD cover for the film China Heavyweight, a newspaper advertisement for La Tribune for the film Barbara, a newspaper advertisement for Voir for the film Leviathan, a DVD cover for the film Fortunate Son, a poster for the film Atanasoff, and a poster for the film Volcano. For each project, I would look through reference folders, collect logos, fonts, laurels, and other materials, and then work on the design.
From my experience at EyeSteelFilm, I learned a lot of new things, was challenged and kept very busy, was allowed to express my creativity, improved my French skills and my technical skills in the Adobe Creative Suite programs, became more assertive and more efficient than ever in shorter amounts of time, learned things I couldn't in the classroom, and improved my skills on formally pitching ideas. I also learned how much I like working in film. I enhanced my skills in creating more complex visual identities through powerful visual entities by watching films before designing for them.
I greatly enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere, cohesive employees, and creative workspace at EyeSteelFilm. My time at my internship was beneficial to both parties. The connections and progress I've made at EyeSteelFilm have been invaluable to me, and I've learned so much about myself both as a designer and a person through this internship.
Ross '14, Intern- HololabsGame DesignMontreal- Spring Semester 2013
My experience at Hololabs was exciting and amazing! From the first day to the last, I was contributing to the overall concepts and design of the project Papercade. I began developing during the conceptual phase and was able to see it all the way through into pre-production. We developed several playtest demos and mechanics/systems that allowed us to test user experiences and document the feedback to further improve upon Papercade's design. This process gave me a glimpse into the real-world production cycle of a small indie-game studio.
Furthermore, I learned a lot of tools through first-hand learning and experimentation. I was tasked with developing multiple game systems using the tools they provided and this helped me not only learn some important features of Unity3D and new tools, but also how to learn, adapt to and implement unknown technology quickly.
Working at Hololabs gave me a taste of what the game industry is all about, and I am craving more! It was exciting and fast-paced while doing things that I truly enjoyed. I looked forward to going in everyday to tackle whatever problem the guys threw at me or develop whatever new gameplay system they desired.
I believe that the internship helped me focus my skills as a game designer while obtaining real-world experiences. Not only that, but now I have a gaming internship on my resume with actual experience and connections within the industry! I believe that this internship is just the beginning of a fun and exciting career in the game industry and that it will truly open doors for me.
Kevin '14, Student Placement at The Aisling ProjectPsychology MajorDublin — Fall Semester 2013
My name is Kevin and I am a senior industrial/organizational psychology major. My original placement in the Community Advocacy and Inquiry class was with Crosscare, a program that helps refugee-seeking teens coming into Ireland without family get situated with family unifications or foster care while taking classes in math, reading/English and general life skills. Due to some scheduling conflicts, however, after two weeks, I moved onto a new placement with the Aisling Project in Ballymun. The Aisling Project is an afterschool program for students in the nearby school. The staff there help students with their homework, provide them with a healthy meal and organize fun projects and games — sometimes with the help of student volunteers. They utilize a sort of token economy to encourage good behavior among the students, using stars and bonuses. Students who collect 150 stars over a period of seven weeks are able to go on a field trip. They can earn stars for completing homework, eating their dinner, participating in the activities and general good behavior.
As a privileged student from the United States, I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to work with two different organizations that give back to the community because I believe that the impact of this type of work is meaningful and makes a profound impact on all involved. Compounded with all the other experiences Champlain Abroad Dublin has provided thus far, I feel as though my two placements have given me a much greater understanding of what it means to be Irish in Ireland and a citizen of Dublin compared to what only a single placement experience would have offered (and, obviously, no placement at all).
My trip to Ballymun took close to an hour. From my accommodations, I walked twenty minutes to the City Centre, where I caught either the 4 or 13 bus to Ballymun — about a half hour ride. The bus took me through a few architecturally variant parts of the city, and it was stunning to see the layers that make up Dublin. From the hustle and bustle of O'Connell Street through the Drumcondra area, a place that has the feeling of a quaint college town, all the way to Ballymun, an area that has seen tough times but is currently undergoing some rejuvenation. From the bus stop outside of the axis centre in Ballymun, it's about a three minute walk to the Aisling Project building.
The axis building is an art and community resource centre where events like plays, concerts and art exhibits are hosted. They offer information to a number of different resources like other services that are available in the area and even a pamphlet of the activities happening within the axis centre. There is also a café area where many people come to relax, chat with others and enjoy a meal. Upstairs, they have the works of local artists hanging on the walls and a nice dance studio.
The activities of the Aisling Project take place on the second floor of the axis building, sharing space with other programs that happen there. The students have access to a number of rooms including a dining room, two game rooms (one with two pool tables and some computers and one with an Xbox 360, PS3 and various board games), a large activity room, and a room with arts and crafts supplies.
About 25-30 students show up every Wednesday when I go. I memorized most of their names the first week, but some new faces showed up throughout my time at my student placement. It's my understanding that attending the program is not mandatory, but I'm happy that so many students show up every day (and every Wednesday that I'm there)! I spend time with the students from 2:30PM when they arrive until when the majority of them leave at 6PM. We begin with homework for the first half hour. I'm usually in the fourth class room wokring with students around the age of nine, and have found that helping students learn how to tell time and spells words like "awkward" is a lot of fun!
Afterward, dinner is served. Wednesdays are usually ham, mashed potatoes and vegetables, but occasionally they had lasagna, which appeared to be a favorite of many of the students! Food is provided because it may be the only nutritious hot meal the students might otherwise receive. There are also a number of times during the day that they are given snacks, as well. Stars are assigned while the students finish up dinner and eat their ice cream dessert.
Student volunteers from Dublin City University typically arrive at this point and coordinate various art-based activities for the students. They made Halloween pictures/paintings, carved pumpkins and created bird feeder art by sticking birdfeed with peanut butter onto pictures the students drew. After this, the students had time to entertain themselves by playing with the video game consoles, shooting pool, drawing and coloring pictures for contests, and attempting to teach Americans, like me, some of the Irish language! Overall, the students are energetic, hilarious, and only sometimes get into fights with each other. There is a lot of hope for these students, and I am so glad that I got to be a part of their lives for three and a half hours a week.
Ryan '14, Intern- Origin Design and CommunicationsMarketingMontreal -Spring Semester '13
My semester abroad in Montreal provided me an amazing opportunity to intern with Origin Design and Communications. They are a strategic and creative group of mountain resort, action sports and tourism marketing experts located in Canada. Their headquarters are in Whistler, British Columbia, with a second office in Montreal.
My learning objectives for this internship were to gain valuable business experiences, acquire strong insights into Origin Design and Communications and the industry as a whole, and make career-building contacts to further my occupational search in the progress. I can honestly say that this experience was invaluable and more than exceeded my hopes and expectations.
The duties I performed included everything from marketing research and recommendations on proposals to blog posts. I researched a number of clients including the key retailer accounts, The North Face and Salomon Outerwear brand stores, and independent retailers. I was also required to research competitive clients and prepare detailed competitive analysis documents in Keynote, as well as review and upload content for websites via a content management system.
Half of my internship was spent composing the competitive analysis documents and researching potential advertising space for the key clients. The other half of the time, I researched exemplary showrooms, client's Facebook trends, valuable resources for Origin's records, mobile video trends and special events.
I now understand the pieces of a marketing plan and I helped developed tactical ideas to meet the objectives. For instance, I was not only able to provide strategic thought into The North Face retail marketing research plan, Arc'terxy event proposal ideas and research, and Salomon marketing research for store locations across North America, but I looked for ideas, researched pricing and suggested the best tactics. My initial ideas were the foundation for the Arc'teryx proposal to the client. For Salomon Outerwear, my job was to research potential space for out-of-home advertising. It was exciting to learn that all of the work I did, word for word, was in Origin's final proposal.
I also had the opportunity to sit in on meetings with Origin's biggest clients, Jay Peak Resort and The North Face Brand. I can honestly say that observing these meetings in action was the most educational experience I have had pertaining to my major. Being part of this creative process was an incredible opportunity to truly experiencing the industry and the people that make it happen.