Chris Talamini-Kelemen, Catholic '22, is a Marketing and Human Resource Management double major from Magnolia, DE. He's interning as a Marketing Intern at Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox.
When/how did you secure your internship?
"When looking for internships, I was contacted by a close friend of mine about applying for an internship position that he previously held. After leaving his position, his supervisors asked him to reach out to anyone that might be interested, so he informed me about the position. After discussing more with him about the opportunity, I decided to apply. After submitting the application and going through two rounds of interviews, I was offered the job and accepted!"
What got you interested in that type of role?
"Over the past four years, I've held a variety of different jobs and leadership positions (a total of six different jobs/roles) at the University. From those experiences, I've become knowledgeable and experienced in the higher education industry. However, as a senior who would soon be applying to post-graduation employment opportunities, I decided it was important to diversify my background and learn more about different industries. Over the summer, I began applying to several internships related to Marketing, Recruitment, and Human Resources to obtain additional experience, and eventually I landed in my current position as a Marketing Intern."
Are there any projects or aspects of the job that you have a special interest in?
"My initial interest in the position was in the wide variety of responsibilities that I would have to get lots of experience in Marketing and what a marketing position looks like on a day-to-day basis. I'm still learning new parts of the job to get more experience, but my favorite project of the internship so far has been managing webpage and social media posting. I'm also just generally appreciative of the people I work with; my supervisors have been incredibly helpful at not just training me to do my job, but also helping me learn about how and why they do the things that they do."
What advice do you have for students during their internship search?
"Find an internship where you learn in the job; these experiences will often teach you much more than most classes will. Look for long-term positions that you can remain in for at least one year. This will allow you to make an impact on the organization and achieve results that can help you when looking for full-time employment. Use your network to find internships! Most jobs are obtained through networking (in fact, 70% of jobs aren't even posted publicly)."