The second Alexandra “Allie” Norton ’13 set foot in Boston Magazine’s office, she knew that she wanted to intern for the ultra-sophisticated publication. Little did the fashion merchandising and marketing alumna know, one day her paid internship would evolve into an even greater opportunity. But for Norton, securing a post-graduate internship at Boston Magazine was anything but easy.

Breaking into the industry

Before landing her internship at Boston Magazine, Norton took on a variety of jobs. Her first gig in retail sales was at Victoria’s Secret. From that job, she then met Tricia Cromwell, a Boston-based wardrobe consultant and personal shopper, and became an assistant stylist. During her time with Cromwell, she also juggled a position at Lush Handmade Cosmetics as a key holder. Finally, after gaining experience in fashion, Norton applied to Boston Magazine with the help of Rob Brooks, Director of Career Services.

“I first heard of the internship opening at Boston Magazine from Career Services,” said Norton. “They were able to help me customize my cover letter and resume for this opportunity, and steered me in the right direction for obtaining this highly competitive internship.”

Evolving inspirations

At the start of Allie’s internship at Boston Magazine, her title was Marketing and Event Planning Intern. In this role, she was responsible prepping for events and maintaining social media.

“I liked working the events,” she said. “It was exciting to be involved with planning them from start to finish. Even though I’m just an intern, I’m seeing something that I’ve done come together.”

This summer, Norton’s position has shifted into a post-graduate internship. She has been asked to stay at Boston Magazine as a social media intern.” Because of her hard work, she is now embracing social media, and adding even more fashion merchandising and marketing skills to her impressive resume.

Sam McEwan ‘13, vet tech alumna knew that at Mount Ida College, she would have the opportunity to make a difference. And, she knew, that student internships would hold her key to success. This past semester, McEwan got one step closer to her ultimate goal of specializing in aquatics through landing an internship at New England Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Rescue & Rehab Center in Quincy, Massachusetts.

A day in the life

On a typical weekday, McEwan entered a chaotic rescue center and immediately began providing medical treatment to stranded, injured, and diseased marine animals throughout New England. On even busier days, McEwan took calls from volunteers who were trying to save hypothermic sea turtles in areas of Cape Cod known as the “death-trap” because of the peninsula’s hook-shaped geography.

“We helped the turtles begin swimming again,” stated McEwan. “In many cases, sea turtles needed to be warmed up gradually. We started them in small kiddie pools and, once they were healthy, they were released back into the ocean toward warmer waters.”

Educating the public

In addition to saving endangered species, McEwan also had the chance to educate the public about normal marine life behaviors. When she received calls about ocean animals, she was able to share her knowledge on medical treatment. From this experience, she now knows that her future lies in clinical aquatics or a similar fast-paced environment, such as an emergency animal hospital.

“This was a new experience for me that combined all four years of my hands-on classroom learning,” said McEwan. “I enjoyed getting to work with new species from loggerheads to green sea turtles to Kemp’s ridley sea turtles, which are the most endangered. I hope that I can continue to treat serious injuries for animals, while nursing them back to health – it’s what I love most about vet tech.”

Just about every resident of Boston has heard of the 1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Heist Case—the largest unsolved art theft in history. However, not everyone knows about the investigators behind the case, including one of Mount Ida’s own criminal justice alumni, Darcy Peabody ‘13.

Landing the impossible internship

In the Fall 2012, Peabody worked alongside Anthony Amore, Director of Security at the Gardner Museum, in the ongoing investigation to recover thirteen priceless works of art that were taken more than two decades ago. She was the first-ever Investigative Intern because of her “incredible work ethic and unmatched drive” as described by Amore.

“Darcy came to me in the fall 2011 to talk about her Honor Scholars project on the theft,” recalled Amore. “The following summer, she talked to me about internships and I suggested that she intern here. I knew she was the right person for the job and told human resources, ‘if you don’t choose her then I don’t want to have an intern.’”

Individualizing career paths

“Darcy has brought order to chaos and refined processes that used to be unimaginable for one person,” stated Amore. “I couldn’t make Darcy go to lunch, which is a testament to her work ethic. All of the other museum employees came to my office, looked through my glass window, and wanted my intern because she set the bar extraordinarily high.”

At the end of Darcy’s internship, she was proud that she didn’t settle for just any opportunity. She found an internship and made it her own. In researching leads, connecting data, and digging for intel, Peabody paved her way into the field of criminal justice.

“It’s important for students to get involved while on campus,” added Peabody. “If I didn’t do the Honor Scholars program, my internship probably wouldn’t have happened. This project turned into an internship and could turn into ideas for my future career.”