Tyler Resende, a business administration major ’14, knew from an early age that he wanted a career in corporate law. Over the years, his gregarious personality and unwavering drive have brought him closer to this goal and earned him respect in the Mount Ida community. This summer, Resende, a rising senior, is heading to the Prudential Tower in Boston to intern with Ropes & Gray, one of the world’s most respected global law firms.

Rising to the top

Last semester, Resende learned of The Boston Lawyers Group Summer Internship Program from Career Services. Through taking law courses with Professor Gail Gabriel, Resende was inspired to apply for the internship with nearly a dozen other applicants from Boston-area colleges and universities. Even though the competition was fierce, Resende kept working toward his goal by completing the application.

“The candidate selection process was very nerve-racking,” said Resende. “After three weeks of waiting, I was sure that I did not get the spot. However, when I was at DECA’s International Career Development Conference in April, I received a call telling me that I had been chosen as a summer associate.”

Law school & beyond

This summer, Resende is working in both finance and corporate law. While he loves business, he also enjoys the art of persuasion and, ultimately, plans to apply to law school for a dual JD/MBA degree. As a summer associate, Resende is gaining experience in his field that will benefit him in his future career.

“My advice to all students is to apply to every internship opportunity that comes your way,” stated Resende. “Always look to your connections. In my case, Professor Gabriel helped me meet new industry professionals. She even went out of her way to set up a networking lunch with a corporate lawyer, and I thank her endlessly for her guidance.”

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.”