It is no surprise that Terresa Shea ‘13 decided to become a funeral service major. The opportunity to provide healing, compassion and community outreach is what drew Shea to a mortuary science career. In high school, she instantly found her passion for helping families manage one of life’s most challenging and stressful events: the passing of a loved one.

A rewarding career

“My choice to become a funeral service major stemmed from a paper I wrote on cemeteries,” said Shea. “I had the opportunity to interview a funeral home and loved what they did. I instantly knew that this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.”

Shea’s discovery of the funeral service industry paved her way to Mount Ida College. As a result of her high school visit to Conley Funeral and Cremation Services, she found a part-time job. Through gaining hands-on experience, Shea knew that she wanted to attend a college close to her hometown of Brockton, Massachusetts, so she could work while obtaining her associate degree.

Becoming a funeral director

As a new Mustang alumna with memberships in Phi Theta Kappa and Phi Sigma Eta, Shea continues to work full-time at the funeral home. In addition, Shea is already making progress toward reaching director level status in her career. Once she passes her culminating National Board Examination, she’ll become a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

If you are considering the funeral service industry, Shea says you need to have two specific qualities: compassion and the ability to put in hard work.

“It’s important for funeral service professionals to make families feel at ease when they face difficult times in their lives. Life begins with love. Life flourishes with love. And even in death, life continues on with the love you instill in others,” concluded Shea.

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.