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Students Gain Real-World Experience Through Flatley Fellowship

September 30, 2015

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Saint Anselm College students who received Flatley FellowshipPhoto: back (left to right) Michael Schiavi, Alexander Ross, Brendan O'Reilly, and Michael Lombard; front (left to right) Sheila Ramirez and Karen Ejiofor. (Brendan Walsh is not pictured)

From communications and finance groups to the Mass GOP, this past summer seven students interned at companies across New England, thanks to the Flatley Summer Fellowship Fund.

Established in 2014, the Flatley Fellowship was instituted through the generosity of Saint Anselm College trustees Daniel and Maureen Flatley. Available to all majors, the Flatleys reward $4,000 to exceptional students interested in an un-paid internship. Focusing on the for-profit sector and large, complex non-profits, these internships provide students with a business-related position for eight weeks during the summer.

"We are so appreciative of Dan and Maureen's passion and support of Saint Anselm College and of our outstanding students," says Jim Flanagan, senior vice president of college advancement. "These summer internships are incredibly helpful to them, by positioning them to secure jobs upon graduation."

With the help of a Flatley Fellowship, finance and economics major Alexander Ross '16 interned at finance technology company Capital Hedge. While there he completed deep dive investor research, assisted with new ideas, strategy, and creation for the company, and covered investment interests in family offices across North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

From these tasks, Ross gained valuable skills and experiences for future employment.

"The experience was amazing. I learned about alternative investments and how competitive and large the business is. I gained great research experience and learned how to sort through large amounts of data more effectively," says Ross.

Sam Allen, director of career services, explained how fellowships like this one make opportunities available to students who cannot always work an un-paid internship. It allows them to participate, gain experience, and enhance their competitiveness for post-graduate life.

"One of the first things that employers look for is real-world application. Employers look for internships that generate results, give experience, and provide leadership positions," says Allen. "It's important to have them see their skills learned in the classroom applied outside. An internship helps them with work expectations and culture."

Allen also gave advice for students seeking a new internship. He emphasized the great resources that the Career and Employment System, ACES, has to offer. Students are able to see internship openings made available by employers seeking Saint Anselm students.

Students interested in summer internships should start searching around the Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks. They should seek information for applying and deadlines and receive help from the Office of Career Services for cover letters, resumes, and mock interviews.

The Flatley interns give similar advice to students. Sheila Ramirez '18, who interned at the Mass GOP, says: "Start early because some companies choose their interns as first come first served. However, you should also keep your eyes open because internships can be found anywhere. I applied to the Mass GOP through Twitter."

Application requirements for the fellowship include a copy of the student's current resume, an essay about how the internship will help his/her career goals, and a filled-out Flatley Fellowship application. Students will be made aware of next summer's award through email, ACES, and campus flyers.

Flatley Fellowship Recipients and Intern Sites

  • Karen Ejiofor '16, philosophy major: Regan Communications Group
  • Michael Lombard '16, communication: 36Creative
  • Brendan O'Reilly '16 finance: Congress Asset Management Company
  • Sheila Ramirez '18, politics: Mass GOP (corporate, finance, and politics)
  • Alexander Ross '16, finance and economics: Capital Hedge
  • Michael Schiavi '16, international business: Progress Software
  • Brendan Walsh '16, finance: nToggle

Story by Rosemary Lausier '16

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