Testing their talents and their interests, working for businesses and serving nonprofits, Hartwick interns are developing credentials and having an impact. Two were recently recognized for the quality of their work.
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has named Caitlyn Herlihy ’20 the Hartwick College 2019 Intern of the Year. Working at the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, she conducted research and presented educational programs. What began as a requirement for her Museum Studies minor became confirmation of her career direction.
“The internship allowed me to experience an array of museum responsibilities,” Herlihy says, “and changed my perspective on what role I would like to pursue. Research was something I had never considered doing, but ended up loving.”
This art history and anthropology double major quickly became familiar with the museum’s range of exhibitions and collections. This helped her make a difference at the museum by “providing meaningful support both behind the scenes and with the public,” says her site supervisor, Kevin Gray ’01, the Fenimore’s manager of arts education and an adjunct professor at Hartwick.
A casual conversation with a mentor led business and economics double major Jarek Rudin ’20 to an internship. Professor Carli Ficano noticed him drinking Ronnybrook Farm Dairy milk and mentioned she also enjoys their artisanal dairy products. He shared his interest in learning about the business side of agriculture and she quickly recommended he apply for an internship with Farm Credit East.
Rudin, who is president of Hartwick’s Investment Club, landed the opportunity and spent two months shadowing staff and gaining insights from across departments. The experience made one thing clear: he’s not destined for a desk job. “I really liked getting out and seeing the customers in the field,” Rudin says, estimating he made 60 agricultural site visits during his internship.
Rudin’s contributions earned him a Cooperative Internship Recognition Award, a cash prize from the Northeast Cooperative Council, and an invitation to their Leaders Forum. Asked to prepare a poster and make a presentation to members, Rudin was undaunted. After all, he says, “I had already presented my work in front of the company’s senior management.”
—Caitlyn Herlihy ’20
Ambition meets confidence, gratitude meets generosity, and success takes many forms.
Bob Hanft ’69, H’18 and Pat Russell Hanft ’72 are connectors: loyal alumni who make it possible for students to take career-building moves. The couple’s endowed fund for internship scholarships bridges the gap when students cannot afford to accept an unpaid internship or cannot manage the associated expenses. The Hanfts know what students are learning: internships can be keystone of success.
The young alumni who received Hanft internship scholarships majored in accounting, biology, business administration, computer science, nursing, psychology, and sociology. They grew up in New York and Illinois, Pennsylvania and Nepal, and are now working in Washington DC, Charlotte, Chicago, Miami, and New York City.
In the four years since the Hanfts endowed this innovative fund, their interns have gone on to graduate school; are working in financial services, healthcare, international banking, and consulting; took increasingly responsible positions in nonprofits; and are moving up the ranks of corporate America.
Rebecca Lelles ’20 from Nevada
Criminal Justice and Sociology double major,
Social Work minor
John Christopher Hartwick Scholar
Changing the Present
A 501(c)(3) recognized by The New York Times as “an Amazon.com of the nonprofit world.” Worked on fundraising, grant writing, advertising, and networking with national and international nonprofit organizations.
“This position combined my desire to gain experience in the business side of nonprofits with my passion for solving social issues. I was able to learn about and advocate for causes that have piqued my interest at Hartwick and I built skills and gained experience that directly relate to my goal of becoming a nonprofit director.”
Ed Holman ’21 from Washington State
Political Science and Philosophy double major; Outdoor Education minor
On-campus jobs in technology and fundraising
Teen Leadership Director Intern, Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, Pennsylvania
Accepted an oversight role after 10 years working with youth. Responsible for the management and training of counselors in training (CITs), preparing them to foster children’s social, physical, and intellectual growth.
“I had the opportunity to answer questions instead of asking them. I practiced my communication skills when talking with parents, working with future counselors, and collaborating with colleagues. After Hartwick, I hope to attend law school and practice family law with an emphasis on youth.”
Julia Marquis ’21 from Maine
Business Administration and Environment, Sustainability, & Society double major;
Political Science minor; Honors Program
Human Resources Intern, Hannaford Supermarkets’ corporate office, Scarborough, Maine
Created official job description templates for the vice president of human resources (a priority after Hannaford’s merger into Ahold Delhaize) and built out the LinkedIn Life section of the Hannaford Careers webpage. Collaborated with human resources and marketing teams; presented her work to corporate leaders.
“It was very uplifting and motivating to know that Hannaford is using my work and that I left a mark on the company. I was incredibly lucky to be able to get course credit for this amazing opportunity and to receive a Hanft Internship Scholarship.”