Monday, July 15, 2013

Students enjoy Amazement Square internship

Two Randolph students have enjoyed their summer internship so much that they offered to continue the work as volunteers.

Mai Dam ’15 and Alyssa DeNisco ’14 have spent the summer planning and marketing events for Amazement Square, an interactive children’s museum a few miles from the College. They helped promote weekend educational events as well as the Ugly Bug Ball, a fundraiser in October. Ashleigh Karol, director of marketing, was impressed by their work as well as their requests to continue working even after their internships are done.

Mai Dam ’15, left, and Alyssa DeNisco ’14 meet with Ashleigh Karol to
discuss plans for Amazement Square's fall fundraiser, the Ugly Bug Ball.
“They both have been here through the summer and have fulfilled their credit requirements, but they both want to be here in the fall as volunteers,” Karol said.

The students decided to continue working with Amazement Square so they could see the fruits of the work they completed this summer. “We both are excited by the way Amazement Square does their work,” said Dam, a business major from Vietnam. “We helped plan the Ugly Bug Ball from the start. We don’t want to leave in the middle of the process.”

DeNisco, a communication studies major from New York, added that this internship has taught her a lot about techniques for planning and marketing an event. Staying a few extra months will allow her to see how that process continues up to and after an event.

Part of the students’ internship duties includes social media outreach, including devising, writing, and posting updates on social networks. “We already know a lot about Facebook and Twitter, just from growing up with them,” DeNisco said. “Using them to market is different.”

Amazement Square has offered internships to Randolph students frequently in the past, and one student, Laura Walsh ’15, has worked there as a paid employee since the spring of 2012. The College and the museum recently created a formal partnership that includes an exploration of more internship opportunities. Karol said that having interns and volunteers is vital to the organization, and she hopes the experience will help students launch careers. “I hope they see us as the type of organization they can come back to for references,” she said. “I try to give them as much experience as possible.”