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Winter 2011
“These lessons
could never
be found
within the pages
of a textbook.”
-Amanda LaMela
projects with ambiguous instruction,” LaMela said. “DFS
encouraged creative thinking, which was simultaneously re-
freshing and terrifying.”
Her experiences within these three organizations allowed
her to experience life on both coasts, gain extensive knowl-
edge of the fashion industry, and receive the honor of being
the second Fashion major to win the prestigious Intern of the
Year Award in its 20 year history.
“These lessons could never be
found within the pages of a text-
book,” LaMela said, “but thanks
to Marist College’s internship op-
portunities, I will conf idently turn
the tassel on my graduation cap
next month, ready to take on life’s
next challenges.”
As for her post-graduation
plans, LaMela recently accepted
an offer from Ross Stores to work
as an assistant buyer for women’s
Another honoree from the
School of Communication and the
Arts was Allison Duffy. ‘10. Duffy
is a Communication major with a
dual concentration in Journalism
and Sports Communication. She
has interned for Major League
Baseball Properties, the Staten
Island Advance, and the Marist College Diversity Works
Duffy, who accepted a job at MLB as a project assistant ed-
itor in a full-time freelance position, said that her internships
gave her valuable f irsthand interviewing experience. Duffy
noted that one of her most memorable experiences at MLB
was when her editor sent her to Yankee Stadium to interview
pitcher Mariano Rivera.
“I got a press pass and got to spend time before the game in
the clubhouse, press box, the dugout and on the f ield during
batting practice,” Duffy said. “The experience was surreal,
and it taught me how to have conf idence approaching famous
athletes and how to compete with other media members to
get the interview I needed.”
The School of Communication and the Arts also boast-
ed winners who are students from two other schools.
Deanna Gillen, ‘10, a dual major in Political Science and
Communication with a concentration in Journalism, was
the winner for the School of Liberal Arts. Jennifer Argen,
‘10, a Business Administration major with a dual concentra-
tion in Finance and International Business and a minor in
Communication, was winner for the School of Management.
“This award is for graduating seniors who participate in
internships, co-op positions, externships, or student-teach-
ing positions,” said Assistant Director of Field Experience
Desmond Murray.
Students are nominated by Marist’s internship faculty co-
ordinators. A panel of three judges,
all Marist faculty, rate the nomi-
nees based on their GPA, resume
presentation, level of involvement
in intern programs, evidence of
professional growth, level of work
responsibility, impact of placement
on their career decisions, written
communications, and the overall
impression of the materials present-
ed, Murray said.
Along with LaMela and Duffy,
Gillen and Argen were also hired
for very competitive internships.
Gillen worked as a newsroom in-
tern at WNBC Channel 4 News
and received special recognition
from WNBC-TV’s senior news cor-
respondent Gabe Pressman at the
Field Experience Luncheon. Argen
served as a strategic development
intern for Viacom, MTV Networks.
Both Argen and Gillen stressed the importance of re-
sourcefulness and persistence as secrets to their respective
internship success.
“Be proactive, and use every resource available to you,”
Argen said. “Use not only Career Services, but also the
Internet and social networking sites.”
Gillen attributed her internship successes to several
“If you want [an internship] you really have to hunt them
down,” Gillen said. “In an interview, I give them a good, f irm
handshake, and look them straight in the eye. Afterward, I
send a hand-written thank you note.”
LaMela shared the wisdom she gained from her three suc-
cessful internship experiences and what has kept her ground-
ed in terms of her future career aspirations.
“While the bank can take your park-view penthouse and
your Porsche,” LaMela said, “no one can repossess your edu-
cation, experience, enthusiasm, and the positive people that
surround you.”