Heather Hermanowski completed not one but five internships before graduating this past May! With a major in Public Relations and a double minor in Leadership Studies and Communication Studies, Heather made it a point to learn, network, and develop during her time at URI.
Heather, from Warwick, Rhode Island, says “The professors in the Harrington School definitely try to help you succeed in the world after college. We were always having information sessions with professionals, learning how to interview, how to develop a resume, and how to bring our skills learned in class into our futures.” The experiential learning aspects of her classes were, without a doubt, Heather’s most valuable takeaways from her time in college. They prepared her for the skills and tasks she would complete during her five internships and the job she recently landed after graduation.
Heather’s first internship was at Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s Providence Office where she was a Senate Intern during the fall 2011 semester. She answered constituent calls and input correspondences into the computer. She also volunteered at the community dinner where she was able to network with industry professionals. Her second internship during the summer of 2012 was at the start-up Nest4Less in Providence as a Social Media/Sales intern. Her social media background gave her the experience she needed to launch the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Her third and fourth internships were completed at National Grid. There, she worked as an Event Marketing Intern in their Waltham, MA location during the summer of 2013. In this role, she gained experience working directly with customers to educate them on brand and energy efficiency programs. Towards the end of this internship, Heather contacted an individual in the Providence Media Relations Department to see if there were any internship opportunities available. The following fall 2013 semester, she was working as a Media Relations Intern responsible for writing press releases and media advisories to generate media coverage throughout Rhode Island.
In the spring of 2014, Heather completed her fifth and final internship as a Corporate Sponsorships Intern at the Newport Harbor Corporation’s Newport Yachting Center. In this role, she conducted prospect research and created company overviews. She also designed ten sponsorship photo recaps and eight photo thank you pages to show companies the impact of their sponsorship.
“All of my internships helped me to prepare for a professional working environment. I was able to see firsthand what a professional setting is like and I was able to adapt to it before starting my career.” She adds, “The relationships that I have gained throughout the years are all very important to me.” As is evident, Heather has gained tremendous experience through real-world, hands-on internships.
Today, Heather works at Mortgage Network, Inc. in Providence, RI as a Marketing Assistant. She has been in this role for one month and is responsible for assisting loan officers with marketing campaigns, creating relationships with real estate agents, making websites for agent’s properties, and more. Heather learned about this position through an old colleague at one of her internships, which demonstrates the importance of an internship during one’s college career. “This shows what can happen if you prove how hard you can work during your internship, make a good impression, and create a lasting relationship.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! It’s all about networking and making an impact. Great work, Heather!