Colburn ’13 Interning at “Best Company” – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Colburn ’13 Interning at “Best Company”

Megan Colburn ’13 is participating in an internship for the Gilroy, Kernan, & Gilroy (GKG) insurance firm in New Hartford, N.Y., this summer. Colburn, who has worked at GKG in the past, is grateful to return to the firm that focuses on providing business with creative resolutions for handling employee benefits, risk management, and financial services.

She touts its recent standing as a top company. In 2010, GKG was named the No. 1 company of its size to work for in New York State. According to the company’s website, “The awards were determined by a consortium of organizations that includes the New York State Society of Human Resource Management, the Best Companies Group, an independent firm that manages Best Places to Work programs across the country, and The Business Council of New York State.”

“They definitely deserve it,” she says.

At GKG, Colburn is working in the communications department, tasked with working on the firm’s website. She also serves liaison between GKG and marketing firms that the company has hired to develop the website. Additionally, Colburn works on the software program that assists individuals in making presentations, a skill she garnered while working for the Digital Learning Center on campus.

“Both my education and work experience at HWS have made me a great fit for this internship, both in terms of knowledge and how it has taught me to think and work critically,” explains Colburn.

A media and society major and economics minor, she participates in Koshare Dance Collective, the KiNK advertising club, and works as a tech fellow at the Digital Learning Center. Last fall, Colburn studied abroad in Galway, Ireland.

“My favorite part about working here has got to be the individual people. They are extremely kind and welcoming,” says Colburn. “I also really appreciate GKG’s understanding and appreciation of their ‘culture.’ They do a lot to keep the culture of the small company the way it is, and that can be seen in its success.”