This summer, Adrianne Torea ’19 has taken on three internships —one each in the non-profit, higher education and corporate worlds — to help her define and shape her professional goals. “I’m a little unsure of what I specifically want to pursue as a career, so all three internships are helping me to narrow down and decide what interests me the most,” says Torea, a double major in media and society and psychology.
One is at the Seward House Museum in Auburn, the 19th century home of statesman William H. Seward. As part of a small staff, she handles numerous responsibilities. “I’m running some of their social media accounts, administering surveys to the guests and analyzing the data to determine the effectiveness of marketing/advertising, and giving tours — so I know the museum and its history inside and out,” Torea says.
Torea found the museum job with the help of the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education who guided her to find the best job options for her interests and skills.
Her second internship is with MacKenzie-Childs, the makers of hand-painted pottery and home furnishings in Aurora, N.Y. There, Torea is the marketing point person for the company’s annual summer barn sale — an event, says Torea, that draws more than 25,000 annually. “It’s a good experience to be inside the marketing department and get a firsthand look at how it all works, especially since MacKenzie-Childs is a multi-million dollar company,” she says.
For her third internship, Torea is testing her writing and photography skills in the HWS Office of Communications. After recently completing a job shadow in the office, she wanted this opportunity to further hone her abilities. “I pushed really hard to do all three because I knew it would be a lot of very valuable experience — experience that will hopefully narrow my career path by the end of the summer,” she says.
All her summer jobs, says Torea, share some similarities. “In my ideal job I would love collaboration between coworkers, interaction with the public, and the ability to be creative and work to develop new ideas that align with the always-changing world we live in today,” she says. “These are all aspects that appear in my various internships.”
Whatever path she takes, the incoming junior has already impressed her teachers with her skills. “Adrianne is an eloquent writer whose expressive skills are apparent in classroom conversation, in conventional writing and in emerging and hybrid forms like the video essay,” says Assistant Professor of Media and Society Leah Shafer, who taught Torea this past year. “The Colleges are lucky to have her!”