Olivia Copeland, a senior in one of Niagara's newest programs, food and consumer-packaged goods marketing, began interning at Rich Products in Buffalo in the summer of 2018 and has continued her work there through the 2018-2019 school year.
How did you secure the opportunity?
I secured this opportunity by checking in weekly to look for any internship opportunity they were offering for Summer 2018. After a lot of persistence, I was asked to come in for an interview in which I was interviewed by three different people about the role. From there, I was offered a long-term internship position.
What did you do on a daily basis?
I keep track of the sales data reports, assist with sales manager requests, manage the brand social media, develop and send out email blasts, help with trade show planning, and keep track of point of sale and inventory material.
Most importantly, what did you learn?
I have learned that there are many pieces to the business world that keeps everything going smoothly. Team work is extremely important and is truly the key to success in a company like Rich’s. I also learned that no matter the size of the company, being employed by a company with strong family values makes associates feel appreciated every day at work.
What advice do you have for future students?
Get out of your comfort zone! Once I started putting myself out there and being okay with being uncomfortable my overall college experience and personal growth flourished. I think this is the only way to find yourself as a person and truly learn about your strengths and weaknesses. Staying comfortable is easy, but anything worth having doesn’t come easy. Getting out of my comfort zone has already paid off through many opportunities that NU has provided to me.
How did NU's Office of Career Services help you?
I got an internship by applying through Niagara's Get Hired Portal.