I started my internship at Connection in February of 2022. Currently, I am enrolled at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH, and I am working on obtaining a degree in business management, alongside studying communications. I was taking a class in Human Resource Management, and I reached out to Joan Evans, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Connection, to see if I could intern in her department as part of an honors project for the class. My experience in the class and at Connection has given me insight into the “HR world,” which I found to be incredibly interesting—especially after seeing Joan’s passion for the company and its employees. This made me wonder, could I see myself doing this?
My favorite part of interning at Connection, and especially in HR, is the people. I have gained some incredible mentors throughout this process. One of the most important things to me is follow-through, and in this department, that is something I have noticed is important at Connection. The three people I’ve been working most closely with—Joan Evans, Sr. VP of Human Resources; Andrea Faraco, Director of Talent Acquisition; and Jen Tamposi, Executive Assistant—have all been amazing mentors. I have been working on various projects such as document organization, coordinating job descriptions, updating bonus entry spreadsheets, and more. I was even included in weekly remote meetings focused on launching a new, companywide employee engagement program. Jen has also done a fantastic job of making sure I can meet with as many people as possible to learn about their roles within the company. Not only am I learning through hands-on tasks, but I’m also learning directly from people in other departments.
My experience at Connection has been nothing but positive, and I look forward to a possible future with the company. If I were to say one thing to anyone thinking about interning at Connection, it would be “go for it”! The people you work with only want to help you succeed, and overall, care about you gaining the best experience possible.
What is up next for me? My first goal is to enjoy the rest of my summer. After that, my next goal is to finish off the last two semesters, graduate in May, and follow that with finding a job to set myself up for success.
Olivia Conforti is an intern at Connection. She is pursuing a business management degree with a minor in communications at Franklin Pierce University. She serves as a mentor through the university’s Center for Academic Excellence program and enjoys photography in her free time.