Cornell Survey Research Institute
Cornell University Survey Research Institute performs survey research not just to Cornell faculty and researchers but for many other organizations including the government and some corporations. During my time working at the Survey Research Institute at Cornell University, I assisted in gathering data for use in research done at specifically Cornell on faculty research projects. The data was gathered through phone surveys which I conducted about endangered species in upstate New York. This job helped me significantly with my phone skills making me much more comfortable talking with people that I did not know on the phone rather than face to face. I learned to work with these people to ultimately get the desired end results.
During the summer of 2017 I worked as a receptionist at a local media summer camp, Ithaca Media Arts. At this job I processed registrations, dealt with parents resolving many problems, checked campers in and gathered and processed payments. I also answered the phone. Most often, I was the only adult present in the camp holding down the fort, besides from counselors and children. During my spare time here, I helped edit two books for the owner's family. One was a book about a computer program written by the owner's son, and another was an SAT book. Since I love to write/edit, it was highly enjoyable to be able to utilize my skills in writing and to complete successfully editing of two books.
Cornell Program of Computer Graphics
I am working as an administrative assistant to the director of the Program of Computer Graphics, Professor Donald Greenberg, since July 2017. While this has been an opportunity, as an administrative assistant at Cornell to learn a lot about how Cornell operates, the job with Dr. Greenberg has been a real joy. I really enjoy working for Dr. Greenberg as he is an early pioneer of computer graphics. He was instrumental in merging architecture, his original field, with computer graphics. He is largely responsible for setting up the Program of Computer Graphics at Cornell. He was instrumental in much of the early computer graphics research dating from back in the 1970’s. I am totally surprised how exciting and interesting it is, as a marketing communications major, to learn about the history of the graphics industry and how it has really changed the world (and still is, of course). My responsibilities include creating and editing slides for Dr. Greenberg’s lectures, managing accounts and ordering various office/computer supplies sometimes requiring great creativity, providing course management, making web updates using Adobe, Dreamweaver, and Drupal, scheduling/coordination for meetings and research, and many other tasks. Dr. Greenberg is involved with many students supervising research and teaching very popular classes including a joint computer/ management class with the School of Management.
Graphics and Marketing Assistant
I worked in the graphics and marketing department at the picturesque MacKenzie-Childs headquarters in Aurora, NY. This was a temporary one month job that turned into seven months. I completed various projects and worked with several people in the graphics and marketing function including the creative services manager, e-commerce manager, and the graphics coordinator. While working for MacKenzie-Childs I also had the opportunity to work for a sister brand, Jay Strongwater, (both brands are owned by Aurora Brands). Jay Strongwater creates beautiful jewelry and home decor using thousands of Swarovski crystals. My duties ranged from preparing, retouching, and organizing photographs for Aurora brands' websites, preparing catalogs, maintaining websites, writing product descriptions, and gathering and formatting all copy for the spring catalogs for both brands.
Cayuga Medical Center
Public Relations Intern
While working as an intern in the Marketing/PR department at Cayuga Medical Center, I had many various jobs including website restoration, photography, editing press releases, and some work with Adobe Photoshop. I learned a lot about how to edit and layout websites as well as gaining some Photoshop skills.
During my time as a marketing intern for the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, I learned about non-profits and how they work. I was introduced to the Foundation's database system where I learned how to add/subtract names of library members and other information. The database is used to send out announcements and track information. I did research on people to add them to the list or update their information. I also worked on the library website, making it look more engaging and adding some information. I assisted in small tasks as well, such as taking names from the database to use for mailing lists, and using the mailing lists to assemble envelopes for donations and events.
Jon Reis Photography
My internship with Jon Reis Photography, a local Ithacan photographer, taught me skills in how to search for information regarding former clients online and entering them into databases, a job which I became quite good at. I learned about strategic researching tactics in order to find the information for the databases. I also had the responsibility of calling restaurants and Inns around Ithaca to sell photography. Most rewarding was actually creating a radio ad from start to finish even using my DJ skills. I learned about the photography cycle from planning a shot to finally delivering a photograph. Finally, I performed some flood rescue!
My main jobs while working as a marketing intern for the Downtown Ithaca Alliance were researching and gathering information, creating and maintaining Excel spreadsheets, and designing posts for social media. I posted on the Downtown Ithaca Facebook page, and designed posters for events around the downtown Ithaca area using Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator. I learned about working for a government agency through this experience. I especially enjoyed the design work that I did for them.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind
Guiding Eyes for the Blind at Ithaca College
I currently hold the position of social media manager for the Guiding Eyes for the Blind club at Ithaca College. My jobs include maintaining the club Facebook and Instagram pages, keeping track of the current status of every puppy on campus, and posting about their progress.
In addition to running the club social media, I have created Instagram accounts for both of the puppies that I have raised. I did this in order to create awareness for guiding eyes, so people know what it is like to raise a puppy to be a guide dog.