Tuesday, October 30, 2012



Comment from Michael Griffin, Internship Director:  This would be a great experience for any business major

Description of the company including the mission, location, sales and market coverage. Please include your web URL:

Gallagher Koster (subsidiary of Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc" is a full-service organization that approaches student insurance programs with innovation and creativity. We work directly with our clients to thoroughly understand their insurance objectives and develop customized insurance programs that best meet their specific needs and the needs of their students."

Our mission "is committed to being the nation’s leading full-service independent insurance program administrator for the education community by providing high quality, customized, and affordable health and sports insurance products and related services to the schools, and the students and families they serve."

Our office is located at 500 Victory Road, Marina Bay, Quincy, MA. We have clients throughout the United States.

Our website is www.gallagherkoster.com. Our parent company’s website is www.ajg.com.

Primary duties and responsibilities: Assist Client Service Representatives with the administration of student health insurance plans for assigned clients. This function will assist with the coordination of the flow of information between Account Management, Sales, IT, Customer Service, Enrollment, and Finance. The Client Service Intern will work closely with the enrollment team to manage the day to day maintenance of each assigned account. The Client Service Intern will assist the Account Management and Sales teams to ensure the highest level of client satisfaction. This is an in-house position. No travel required.

What will the student learn from this experience? Will learn the organization's policies and procedures as they relate to operational procedures, eligibility, benefits and claims issues/problems; will gain customer service experience by answering incoming calls from Gallagher producers and client schools and assisting them with any requests that they may have; will learn about the health insurance industry and what it takes to run a successful insurance agency

Job Title: Client Service Intern

Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.): Junior or Senior in good academic standing

Skills required: Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills are required; Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office products; Two or more years of customer/client services experience

Hours of work: Flexible schedule at 25 hours per week

Start and end dates: Flexible

Compensation: $8.00/hour

Primary supervisor: COO/Manager of Client Services

Sunday, October 28, 2012

ROW FOR THE CURE® fundraiser to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure

My daughter Kate is on the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) Rowing Team and they are raising money for Breast Cancer. This cause is called ROW FOR THE CURE® fundraiser to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. If any of my firends would like to donate to this great cause, in my daughter Kate's name, click on the link below. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Rockport Company Finance Intern Spring 2013

Rockport in Canton, MA is looking for a finance intern for spring 2013.  This is unpaid but will qualify for internship credit (as long as other criteria are met such as enrollment in FIN399 - the online internship course through the UMD Charlton College of Business.  Details via the link below:


eBook Production Coordinator Intern

A publishing company in Ipswich, MA is looking for an intren to help with eBook production.  Need solid IT skills.  Here's the link for more information: https://careers.peopleclick.com/careerscp/client_ebsco/external_ep/en-us/gateway.do?functionName=viewFromLink&jobPostId=8639&localeCode=en-us&source=Indeed.com&sourceType=PREMIUM_POST_SITE

Monday, October 22, 2012

VITA Program


Hi business majors:

We need your help during the Spring 2013 semester. And you will also benefit!

Freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors of the Charlton College of Business, we need you to assist Southcoast area families in the preparation their 2012 Federal Tax Returns. VITA (volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is a way that you can get involved, learn more about federal taxation, pick up some real world experience (for that resume) and make a difference. This is an activity that creates wonderful learning opportunities beyond the classroom. VITA is a nationally recognized program - developed and supported by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

VITA has two main parts to it: 1) A free IRS training program that results in the student being awarded a certificate (for passing a tax test) and 2) A volunteer component where students work with clients to prepare tax returns during the 2013 tax season (Feb. and March). For income tax training which will begin in January 2012, we will soon be accepting CCB students as volunteers into the VITA program, a federal income tax return assistance program. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative effort by the Internal Revenue Service and many individual states, including Massachusetts, to provide income tax assistance to low-income individuals, handicapped or elderly. Volunteers trained by the Internal Revenue Service prepare basic income tax returns free of charge at VITA sites. Our local site is at the CEDC in New Bedford; only a few miles from campus.

Ever hear this? "To whom much is given, much is expected." Or "Pay it forward." Think about how you might use your talents to give something back to our community. You have much to give and you will gain valuable experience and other possible benefits.

LEARN MORE! Please join us for one of the information sessions. There will be two informational meetings regarding Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program on Friday, November 2 at:

11:00 am



the first floor, large conference room (Room 115) of the Charlton College of Business.

Brian Pastori of the New Bedford CEDC (host of the VITA program) , Diedre Healy and I will be present to explain the VITA program, the training involved, and potential benefits. Have all your questions answered and see what this program is about.

NOTE: IF YOU CAN'T MAKE THE INFO MEETING AND STILL WANT TO BE PART OF VITA - NO PROBLEM! Email Brian Pastori (brian_pastori@yahoo.com) and Dierdre Healy (dhealy@umassd.edu) and tell them about your interest, they will keep you on a mailing list that should provide updates on the program, training, etc.

VITA is a program that helps our local residents in two ways: it gives them assistance in preparing their tax returns and it helps them take advantage of the earned income credit - a bit of an economic boost that can help these folks make ends meet. For a student, this is a great way to give back to the community, create a significant resume item that shows civic engagement/community service and a desire to learn something new (and practical), and allows you to achieve validate your tax knowledge via an IRS exam. For some UMD students, work study and Connections program requirements can be satisfied through VITA. This is also an excellent way to learn outside of the classroom. There may also be one or two internship positions available through the CEDC - the organization that runs our VITA program.

However, the real motivating factor for your participation in this program is not financial but rather, the opportunity to help some people who need your help, while at the same time learning a great deal about federal income tax and the workings of a great nonprofit like the CEDC. The VITA program infuses thousands of dollars back into the economy through the earned income tax credit - an opportunity that many low-income taxpayers fail to take advantage of. You can help some folks get the tax credit and put a few extra dollars into their pockets.

For your information, the CEDC's mission is as follows:

CEDC hosts the VITA program in New Bedford. The Community Economic Development Center of Southeastern Massachusetts seeks to create a more just local economy by building bridges to resources, networks, and cooperative action for adults, youth, aspiring entrepreneurs, working families, grassroots organizations, and immigrant workers members of our community. The work of the CEDC is created and directed by the people who will benefit most from its success. CEDC challenges economic and political institutions and policies that exclude full participation and access to power by all members of our community.

The VITA program is open to all students but is particularly interesting to accounting and finance students who might want to pursue careers in tax planning or personal financial planning. Free training is provided and all majors are welcome. You will be provided with income tax training (options for an in class session in late January 2013 or a self-study option) so that you can pass an IRS exam and move onto help families who need your help. This is a great service to the people of the city of New Bedford. We have gotten great feedback from the students who completed VITA last year. Many accounting majors have worked in VITA but keep in mind that all majors are welcome to participate.

If you are looking for a great service learning project, looking for a great resume item, or simply want to give something back, come to one of the info sessions on 11/2/2012.

If you have questions, please email me. We are also interested in getting student clubs and associations within our business college to consider getting their members involved with VITA.

Professor Michael Griffin

Friday, October 19, 2012

Marketing Intern Need for Local Financial Services Company

The Castelo Group, a local company in the business of insurance, real estate, and mortgages, is looking to bring on a senior marketing major who understands technology (web site development, social media/marketing) and can help the company execute a marketing plan.  This is a paid internship and will be a good experience item for the resume.  The position will be in New Bedford.  Interested students should send their resumes to: Jose Catelo, President of the Castelo Group - jcastelo@castelogroup.com

Intersession (Winter) Personal Finance Course

Intersession (Winter) Personal Finance Course
During this winter intersession (January 2, 2013 to January 18, 2013), I (Michael Griffin) will be offering FIN320 Personal Finance through our division of Professional and Continuing Education. It carries 3 credits and counts as a business elective. This will be a hybrid course - meaning most of it will be online. There are only 3 face-to-face meetings (1/2, 1/9, 1/18). There are two exams - one at the mid-point and a final. The course will be accelerated and a great deal of the learning activities will fall upon the student but if you are the type who is looking for flexibility and learns well by reading, studying the chapters, and engaging in interactive content (we will utilize an online learning system), then this might be a good course for you. You must be comfortable with myCourses - the UMD online learning management system and we will also utilize McGraw-Hill's Connect system.

The textbook is very good and extremely easy to read however, there will be a lot of ground to cover in just 3 short weeks. Yet, this is a very practical course and one that may appeal to anyone who is interested in a career in financial services, personal financial planning, consumer banking or anyone concerned about increasing their financial literacy.

If you are thinking about catching up by taking an intersession course or trying to lighten your load for a future semester, this course might be appealing to you.

Here's a brief description:

FIN320 Personal Finance

An introduction to the financial planning process of setting goals, developing action plans, creating budgets and measuring results. The student will become familiar with the techniques of financial analyses necessary to make choices when considering housing, insurance, retirement plans, and borrowing and other personal finance issues. This will be a hybrid version of the course in that only 3 sessions will be held face-to-face - an introductory session and two exams. The remainder of the course will be conducted online using both Connect (the courseware) and myCourses.

The book is Personal Finance, 10th edition, Kapoor, Dlabay, Hughes, McGraw-Hill, 2012. ISBN (includes the Connect Online Learning Center): 9780077503949

Here are some of the objectives of the course:

Students will learn about:

1. The personal financial planning process.

2. Goal setting and opportunity costs.

3. Personal financial planning aspects of career planning.

4. How to prepare personal financial statements.

5. How to prepare a personal budget,

6. Calculating personal taxable income.

7. Basics of personal federal tax liability and income tax planning.

8. Savings plans and payment accounts.

9. Choosing sources of consumer credit.

10. The factors to be considered when purchasing and financing a home

11. Principles of life insurance.

12. Investing fundamentals.

13. Investing in Mutual Funds.

14. The basics of retirement planning

Please check with the division of PCE to learn about the costs involved. I believe tuition for the course is about $1,100. If you have any questions, give me a call, stop by my office, or email me at: mgriffin@umassd.edu.

Marketing Internship


Rhode Island Novelty is looking to provide students with the opportunity to build personal and professional effectiveness skills while participating in monitored field-based learning experiences. Students will develop important time management and prioritization skills while gaining business marketing experience. Students will be responsible for a variety of tasks including but not limited to:

Market Research: (40%)
• Students will be primarily responsible for sales lead retrieval from industry-specific periodicals, directories, and internet research (20%)

• Students will be responsible for identifying, categorizing, and contacting potential sales leads through telemarketing communications and providing summaries on a weekly basis (10%)

• Students will perform fundamental competitive analyses including product and price comparisons for various customer bases as well as for internal operations (10%)

Business Marketing: (35%)
• Students will explore the process of tradeshows by assisting sales representatives with preparations and following up with the requests of tradeshow attendees (5%)

• Students will be responsible for mailing catalogs and other promotional packages directly to new and existing customers as well as following up with recipients to provide additional information (5%)

• Students will be responsible for managing social media in the business setting by maintaining and updating the company’s Facebook and Twitter accounts (10%)

• Students will also assist sales representatives with completing individual customer requests including electronic packing lists, inventory availability updates, and product information requests (15%)

Marketing Technology: (25%)
• Students will receive software training in order to use the company database to retrieve customer, product, and price information as well as enter and process actual orders and customer requests (20%)

• Students will assist on various web-based projects within the sales department for the development and implementation of the company website (5%)

Percentage of time spent in each subject area may vary on a weekly basis depending on the skill set of each intern and the prioritization of tasks assigned on a daily and weekly basis.

This internship is for the 2013 Spring Semester (and could lead to Summer employment) and that I would like to receive all resumes by 11/16/12. Interviews will be conducted during the week of 11/26/12.

The starting salary is $13.00/hour.All majors/classes (FR, SO, JR, SR) can feel free to apply however, only students meeting CCB crtiteria can earn business internship credit (at least 60 credits earned, intrenship class etc.  Go to http://www.umassd.edu/charlton/internship/ for more details on the CCB internship program.)

Please send resume and cover letter via email: Dan Highcove, Rhode Island Novelty Corporate Sales Manager 350 Commerce Drive Fall River, MA 02720

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Part-time Accounting Position at Local Insurance Company

Harrington Insurance (http://harringtonsaves.com/), a growing agency located in Fall River, is looking for an accounting major, at least a junior or a senior, to work in their accounting department in Fall River. This is a part-time, paid position and could qualify for internship credit in the Spring 2013 semester if still employed there. Must have good Excel and MS Office skills. The position will be filled soon so interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Ann Marie Rogers at: arogers@harringtonsaves.com as soon as possible.

Interested students should also review Harrington's web site. Here is some information from the web site:

About Us

Harrington Insurance Agency, Inc. is a licensed and leading provider of insurance products ranging from personal to commercial lines in the states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine. Harrington Insurance operates through its multiple Massachusetts based offices, which has been serving its customers through its predecessor agencies for over 50 years. Harrington Insurance is owned and operated by Arbella Insurance Group, a leading property and casualty insurance provider whose corporate headquarters is located in Quincy, Massachusetts. As a member of the Arbella Insurance Group, Harrington Insurance sells Arbella products but also represents and sells insurance on behalf of other well respected carriers to give customers a host of options.

Harrington Insurance is a proud and active supporting member of the surrounding communities it resides in. We believe that our commitment and service to our customers extends beyond the simple acceptance of premium. In view of that we support local schools, charities, and are active in promoting local safety programs throughout the state of Massachusetts. Please click here to find out more about our community involvement.

At Harrington Insurance, we are a dedicated and knowledgeable resource for our customers. Our primary resource is our customers' satisfaction. We are sincere about providing a service experience that instills a sense of confidence and satisfaction within our customers.

In order to facilitate that memorable event, Harrington strives to ensure that employees feel a sense of belonging, ownership and commitment to our mission and vision. We believe that once our employees know and understand their value to the company, our customers will benefit.

We value unique contributions and reward creativity, initiative and leadership. At Harrington Insurance, our continued success is due to our employees' unique ability to deliver excellent service and knowledgeable advice.

Music Business Marketing Internship

The Carver School of Music is looking for a business intern to assist in marketing.

Background (Source: Carver School of Music)
The school was founded and is currently managed by a very talented musician (Kid Bangham of The Fabulous Thunderbirds). His school teaches dozens of kids and he employs several teachers. He and his school were featured on Chronicle a few years ago and since then; he has turned down multiple PR and high profile musical opportunities. His passion is to teach music.

The school gives lessons and has an in-house recording studio. Bangham would like to recruit new students by reaching out to neighbor schools in Middleboro and Plymouth.

Initial Strategies Would Include:
1. Update web site and social network presence*
2. Reach out to school administrators to create school-specific programs.
3. Set up a series of “Open Houses” to demonstrate various instruments and learning opportunities.
* See his current web site, facebook page and Youtube channel.

1. Market the in-house recording studio.
2. Doug has a vision to expand his school into a “Troubadour Club” featuring live music at night along with some food and beverages.   Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to: davidjameshorne@gmail.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Westport CPA firm looking for interns

A local CPA firm (Westport, MA), just minutes from UMD, is looking for sophomore (Preferably sophomore) or junior accounting majors to work in the office. Duties will include bookkeeping, tax return preparation, and general office duties. Students should be bright and hard working. There is no minimum GPA required however you should have good to excellent grades. Interested students should email a resume and cover letter to Mr. James Driscoll, CPA at westportcpa@aol.com. These are paid internships and at least one position will be filled as soon as possible. The hope is that the successful candidate will stay on with the firm for multiple tax seasons. Mr. Driscoll is looking for a student who is interested in possibly making this a long-term commitment - multiple years. He provides excellent training.

Two local accounting positions - both could be internships

Local CPA Firm has a client looking for someone with a knowledge of bookkeeping. A junior or senior accounting major would be great for this paid position. The position is 15 hours a week starting ASAP. Interested students can either drop off a resume to Stephen & Co Hair Designers (8 Champion Terrace, North Dartmouth, MA) or email itto them at stephenandco@comcast.net.

Local CPA firm is looking for an intern for their public accounting practice during tax season 2013 -- 15-20 hours per week. Looking for a senior (but I believe they would be interested in a sharp junior accounting major.) Interested students should send their resumes to Jim Pratt (email is jpratt@hppscpa.com).

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

UPS HR Internships

Two local UPS offices are looking for HR internships for the upcoming busy season.  They are looking to put three Human Resource Interns on from mid October through December 18, 2012. There are two positions in the Brockton facility and one in Providence RI. Please send your resume and cover letter to Ms. Joan Shea.  Her email address is: jshea@ups.com

Unfortuntately, because of the mid semester nature of this assigment, it is too late for this internship to be part of the credit earning intrenship course but it should be a great experience and it is a paid assignment.

Joan F. Shea
Northeast District
UPS HR Employment Supervisor
200 OakHill Way
Brockton MA, 02301

Below is a job description for this internship:

UPS Human Resource Internship

Job Responsibilities

Review job requisitions. Conduct interviews. Prepare and present job offers to candidates. Attend job fairs & open house events. Utilize job boards to recruit potential candidates. Facilitate advancement opportunities for internal candidates. Facilitate new employee focus group meetings. Coordinate/assist in company activities. Deliver HR presentations & additional presentations as needed. Facilitate annual training planning process. Conduct training sessions to help with the Christmas hiring season.

Knowledge and Skills

Strong communication skills (both written and verbal). Effective time management with the ability to direct simultaneous/multiple projects. Excellent relationship skills essential in one-on-one and group settings. Ability to formulate strategic cross-functional partnerships and motivate others at all levels. Detail-oriented, self-motivated, creative, and enthusiastic, a team builder. Ability to document and maintain accurate records. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from internal client base. Ability to effectively present information to management, schools and external community organizations. Proficient in Microsoft Office products. Desire candidate seeking college degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in the Human Resources field.


• US Employment Authorization


Employer will not sponsor visas for position.

There is no relocation available for this position.

UPS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

CPA Firm internship - Tax season 2013

A North Attleboro CPA firm is looking for an intern for tax season. Ideally, the firms is looking for a sophomore (but I would also encourage junios to apply).  The idea is to have an intern for a few tax seasons which  yields the best results (for the student). Please send your cover letters and resumes to:

Michael S. Taylor CPA MST
195 Chestnut Street
North Attleboro, MA 02760

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Washington Center Internship Info Session

Here's a message from the UMD Career Development center regarding the Washington Center Internships info session next week:


The Washington Center
Information Session
Tuesday, October 9
3:00 PM
Blue & Gold Welcome Center

How does a 10 or 15-week credit-bearing internship in Washington, D.C. or abroad sound to you? Financial assistance and tuition and fee waivers are available to qualified applicants participating in The Washington Center Internship Program during the fall and spring semesters. Internships can be obtained in various fields including the Arts, Business, Education, Science and Health, Information Technology, Politics, Lobbying and Government Affairs.  

Sound intriguing? Join us for an information session with special guest, Jillian Anthony of The Washington Center. 

At The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars you can:

*Earn Academic Credit from UMD for Real Work Experience 
*Live in safe metro-accessible executive-style high-rise apartments 
*Make valuable contacts with organizations in D.C. and students from around the world 
*Experience the culture of Washington, D.C.

For further information, please contact the Career Development Center at 508-999-8658 or cdcinfo@umassd.edu.