Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Good Experience for Resume: VITA Information Session


Hi business majors:

We need your help during the Spring 2015 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 2015 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 2015 tax season (Feb. and March). For income tax training which will include self-study during the holiday break , 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 November 19 at:

2: PM

3:00 PM

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, some student volunteers 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 ( and Dierdre Healy ( 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 2015 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.

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 24, 2014

Meeting with Mass Society of CPAs

You are invited to attend an event sponsored by the UMD Beta Alpha Psi and the Massachusetts Society of CPAs (MSCPA). Beta Alpha Psi is a national accounting and finance honor society that helps students prepare for careers in accounting and finance.  The MSCPA representatives will be on hand to talk about the benefits of their organization to accounting students as they consider a career in public accounting. 

Time: Oct 29, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Library Rm 314

Please spread the word!  We would like to see a great turnout.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Internship - Marketing/Information Management/Business (Paid) Fall River

Internship - Marketing/Information Management/Business
OCI Software is a Microsoft Certified Partner and premier software design & development firm entering its 33rd year of providing cutting-edge information technology solutions. Based in Fall River, Massachusetts, OCI Software currently serves a number of firms, ranging from small businesses to Fortune 500 corporations to public sector. Utilizing a staff of experienced and highly skilled technology professionals, OCI Software continues to develop its best-in-class electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) product, AmbuPro EMS.

AmbuPro EMS is the most powerful, yet easy to use, electronic patient care reporting (ePCR) NEMSIS Gold software solution developed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) professionals. It’s a complete, turnkey approach that streamlines patient care reporting and EMS operations, increases efficiency and reduces cost and liability for EMS agencies and Fire Departments.
Our sales and marketing department is expanding its reach and working in exciting new territories. We are looking for an ambitious intern who is willing to support this expanded sales effort through phone research, data collection and information management. This is an exciting opportunity for interns of all levels, so please apply regardless of your year and experience level.
Grow your market research and information management skills, gain exposure to strategic sales process, marketing and management, while working in a fast-paced, innovative software development, deployment and customer service/support environment.

• Gather EMS agency data in assigned territories to support sales and marketing campaigns
• Manage information collected in Microsoft Excel and share updates with sales team as needed
• Enter new leads gathered by sales team at national trade shows into OCI's customer relationship management system (CRM)
• Make phone calls to existing clients to assess customer satisfaction; track and share findings
• Survey EMS agencies throughout the country regarding their current use of, and satisfaction with, ePCR software. Track and share findings.
• Potentially support development of digital presentations related to sales and marketing efforts.
Hours & Compensation
Part-time, paid, - $12/hour -15-20 hours per week. Schedule to be determined based on students availability and course schedule.
Qualifications: Requirements
Applicants should be marketing, business, management information systems, communications or related majors. Excellent organizational and communications skills, and experience with related software such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will also be considered when reviewing applications. 

 *How to Apply: Inquiries & Applications:
Interested and qualified students should email Pam Sefrino with questions and/or a cover letter and resume.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Business Intern for Local Workforce Board (New Bedford)

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is looking to bring on an intern.  See the information below.  If interested, send your resume to Melissa Pacheco
The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board, Inc. is a business-led, policy-setting board that oversees workforce development initiatives in the ten-community region stretching from Dartmouth to Wareham, MA. Appointed by New Bedford Mayor Jonathan F. Mitchell, the Board is composed of business, civic, education, labor, and community leaders.

Established under federal law, the Board’s Chairman is a member of the private sector. The current Chair is Peter J. Muise, President and CEO, First Citizens’ Federal Credit Union. Vice-Chair is Christopher J. O’Neil, Vice President, Tomlinson & O’Neil Insurance Agency, Inc. in New Bedford.
The Board employs a staff of full-time professionals and maintains offices in New Bedford. The Board itself consists entirely of volunteers.
All of the Board’s meetings are open to the public.

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board oversees workforce development efforts in Acushnet, Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Freetown, Lakeville, Marion, Mattapoisett, New Bedford, Rochester, and Wareham. Included are the Greater New Bedford Career Center and the Wareham Career Center, both operated jointly by New Directions Southcoast, Inc. and the Massachusetts Division of Career Services.

The Greater New Bedford Workforce Investment Board is one of 16 similar boards in Massachusetts. Workforce Investment Boards direct federal, state and private funding for educational and occupational skills programs.

In addition to responsibilities mandated under the federal Workforce Investment Act, boards have been called upon to play a major role in a variety of key state initiatives, and to define their vision, mission, and goals based on local community needs.

Primary duties and responsibilities:

What will the student learn from this experience (list 4 or 5 learning objectives)?

Facilitation, coordination, and logistics of working with a regional initiative focused on workforce development.

Communicating in writing and verbally and doing presentations for small and larger groups.

Experience practicing critical assessment, as well as analyzing an overall systems approach to workforce development. 

Opportunity to be mentored by professional from local , regional,  and national levels in the areas of workforce , economic and educational /training initiatives.

Job Title:  Workforce Investment Board Interns

Academic preparation of the student required (graduate, senior, junior, courses taken, GPA, etc.):

Junior or Senior

·         Skills required: Ability to draft and coordinate multiple groups/organizations agendas and meetings

·         Ability to facilitate through personal, electronic, and telephone dialogue the needs and issues of varied groups through the distribution of information/data/etc.

·         Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally

·         Extremely detailed focused

·         Ability to address and follow up on dozens or requests on a daily basis

·         Highly organized

·         Positive attitude

·         Comfortable communicating with upper level management and diverse populations
Hours of work: 10-20 hours per week
Start and end dates:  ASAP- no end date
Primary supervisor and contact information: George Hemp

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) Internships

Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH) is a privately-held financial institution that has been a thought leader and solutions provider for almost 200 years. We serve the most discerning and sophisticated individuals and institutions with expertise in Private Banking, Investment Management, and Investor Services.

BBH is now accepting applications for Summer 2015 internships.  These might be of interest to finance majors and others interested in the investment world.  To apply, go to the Careers section of the BBH web site (  Below are reference numbers that I am told you will need to apply for a particular position.

Req #27313: Investor Services and Administration – Boston
Req #27314:
Investor Services and Administration – NY/NJ
Req #27479:
Investor Services and Administration – Denver
Req #27315:
Systems – Boston
Req #27316:
Systems – NY/NJ
Req #27317:
Private Banking – Boston/NY/Philadelphia/Charlotte/Chicago
This referral came to use from Don Lander who is an adjunct professor at UMASS Dartmouth.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Business Administration Intern (Paid) Taunton, MA

South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation is a regional nonprofit economic development corporation that focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Position:  Paid Business Administration Intern

The intern will gain practical experience through working with the VP, Operations and Portfolio Management and AVP, Operations and Servicing Officer.  The intern will also assist in the smooth operation of the front office and reception area.


·         Scanning and Organization of Client files

·         Answering requests as appropriate, referring requests for information to the appropriate staff member

·         Assisting the Operations/Servicing Department with client mailings and other tasks as necessary

·         Assisting with administrative duties

·         Degree focus in Accounting/Finance preferred

·         Knowledge of and experience with general business principles

·         Excellent written and communication skills

·         Ability to organize and prioritize work

·         Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with outside organizations and contacts

            Location & Supervisor:       

                                    Sidonia Silva-Reyes
                                    SEED Corporation

                                    80 Dean Street

                                    Taunton, MA 02780

            Hours:  20

            Time Frame: Fall 2014; Winter 2014/2015

Please contact Angela Knight, Marketing Manager, at (508) 822-1020
or for more information.

SEED Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Energy related internship/fellowship - PAID and LOCAL

Below is a description of an interesting internship (they call it a fellowship) with the Southeastern Enviroment Education Alliance (SEEAL).  It pays $11 per hour and if you are interested - please act fast to send a resume and email of interest to the person mentioned near the bottom of this message.  THIS WILL NOT BE FOR CREDIT as our credit internship course is well underway however, it will be a good resume item.  The organization must make a decision on an intern by the end of the day Monday Oct 6th so you must apply right away and be ready to interview possibly as early as this weekend.

About the Challenge:
The Southeastern Environmental Education Alliance (SEEAL) launched the SouthCoast Energy Challenge, a community energy savings campaign, to engage and mobilize residents to become more thoughtful energy consumers. The program aims to reduce energy consumption by 15% in the SouthCoast. The Challenge promotes individual action as well as friendly competition among towns, through active promotion of home energy efficiency and solar energy, as well as other actions to reduce fossil fuel use.

Fellowship Description:
The primary focus of the Challenge Fellowship will be community engagement through organizing and outreach, to spread awareness and increase participation in the Challenge.  Fellows will work closely with the Organizing Manager promote the Challenge in the 27 towns we serve. Some of the work will be in the Dartmouth Town Hall office, but predominantly, the fellows will be working in the community at large. We request a one-year commitment with 10-20 hours a week during the school year of 2014.

Primary Responsibilities (Training Provided):
• Contribute to social media and marketing campaigns
• Keep weekly blog and manage website blogs
• Management of a small team of interns
• Assist in the daily management of the non-profit
• Designing community outreach

Desired Qualifications:
• A demonstrated interest in energy and sustainability-related issues
• Eagerness for learning and practicing grassroots organizing skills
• Excellent social skills—ability to fearlessly talk to anyone!
• Persistence, flexibility, creativity, and enthusiasm
• Personal laptop computer

AND 2 or more of the following skills, experience, and/or education:
Graphic Design   Student Leadership  Educational Leadership
Business Management  Social Research   Field Work
Physical Science  Public Speaking   Sales
Social Activism   Sustainability   Web Management
Social Work/Sociology  Biology    Marketing

Timeline & Compensation:
Schedules will be flexible in consideration of other commitments.  Pay begins at $11/hr + bonuses and travel stipend. For more information, visit, call 508-910-1871, or contact