Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Here is a link to a blog posting today on UMASS Online's blog that describes my Personal Finance course (online) that starts up Jul 22.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Paid Marketing internships - start now through the Fall Semester - North Attelboro

Case Snow Management is looking for an intern to start now and continue into the fall semester. See details below!
The complete postings is up on UMD's Careerlink system.

*Job ID:
*Job Title:
Organization Name:
Case Snow Management
Linked Contact:
Rachel Smith
*No of Openings:
*Hours per Week:
Dependent on Experience
*Job Description:
Internship will be tailored to student's knowledge, skills, and abilities including the following duties:

. Create concept and design for e-marketing campaigns including web content, social media, and e-mail marketing
. Identify, create, and/or develop platforms and content of interactive training tools
. Assist with storyboarding, filming, and editing training and promotional video shoots
. Generate, research, and execute specific marketing initiatives
. Support sales efforts by customizing presentations and estimating jobs
. Provide marketing tracking and research information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data
. Identify, qualify, and educate sales prospects
Marketing and/or sales course study, social media experience, video and/or photo production knowledge
*How to Apply:
Send cover letter detailing desired experience, resume, and list of course completed to RSmith@casesnow.com

For more information, log into CareerLink through your UMassD Portal and search for the job using the ID #

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CCB Internship News: New Procedure for Posting Internship Positions

After several years of maintaining the Internship Blog, I have decided I can no longer use it to post internship positions for the students of the CCB.  The blog has outgrown its usefulness and it doesn't have the features that other job and internship portals offer.  We (me and the CCB administration) have decided that the UMD Career Development Center's Careerlink system will now be home to all internship postings and jobs.  You (students) interested in applying for internships, should make it a habit to search using the Careerlink (http://www.umassd.edu/career/careerlink/).  The Career Development Staff along with CCB personnel, myself, and some of our faculty, are working to point prospective internship providers and employers to Careerlink so that it is the sole place to find internship opportunities geared to UMD students.  I suggest that if you are looking to land an internship for Fall 2015 that you start soon to check on what's up on Careerlink.  Just this week, I have been asking employers to enter their opportunities into the Careerlink database so students can begin applying. 

For at least for the short-term, I will keep this blog up and running but it will be more for informational purposes.  I will use it to post advice and announcements and I may use it to highlight excellent opportunities, as time permits.  However, all students should keep in mind that if you need assistance with career planning, help with your resume, preparing for interviews, and understanding career paths/options, that the excellent staff of the Career Development Center stands ready to help.  Contact information for the CDC can be found at http://www.umassd.edu/career/

I will continue to direct the internship program for Charlton in addition to my duties as a full-time accounting professor however, I will have help.  A faculty member in each department (DIS and Management/Marketing) will soon be appointed to coordinate internships.  I will also coordinate the accounting and finance ones.  To learn more about CCB's internship program and how you can earn credit for an internship, go to our web page at: http://www.umassd.edu/charlton/internship/

We will soon be updating our internship web page for these new arrangements and I am sure you will continue to see announcements from me as the semester approaches and throughout the school year.  I can also share with you developments regarding career development workshops, internship information sessions, and job fairs as those plans become firm.  I am quite aware of the work being done by the new career development staff to plan a calendar of events to serve the students of the university.  I think there will be quite a bit of exciting things during the next academic year to help you connect with interesting career paths.

Stay tuned.

Professor Griffin

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Full-time Job for Accounting Grad

We (Faculty) sometimes learn of full-time opportunities for our grads in the summer after graduation.  This one comes to us via Professor Jackie Einstein of our management/marketing dept.  If you are interested in this position (the company is located in Avon, MA), please apply directly to the company via the email link mentioned in the posting below.  Neither Professor Einstein or I know more about this position.  If you need help with your resume or your interviewing skills, please contact our Career Development office.

Here is the posting:

At D’Allessandro Corp., we seek a Payroll Clerk as an addition to our growing office staff to administer the weekly processing of payroll, insuring both timely and accurate production and distribution of employee paychecks and responding to employee inquiries regarding pay discrepancies. Working directly under the Controller, you will be working with a new computerized payroll system with maximum capabilities.

 This is a full-time, 1st shift position with competitive wage/benefits - Perfect for a recent grad.  MS Office/Excel spreadsheet proficiency required. Company training will be provided. Must have a willingness and interest to learn.  Advancement opportunity exists for the right candidate.


D’Allessandro Corp. is a heavy utility construction company in business for over 25 years operating out of Avon, MA. We always actively seek to hire talented and motivated individuals to our staff. We offer extensive training and a challenging work environment, always promoting safe working skills! D'Allessandro Corp. offers a substantial benefit plan. We are a drug and alcohol free work environment. Check us out at our website: www.dallessandro.com.
If you feel that you have the proper qualifications, would like to work for a company which proves that it values its employees by investing in their training and growth, and are able to embrace our core values, you need to apply now!

D’Allessandro Company Core Values

1. Work to the highest standard

2. Love what you do

3. Maintain the highest integrity

4. Work with professionalism

5. Competence and Knowledge

6. Be Accountable

7. Be a Leader- by helping everyone with whom you come in contact.

Here at D’Allessandro, we strive to do our very best according to these core values.

TO APPLY: Send resumé to: HR4Success@yahoo.com

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Personal Finance Course Starts July 21. 100% Online, 100% Useful

Ramp Up Your Personal Financial Literacy This Summer
For over 30 years, one of my passions has been personal financial planning.  When I first came out of graduate school – way back in the early 1980s, I was fortunate to land a job as a planner at E.F. Hutton and Company, a Wall Street based investment banking and brokerage firm known for its advertising tagline: “When E.F. Hutton speaks, everybody listens.”  Hutton was also making a name for itself in the field of Personal Financial Planning and I worked in their Providence office providing fee-based planning services to high net worth clients.  That’s where I first learned that one of the secrets of accumulating wealth is an integrated approach.  All areas of personal finance need attention to maximize and preserve wealth including budgeting, borrowing, risk management and insurance, income and estate taxes, investments, and retirement assets.  Although I found investing the most exciting part of the puzzle, I learned that you can’t focus on just that to grow your net worth.  Before you invest in stocks, bonds, real estate, etc. you must have certain foundational things in good order.
In FIN320 Personal Finance, our online course that serves as an introduction to personal financial planning, I take students through the personal financial planning process including how to:

  • Set financial goals
  • Manage a career
  • Manage a budget
  • Use math to calculate present and future values, annuities, and loan payments
  • Mitigate risks
  • Manage credit
  • Buy a home
  • Start investing program
  • Plan for retirements
Although I teach other courses in our accounting and finance curriculum at the Charlton College of Business (UMASS Dartmouth) and enjoy them all, I believe this is the most useful of them all… and one of the most popular that I have taught over my 30 years as a professor.  As a CPA and a practicing professional financial planner, I have seen the mistakes people make with their finances and many people have told me that they wish they had ramped up their financial literacy with a course like this one while still in college.

Stepping Stone
This course also is appealing to people who are interested in entering the financial services filed. Certainly this course could be a first step toward making personal financial planning a profession via jobs such as planer, advisors, stock broker, investment and insurance sales or perhaps achieving certifications and designations in the field such as the CPA, ChFC, CFP, CLU, CFA, and RIA.  If you work at a bank or credit union and want to learn more about financial products or just want to make sure that you do all the right things running a household. This course will not position you to become certified as a financial planner overnight but it could be a stepping stone, as it was for me, into the financial planning world. I took a similar course at Providence College when I was an undergraduate student and it sparked my interest in a field that has exploded and is expected to continue to grow. According to CFP board: “Americans are struggling to pull their finances together and plan for the future. The financial planning profession is growing to address that need, with the career path expected to grow 41% by 2016, according to Money Magazine and Payscale.com.”
Details on the Course
The course will run from Jul 21, 2015-to Aug 19, 2015 and is 100% online.  I utilize our basic Blackboard system which is easy and straightforward to use and a robust learning system called McGraw-Hill’s Connect – which is paired with a very readable personal finance textbook.  Students will work on a case solution that will require they examine various areas of personal financial planning concern for a family.
There are no prerequistes for the course and therefore everyone –business and nonbusiness majors and nondegree seeking students are welcome.  This is a course that might satisfy an elective (3 credits) or it may simply be a valuable self-improvement exercise for anyone who wants to ramp up their financial literacy and open up some options and strategies for financial security. I receive very positive feedback from this course.

More About the Professor
If you would like to read more about my professional background, my biographical sketch can be found via this link: http://www.umassd.edu/charlton/faculty/alphabeticallisting/griffinmichael/ I try to bring my perspective to this course as someone who has not only been a full-time professor at UMASS for 30 years but has continued to consult and advise in the personal financial planning field.

 I can also be reached via email at: mgriffin@umassd.edu
How to Enroll
To enroll in the course, visit UMD’s University Extension site, where registration is ongoing.  You can also read the course description and download a copy of the syllabus.  The link to register is http://www.umassd.edu/extension/

Professor Michael P. Griffin, CPA, ChFC, CMA, CFM
Accounting and Finance Department,
Charlton College of Business, UMASS Dartmouth

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Is Your Summer Internship All That You Thought It Would Be? Seminar

Is Your Summer Internship All That You Thought It Would Be?

Free Online Seminar

Your internship is underway and summer is cruising by. It's time to take an honest and hard look at your intern experience to determine if it is turning out as you hoped, or if you need to make some adjustments to achieve your goals.  

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Marketing internship with Sylvia Group

The Sylvia Group is still seeking a marketing intern for this summer. The internship is $12/hour and about 10-15 hours per week. The hours are flexible if the student already has another part-time or full-time job. Here is the Careerlink posting: https://www.myinterfase.com/umassd/job_view.aspx?token=t87ttAyY6qF8RlkdGe09+A%3d%3d  UMD Students can directly email their resumes and cover letters to Vin Sylvia at vsylvia@sylviagroup.com.