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Virtual Internship Experience: Internal Communications at General Motors

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Back in November 2019, I accepted a summer 2020 internship with General Motors. I fully anticipated that I would be moving to Detroit for the summer and working in person at the Renaissance Center, one of GM’s many corporate buildings. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I ended up working completely virtually from my childhood bedroom in Massachusetts. While I was very intimidated and nervous about conducting such an important internship from a completely different state, now that I have completed my summer with GM, I am incredibly thankful for the virtual experience. 

Here is how my virtual internship experience with General Motors went this summer. 

What I would do if I were back on campus

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I often reflect on my memories from my time at the University of Massachusetts, and have a rush of positive feelings hanging onto the hope that we can be back as soon as it is safe! I got to live on campus for the majority of my sophomore year, and since March have been staying in my hometown. I wanted to share some of my most memorable and favorite experiences as a UMass student and what I would do if I could be back on campus with you!

Highlights from the Virtual Isenberg Career Day

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This fall, the Isenberg School of Management held their annual Career Day. The event was held virtually using Career Fair Plus, a platform designed to host virtual career fairs, featuring one on one sessions as well as a breakout room feature for smaller group sessions. 

Melissa Salva, director of employer engagement at Isenberg’s Chase Career Center, notes that despite the change to a virtual format, employers were very eager to participate. More employers participated this year than last fall’s in-person fair, and 634 students participated. A total of 2,398 individual meetings with recruiters occurred during the course of the event. 

How to Keep Your UMass Spirit High While Away From Campus

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With most University of Massachusetts classes happening remotely this semester, there are undoubtedly numerous students missing the liveliness and energy of campus life, I know I am! As a final semester senior, I am acutely missing life on campus. With the semester already in full swing, I found myself feeling a bit detached from the semester in my new remote work environment. This had me thinking; how can I bring the energy and spirit of UMass to my new found off-campus workspace? 

Find yourself missing life at UMass Amherst like myself? Here are four ways that you can keep your UMass spirit alive while you are away from campus.

The Stonewall Center: Past, Present, and Future

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October is LGBTQ+ History Month, and to celebrate, I thought I would look into the history of LGBTQ+ people at the University of Massachusetts! In recent history, UMass Amherst was recognized in October 2020 as one of the top 40 LGBTQ-friendly campuses in the country. While this is our 10th consecutive year with such a distinction, efforts towards progress and inclusivity actually began at the university in the 1980s. Let’s take a look at how it all started and the dynamic work that continues to this day. 

Senior Year, Remotely: My Fall 2020 Classes

Rebecca Duffy, a University of Massachusetts student sits near a laptop and broadcasting microphone in her home office

The moment that seemed so far away for such a long time is finally here- it’s my senior year! These past three years have flown by and I can’t believe I’m in my last year at UMass Amherst. Because I am a senior this fall, I wanted to take fun and interesting courses that would challenge me one last time before I graduate. I am loving all of my Fall 2020 classes so far, and I want other University of Massachusetts students to learn more about these incredible courses too! Read on about the classes I am taking this semester.

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