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Business Admin Major Collects Valuable Experience in Three Internships

Published on July 22, 2014

• Summer means career-focused resume building for marketing student

Susquehanna University's Kara MirarchiWhen Kara Mirarchi, a rising senior, enrolled in the business school’s marketing program, it didn’t take long for her to realize that her years of leisurely summer breaks were over. She had watched her older sister, Maura, who graduated from Susquehanna’s graphic design program in 2012, head off to Baltimore for a summer internship at the National Aquarium. As Maura was preparing to graduate, Kara was preparing for her own internship at the National Aquarium.

Kara, from Jarrettsville, Md., spent summer 2012 working with the aquarium’s marketing team, creating posters and pamphlets for dolphin shows and aquarium tours, and working with local businesses on several promotional events.

Last summer, Kara returned to Baltimore for an internship at Heavy Seas Brewery. She landed the internship with the help of a Kappa Delta sister who, like Maura, had introduced her to all the right people. At the brewery, Kara was responsible for maintaining the business’s social media sites and promoting its seasonal beers.

Combined, the two experiences provided Kara with many of the essential skills she’ll use in the marketing profession. But just to be safe, she’s decided to rack up a little more marketing know-how with a third summer internship—this one with the test administration experts at Prometric in Baltimore. She’ll spend this summer working in the company’s marketing department before striking out on her own.

“The main reason I decided to go the extra mile and take on so many internships was to build my résumé and gain hands-on experience,” says Kara.

But she didn’t reserve her résumé building to the summer months. She spent her time on campus gaining experience as well. From serving on the dean’s advisory board and the marketing committee for the Sigmund Weis School of Business to working as public relations chair of Susquehanna’s Enactus group, Kara has distinguished herself as someone willing and able to take on any opportunity that comes her way.

“My experiences outside the classroom have been a huge part of my educational and professional growth,” she says. Kara spent six weeks studying at Regent’s University in London to fulfill her Global Opportunities (GO) requirement.

Reflecting on her undergraduate education, Kara cannot say enough good things about the business school. The cumulative effect of her experiences—both in and out of the classroom, domestic and international—has prepared her well for the future. Moreover, she says, “I found the faculty to be truly interested in my success, and always willing to mentor and coach me in my career.”

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