Menlo Interns: Making Their Mark on Bay Area Organizations

Last summer, Menlo College students completed their academic internships in organizations as diverse as Devcon Construction, Boston Private Bank, KPMG, City of Menlo Park, Plug and Play Tech Center, and Hi-Five Sports. Over half of the 63 interns participating in the summer program received job offers from their internship organizations. While Menlo students benefitted from gaining new skills and knowledge and securing their career path after graduation, they also made valuable contributions to the organizations in which they worked. The Internship Program is helping Menlo College create lasting partnerships with organizations throughout Silicon Valley.

After accepting a psychology internship at Foundation for a College Education (FCE), an educational non-profit in East Palo Alto, Ashley Rodriguez-Delgadillo ’15, quickly became an indispensable member of the FCE team. “At FCE I was able to independently organize, plan, and conduct focus groups, and create a data analysis report from collected surveys and interviews,” said Ashley, with regard to the project she managed to evaluate FCE’s education programs. Mario DeAnda, director of programs, described the significant impact the project had on FCE: “The project that she undertook at FCE is similar to studies for which research firms charge thousands of dollars…without Ashley, I don’t think that FCE would have been able to complete the project.” Ashley gained a valuable new set of skills through her internship, and added: “I am so much more confident in myself and what I can do.”

Participating in the Sherwin-Williams Internship Program allowed Holly Livolsi ’15, to work with a team of other interns to create a marketing proposal for a specific client sector. Intern teams from across the nation had the opportunity to travel to Dallas and present their marketing proposals to the corporate vice president of sales. “I am proud to say that out of five divisions, our group took first place,” Holly reported. Her internship supervisor and store manager, Amanda Frey, said, “Working with our Menlo College intern was a great experience. The curriculum that the Menlo students are required to go through in their weekly class allows me to explore my company on a different level with my intern and explain and teach other aspects of the company that are beneficial for understanding all businesses.”

As a marketing intern at Zephyr, a test management software firm, Victoria Piazza ’15 received kudos for her ability to manage multiple projects while delivering high quality results on time.  One of the projects Victoria managed was a lead generation campaign to reengage old leads in Zephyr’s database. “She took complete ownership of the project, designing the snail mail inserts, calls to action, and landing page workflows,” reported Francis Adanza ‘05, director of marketing. He added that, “The Menlo Internship Program is an effective program to prepare students for the real world and help businesses find talent.” Victoria has an offer to join Zephyr full-time when she graduates this May.