“Being forced to think about getting professional experience through an internship is definitely a big help in getting the ball rolling in your professional career,” said Management major Megan Flynn ’20. The information and advice she picked up on resume-writing, interview skills and professional etiquette at workshops sponsored by Sage’s Office of Career Planning helped her get hired as a Human Resources intern at the Vermont Country Store.
The multimillion-dollar retailer has stores in Weston and Rockingham, Vermont, and a modern ecommerce site, but is perhaps best known for its beloved catalog, still printed and mailed and full of unique, hard-to-find products. The company also runs a competitive paid internship program that emphasizes businesses’ role in building strong communities.
Its Human Resources department specifically promotes several programs that support employees’ overall well-being with benefits and programs that work for them, not just the business. This has meant more opportunities for Flynn. “I have been working on a lot of employee wellness projects. The first few weeks have been focused on our Health & Financial Fitness fair,” she said. “I will also be working on orientation videos for future new hires, implementing a composting system at all of our locations, organizing and executing walking challenges to encourage employees to get outside and take walks, and more!”
On the Sage College of Albany campus, Flynn is a forward on the women’s basketball team and a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and the Sage Select leadership program. “Being able to play basketball played a big role in my decision,” she said of choosing Sage. “I also really enjoyed the visits I made before deciding to attend. The people I met were really cool, and I was able to come in undeclared for a major, which allowed me to take a variety of courses before picking management.”