By: Kristen Maloney, Contributing Writer
Every college student goes through the stress and struggle of finding a quality internship they actually enjoy.
Few, however, can truly say that they have found one that goes above and beyond their expectations.
Towson University senior Anthony Curreri, 22, is one of those fortunate few.
A health care management major, Curreri began his internship with Roland Park Place and the Continuing Care Retirement Community, a leading not-for-profit retirement care community in Baltimore, Maryland, in January.
Curreri, who came across this internship through a parent of a mutual friend who works at a CCRC, works mainly in the company’s marketing and public relations department.
Curreri is currently in charge of the marketing and sales plans for the next fiscal year.
“It is very diverse,” Curreri said of his responsibilities. “One day I will be working in the public relations’ department, and the next day I will be a sales associate. I never know what to expect.”
Curreri, who said that he has learned a lot from being involved in the CCRC, also said that TU helped prepare him for it. While it may have been helpful for him to have more marketing experience in his major, this internship gave him the opportunity to learn real-world marketing techniques first hand.
While the internship may be unpaid and is not on the pre-approved list for his major, Curreri is passionate about what he is doing, he is always entertained and it is great work experience.
“I get to affect the lives of the CCRC residents directly and indirectly and make them smile,” Curreri said of his favorite part of the job. “I learn something new every day.”
Curreri said that students looking for rewarding internships should treat the experience as if it is a real job, be curious, have good time management, network and try to find a knowledgeable mentor.
“This is an ideal internship,” Curreri informs. “I would love to stay with CCRC even after I graduate from Towson University.”