This summer Catherine Maugle ’15, Callie Marx
’15 and William Nelligan’14 interned for finance titan/media
mogul/philanthropist Amy Nauiokas ’94; Ziqi Zhang ’15 found a dream
internship through Asia Society CFO and Vice President Don Nagle ’75; and Aleksa
D’Orsi ’15 traveled to the intersection of arts and marketing with media maven
and art historian Liz Grazioli ’09—the fourth Dickinson student to make that
trip since Grazioli founded ArtSee in 2011.
Alumni-student connections such as these tap a tradition of lifelong engagement at Dickinson, and they offer invaluable
assistance to students on the cusp of their professional careers while
providing satisfying experiences for the mentors as well.
As a film-production intern
at Nauiokas’ production company, Archer Gray, Marx evaluated screenplays and
submitted a report on each script’s potential commercial appeal, projected budget and target audience. She also worked on a film that was already underway,
performing production tasks such as securing licensing for clips, creating
contact sheets for the cast and coordinating product placements.
Nelligan interned at My Dash LLC, Nauiokas' holding company,
which owns and administers her film-production, nonprofit and media ventures.
“One day, I might have been pulling together due-diligence documents for one of
Amy’s potential investments. Another day, I might have been writing a
strategy memo advocating for a certain investment. The next day, I might
have read a film script and provided feedback,” he says.
Zhang, an international business & marketing major who had completed a marketing internship in New York last year, seized a chance to put her
international-finance skills to the test at the Asia Society. “I gained a great
deal of financial knowledge,” says Zhang, noting that her supervisor also took
the time to teach her the basics of a commonly used accounting program.
D’Orsi interned at Grazioli’s arts-media firm after
completing a curatorial internship at the Boca Museum of Art the summer before.
She reports that Grazioli assigned readings and planned special intern-development
days to ensure that D’Orsi learned as much as possible in the span of three
months, during which she polished her social-media skills, met with
artists and curated, exhibited and marketed their art.
Former ArtSee intern Norah Maxwell ’12, who interned for Grazioli immediately after graduation, says that experiences
like these yield a practical knowledge base that is not only wide but deep. “I
had several summer internships, but no others stand out to me the way ArtSee
did—Liz gave me a lot of responsibility,” she says.
What goes around . .
That sentiment is common among alumni-student interns past and present, because while all good internships can bring great rewards, alumni-facilitated internships may be particularly poised to do so, since alumni are naturally invested in helping fellow Dickinsonians succeed.
Additionally, as D'Orsi notes, a Dickinson mentor can broaden an intern's professional networks exponentially by introducing top students not only to contacts within their fields but also to fellow established alumni who may be able to help down the road. And, as Marx and Nelligan point out, the chance to see a highly successful fellow Dickinsonian at work is also, in itself, simply rewarding. “Amy helped me realize how transformational an education like
ours can be,” Nelligan says.
Grazioli, it’s a matter of karma.
“I enjoyed every minute of my time at Dickinson—I learned a
lot, I made all of my best friends there,” she says. “I also had great
mentors—alumni, professors and leaders on campus—who helped me find my way and
still are there for me. All that was given to me, so I try to give it back.”