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Senior in communication lands internship with Rosa Parks Museum

Mariana Barrero was able to land an amazing internship with the help of CLA Career Services. Here is her story.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born in Cali, Colombia, but I grew up in Birmingham. I am currently a senior majoring in communication, and I just completed my minor in international studies on Auburn’s Joseph S. Bruno program in Italy. I have no idea what I want to do in my future career, but I know my time at Auburn and my CLA experience will help me along any path I choose.

How did you find out about your new internship?

I found out about my new internship from Marianne McCarley and AlumniFire. I had Mrs. McCarley for a freelancing class which was awesome. She taught us things I didn’t even know that I needed to know! She told me to sign up for AlumniFire, and then showed me the listing for my internship and it was a perfect fit!

Did CLA Career Services help you prepare for your internship?

Mrs. McCarley has been such an amazing resource in the career services office. She knows EVERYONE, and AlumniFire is an amazing way to be able to see all of the connections that Auburn can provide. Career Services is constantly bringing in speakers from places like Turner Media, the Rosa Parks Museum, and countless others. It has been so helpful to learn from people like this. They've given interview tips, resume workshops, and a ton of career advice in general that has helped me develop professionally in leaps and bounds.

How was your experience?

The process for my internship was super easy with AlumniFire. I responded to the posting for the internship and networked with Madeline Burkhardt who is the director of adult education at the museum. She asked me for my resume (which career services staff helped me perfect), and I got it! I am going to be using my communication skills, as well as getting to use my Spanish to help translate and update tours at the museum. Getting to know Mrs. McCarley helped me so much because she knew this internship would help me grow professionally, and I am so thankful she pointed me in the right direction.

Why should students join CLA’s AlumniFire platform?

I can’t recommend AlumniFire enough! You are able to search job and internship postings, and develop valuable relationships with Auburn alumni in your field. It can be really scary taking the first step out of college and into your career, but AlumniFire and the career services office can really help you put your best foot forward. It’s super easy to join, it only takes like 10 minutes, and you might even land an internship or job from it, like I did!

What advice would you give other students who are looking for internships/careers?

Take advantage of career services staff! They are here to help us prepare for the real world! If you can take a class with Mrs. McCarley, do so! She has so much information and tips on how to navigate the career and freelancing world and I have learned so much from her. Go to the career fairs, get on AlumniFire, and NETWORK! It has never been as easy as it is now. All it takes is a few clicks to connect with people you can learn so much from.

Congratulations on your new internship, Mariana! We are so proud of you. You, too, can gain a job or internship with the help of CLA Career Services. Visit our website to learn more!

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