Internship Experiences

In Fall 2016, I had the amazing opportunity to intern for the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative (SCRI) as part of the requirements for the Sustainable Cultural Heritage MA.

I began my internship at ThreeBond Singapore Company on July 3rd, 2017. It was one of the most engaging and interesting experiences of my life.

ThreeBond Company gave me wonderful opportunities to work in each department: Finance, Sales, Business Operation Supply, Logistics, and Human Resources. I was excited to learn about the work.

I was concerned in the beginning that I could not contribute to the company as I was their first intern student and I did not know what work I would do. However, my amazing colleagues taught me kindly and I always had the opportunity to ask for assistance. After the internship was finished, I wrote an internship report about my experiences and a company analysis. I hope my reports will help the company to develop and improve.

Additionally, I changed my perspective, especially about finance. Before this internship, I thought I would not work in finance in the future. However, now I am interested in finance. I learned the importance of finance in organizing cash flow of the company. This ThreeBond Internship Program helped me to learn what I want to do in the future and it helped me to find myself.

In the Summer of 2017, I had the pleasure of interning at the American Academy in Rome, specifically in their extensive research library. I shared this experience with my fellow AUR resident Taneisha Tamayo, and together we assisted the library staff with shifting books on all floors of the library to reorganize the collection, leave space for certain volumes to grow, and free shelves for incoming additions.

From this internship, I have gained a deeper understanding and respect for library science, and will definitely consider working in a similar environment in the future. Being an art history major, and Taneisha an archaeology and classics major, we were very much in our element: the library’s main focus was in fact on both our majors. We even got to take home some books destined to be donated or sold. I myself managed to find the 7th edition of Gardner’s “Art Through the Ages” among these books, an art history student’s bread and butter.

AUR graduate Tiffany Burrafato (BUS ’17) has an extraordinary Event Management internship with the Rome Chamber Music Festival ( this summer, hosted in the magnificent Pietro da Cortona hall of the 17th century Palazzo BarberiniFounded and directed by American violinist Robert McDuffie, the prestigious Rome Chamber Music Festival is a celebration of classical and contemporary chamber music, and has become one of the most anticipated events on Rome’s cultural and social calendar.

During the Spring 2017 semester I had an internship with the Policy and Lobbying Unit at the Italian Chapter of Amnesty International.
My duties included drafting a weekly office newsletter highlighting important European events pertaining to human rights, monitoring proceedings in the Italian Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and assisting with translations and drawing up petitions.

This internship gave me great insight into how an international non-governmental organization functions. It was also very interesting to participate in the wide-range of Amnesty’s campaigns, petitions, research, and lobbying efforts.

My experience at USO Vicenza taught me a lot about myself, the military community, and the work force. I learned head on the difficulties of time management and the meaning of improvisation. We had to improvise a lot and just go with it, especially pertaining to Taco Tuesday and Troop Lunch. I learned how much the USO actually does for the military community and what it takes to see USO’s agenda through. We worked together as a team (Lisa, Rebecca, Nicole, Bree, and myself), accomplishing all the tasks that needed to be done and made the USO center run efficiently.