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Internship Spotlight – Lorriann Guzman ’20

three photo collage of group eventName: Lorriann Guzman

Major: Communication Studies

Track: Mass Media and Social Media

Minors: Marketing and Management

Graduation Year: Spring 2020

On-campus Involvement: Community Advisor for Travers Hall, Communication Advisory Board, NRHH (National Residence Hall Honorary), PMP (Pride Mentoring Program)

When and Where did you Intern: AvalonBay Communities, WoodRidge, NJ (Summer 2018)

What drew you to the Communication Studies department and major?

What drew me to the Communication Studies major was the flexibility to take classes from other tracks but still have it count for my own. I feel like this has made me more well-rounded.

Describe your internship and your role.

AvalonBay Communities, Inc., is an equity Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) committed to creating a better way to live. AvalonBay develops, redevelops, acquires and manages apartment communities in the leading metropolitan areas in 10 states and the District of Columbia. At Avalonbay, I…

• Greeted and welcomed current and prospective residents
• Completed pre-move-in and move out inspections of apartments
• Conducted move-in orientations including walking new residents to their home!
• Assisted with planning resident events by working with vendors and creating/sending flyers
• Aid in administrative duties, including lease renewals

What was your best memory at your internship?

My favorite memory was getting to know the residents and their adorable pets!

What is one skill you have improved upon while at your internship?

My presentation skills have definitely improved. I’m more confident and comfortable speaking in front of groups, especially in front of people who might have more experience than me.

How did the Communication Studies Department prepare you for your internship?

It helped me learn how to effectively communicate to a broader audience and improve my writing skills. What are your career goals and how did your internship align with your goals: I’m into a very people-oriented field and my internship was all about fostering and maintaining positive relationships with our residents.

Do you have any advice for students applying for internships?

Don’t limit yourself! Although you may not think you’ll like a certain field, try it out before deciding!