In the August issue, I told you about my own
internship experience. It was required by the College of Communication,
which made it available as a 3-credit practicum. Not all HPU
programs require practicums for graduation; in fact, some don’t
even require internships, and few offer them through the department,
school, or college.
Most HPU students get their internship experience through the
Career Services Center. That’s where Rachel Silberstein,
a senior majoring in Travel Industry Management, found hers.
Silberstein, who interned at the Radisson Hotel Waikiki on
Kuhio Avenue, was excited because the hotel created a position
for her. “During the interview the director of human resourses
asked me about my main interest in the industry,” Silberstein
explained. “I mentioned that I would like to work in
the banquet department. Unfortunately, the department was closed
down. She called the director of food and beverages to see
he had anything available for me. He came to the office and
asked me if I would like to get the banquet department ready
in October. Of course, I said yes!”
Analyzing her experience, Silberstein expressed the wish that
there was less paperwork involved in securing an internship,
and she commented on the small number of contacts the Career
Services Center had in the tourism industry. “I was very
disappointed,” Silberstein said. “I thought that
HPU had more connections.” Nonetheless, she is convinced
that this experience is crucial to her future professional
life, and she added that even if the internship were not mandatory,
she would have done one.
Keren Shohet, an HPU senior and advertising major, got her
internship through the College of Communication. She began
in early May
at Flicker Media, an online dating agency based in Honolulu,
doing telemarketing and creating advertisements for the company.
The flexibility her employers offered her in the creation of
the marketing and advertising material made her more confident
in her ability to face the real world. She said that her best
experience was working on a video to promote an abstinence
been really fun to work on the set and help out with video production
and prop management,” said Shohet.
She recalls her worst experience when she had to conduct telemarketing
sessions and deal with short-tempered clients. “I just
really hate the whole concept of telemarketing,” says Shohet, “even
if the parties are familiar with the product.”
Like Shohet, Brittany Pules got her internship through the
Communication Practicum class. Pules is a Public Relations
senior at HPU who
interned at STAR 101.9, a radio station. She handled the station’s
promotions and feels she was given a lot of responsibility,
especially when she was stage manager at a Pepper concert.
Being a stage manager is basically making sure the bands go on
and off the stage at the correct times and making sure that all
the band members are accounted for,” explained Pules. “It
also consists of making sure fans don’t get on the stage
and keeping the stage area clear of traffic."
For Pules, this was the best and worst experience because
it was exciting and challenging at the same time. Even
does not stay at STAR 101.9, Pules will most likely stay
in the radio
Visit the Career Services Center, or, if you are a communication
major, visit the College of Communication office and
look through the Communication Practicum book of companies
Both departments are on the fifth floor of the First
Hawaiian Tower at 1132 Bishop.