Melissa Wright '16 Interns with the Boston Bruins

January 05, 2016

Melissa Wright

We caught up with Melissa about interning with the Boston Bruins!

What are you studying at Simmons?

I'm majoring in marketing and minoring in PR and marketing communications.

What drew you to your program?

I actually started off as a pre-med student. When I realized I felt queasy around blood, I figured I should consider other majors. In high school I was involved in DECA, a business competition, and marketing had always interested me. Once I started classes, I knew I had made the right decision.

What's your favorite part of your program?

I enjoy the real-life projects we work on in class. Through my classes, I have worked with the Girl Scouts to develop after-school lesson plans, with Reading Cooperative Bank to create incentives for their customers and various other projects with popular companies. The material from our classes really makes sense when it's applied to what’s going on out in the world.

Where are you interning?

I am interning at the Boston Bruins as a Community Relations and Youth Hockey Intern. I interned in the spring and continued into fall.

Where did you hear about the internship? What was the application/interview process like?

I heard about this internship through Professor Andy Porter in the communications department. A Simmons alumna had previously interned in the same department and I reached out to ask about her experience. After submitting a resume and cover letter, I went through three rounds of interviews. For one of the rounds I created a 55-page project. It was the most intense interview process I've ever had!

What's your favorite thing about your internship?

I love my internship because of all of the different things I get to do. I work with nonprofits and charities and invite them to see games and donate autographed items so organizations can fundraise for their causes. I put people onto Zambonis during games and watch kids’ faces light up when I ask them if they would like to high-five the players. Whether it’s stuffing 50 goodie bags or packing for a youth hockey event, we’re always working to make children happy, which is a great cause.

Are you a hockey fan? Who is your favorite player?

I am a huge hockey fan! My favorite player is Patrice Bergeron. Not only is he a great player, he is incredibly active in the community. Through his program -- Patrice’s Pals -- he invites children from hospitals and other organizations to watch the game from his suite, meeting them after the game. His activism is incredibly inspiring.

Do you have a favorite story from your internship?

Sometimes, when we need a Zamboni rider, we ask people from the crowd of fans. I approached a father and two teenage daughters and they agreed to ride. While his daughters were out on the ice, the father turned to me and said that he had a heart attack weeks before and never thought that he would make it to this moment. It was really wonderful to be able to bring happiness to that family. It’s not something I’ll forget.

What's the most valuable lesson you've learned from this internship?

No matter how hard the work is, the outcome is always worth it.

What's your Simmons moment?

When I was accepted to my internship with the Bruins. It took a lot of hard work and I could not have done it without everything I learned at Simmons. Simmons has taught me many things not only to use in my future career, but about how to be a better, happier person.