‘A nine month interview process’
Senior Nicole Savignano got her first human resources internship with Stanley Black and Decker last January and has been asked back every semester since.
Now that she’s graduating in December, the business administration major was asked to return after graduation with a full-time position in the company’s Leadership Development Program.
“For me it was a nine month interview process,” she said. “Even after you have [the internship] you’re still interviewing.”
Savignano found the internship on Hire@TU, Towson’s online job and internship directory, and has learned how to take full advantage of the opportunity since she received it, she said.
“Always be prepared for what’s going to happen,” she said. “Nothing is going to be day to day. Always push your limits. Get as much information as you can.”
Stanley Black and Decker is a great company, she said.
“I love it, it’s fast paced, it’s challenging and constantly changing,” she said. “The company values the people and their internal progression. The culture there is great.”
Over the summer she was put in charge of about 55 interns for the summer internship program, she said.
This project included doing the recruiting, getting the interview set up, doing the paperwork for them and organizing their orientation and final days.
From the project she learned that you have to tailor your management because different people operate differently, she said.
The thing that Savignano believes got her the job after the internship was her professional development over the time she was at the company, her eagerness to learn and openness to the entire process, she said.
“I’ve gotten exposure to things I don’t think a lot of interns get,” she said. “Working at the company had helped me to participate in class more and sort of connect the dots whereas before I didn’t really see it.”
When Savignano graduates in December she will start her new position.
“The position I’m going into is a generalist role,” she said.
She will be managing the day-to-day needs of the people, helping monitor different company activities, tracking numbers and the internal satisfaction of employees, and also getting win awards.
Overalll, Savignano said she recommends learning as much as possible from internships, being eager and treating it as an interview for the job because in the end it could lead to one.