Adam Pesavento

The Value of an Internship:
A Q&A with Senior Marketing Major, 
Adam Pesavento

Q) How did you choose your major and what do you like about it? What do you hope to do when you finally graduate?
A) I chose my major at JJC. I was taking some electives and marketing was something that caught my eye. When I got to USF, I realized I made the right choice with my major, because it was the first time that I actually enjoyed doing schoolwork. I plan to have a job with a marketing agency within a month of graduating, and then moving up from there.

Q) How does marketing suit your personality?
A) I think marketing fits my personality, because I like to know how things work. I like to look “behind the scenes” on things, and marketing is a great opportunity to see how/why people would buy something.

Q) What kind of personal effort have you put into exploring your career options?
A) I was lucky to find an internship my first try, where the boss likes me. But if I can do it again, I would put more effort into interviewing, because the additional experiences would have helped me later in life. Professor Vaughan and Professor Ferrallo have given me plenty of advice that will help me when I start my career. They are both great marketing professors and both do a great job of motivating their students.

Q) Tell us about the internships you’ve done and how that real-world experience helped you to understand the working world a little better.
A) I am currently doing an internship with a digital marketing agency called ArandMedia in Plainfield, Ill. The internship has given me great training that will help me be a better marketer. Whether I am watching videos on how to be a better graphic designer, learning about CRM software, or being taught how to post ads on Facebook, I am gaining knowledge that is preparing me for my future endeavors. This has again assured me that marketing is the right choice for me because I still love what I am doing, even in a fast-paced work environment.

Q) Have you used any services offered by USF’s Career Success Center– help with resumes, interviewing, networking, etc.?
A) I have used the Career Success Center. They do a great job of making sure that every aspect of your search is executed professionally. I needed help fixing my resume for the internship that I currently have, and Sue Errek did an amazing job of coaching me on how to make my resume more appealing. Without her help, my resume may have just been tossed in the garbage. I can’t thank her enough for what she did for me.

Q) Have you attended any of the career fairs or workshops sponsored by USF?
A) I went to the fall 2017 career fair and it was a great experience. Nothing came out of it, in terms of an internship, but it was a perfect chance for me to network with local businesses. The event also gave me confidence when in a “what can you do for me” type of situation.

Q) Words of advice to other students about the importance of pursuing internships while they’re here?
A) I think that every student should pursue at least one internship while they are at USF. You may be like me and find that you would love to work in that field, or you may not like the job, and that is ok too. Now is the perfect time to explore your options.

Q) Tell us something about you “outside” of school– extra-curricular involvement, hobbies, interests, passions, or your family.
A) I am really interested in sports, so that is something that I like to do with my friends and family. We try to go to a Blackhawks or a Cubs game at least once or twice a year. If I am not working or doing something with my friends, you could probably find me at home, hanging out with my three dogs.