Saurabh Kulkarni and Samuel Haché
Marjorie Young Bell Social Media Interns 

Saurabh Kulkarni and Samuel HacheIf you follow Mount Allison’s Admissions on Twitter, you’ll be impressed to learn that two Marjorie Young Bell student social media interns are part of the team that keeps it fresh. Samuel Haché assists with the Canadian presence, while Saurabh Kulkarni helps promote the university internationally. Both started part time in January 2017 and will intern full time from May to August.

Haché, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in psychology, says he applied for the internship because he was keen both to work with social platforms and to interact with other students.

“Having an interest in social media marketing before applying for this position, I knew that I would enjoy my time working in the Registrar’s Office,” says Haché.

He says he’s already gained important skills, including time management and the intricacies of planning and scheduling Twitter campaigns.

Kulkarni is an international student from India in his third year of a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in political science and sociology and a minor in international relations. He says he values the fact that the internship has given him the opportunity to work with different university departments.

“This internship has given me invaluable knowledge about the inner workings of the university management, content creation, marketing, branding and effective business communication.”

He adds that he’s developed several professional skills already, including social media management, effective marketing, time management, and teamwork.

While they came from different parts of the world, both students say they chose Mount Allison as a place to grow and develop their networks.

“As a high school student in India, I was sure I wanted to study abroad and Canada was the best option. I looked into universities that had a strong political science program, reputation, sense of community, and activities — and Mount Allison University topped the charts by every list,” says Kulkarni.

Both students have also taken the time to get involved on campus. Kulkarni has volunteered with Shinerama; served as the president of multicultural student society, MOSAIC; and worked as a residence assistant and international orientation facilitator. Haché volunteers with the SMILE program, is also involved with the MtA Investment Club, and is an executive member of Broken Bridge Clothing, a student-run business that emerged out of an entrepreneurship class and is now a not-for-profit club within the Mount Allison Students’ Union.

Both students point to community that drew them to Mount Allison as the best part of their experience.

“Living in a small community like Sackville, it always amazes my how much cultural diversity there is in this town,” says Kulkarni.

Haché agrees.

“I’ve yet to meet someone that wasn’t willing to either sit down to have a conversation or simply say ‘hi’ on the walk to class,” he adds.