Liam Reilly, UMass Amherst '19, UMass President's Office

'Working in the President’s Office, I have been able to see just how much goes into the management and leadership of a large, public entity like a state university'

Meet Liam Reilly, a rising junior and marketing major at UMass Amherst who’s gotten an inside look at the UMass system as an intern in the office of President Marty Meehan for the past two summers.

When it comes to a typical day at the office for Liam, there’s really no such thing. As an executive intern, the Marblehead native wears a variety of hats and works with a variety of departments, including Communications, Economic Development and Institutional Research, in addition to his work with President Meehan.

“Working in the President’s Office, I have been able to see just how much goes into the management and leadership of a large, public entity like a state university,” Liam said. “The office is large, and has many moving parts and departments all working separately while at the same time serving one common goal, which is to further the university’s interests and make it as great as possible.”

In June, Liam got the chance to attend the Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day at the Harvard Club with members of the university’s Economic Development department, which he called the highlight of his experience.

“It was fantastic to be able to see all the innovation that is occurring in the life sciences in Massachusetts, as well as how UMass is tied to and spurs this innovation,” he said.

Liam said he appreciates the opportunity to share his perspective as a student with employees in the office and to get a unique perspective of the university he attends. While his professional goals are still in development, he credits his internship with helping him build up intangible skills that will lay the foundation for his future success.

“What is great about having a relatively versatile internship like this is that no matter where I end up in my professional career, the experience I have gained at the President’s Office will have prepared me for some facet of that job or profession,” he said.

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