Meet our summer interns!

10 Aug Meet our summer interns!

ROOST staffers have enjoyed the company of three wonderful interns this summer. The interns have added a lot to the office, and we hope they’ve learned plenty from their experience here!

Emilee Hazelden

23, graduated from SUNY Potsdam in December 2015 with a BFA in Digital Design and New Media

From Bloomingdale, went to Saranac Lake High School and Northwood School

What did you do at ROOST? Assisted Designer Dan Cash with design work. Created web banner ads, Tupper Lake Recreation Guide, Adventure Outdoors Magazine Ad, Brand Bigfoot Festival and Essex Initiatives logo, several info-graphics, maps, blogs and posters. I’ve been able to take part in staff meetings and give/receive input and feedback.

What did you learn from your time here? I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to become part of the team here at ROOST. Everyone is very supportive of one another and positive. It is great to be able to work and collaborate with a team to reach objectives and goals. I’ve learned a lot about how to market events and tourist destinations, particularly the regions ROOST is responsible for. Looking forward, ROOST has certainly given me the confidence and resources to further my career path.

Emilee, left, and Billy, right

Emilee, left, and Billy, right

William Bellos

22, entering his junior year at Rochester Institute of Technology, studying New Media Design

From Lake Placid

What did you do at ROOST? I worked with Director of Marketing Jasen Lawrence and Web Developers John Huttlinger and Zach Lacourse to create and update a few pages on adkdata, and developed a virtual reality application to show off some 360-degree photos of the region.

What did you learn from your time here? I hope the experience I gained in PHP and working with the Oculus Rift will help me out in the job market.


Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 11.36.57 AMConnor Manning

22, graduated from St. Bonaventure University in May 2016 with a BA in Sociology, now seeking an MA in Integrated Marketing Communications

From Upper Jay

What did you do at ROOST? After ROOST destination sites recently moved to a new reservation software platform through Inntopia, I was presented with the opportunity to work closely with the Advertising Sales and Service Manager in efforts to promote the new booking platform. Duties included organizing and attending meetings with various lodging sites and local businesses to setup and review the new software. I helped the suppliers upload company and product information as well as assist them in managing their inventory on their destination site through Inntopia.

What did you learn from your time here? How to communicate effectively with business professionals. I developed a general understanding of how to operate and manage reservation software platforms. I am seeking a career in advertising and or real-estate with hopes of starting my own business down the road, so the knowledge and experience I’ve gained in my time here at ROOST has helped me a great deal.

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