Internship at Tiffany's & Co. Provides 'Perfect Situation to Learn'
Patrick Perone '15
Student Trustee Enjoys Responsibilities Interning for National Brand
Call Patrick Perone ’15 pleasantly surprised.
As a compliance intern at Tiffany & Co., one of the world’s most recognizable brands, the Moravian undergraduate came away impressed by the responsibilities he was entrusted with, which included ensuring the integrity of the diamond supply chain.
“When you think of internships, you might think of busy work, but that was not the case at Tiffany’s,” says Perone, originally from Coopersburg. “I handled a lot of tasks my boss handled the previous year. It was the perfect situation to learn in.”
“It was fascinating to be a part of that process, contribute and make a difference,” the Moravian College student trustee continues. “It was surprising the importance of the work I did. It was a lot of responsibility and I didn’t take it lightly.”
“I handled a lot of tasks my boss handled the previous year. It was the perfect situation to learn in.”
- Patrick Perone
Having Moravian students seize the opportunity for real-word experience was exactly Andy Hart, the senior vice president – diamonds and gemstones at Tiffany’s, had in mind.
Not so long ago, Hart recalls meeting with his department’s directors,inquiring about why they didn’t hire interns and take advantage of what a few ambitious students might have to offer. Soon thereafter, the directors realized the mutual benefits and told hart they’d contact New York University and Columbia University for prospective students right away.
“No, that’s not what we are going to do,” the senior vice president – diamonds and gemstones recalls telling his colleagues. “I want interns from Moravian.” And so Tiffany’s representatives attended a campus career fair and came away impressed. One of the Moravian selected hired was Perone.
“As Moravian alumni, we need to be helping students and providing them with opportunities to network in the business world,” Hart says. “I have seen students from Ivy League schools, and I know our students can compete with anyone. The education and background we provide at Moravian is second to none.”