Business administration major Maylis Brito will graduate from UML with a concentration in finance. But thanks to her co-op and internship experiences at Kronos, her career options are much broader than that.

“I wanted to have a finance degree with experience in communications and marketing, and that’s something I’ve been able to get through my work at Kronos,” says Brito, a Lowell native who landed a business operations co-op position at the time-management software and cloud-solutions company during the spring and summer of her junior year.

Brito enjoyed her Kronos experience so much that she returned for a communications and marketing internship during her senior year. As a channel partner program specialist, Brito worked with the company’s engineering department to promote its Workforce Dimensions product.

“I helped position the product to potential partners through strategic communications,” says Brito, who developed a product survey and designed a slideshow to showcase the partners on the Kronos website.

“It was a nice balance between data and the more human aspect of business,” says Brito, who has been able to better define her career goals through the experience. “Now that I’ve worked in marketing, I’m not just theorizing about my future; it’s actually something I can see myself getting into.”

Brito follows in the footsteps of her older sister, Denise Brito ’17, a business administration alum who also worked as a co-op at Kronos and is now a business analyst at IBM – although Maylis’ path wasn’t so direct.

Wanting to get out of her hometown after graduating from Lowell High School, Brito attended American University in Washington, D.C., as a freshman. 

“I kept hearing my sister and friends talk about all these wonderful experiences they were having at UMass Lowell, and I started to wish I had just gone here in the first place,” says Brito, who transferred to the Manning School of Business as a sophomore. “At least I only wasted a year somewhere else.”

Now that she’s about to earn her degree and begin her career, Brito sees the advantage of being a River Hawk.

“When people ask me where I go to school, as soon as I start saying ‘UMass Lowell’ they finish the sentence for me,” Brito says. “Professionally, I think UMass Lowell produces not only really good students, but really good people. They’re humble and hard-working, and people want to hire them.”