Meet Emily: Stay Work Play’s Newest Tourism Research and Planning Intern

Hello everybody, my name is Emily Sullivan and I am the newest addition to the Stay Work Play team! I first heard of Stay Work Play back in 2016 at a career fair and I knew right away that I would love to work with them one day. Their mission of sharing great opportunities and news about New Hampshire to young professionals (like me) sounded like something I could do quite naturally. Having grown up in the south shore of Massachusetts, I was not familiar with New Hampshire for day-to-day life until I started school at Plymouth State University in 2014. Ever since my first day of college, I have considered New Hampshire to be my new home and found new life long interests in hiking, photography, living and learning about sustainability, yoga, and volunteering.

One of my favorite hikes in New Hampshire: Mount Willard in Carroll

The photo above was taken along one of my favorite trails I have come across so far in New Hampshire. This trail is on Mount Willard in Carroll, just 5 minutes down the road from the Omni Mount Washington Hotel. Since my sophomore year of college, I have networked myself across the state to find jobs in the hospitality and tourism industry. My first job in New Hampshire was at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel and I worked with the events and programs department and loved working and learning about all different aspects of event planning and managing a large resort.

The North Country region of New Hampshire is an area that I find so much beauty and growth in, and I plan on working with projects and events going on in this area as one of my main goals as an intern for Stay Work Play. Letting young adults know about the potential and activities this area has to offer can improve the quality of life for New Hampshire residents as well as improve the economy and the future development of it as well.

Lupine Festival, Sugar Hill

The photo above is one that I took at the 2016 Lupine Festival in Sugar Hill. During my time interning with Stay Work Play, you can expect news and event information, similar to the Lupine festival, that are scheduled to happen up in the North Country.

As a senior at Plymouth State University, I am currently finishing up my Tourism Planning and Development major, with minors in business administrative and sustainability and a certificate in hospitality. Over the past four years at this institution I have become involved with an array of clubs and projects. One of my proudest accomplishments is being the President of the Student Support Foundation (SSF) on campus. SSF is a club that is privately funded through the Morgridge Family Foundation and we strive to “keep students in school through short-term emergency assistance and long-term student support and to create a culture of philanthropy in the campus community.” Through this organization, I have learned to work with many faculty and staff members across campus and contribute to improving hunger situations on campus for students and the Plymouth community alike. One of the projects I was part of was the Swipe It Forward Campaign that was held during the week leading up to Thanksgiving break. With the help of PSU students, faculty, and staff, SSF was able to collect over 800 meal swipes to give to students in need. Being able to contribute my small efforts to such a larger cause is something that will always stick with me well after my time at PSU is done.

A meal donation program put on by SSF

During my four years of school, I have also participated in many clubs and conferences that have allowed me to travel to new parts of the United States and also different countries. Here are some of the places I have been:

Port St. Lucie, Florida

Working with the Manatee Observation and Education Center

I went on an Alternative Spring Break trip to Florida and helped with cleaning up and fixing the Manatee Observation and Education Center as well as work on some local beaches to improve the quality of coral reefs.


In Nicaragua, as part of PSU’s Nicaragua Club, I helped work with a local school in the capital, Managua, as well as in the country side, La Paz, with planting coffee trees and building a new home. Nicaragua was the first country I visited in Central America and I plan on visiting each country!

Sherbrooke, Canada

In Canada I went to a Geography conference with the Geo club,where I learned a lot about how the environment is affected by things like tourism, agriculture, and other economies.

Europe 2017

Barcelona, Spain

Traveling allows me to do so many of my favorite things: explore, try new foods, meet new people, learn how to use maps, try new languages, hike, swim, take photographs, planes, trains, and so much more! These photos are from my most recent trip this past summer! I visited Spain, Italy, Austria, England, and Germany while being abroad for two months.

So that’s a little about me, thanks for reading!

4 Responses to “Meet Emily: Stay Work Play’s Newest Tourism Research and Planning Intern”

  1. Caitlin wstsonFebruary 6, 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Cant wait to learn more about it all…great profile so proud of you!

  2. Jeanne CroninFebruary 8, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Dear Emily, I loved reading this. I am very proud of you and all that you do. Good luck with your internship at Stay Work Play. This is an excellent presentation. Well done! Lots of love, Grammy J.

  3. Maureen CroninJune 22, 2018 at 6:21 pm #

    Hi Emily, I just read your wonderful blog. Congratulations! You have joined the many family members who love to travel and were able to settle into new places with lots of optimism and grace. Your great-great grandma, Mae Gilson, left Canada when she was just 13 at the turn of the last century, 1899. Her family moved to Boston where she married William Reardon from Jamaica Plain when she was in her late 20s. Later an Englishman, Mark Cronin, your great grandpa, joined the family when he married Marguerite Cronin, Grammy’s mum and mine.
    Marguerite would have traveled the world had she had the budget but she did go to Israel, Italy, Canada, and England/Ireland several times.
    I hope you can visit us in Truro sometime this summer or whenever you could come.
    hugs, love, Maureen Cronin, Grammy’s sister

    • Emily SullivanAugust 9, 2018 at 7:47 am #

      Hi Maureen, thank you for sharing this lovely information with me!! So much family history I don’t get to hear about all too often. I would love to make the trip down to the Cape to see you! Email me at 🙂

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