By Archana Srinivasan
I came to work last Tuesday thinking that it was going to be just another day at work, but little did I know that my supervisor had something exciting planned for the day. She told me that we were going on a site visit to the Associated Press to meet the supervisor of our student Intern working there. My excitement level shot up a little bit, as I had no idea of what happens on a site visit; this was my first one. We managed to reach the office of AP in Manhattan making it through the long walk accompanied by heavy rain and winds. Mr. Brett – the intern’s supervisor gave us a warm welcome and spoke with us for a while regarding the Intern’s work and his summer plans to recruit more I.T. interns, and yes, “paid” for the summer. He had nothing but praises for the NYIT student interning there, Parth Savani.
Amy (my supervisor) gave him a fancy folder with brochures containing details of the Career Services Internship Certificate Program. They discussed legal requirements for paying interns and what was needed to ensure a good learning experience for the student. This was followed by a tour of the office where we got to see the floors where all the action takes place. On one floor, each employee had at least two desktop monitors, and no not for Facebooking, tweeting or gaming, but for work – one for AP’s news and the other for scanning other news stories. There was also this interesting looking circular glass room on that floor where the heads of all departments meet every day to prioritize which news stories are most important. On another floor there was also a full basketball court where the interns compete with the staff. We were told that just recently, for the first time in a long time, the staff beat the interns. Overall, I think one of the most interesting things we learned was that one of the floors in which we toured was once a professional hockey rink! Pretty cool!
The most interesting part of this visit for me was to learn about the kind of work Parth is involved in. He is actually helping the mobile application team develop an app for smart phones comprising of a rare collection of pictures from their archives. Parth’s supervisor seemed really pleased with Parth’s work and said that that it doesn’t matter to him where a student goes to school or what kind of grades the student gets. The most important thing to him when hiring an intern is his energy and practical experience. Did I mention that they are looking for more IT interns for the summer?
Overall, this was a wonderful experience to learn, observe and meet new people. Thanks Amy!
On Friday, March 12, 2010 the Education Committee, a subcommittee of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce hosted its first event called, “Access to Capital” at The Levin Institute. Amy Bravo and John Hyde of NYIT’s Office of Career Services serve on the Education Committee whose purpose is to, “create and promote opportunities for Chamber members to develop a well-educated, globally minded, highly skilled workforce, and to equip our members with the necessary skills to succeed through the collaborative efforts of the Chamber, the business community and the many educational institutions that are located in Manhattan.”
Over 100 owners of small to mid-sized businesses attended this event to hear from two panels. The first panel was organized to provide information from the lender’s perspective. The panelists were David Glass, Funding Specialist from Yellowstone Capital; Michael A. Madonia, Assistant Vice President from M & T Bank and Wanda Santiago, VP of Lending, from ACCION USA. Panelists described the types of funding their institutions provide to businesses and what is necessary to qualify for funding. Among the most valuable information they provided was the most common misconceptions that people have about the various types of lenders. Audience participants were provided the opportunity to ask questions about their specific business needs which they found most helpful.
The second panel covered public financing options & case studies from successful entrepreneurs. Panelists included Pravina Raghavan, District Director for New York from the SBA; Karen-Michelle Mirko, Director of NYC Business Solutions; Amy DeGiulio, Owner of the Sugar Flower Shop, and Mary Repke, Chief Bag Lady of Coakley Business Class. Karen-Michelle and Pravina discussed basic financing terms, ongoing support that exists for small businesses and they explained the varying length of time to secure financing. Amy DeGuiulio brought examples of her exquisite sugar flowers and samples of cake for all the guests to taste after she shared her personal entrepreneurial journey. Mary Repke chronicled her experience of coming up with an idea for an effective travel bag and how she took it from concept to reality, and all the highs and lows she experienced in the process. The event was a huge success.
NYIT signed on as members of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce in 2009. The College has hosted Chamber events since joining, including a speed networking event last semester which brought local small business owners to our campus to see our 11th floor auditorium and to learn more about our new space on Broadway. Since joining the Education Committee, Amy Bravo and John Hyde have met professionals from businesses out in the local community as well as colleagues in the field of higher education. These contacts have yielded internships for our students in communication arts, marketing, information technology, computer science, interdisciplinary studies and management. As the Education Committee continues to expand, our hope is to share with local businesses all the opportunities NYIT has to offer them from our classes and degree programs, to our talented student and alumni pools from which they could select internship and full-time hires. For more information about joining the Education Committee, contact Ronald Paltrowitz, Committee Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Amy Bravo and I'm here to recruit you for Experiential Education.
Students, come find out about the Internship Certificate program. Faculty, let's work together. If you have questions, post in the comments, or email me at email@example.com.