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Apr 05, 2010

On an Internship Site Visit- A Grad Assistant’s Perspective

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!

Author: amy_bravo

Mar 25, 2010

Taking the Internship Certificate Program on the Road to Boston

Adrienne Mc Nally, Professor Michael Gregorek and I went to Boston during Spring Break to present at the national Cooperative Education and Internship Association conference.  I had the pleasure of first presenting with Michael on the successes we have had in collaborating on our two programs--the School of Management's Professional Enrichment Program and the Career Services Internship Certificate Program.

In true Michael style he was the star of the show.  40 audience participants laughed in between nodding their heads in disbelief of his successful outreach to students and professionals alike.  They were captivated by not only Michael's energetic delivery, (at one point he was on both knees with his arms raised to the sky to illustrate a point), but by his creativity and his level of commitment to his students.  The objective of the presentation was to speak of the necessity of working in collaboration with other departments, other schools, various student groups, and outside organizations in order to make true learning happen.

We mingled that evening with key players in the field.  One of the key players is Richard Bottner, the founder and president of InternBridge, Inc., a research company that advocates for student intern learning.  What is most interesting about Richard is that he started this company as a junior in college in what he terms as an "independent study gone terribly wrong".  He started the company after a negative intern experience, and he wanted to learn if other students had similar experiences.  Five years later he is a keynote speaker at the national conference as a leader in the research field on intern experiences.  He is also a strong advocate for paid internships and is working on getting legal clarity to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which will likely result in interns being paid for the work they do.  Talk about following your passion with a purpose!

The next afternoon as Adrienne and I sat down to practice the presentation we would make the next day a gentleman came over to our table to say hello.  I said hello and introduced him to Adrienne.  When he walked away, I asked if Adrienne knew who he was.  She said no.  I said, "That's Mike True."  Adrienne's response was "Not true."  Michael True has been in the business for years and runs an internship Listserv for industry professionals to share information.  We read messages and see his name everyday, but Adrienne had never had the chance to see him in person until now.  So you know we cornered him later at the conference to catch a picture.  He felt like a rock star.

We also hobnobbed with Dr.Phil Gardner at the conference .  He's a leading internship expert and researcher of recruiting and hiring trends.  And what a small world it is:  we found out that Rich Bottner is being mentored by Phil Gardner, which is such a great opportunity for Rich's professional development, and for the field in general.  

Adrienne and I were honored by being scheduled to present during the very last session of the conference (the last slot that almost everyone skips to go sightseeing), but we were surprised to have a robust audience.  Our focus was to share what we learned after piloting the Internship Certificate Program in the summer of 2009.  We talked about NYIT, Career Services and why we created the ICP.  We discussed how we run it, and what we learned so far.  People were genuinely interested in the topic, because as it turns out, many career services offices across the United States are exploring zero credit internship options for their students.  The ultimate goal for us in this industry is to provide students multiple practical learning experiences in their chosen fields without having to go poor in the process.  People asked us to share the entire program, so they could replicate it on their own campuses.  As rewarding as it is to run the program, it is also beneficial to the field at large to share our challenges and successes.

I am dictating this blog to Michael as we drive back to the campus now, excited to implement some new ideas and follow up on the great contacts we made there.  If you are interested in getting a copy of either presentation, just ask.




Author: amy_bravo

Mar 15, 2010

Educating Small Businesses

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

Author: amy_bravo

Feb 15, 2010

Good Morning, NYIT! And Welcome to Experiential Education

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

Author: amy_bravo

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Umapathy Ananthanarayanan Umapathy Ananthanarayanan
Assistant Professor
Department: Accounting
Campus: Manhattan
Paul Dangerfield Paul Dangerfield
Executive Director and Campus Dean
Office: Global Academic Programs
Campus: Vancouver
Shimin (Erin) Bie Shimin (Erin) Bie
Administrative Assistant, NYIT-CUC Program
Office: Global Academic Programs
Campus: Other