While a doctoral candidate in engineering, Adrienne McNally left her career pursuit in engineering to level the playing field for female engineers. Due to her six internships as an undergraduate and research experience in graduate school, higher education was the forum in which she felt she could effect the most change in this area. She entered NYIT as a coordinator for Student Employment and was promoted to Director of Experiential Education. In this role, she and her supervisor developed a variety of experiential programs that bridge career and civic development. Among them is a nationally recognized internship program that prepares students for the world of work and for their roles as actively engaged public problem solvers.

At NYIT, McNally develops and assesses the outcomes of the centralized Internship Certificate Program, including its foundation in civic engagement, delivered through the concept of employee citizenship. She works with faculty on developing and assessing service-learning courses and has recently taken a leadership role in the newly formed department of International and Experiential Education.

Adrienne has shared her work with civic education and internship programs as a speaker at NASPA in June 2016 and 2015; LICSPA in February 2015; CEIA April 2013, March 2010, and April 2009; she also led InternBridge webinars in August 2012 and February 2010. She has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Northeastern University and an M.S. in Management Science from Lehigh University.


  • CEIA Experience Magazine, “Employee Citizenship: Practicing Civic Skills in the Workplace,” Spring 2018
  • “Enhancing Civic, Electoral, and Political Engagement Through International Student Inclusion,” eJournal of Public Affairs 7(1), 25-55
  • ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference “60 Minute General Interest Session – Developing Civic Skills Through Interdisciplinary Internships,” June 2016
  • ADP/TDC/NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Conference “Mini-Institute—Modeling Civic Engagement as Career Services Professional,” June 2015
  • LICSPA Annual Conference “Using a Centralized Internship Program to Increase On Campus and Community Engagement,” February 2015
  • CEIA Best Practices “Changing Institutional Practices One Internship at a Time,” Apr 2013
  • “Developing Faculty Relationships through Experiential Education Programs,” Intern Bridge August 2012 online conference

Courses I Teach/Have Taught at NYIT

  • ETCS 365
  • ETCS 670

Professional Honors & Awards

  • NYIT Presidential Engagement Award for Student Engagement by Faculty or Professional Staff in Global Education, 2017
  • NYIT Vice President for Student Affairs Division Award for Assessment, 2016 and 2015
  • NYIT Presidential Technology Award for Student Engagement by Professional Staff, August 2013
  • Member’s Choice Award Finalist, NACE, May 2013
  • Alva C. Cooper Award, MNYCCPOA, May 2013
  • CEIA Best Practices Award, April 2013

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