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Intern Profiles

Click through the intern profiles to view information about how they found their internships, how their experiences impacted their plans for the future, and advice for students currently seeking internships.

John Kneafsey (JP Morgan Chase)

Major: Business Admin

Hometown: Basking Ridge, NJ

Graduation Date: May 2015

Tell us about your internship.

I was a Summer Analyst at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. I worked in the Private Bank which is a part of JP Morgan Asset Management. 

The JP Morgan Private Bank provides high net worth clients ($5mm+) with investment management, credit and trust & estate planning.

I was responsible for preparing client presentations, analyzing securities and prospecting for new clients. 

Is this your first internship? 

No. This is my 4th internship.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

Within the finance industry (and especially on Wall Street), the vast majority of hiring is done out of internship programs. Therefore, I made it an absolute priority to put myself in a position to land a summer internship at a top tier firm like JP Morgan. 

How did you find this particular internship?

Jpmorgan.com

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

Make internships a top priority. I was the only person out of the 220 interns (chosen from a pool of 5000+ applicants) to come from a school that did not have on campus recruiting from JP Morgan. The ONLY reason I was given an opportunity to even interview was because I had three relevant internship experiences on my resume. 

I cannot stress this enough, an applicant with a good GPA and relevant internship experience will be chosen over an applicant with a near perfect GPA and no internship experience 9 times out of 10.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

I learned that I am capable of handling far more responsibility than I previously thought. I was responsible for compiling investment analysis for clients who are worth upwards of $1 billion. A single mistake on one of my reports could have permanently damaged or terminated the client relationship. Working with one client’s portfolio would have been stressful, but I was required to work on several different client presentations at a time, with each of them having unique needs.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

Every single day was an “aha” moment for me. I learned more about the markets this summer than I have learned in years of schooling and reading on my own.

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

After my internship, I was offered a full time job after graduation. I have accepted it and will be returning to the same office that I interned in next summer. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity. This is my dream job and it is something that I have been working towards for several years.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

I am beyond thrilled to have a job lined up after graduation. A few years ago, I dreamed about having a job like this. Making my dream come true is probably my greatest accomplishment to date. 

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day). 

7:00am – 7:30am: Arrive at office, catch up on emails, read Wall Street Journal

7:30am – 8:00am: Attend Investment Strategy Meeting. A meeting with investment professionals within the bank where they discuss opportunistic trades across multiple asset classes.

8:00am – 8:30am: Listen in on JPMC Global Asset Management Morning Call. This was a conference call that is listened to every single morning by Asset Management employees. A typical call will feature an update about market activity from the previous day, a discussion about possible M&A deals taking place, an update regarding the bank’s economic outlook on the US/EMEA/Latin America, highlight opportunistic trade ideas and much more. 

8:30am – 8:45am: Pick up client presentation from the printing center for a 9:00am client meeting. 

8:45am – 11:00am: Drop off presentation books to senior banker just before he heads to his meeting. Work on various client presentations/portfolio analysis/help with various smaller tasks. 

11:00am – 12:00pm: Attend intern-only presentation and Q&A by JPMC’s CEO, Jamie Dimon. 

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Attend Market Drill.  Market Drills are 1 hour long sessions held in a large auditorium where various senior bankers cold call on individual interns and ask them market-related questions. Examples can include: Where is the Euro Stoxx 50 trading at today? Where is the JULI Spread? Why is palladium trading where it is? Failure to answer questions accurately would demonstrate a lack of passion and interest in the markets and the job itself. 

1:00pm – 1:30pm: Pick up lunch and eat while working at desk.

1:30pm – 4:30pm: Work on various projects including drafting a Request for Proposal for a major college endowment fund and analyzing expense ratios for a client. 

4:30pm – 6:00pm: Attend a Private Bank-wide meeting. This meeting featured legendary Hedge Fund Manager, John Paulson. Mr. Paulson discussed his fund’s recent shortcomings following last year’s double digit returns.  

6:00pm – 6:15pm: Pitched an investment strategy centered around the US Energy revival to a senior investor on my team. This was a weekly “assessment” that was part of my internship program. I would receive feedback and suggestions on how to improve on a weekly basis.

6:15pm – 9:00pm: Work on various projects and tasks.

9:00pm – 11:00pm: Prepare for a mock client meeting that would be taking place the following day. This was another one of my “assessments.” 

11:00pm: Head home for the day.

Allyson Pereyra (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Major: Art History and Communication

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Graduation Date: May 2016

Tell us about your internship.

Currently, I am a communications intern in the Communications Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I work with any journalism, media, and press related material relevant to or about the Met, as well as work press previews and events for special exhibitions, and also work closely with television and film crews that come into the Museum. An everyday project that I am in charge of is compiling and organizing “clips” found on the web, in magazines, and/or newspapers that have coverage on the Met or are of important news in the Museum and art world. A bigger project I’ve been working on is helping to develop a contact list that covers the digital media aspect of the Met. This is the age of technology, and now more than ever, museums are moving fast and forward with their online presence.

Is this your first internship?

No, actually, this is my third internship! Previously I’ve interned at the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC during my senior year of high school and most recently at the Livingston County Historical Society and Museum in Geneseo as a sophomore.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

I think in order for a student (or any young person) to decide a professional field or career path, he or she must have some hands-on and outside of the classroom experience. That way, you can decide what you like or dislike about something you might be interested in pursuing in the future. I also think networking is extremely important and vital to anyone’s success. I decided to do an internship to explore what I am currently interested in and have a preview for what the future might hold for me. This internship has taught me so much, more than I would ever learn from a textbook. However, what I have learned in school has complimented where I am working now.

How did you find this particular internship?

Honestly, all the information is online, but I personally got this internship through networking. I met someone at the previous museum where I interned at last semester off-campus and we hit it off. She told me her daughter worked at the Met and that I should get in touch with her. A couple of emails and a phone interview later and here I am.

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

Apply for EVERYTING and ANYTHING you are interested in your area study. Seriously, don’t hold back because you never know until you try! You have to get used to rejection, because then success comes more easily. Also, network! I cannot stress that enough. If you put in the effort you reach your goals.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

I learned that it’s all right to make mistakes in your internship because that's the point of it; internships prepare you for the real professional world. I learned to not beat myself up over it. You can’t mess up and expect your peers or co-workers to overlook it. Your habits say a lot about you and people take that seriously in the work place. Any mistake or mess-up I’ve made during my internships, I make sure to never repeat again. I also learned about the reality of the museum world-more than I thought I knew before. It made me realize how much more I want to keep pursuing my interests and studies.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

I think I had an “aha” moment when I was overwhelmed one day with all these responsibilities since at the time I was the only intern there, so everyone was relying on me an asking for help, etc. I realized how exhausting a 9-5 day could be, but also how rewarding it felt to be apart of a project or a task. And when everything runs smoothly, that's the best feeling. To know I’m doing a good job at the end of the day.

How did the internship impact your career goals? Have they changed?

I think this internship has made me want to explore other areas in the same field, but more specific. Areas that I otherwise wouldn't have known about if I wasn't among so many different sections of the same departments at the Met. It’s amazing how many people work under one umbrella of art history and communications. In my department we deal with the media and current events everyday, so it has made me more interested in the journalism and public relations aspect of a museum. Now I want to explore the PR and journalism realm of museums even more.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

I’ve learned to communicate, dress, and present myself professionally. I’ve also become a much more organized person in terms of scheduling and tasks. Personally, I admire my supervisor a lot and she influences my personal goals because she was once an intern in the same department and now is very successful.

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day).

The most exciting day would have to be when Project Runway came to view our latest fashion exhibition Charles JamesBeyond Fashion. I was in charge of following the film crews since they need to be supervised at all times. I got to work around the cast and Tim Gunn, as well as see how a NY and LA TV crew works! It was very cool.

Additional comments?

I think Geneseo should have more internship related opportunities including more networking events. It’s important for students to be aware of the opportunities on campus as well as beyond campus. I think this is a good way to start. These intern profiles can serve as an informational and motivational tool. Also, thanks to all my professors and previous intern supervisors for getting me here and helping me along the way- that’s also a huge part of an internship!

Brandi Martin (Luxotica)

Luxottica, New York, NY

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Psychology and Human Development

Hometown: Manhasset Hills, Long Island

Graduation Date: May 2014

Tell us about your internship.

This past summer, I interned for Luxottica, the industry leader in premium fashion, luxury and sports eyewear. Throughout the 8-week program I worked on several projects, such as creating a job description database, recruiting for several positions, and updating the company’s associate guidebook. In addition, I assisted with time keeping, organizational announcement letters, and other administrative tasks. I also helped coordinate a 3-day Excel training course, employee sample sale, Q2 nomination award process, and company wellness event.

Is this your first internship? 

No; I had an unpaid, part-time internship prior to this internship. In addition, I am currently interning for the Office of Career Development here at Geneseo.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

I am a Business Administration major and didn’t quite know what area I wanted to pursue. Therefor, I decided to do an internship because I wanted to get experience in the field and see what area suited me best.

How did you find this particular internship?

I found this internship through a job board.

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

Internships are a great way to learn about the field you are interested in. It also helps you see what the real world is like. Lastly, it allows you to build your experience and start establishing a network. Finding an internship is a long process, but the right one will come along if you remain persistent and open-minded. 

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

I learned that it is important to love what you do. I would never want to pursue something that I wasn’t genuinely interested in. Human Resources is that something for me and I want to learn as much as I can about it. I am very excited for the future.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

If I had to pick one “a-ha moment” it would be when Luxottica had a wellness event. There was chair yoga, massages, a nutritionist/food demonstration, fresh juice samples and local gym/fitness center deals. I really enjoyed how the HR department was able to promote health in such a fun and nonintrusive way. It was awesome to see how there are “fun” parts to HR.

How did the internship impact your career goals? Have they changed? 

This internship helped solidify my desire to work in Human Resources one day. At first, I wasn’t 100% sure what I wanted to do, but after this internship I know exactly what I want to do.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

This internship made me very excited to start the job search for after graduation. In addition, it improved my confidence and communication skills and made me realize how much I enjoy working and the independence and responsibility that come along with it.

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day). 

The most exciting day at my internship was when we met the president of Luxottica’s Wholesale North America. He asked us two questions: What do you like most about this company and if there was one thing that you would change/improve what would it be? The fact that he wanted to get to know the interns and wanted to hear our opinions made us feel like we were important and valued.

Additional comments? 

I couldn’t have asked for a better summer internship. Not only did it help me decide my future career goals, it made me realize how important company culture is. Luxottica encourages its employees to be imaginative, passionate, entrepreneurial, and simple & fast. It was an absolutely great company to work for which made me excited to go to work everyday. 

Maria Volpe-McDermott (Government Intern)

Major: Political Science Hometown: Albany, NY Graduation Date: May 2014

 

Tell us about your internship.

This semester, I am working with New York State Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle and an interdisciplinary team comprised of students and faculty from Geneseo as part of the “Supporting the Whole Child” initiative. This initiative, designed by Majority Leader Morelle, is meant to identify problems and effective solutions regarding the well-being of children, primarily in Monroe County. Throughout this semester, I have conducted research on early childhood education programs being implemented in the Rochester area, as well as meeting with stakeholders such as The Children’s Agenda and members of Joe Morelle’s staff. Although the process has been slow, the goal is to have a white paper constructed and a yearly summit held to address potential problems within the Monroe County educational system. 

Is this your first internship?

No, this is not my first internship. I have had an internship in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office working with his Appointment staff, as well as two internships with New York State United Teachers, a union representing teaching staff and professionals.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

I came into college undecided, so since the beginning of my freshman year I wanted to gain as much experience as possible to help me decide what I wanted to pursue after college. Each internship experience has provided a glimpse into a different area of government and has helped open the doors for me to obtain other opportunities.

How did you find this particular internship?

I found this internship through an email that Geneseo sent out.

Recommendations for other students?

Internships, whether they are paid or unpaid, are a valuable experience to help students realize what they may or may not want to pursue after graduation. They also allow students to begin developing an extensive networking base that can be an asset for future career plans. I would recommend that students begin participating in internships as soon as possible. Using friends, family, and the career office are all great resources to help students in their search. I also think LinkedIn is a very valuable resource that is underutilized by many students.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

Each internship experience taught me something different, but ultimately I gained an immense amount of knowledge in learning how to conduct myself in a workplace environment, meeting deadlines, and handling pressure. One of the most important lessons my boss taught me was to find a career that I’m passionate about. If you do not love your job, it is going to affect other parts of your life.  

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

Since my internship is still in progress, I have not had one aha moment. When I realize that this project is going to be used to possibly create new legislation regarding education in New York, I do feel like I have accomplished something. 

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

There are a multitude of careers associated with the political field. Doing this internship made me realize that I would love to work for either the state or federal government doing political policy related work.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

The internship helped me realize that I can be an asset in an organization. I gained more confidence, better public speaking and communication skills, and an opportunity to practice my leadership skills.

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day). 

I think the most exciting day I have had in my current internship was when I got to sit down and brief Majority Leader Morelle and his staff on the research I had found. It is not every day that constituents get to interact with their political representatives or have an open forum to voice their concerns. Usually, my typical day involves doing research on a particular topic or interviewing different stakeholders about their opinions on the topic.

Carissa Gagliardi (Rochester Lancers)

Major: Communication Minor: Spanish and Conflict Studies Hometown: Wantagh, NY Graduation Date: May 2015

Tell us about your internship.

I worked as a Game Day Intern and a Marketing/Events Intern for the Rochester Lancers, a professional indoor soccer league during the 2013-2014 year. I specialized in merchandise and photography on game days and ensured that operations ran smoothly. In the office I wrote press releases, web stories, comprised sponsorship packages, and attended promotional and community involvement events. The major projects I worked on were sponsorship packages and portfolios to create positive sponsor relations with the Lancers, and promotion materials endorsing sponsorship opportunities for Lancer Summer Camps and Spring Clinics.

Is this your first internship? 

No, I previously interned at L&M Publications, a local newspaper company, as a Journalism Intern through the New York Press Association in 2012. My duties included writing articles, taking photographs, conducting interviews, editing copy and constructing layouts.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

There are many benefits to interning that motivated me to pursue my last internship with the Lancers. I wanted to better prepare for the future workforce. I wanted to expose myself to professionalism in order to gain a competitive edge in the job market in a field that I may be interested in pursuing.

How did you find this particular internship?

I found this internship through a friend who was interning with the Lancers. She provided me with the contact information necessary to pursue a position.

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

I would advise students to do a variety of internships while attending college. Even if you do not like your internship, you should use the experience as a tool to inform you of what you may not want to do in the future. Whether your internship guides you down a particular career path or not, all internships are valuable, for they provide networking opportunities and workplace experience.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

Through this internship I learned that I am personally motivated by setting goals. I discovered that these goals need to be clear, specific, and challenging yet attainable in order to achieve a successful outcome and meaningful experience. I set goals when it came to tasks and major projects, but also for things like organization and time-management. Setting goals is now a practice that I will take with me and use in all aspects of my life, professionally and personally.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

I had an “aha” moment when it came to my understanding of small businesses operations and practices. I learned that in a small business, job descriptions are wide and far-reaching, encompassing variety of general tasks. This led me to decide what I am looking for in a long-term career when I leave college. I want to start out working for a small company to learn generalized skills and then, if possible, transfer to a larger company where I can do specialized tasks that I enjoy.

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

Each internship opportunity impacts my career goals. Interning in specific fields helps me decide which direction I want to take a potential career. Through experiences at my internships I have decided that I want to pursue a career in Human Resource Management. I want to start off my Human Resources career at a small company and be trained in all fields generally, and then move to a larger company to specialize in an aspect of HR that I particularly enjoy.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

I have met a large variety of people through this internship and my network has increased substantially. Through networking I am making professional and personal connections. I have set a goal of meeting people in new situations, for I have learned the importance of this through my internship.

I also was able to improve my interpersonal skills to a self-confident level. I began my internship as a nervous intern with little confidence, and by the end I was regarded as a valued member of the office staff. I offered solutions to problems faced in the office and employees came to me for advice about various projects.

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day). 

One of the most exciting days in the office was when the Democrat and Chronicle profiled a Lancers’ soccer player. The office staff was ecstatic to get such positive publicity in a medium that would reach community members throughout Rochester. I was given the task of constructing a media clip to send to sponsors, communicating to them our prominent presence in the community. I scanned and laid out the featured newspaper story creating an organized media clip. I was honored to be given the autonomous objective of upholding our sponsor relations while showcasing a deserving player. This event created a sense of shared pride in the office. 

 

Gabrielle Kinney (Livingston County Historical Society and Museum)

Major: History and Art History

Hometown: Herkimer, NY

Graduation Date: May 2016

 

Tell us about your internship.

I interned at the Livingston County Historical Society and Museum (LCHS) in Geneseo.  I had duties that surrounded the objects in the Museum. I did everything from accessioning artifacts, labeling, measuring, describing and photographing those artifacts, as well as uploading the information into their Museum database, PastPerfect. I also learned preservation techniques for different objects and documents.  I worked extensively with PastPerfect, and perfected the steps to input artifact information for future interns and volunteers.  I didn’t really have a specific project, but I did catch up on the backlog of accessioned objects and worked to input artifacts that the museum has owned for years that have no records available for them.  With another intern, we worked on researching select artifacts throughout the Museum for a docent guide.

Is this your first internship? 

No, I have previously interned at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY with four other students to create our own exhibition for display in the museum.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

My career goal is to work behind the scenes in museums doing tasks that I did at LCHS. I know that having real life experiences in such a select field is crucial.

How did you find this particular internship?

I’m involved in History Club and the outgoing president my freshman year contacted me specifically to apply for an internship as she was also interning at the museum.

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

Get involved in the Geneseo community! I met some really amazing people that have lived in Geneseo for their entire lives, and learned so much about the town that we live in for the majority of the year. It may seem scary to leave the campus bubble, but you should definitely do it because you won’t regret it.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

I really enjoy working with documents and artifacts, and learning all I can about them.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

I didn’t really have an “aha” moment, but I knew from the start that I belonged in the museum.

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

My internship at LCHS confirmed that I love the research and cataloging aspect of museums and that I belong there.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

I definitely became more organized in my school work. I also learned how to balance my time between classes, homework, my internship, work, and socializing. By having a set schedule I was able to not get burned out because I would plan weeks in advance so that I could optimize my time, and still have fun on the weekends.

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day). 

During a typical day, I would input and work with a few artifacts from the start of the accessioning process to the final step of putting them away in storage. To most people working alone would seem really boring and tedious, but I really enjoyed diving into the history of an object.  Knowing that I was preserving that little bit of history for future generations excited me.

Additional comments? 

Having a local internship was really great because it allowed me to get my foot in the door of my future career field. I think that internships are an experience everyone should have.

Katey Hart (The American Cancer Society of Rochester)

Major: History & Communication

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Graduation Date: May 2015

 

Tell us about your internship.

The American Cancer Society of Rochester

I was an intern on the Relay for Life Team. I helped to make contact/connections with volunteers, partners, and participants for local Relays and relay-partnered events. These included events for Coaches vs Cancer, Relay Recess, Relay Field Day, and Bark for Life. I designed communication material for some of the events, put together spreadsheets with event information, and emailing and meeting with contacts made.

My main project was to make contact with potential and current Coaches vs Cancer participants. I provided them with information to improve their events, a local Relay for Life contact from the office, and promotional material. I also took their feedback and organized it into a spreadsheet of all Coaches events.

Is this your first internship? 

No, I had a summer internship at a private law firm.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

I hope to work at the American Cancer Society when I graduate. Therefore, I wanted to first establish strong connections for future networking. Also, I wanted to experience the company first-hand to ensure it was a place I would like to work at.

How did you find this particular internship?

I am a big part of the Relay for Life on campus and met a woman who works at this ACS office through our campus event. After contacting her, I found out how and when to apply for an internship at the ACS office. 

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

Do as many internships as possible! The best learning tool is real-life experience. The best way to find out if you are pursuing a career you like is to try it as an internship first!

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

Non-profit, public relations styled work is definitely what I should pursue!

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

The whole internship was an “aha moment” to help reassure me this was a company I could work for. My career goals are still to pursue non-profit work. However, I am not sure I would focus solely on Relay for Life. I may be interested in other wings of ACS such as community events like “Making Strides,” or other similar companies such as Make a Wish Foundation.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

Same as career goals.

Describe a typical day at  your internship (or the most exciting day). 

I would arrive at my cubicle, check my email, respond to any contacts or direct them to any of my coworkers, check the “Intern GoogleDoc” to see which tasks I needed to complete for the day, and do these jobs! They were often explained well on the GoogleDoc, but sometimes I would ask any of the Relay for Life team members or my head manager. My projects/tasks were interactive and helped me discover more about ACS. Very seldom was I doing the office “busy-work”. My favorite day was when my project was to make valentines for cancer survivors and significant ACS volunteers; it was so rewarding and I felt as though I was making even the slightest difference in an issue I hold very dear to my heart!

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Shannon Baxter (Science Undergraduate Laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy)

Major: Mathematics, Economics

Hometown: Shoreham, N.Y.

Graduation Date: May 2015

 

Tell us about your internship.

During the summer of 2013 I participated in the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. I interned at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island.  As an intern, I worked in the Environmental Sciences department doing data analysis of cloud radar data from the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility. The objective of the research project was to analyze the cloud boundary, and other cloud-related data gathered over a 15-year period from the various radar sites. This analysis will help to determine when the radar data is not usable and result in more accurate cloud data, thus making it easier to find and understand changes in cloud properties and weather patterns and to facilitate development of more accurate climate and earth system models.

Is this your first internship? 

The internship in 2013 was my first internship. I am returning to Brookhaven National Laboratory this summer.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

I decided to do an internship because I wanted learn about the applications of mathematics since I am unsure as to what I would like to do after I graduate.  

How did you find this particular internship?

I found out about this internship through a connection to Brookhaven National Laboratory.

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

I would recommend other students to participate in an internship before they graduate. Even if the internship doesn’t sound very interesting to you, it will be highly beneficial to have the extra experience and awareness of what you could do with your major.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

After participating in the internship I am more confident in my programming and problem solving skills.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

The biggest aha moment I had was when I finally figured out how to get my program to build a certain model with different calculated variables after spending many hours trying to get the program to work.

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

This internship showed me what it would be like to analyze data and be a programmer. I enjoyed the problems and mathematical obstacles that I had to overcome and how much I was challenged. The semester after my internship, I decided to leave the math adolescent education track that I was on and added an economics major. I still want to pursue mathematics more than economics, but the economics major may open some doors for me.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

My internship made me more confident in my mathematical and programming abilities.

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day). 

During a typical day I would work on a program in Python to build models to show the accuracy of the cloud radar data. My mentor, who was a scientist in the Environmental Science department, would tell me what she wanted the model to show and look like and I would write a program that would do what my mentor wanted it to do. In addition; I went through radar data starting from 1990 to find days that would ensure the most accurate representation of the data.

Additional comments? 

This was a very rewarding experience for me. While I wasn’t that interested in environmental science, I did enjoy the programming and mathematical aspect of the research project. I also interacted with other interns from different departments and enjoyed learning about their research.

Daniel Foley (Livingston County Development)

Major: American Studies

Minor: Political Science

Hometown: Spencerport, NY

Graduation Date: May 2015

 

Tell us about your internship.

As an Economic Development Business Intern at Livingston County Development, it was my responsibility to take inventory of commercial/industrial real estate throughout Livingston County. The responsibilities of my positions included:

 -Contacting and scheduling meetings with Property Owners and Real Estate Brokers to identify available commercial/industrial sites and buildings for lease or sale in a given municipality

 -Compiling lists of sites and properties by Town/Village available for sale or lease

 -Accessing supplemental data through the Livingston County Real Property Database

Is this your first internship? 

No. My first internship was with Congressman Chris Collins at his office in Geneseo, NY.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

After talking to several young professionals, many of them stressed the importance of doing an internship. They explained to me how an internship helps with networking and giving valuable experience within a professional setting.

How did you find this particular internship?

I found this particular internship on KnightJobs. This internship was marketed to SUNY Geneseo students exclusively.

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

It’s never too early to start looking for internships! As a SUNY Geneseo student, KnightJobs is a phenomenal resource for students looking for internships.

Even if a specific company isn’t marketing an internship, contact the company to see if there may be opportunities for an internship in the future. It never hurts to inquire.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

Through this internship, I learned that I have good verbal communication skills. I also learned that by organizing my day from the start, much more gets accomplished!

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

When a man from Pyramid Commercial Brokerage Company in Rochester, NY offered me an opportunity to interview at Pyramid, it was the moment I realized that I could potentially make a career out of commercial real estate.

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

I never envisioned a career in commercial real estate, but this internship definitely sparked my interest in the field.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

This internship at Livingston County Development gave me phenomenal contacts that I can rely on for a recommendation.

Describe a typical day at  your internship (or the most exciting day). 

I would typically start my day by accessing various resources online to find available commercial or industrial properties throughout Livingston County. From there, I would start to contact Real Estate Brokers and Property owners in order to get more detailed information on their property. After interviewing these individuals over the phone, I would then input this data into our Livingston County Inventory Data Sheets. My final project was to compile all of these data sheets and put them into a binder. The women in the office would then be able to refer to these properties if a Site Developer happened to call about a specific area within Livingston County.

Additional comments?

This was a phenomenal internship. I learned so much about Economic Development and even more about myself. I hope that future SUNY Geneseo students get the opportunity to complete this same internship.

Elizabeth (Biz) Reinhardt (Liberty Mutual Insurance)

Major: Mathematics

Hometown: Hilton, NY

Graduation Date: May 2015

 

Tell us about your internship.

I worked as a paid actuarial intern at Liberty Mutual Insurance. I was one of about 400 interns, and one of about 35 actuarial interns. Liberty Mutual allowed me to further explore the roles that an actuary has, the insurance industry as a whole, and the culture of a business professional workplace through weekly training sessions. On top of this, I learned more in depth Microsoft Excel, VBA, Access, SQL as well as worked with SAS and R-studio for visual applications.

Is this your first internship? 

Yes

Why did you decide to do an internship?

An internship is almost necessary to quickly integrate into a business after being a student for 21+ years. I knew that I wanted the experience in order to better understand how my studies will contribute to actuarial functions later in life.

How did you find this particular internship?

Liberty Mutual Website

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

Apply as soon as possible! Most internships open up in September, do not wait until later because most will close. 

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

Success is not always necessarily about being the smartest, but more about being the hardest working.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

No

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed? 

The internship has only motivated me to work harder as I'm beginning my senior year. Seeing the work professional life and the potential that it holds has encouraged me to set higher standards for myself. I also believe that I have a clearer path of my future, which has taken a lot of stress off.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

I was offered a full time position, which has greatly made a difference in my life and personal goals. I have a lot less stress going in to my senior year already having a job with a great salary and benefits. It’s made me incredibly more hard working, however I also feel more relaxed knowing I have a job.

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day). 

Liberty Mutual has 37.5-hour workweeks so every day I would work about 7.5 hours (or 8 including lunch). Throughout the week there would usually be 2-3 one hour meetings for all actuarial interns to debrief about the internship, projects we were working on, or research that the senior managing actuaries gave us. Almost everything else I did was coding in Excel and Access to recreate a competitors rating manual.

Alexandra Salerno (MSNBC, 30 Rock)

Major: Communication: Journalism and Media Minor: Musical Theatre Hometown: Mount Sinai, NY Graduation Date: May 2016

 

Tell us about your internship.

This past summer, I was a production assistant intern for MSNBC at 30 Rock in Manhattan. My duties included: research for MSNBC dayside anchors (Tamron Hall, Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid), printing scripts for on-air broadcasts from 10 am to 3 pm, watching for breaking news, and updating the ticker with current events.

Is this your first internship?  

As a current junior at SUNY Geneseo, this was my first internship.

Why did you decide to do an internship?

At this time last year, I said to myself “My (2013) summer was fun, but next summer I want to do something big. I want to get a head start on my career and put myself out there.” Thus, I decided to contact someone I know who works for NBC and started applying for a summer internship there.

How did you find this particular internship?

This internship was incredible. I live an hour and a half from NYC and actually working and dorming in Manhattan was life-changing. I definitely want to start my career there when I graduate. The internship itself taught me a lot about working closely with others, working under pressure, and seeing and feeling out the television broadcast environment. I’ve grown immensely from this experience and I’ve learned that although I enjoyed this internship, I absolutely want to explore different divisions and arenas of communication and production.

Do you have any recommendations for other students?

Be bold! Put yourself out there! The worst thing that can happen? You might get rejected. But you never know till you try. So I recommend to do some research on people you may know in a desired field, conduct some informational interviews, and make phone calls. Then apply to a variety of internships and see which one suits you best.

What did you learn about yourself by doing an internship?

I learned that my career path is not set in stone yet. I love my major and minor, and I definitely envision myself using both of them in my dream career. But I do have some soul-searching to do in order to find that perfect job. Thus, doing this internship made me realize that behind the scenes is amazing, but maybe I want to try out something a little different next time. Perhaps something more corporate or with a small team.

Did you have an 'aha' moment during your internship?

Absolutely! I went to a workshop titled “Branding Yourself” and was inspired by the speaker. I asked for her email after the workshop and emailed her after to set up a time to meet up. I conducted an informational interview and found out she worked in talent acquisition. My aha moment was realizing how interested I was in this field and thinking to myself “this is definitely something I want to try out!” She explained to me how she got this job, different jobs she’s acquired since then, her daily tasks, and the type of team she works with. It was truly enlightening and I would love to try out what she does!

How did the internship impact your career goals?  Have they changed?  

Like I mentioned earlier, this internship shed some light on the fact that career paths can change as you experience new things. Ultimately, this has changed my career goals in that production is exciting to work in, but I am curious how I’d be in a more corporate setting.

How has the internship made a difference in your life, personal goals?

The internship has made me realize I want to make sure my career focuses in on what I enjoy doing day to day, which are performing and helping others. I think it made me realize I want to be in a performance setting where I can inspire and motivate others. Kind of like Oprah or Ellen!

Describe a typical day at your internship (or the most exciting day).  

A typical day at my internship was meeting some exciting guests and/or celebrities on set. It was incredible to see them before, during, and after their segments with a specific anchor on a specific show.

Additional comments?  

Working at NBC full-time has become a goal of mine. This internship has definitely helped with reaching this goal!