#MySpartanSuccess Tina Hamamciyan


454041When do you plan to graduate and what is your major?

I am currently a Junior so I will be graduating in May of 2018. My major is Accounting and I have a minor is Economics.

Can you tell me a little about your internship?

Right now I am interning at a small accounting firm in New City called Feldstein and Stewart. I am their first intern ever, and am classified as a “junior accountant.”

How did you hear about this position?

Professor Van Pelt actually told me about this opportunity. He had worked with one of the partners a while back and asked if they had any openings for internships.

Can you explain the Interview Process?

My interview process was fairly simple. I was interviewed by both partners of the firm. They asked me a couple questions like “Tell me about yourself?”, “What accounting classes have you taken so far, and what have you learned from each?”  This enabled me to share my academic experience, whilst incorporating my background knowledge of Microsoft Excel and quickbooks.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

I have to give credit to Professor Van Pelt on assisting me with this internship, but the Career Development Office have been extremely helping in other ways.  Career Development helped edit my resume so it is in good shape for when I apply to any future internships. I had also reached out to the office before I got this internship and they gave me great suggestions on websites to check out when applying to internships.

Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?

As I said I am classified as a “junior accountant” so no coffee runs or filing is in my title thankfully. I work A LOT with quickbooks, so this means lots of bank reconciliations. I also do payroll for companies that use our payroll through quickbooks.

What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

I’ve done a little of everything so I don’t particularly have a favorite as of right now. My favorite experience so far though was coming upstairs for the first time seeing where I would be working. I have my own room, dual desktop, and phone. All of this just makes you feel very important and appreciated.

What do you plan to do after the Internship?

I plan to use this internship as my base for my resume. I would love to intern at one of the Big 4 Accounting firms after this and eventually try to get a job there as well. I also plan on getting my CPA after I graduate so I can have more of a chance working for the Big 4 one day.

What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for an Internship?

I suggest that you take advantage of the resources around you. Talk to your professors and see who they know and how they can help you. Most want to help the students they see potential in so make good impressions and show you care. Whether it be in or outside of the classroom. STAC has some great resources and many successful people that have graduated here. Get involved in clubs, mentoring programs, and go to the programs they provide (internship fairs, speakers, bloomberg trips, ect..)

#MySpartanSuccess with Kevin Alvora

  1. When do you plan to graduate and what is your major?Kevin

I am a part of the three-two program for Mechanical Engineering, so I plan on graduating in May 2020 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from STAC and my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College.

  1. Can you tell me a little about the internship?

I interned at a business called DBS. This is a building consultant company in Manhattan. Last summer I worked in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on a condo conversion project.

  1. How did you hear about this position?

My brother was an intern there a few years before me and I was introduced to the company by him. It helped him with his career, so I am hoping it will help me with mine.

  1. Can you explain the Interview Process?

I had to send in my resume in May of 2016, and then was selected to continue the process by having an individual meeting. I had a one-on-one interview with the CEO of the company. After this interview, I received a call about a week later. I was offered the position and I started in late May.

  1. Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Personally, I did not go to Career Development about this internship, as it was a very last minute decision to apply. I was lucky enough to receive the internship, but I do encourage everyone to attend Career Development if possible because it is a very useful tool many don’t take advantage of.

  1. Can you tell us about some of your current responsibilities / roles?

As an intern, I would walk through the building that was being converted and gather information for the companies that were performing this conversion. I would take measurements that would determine the amount of supplies ordered to be used during construction.   I would also create documents that were used to determine many details on the building. These would be sent out to different companies to either bid on the construction or continue what was originally done.

  1. What is your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what has been your favorite experience so far?

My favorite part of this internship is the amount of trust that is put into my hands. There are times where the documents aren’t even reviewed and they are sent out to big construction companies.  Thousands of dollars in products would be purchased because of the calculations that I would make. My role within the company was valuable and that’s why this internship means so much to me.

  1. What do you plan to do after the Internship?

I plan to get a job in this field in some way. This internship is a very educational experience, which will help me decide what type of career I want to pursue.

  1. What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for an Internship?

My advice to others is to start looking for internships as soon as possible. I started my internship after my freshman year and I feel like the experience was irreplaceable. It has given me not just technical skills but also social skills. Using the career development at STAC will guide people in the right direction and give everybody the best opportunity to succeed.

#MySpartanSuccess with Sabrina Salvesen

433791) My name is Sabrina Salvesen I am a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas perusing a Bachelors Degree in Business Marketing. I am hoping to graduate at the end of the Fall 2017 semester in December.

2) For the past year I have been interning with the Rockland Boulders minor league Can-Am baseball team. I am specifically interning in the Promotions department of the Boulders team. Our job is to follow through with on-field promotions and events during the games throughout the season consisting of different activities. During the off season, I participated in their off-season fall event ‘Field of Screamz’. ‘Field of Screamz’ is a haunted house that the stadium hosts every year in October. A little after the baseball season ending, construction for the haunted house begins.  I assisted in the construction and acting of the haunted house. After the Field of Screamz ends, we were responsible for breaking down the haunted house and promotions begins to pick up. After the haunted house, promotions consists of working with companies to sponsor our giveaways and organize different on field sponsored events and activities.

3) I found out about the internship at the Rockland Boulders through a girl in my Business Law class last spring. I was discussing how I was looking for an internship for the summer, and she explained how Boulders was a fun internship where I would get to be outside all summer, but also learn a lot in the area of professional sports. While professional sports didn’t really interest me much, I really wanted to step out of my comfort zone and gain new experiences.

4) The interview process was interesting because it did not take long at all. Here at STAC I actually met with the Promotions manager at our College Internship/Job fair. I introduced myself and we spoke for 10-20 minutes and he explained the different type of internships the stadium has to offer for college students. I was excited to learn more about what the Boulders had to offer, along with the fun experience of getting to know professional sports. At the end of our conversation I ended up giving him a copy of my resume and proceeded to follow up with him the next day with a ‘thank you’ email. Christian emailed me back and said he enjoyed our conversation as well and would like to talk more by setting up a phone interview. A week later I had a phone interview with him and he asked me a series of questions about me and why I choose the Boulders as a place to intern. Our phone conversation was about 20 minutes, and I closed my interview with a question asking how he went from being an intern to the Promotions Manager. Not long after he sent me an email I had been chosen as a candidate to intern for the upcoming summer. The process took less than two and a half weeks and was very professional.

5) STAC has helped me a lot actually, not only did I find out about this internship through a fellow colleague, but the Job Fair also assisted me in getting to talk to recruiters and introduced me to Christian. STAC has also helped me revise my resume and clean up on my interview skills as well.

6) Some of my responsibilities now in the off season is to email clients, other employers, and co-workers. Along with being in the office, I am also partaking in some of the Boulders events to promote for our upcoming season. This involves parades handing out schedules, fairs providing information about our team and stadium, and engaging with fans. There are times where I will overview documents and double check papers for mistakes and sit in on meetings.

7) My favorite experience so far is spending the entire season with the Boulders and having fans recognize my face and know my name. Some of them even thanked me and hugged me at the end of the season for a great time. It’s nice to make that connection with people and knowing you helped make their time at the stadium fun by just being energetic and happy.

8) While I love working for the Rockland Boulders, after this internship, I plan on taking on another internship or job in the hotel business hopefully. I’ve experienced professional sports, retail, and sales. It’s time to gain a new experience!

9) Advice I have for other STAC students? Hmm… Push yourself. If you’re unsure of what type of internship you’re looking for, just pick one that sounds fun and interesting. Doesn’t matter if it’s in your major or not. Interning is all about learning and gaining new experiences to figure out what you like and don’t like. I knew nothing about baseball when I first started interning with the Boulders, now I’m yelling at the umpires that the pitcher threw a ball instead of a strike. Some college students don’t know what they want to do after college, and the best way to figure it out is by interning! So don’t be afraid, take that leap and step out of your comfort zone! Gain new experiences, try new things, learn more and be open. You never know, you might end up loving it!