My Spartan Success with John Rocchio!

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

I will be graduating this December 2018 with a Computer Science major.

Can you tell me a little about the internship?

I did a software engineering internship at BMW North America in Woodcliff Lake, NJ. During this internship, I worked with the infotainment test team to design and implement tools to streamline workplace processes.

How did you hear about this position?

I heard about this position on Indeed and applied through there.

Can you explain the interview process?

First, I did a phone interview with HR about the basic details of the job. Then, I did another interview through Skype and talked more about the actual position and my qualifications. I also did a phone interview with my future supervisor giving specific details about the responsibilities and tools that they use in their department. Finally, I had an in-person interview with the same supervisor and the hiring manager. In this interview, they tested my qualifications and my programming knowledge through a verbal technical test.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Yes, the Career Ambassadors in the Office of Career Development read over and edited my resume.

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

My main responsibility was to design and implement a new web tool to use in place of Excel to make testing the infotainment systems of the new cars more efficient and streamlined for the testing team. The web tool was built using Angular JS, CSS, HTML, and OverStack. I also implemented new Excel macros using VBA.

What was your favorite aspect of the position?

My favorite aspect of the position was seeing and driving in test cars that are not on the market yet and being able to see what new features are being implemented in cars that are going to be released a few years from now.

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

My advice is to apply to as many internships as possible, even if it’s not exactly what you want. The worst thing that can happen is that you don’t hear back from them. Also, learn outside the classroom as much as you can, even if it’s not with an internship or as part of a class.


My Spartan Success with Alyssa Chelak!


Alyssa with Jim Cramer, the host of popular CNBC show “Mad Money.”


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

I’m graduating this upcoming May and I am a marketing major.

Can you tell me a little about the internship?

I am currently a Talent Development Intern at CNBC’s Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Although I am a marketing major, this internship has allowed me to be included in many diverse projects that expand my learning. It incorporates some event planning, as I help set up for special events and prepare speakers for conferences. I am also responsible for a heavy amount of research – this is where the “Talent Development” portion of my title comes into play. One of my most important tasks is to research reporters from other business news providers, such as Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and more. Once I find these reporters, I scan the internet for any videos of them on-air. We use this to see if they would be a good candidate for on-air reporting at CNBC.

How did you hear about this position?

Over the summer, I received an email from Dr. Mihal explaining the opportunity at CNBC. She told me that Mary Duffy, my supervisor, was seeking out STAC students for the position. Dr. Mihal sought me out, as other professors recommended me for the position.

Can you explain the interview process?

Once I got the email from Dr. Mihal, I immediately sent my resume out in hopes of a response. I was then put into contact with Mary Duffy, and she asked if I was available to interview with her a day or two later. When I got to the office, Mary greeted me and walked me through the building before we sat down to talk. When we started talking, I made sure to sound confident and conversational. We spoke about my past internship at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, and what my tasks were there. We even got off topic for a while and spoke about the sports that we’ve played, which made me feel much more comfortable. She had me also interview quickly with two other women in the Talent Development department. After all was said and done, I thanked her for her time and asked when I would hear back from her. She assured me that I would hear back very soon, and sure enough, I did.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

Yes, Career Development helped me through this process. I recall sending my resume to Maureen Mulhern so that she could check it and send it to Mary. I was also referred for the position by Mary Vota. She and I emailed back and forth, as I was explaining how nervous I was for the interview. She then sent me a document of tips for the interview process, and she assured me that I would do fine. I even spoke on the phone with Dr. Mihal before the interview, so I had a whole team of people rooting for me.

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

I put some of my responsibilities into the second answer. In a nutshell, there is no “typical day” as an intern at CNBC. I love the pace there, I am never bored. I will go into the office with an idea of what my task is that day, but I am very often presented with something totally new that I need to be flexible for and adapt to. You need to be prepared for anything – no one day is the same at CNBC.

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

My favorite thing about my internship is getting to see my work actually be used. For instance, I did a lot of work at the beginning of my internship to prepare one of our speakers for an event, which was a leadership conference hosted by the organization “Women In Cable Telecommunications.” I researched and prepared information that our speaker was able to use at the event. My supervisor surprised me with a pass to the event, so I was able to go to the Marriott Marquis in NYC for the conference. I got to see our speaker use some of the information I provided her with. Seeing her use my information made me feel like I really did a good job with my work. It’s an amazing feeling to be utilized as an intern.

What do you plan to do after the internship?

The internship is available again in the spring, pending an invite back from my supervisor. I would love to return to CNBC and continue my work, however, my softball season takes place in the spring and I have not figured out yet if I will have the time to balance both. The ultimate goal for me is to work as hard as I can until my last day and hope that they keep me in mind if a spot opens up in the future.

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

There are so many steps students should be taking in order to secure an internship. To start, creating a LinkedIn account was one of the smartest things I did at STAC. I set it so that I would get alerts on my phone any time a new job or internship was posted in my given field. This is how I found my internship at United Way. Another piece of advice would be to take advantage of the size of STAC. I was recommended for the internship at CNBC because I maintain good relationships with my professors. I make sure to work hard in the classroom, and even find time to talk to my professors outside of class. Doing this allows them to have your name in their head when opportunities like this come about. One last piece of advice would be to attend events sponsored by the business school and the career development center. I went on the Bloomberg trip, I go to panels and discussions, and I make sure to read my emails so I know what’s going on around school. This lets me network, collect business cards, and get my name out there.

My Spartan Success with Kayla Farley!


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

I graduate in the Spring of 2019, and my major is Religious Studies, with a minor in English.

How did you hear about your current job/internship? 

I heard about my current job through STAC’s job database, Spartan Jobs. 

Can you explain the interview process? 

I had to dress in business professional attire, and I interviewed with the office manager and one of the partners of the firm. The partner had my resume in hand, as I printed a copy out for him, and he viewed it in front of me. He questioned some of my experience, and explained the job to me in detail. They told me that they’d call me back within a few days because they had some other interviews, and within a few days I got the job.

Can you tell me a little about the position? 

My official title is legal assistant. Some of my responsibilities include filing, keeping the office organized, tending to lawyers when they need something, doing computer work to assist the lawyers, research, and making sure indexes and books are up to date. I’ve gotten a lot of clerical experience, but being exposed to the legal environment, I’ve learned a lot about what goes on day-to-day in the legal setting, and I feel that I will be better prepared for the future. 

Did you have an internship before this position and how useful was the internship/s? 

Yes, and I feel that they are all a part of my success at my current job. I often think about where I started out, how nervous I was, how many questions I had, and how much I wanted to quit when I felt that I couldn’t do something. But, since I persevered, I excelled. Of course there is always room for improvement, but this type of work is like second nature to me. I started out as a summer intern at an estate law firm. After this, I interned with Assemblywoman, Ellen Jaffee. After this internship, I landed a job at a real estate law firm, and then I aimed for a higher paying position at my current job as a Patent and Trademark legal assistant.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway? 

Absolutely! With almost all of these jobs and internships, I applied for them through Spartan Jobs. I would not have known about them if I didn’t receive emails from Spartan Jobs. 

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

My favorite aspect of this position is the work environment. When I think back to when I worked at jobs such as ShopRite or in the food industry, I think about how unhappy I was. I hated the fast paced environment, and feeling as if I wasn’t an equal to everyone else. In this job, I was given my own desk and working space, and I am able to complete my work at a pace that suits me, while learning important skills for the future. One of my favorite experiences so far was working on a research project for one of my bosses. Being that I love anything related to school, reading, writing, or researching, this project was a great experience for me. I was able to utilize the library and the amazing staff there to conduct research on consumer habits when buying, and my boss was very pleased, which was super rewarding. 

What advice do you have for other STAC students looking for a job or internship? 

My ultimate advice is to utilize Career Development and Spartan Jobs. I would not have had the experiences I’ve had if it weren’t for these two amazing resources. Also, keep up on updating and perfecting your resume. There is always room for improvement, and the career development personnel can help you achieve perfection.