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.

 

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My Spartan Success with Alyssa Chelak!

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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!

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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. 

My Spartan Success With Bria Manning!

Internship:

When did you (plan to) graduate and what was/is your major?

  • Majored in Communication Arts: Social and Interactive Media. Minor in Art Therapy and Childhood Education, graduated May 2018.

Can you tell me a little about the internship?

  • Rockland Boulders
    • On field promotions, researched promotional ideas and marketing methods, and increased ticket holder experience by enhancing theme games activities.
  • Christine Gritmon Inc.
    • There I did client relationship management for a small business, putting together a Facebook Live Show, social media strategizing & publishing posts.

How did you hear about this position?

  • STAC Career Fair

Can you explain the Interview Process?

  • Like any interview I was nervous. I prepared my exit questions, brought 2 copies of my resume, and found a way to connect with my interviewee.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

  • Yes they are the ones who run the Career Fair

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

  • Assisting and learning. There was a lot of down time so that was perfect for me to go around and introduce myself and see where help was needed.

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 was making great connections that I have still today. My favorite experience was going to influencer meeting with Chrisitne Gritmon and meeting some famous social media content creators.

What do you plan to do after the Internship?

  • Pursue a career in social media.

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

  • Utilize all the materials you have available, get advice and mentoring from your professors, don’t pass up on opportunities, and remember what your goals are.

 

Full Time:

When did you (plan to) graduate and what was/is your major?

  • Majored in Communication Arts: Social and Interactive Media. Minor in Art Therapy and Childhood Education, graduated May 2018.
  • Grad Student: MBA in Marketing February 2020

How did you hear about your current job?

  • STAC Career Fair and then after 6 months the company site.

Can you tell me a little about this position?

  • I’m a Social Media Coordinator, my day to day includes speaking with clients on social media campaigns. I work closely with clients and social media reps from Twitter and Facebook. I had to maintain budgets for campaigns, obtain creatives from creative agencies, get approval to launch campaigns, create mockups and weekly reports.

Can you explain the Interview Process?

  • It started with speaking with someone from HR explaining how the process would be broken down and who I would be speaking to. I had been asked to bring 2 copies of my resume, I came with 4. I interviewed with 2 managers and an account director. I had all my questions ready and the interview went smooth because I got the job the next day.

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

  • Very usual I have an idea on how to be on a team, social media strategies, dress code, and how to present myself to clients and coworkers.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

  • Yes, I met with the company at the STAC Career Fair.

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

  • Coordinating campaigns for various clients on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. I send out a weekly report on all the impressions, spent amount, and likes; emailing clients and sister company.

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

  • My best experience is being able to work at my dream job; everyone here is super helpful in teaching me new trade deals and strategies; we do a lot of team bonding activities.

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

  • Utilize all the materials you have available, get advice and mentoring from your professors, don’t pass up on opportunities, and remember what your goals are.

 

My Spartan Success with Matthew Dybus!

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  1. When did you graduate and what was your major?I graduated in 2015, majored in Finance and Minored in Economics.

I graduated in 2015, majored in Finance and Minored in Economics.

  1. How did you hear about your current job?

I was working within the Catholic High System at my alma mater, Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary, as the Assistant Alumni/Advancement Director. A member of the Marsh Global Marine Team was an alumnus and sat on the Board of Trustees. After my multiple presentations to the board he recommended me to my current position.

  1. Can you explain the Interview Process?

It was an interesting experience going from a High School Administrator mindset back to my college finance and economics mindset. I utilized situations and obstacles I faced in both college and my job at Cathedral to parallel some situations and obstacles I thought I would face in the Global Risk Management market.

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

Since I have successfully passed my NYS Brokers exam, I require 1 years’ experience before become a full time broker Marsh’s Global Marine Program, specifically in Marine Cargo. Come December I will have fulfilled both requirements and be a fully licensed NYS Broker. My job is to support and service large conglomerates and other Global companies Marine Cargo Insurance programs. Marine Cargo insurance programs encompass all goods while are in transit all over the world. We create a risk management plan tailored to our clients based on their exposures. Furthermore, we negotiate policy terms and conditions to provide broadened coverage and negotiate premium pricing ensure our client is receiving a fair deal from the insurers.

  1. Can you share some of your current responsibilities/roles?

At Marsh, I have been able to support multiple clients that are major pharmaceutical companies, household product names, complex logistics companies, industrial and energy companies. This requires me to coordinate globally with insurers and other brokers to ensure regulation requirements are met. Other responsibilities I have are issue certificates of insurance, create and deliver innovative solutions for my exposure base.

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

I had a brief internship at Northwestern Mutual prior to my senior year. As much as internships are extremely important, I realize now a lot of my skills developed from working as a Career Ambassador, a Student Ambassador, and my work study position and the IACBE Ethics Competition. Being actively involved on campus had a huge impact on how I approached people, situations and life in general.

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

Career Development was the first campus activity I was a part of at STAC. The opportunity gave me confidence and a genuine fulfillment because I was able to help students with their potential future.

  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 aspect and my least favorite aspect of my job is the uncertainty of what you are faced with on a daily basis. The is a sense of excitement in being part of the process of life saving drugs being shipped overseas to people that need them or renewable energy goods that are being shipped somewhere to power a whole country. Knowing that when I come home, the appliances, detergent or clothes were all shipped and my company could have possibly have had a hand in creating the risk management plan behind those products getting to where they are. The uncertainty of loss whether it is by theft or natural disaster or piracy is always a concern.

 

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

First, I went to a small high school that had a graduating class of 27. Then, I went a to small college in coming to STAC. My advice is to think macro, think grand! Just because STAC is a small school doesn’t mean we aren’t making a big splash in this world! Finally, say “yes” to every opportunity you are given. Every time you say “yes” see it as an opportunity to enhance your skills, your resume, and make a big splash in this world.

 

 

My Spartan Success with Marie Clune!

image11. When did you graduate and what was your major?

I graduated in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. I will be going back to STAC in March to get my MBA.

2. How did you hear about your current job?

I work for Madison Square Garden and have wanted to for a while. I heard about their positions and departments by researching on their company website. I was on LinkedIn jobs, MSG’s career website and Indeed daily, looking for new finance positions. I heard about my specific role right now by networking. I kept in touch with someone I messaged on LinkedIn and after I interviewed for an internship at MSG, she recommended me for a full-time position.

3. Can you explain the Interview Process?

Always be ready for “Tell me about yourself” or “Walk me through your resume.” You will get asked this on every interview. I was not asked any difficult questions, I was asked about my previous experience and past education. I spoke a lot about my experience with sports and finance, because I had experience working in the accounting department for a minor league baseball. I would say try and get everything out there, you can talk about school, work, extracurricular’s, but make it worth it for the interviewer to listen. I knew I had to explain my past job responsibilities well, so my interviewer felt I could be a real asset to MSG.

4. Can you tell me a little about the position?

I work in the Teams-Finance department at MSG. This includes the NY Rangers, Knicks, and Liberty. What I really enjoy about this position is I work with a small team, so we are all close and I can help anyone who needs it. I am an associate and a lot of what I have been doing as a new hire, is helping my boss prepare because it is the beginning of both the Rangers and Knicks seasons. I complete a lot of the small parts of an overall assignment for my manager and other colleagues.

5. Can you share some of your current responsibilities/roles?

Here at MSG I am responsible for entering my managers expenses, checking invoices, creating check requests, charges and issuing refunds for any camps or events. I manage salary and expense payments, and keep spreadsheets up to date regarding players, staff, and workers comp. I also update player binders with new contracts and payroll slips. Players come and go frequently so we need to stay on top of every team and update as necessary. Overall it is nice to work here specifically for a sports fan. It makes finance more exciting.

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

I had three internships before I graduated, and they were all very different. This was beneficial because it helped me figure out what I wanted to do after I graduated. Working at a minor league baseball team made me realize I wanted to stay in sports, and it taught me a lot about accounting and finance within a team as well. Although at MSG I am dealing with a much larger scale of money, responsibilities, people, etc, my previous job helped me get this position. I recommend completing a few internships while you’re in college, it will show you what you can do with your major.

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

I got my job by networking at STAC. The business club hosted a panel of speakers and that is where I got to talk to someone from MSG. From there, I was able to connect on LinkedIn with someone else from the finance department who later recommended me for the position I am in now. Take advantage of any networking events at STAC.

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

Working at MSG has been great for me especially because I am a big sports fan. My favorite part of this job is that I am very passionate about my work and it has really made it enjoyable. I have had a few great experiences, my first week here I got to go into the arena for a Q&A with the new Rangers coach. There are little events like this that have been really cool for employees. MSG also does a lot for charity and sick children through their Garden of Dreams Foundation. This is something I admire about the company and look forward to volunteering my time here in the future.

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

Most people you talk to will tell you to network, that is advice I always got. I agree, since networking is the reason I got the position I’m in. I also would apply to one job or internship every day, I probably applied to over 40 positions throughout college so definitely get your resume out there as much as you can, it is not easy getting a job. Also, don’t be afraid to smart small. I worked for a minor league baseball team for a year and I can say this is the reason I got the job at MSG. I had other experience, like working at a bank for example, but it is so much easier to connect with an interviewer when you have already worked in a similar role you are applying for. Keep applying and use any resources you can. I didn’t know how much LinkedIn would help me, so definitely take advantage of what it has to offer. Lastly, I went through 4 rounds of interviews and was denied when I applied here a few years ago, so never give up on a dream job you want.

Welcome Back Spartans!

The Career Development Office would like to wish everyone here at STAC a warm welcome back!  Don’t forget to get involved with events here on campus.  This semester, the Career Development Office has a bunch of events planned.  See below to check them out.  Students, start building those resume’s!  There are trained students who are more than ready to help build resumes or work on the current one you have.  If you need any assistance, please come see us in the Career Development Office, located in Romano student center, across from the bookstore.

Fall 2018 Career Development Events Flyer (as of 9-11-18)