#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!


#MySpartanSuccess Interview with Carolyn Kopf

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

I am a part of the five-year accounting program, so I plan on graduating in May 2018 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Sciences and then my Master’s Degree in Business Administration the following year. I am majoring in Accounting and have a minor in Mathematics.

21124145791_dd90bd85bb_oCan you tell me a little about the internship?

I interned at PKF O’Connor Davies LLC. It is a top 25 accounting firm located in Westchester, NY. I worked in the government auditing division within the company.

How did you hear about this position?

One of the partners of the firm contacted me to see if I had any interest in interning for the summer.

Can you explain the Interview Process?

I had to send in my resume in September of 2015, and then was selected to continue the interview process in October. I had a one-on-one interview with a partner in the government division that October. Then, I had follow-up phone and interview questions before I was offered the position in January. Then I began the internship in June of 2016.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

I went to Career Development in September to tailor my resume to this specific internship to better my chances of getting selected. Only 12 interns are chosen for the summer, so Career Development really helped me put myself in the best position possible to get the job.

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

As an auditor, I traveled each week to a new client. I was in the government division, so my clients included towns, villages and school districts. On the audit, I was in charge of accounts including cash, encumbrances, subsequent receipts and disbursements and accounts receivables. I also worked on budgets during the internship where I analyzed contractual expenditures, utilities, repairs and maintenance, space rental and debt service. I assisted with writing and preparing the budget reviews for clients. I also assisted researching way for the company to expand its Healthcare Department.

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 the position it the great community I have become a part of. I love the work I get to do, but working on a team has given me something to look forward to in my career. My favorite experience so far was working on my intern project. All 12 of the interns created a presentation that we then presented to the partners of the firm, displaying ways to expand and grow the company.

What do you plan to do after the Internship?

I was asked to return again this summer to continue my internship for a second year, which I am looking forward to greatly. I hope to grow my relationship with this company and hopefully continue working here while I complete my Master’s Degree at STAC.

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

My advice for STAC students looking for an internship would be to start early. It’s never too early to ask around for possible job opportunities. I got my first internship the summer after my sophomore year and I am so thankful that I started growing my resume early because it has helped set me apart from other candidates in my field.


My Spartan Success with Caitlin Zungoli

#MySpartanSuccess Interview with Caitlin Zungoli

Conducted by Laurie Child


FullSizeRenderCaitlin graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Finance, and a minor in Math.  With her hard work and always positive attitude, Caitlin was a big hit around campus ultimately leading to great opportunities and success. This was made evident by referrals for internships; after taking a class with Dr. Orenstein, Caitlin was recommended and hired as a Wealth Management and Financial Services Intern with UBS in Paramus, NJ. In her senior year, Caitlin was contacted for an internship with Cross River Fiber (a start-up telecommunications company) by former adjunct, Professor Sokota.  After graduation this internship turned into a full time position as a financial analyst, making her the 9th full time employee with the company.

Caitlin is currently working at BMW as a business planning analyst after stumbling across the position on LinkedIn.  Seeing the headquarters first thing on her previous everyday commute, she was very excited about this opening, realizing the opportunity and desire to always work there.  LinkedIn directed her to the company’s website through which she was able to complete the application process.  Within two weeks was contacted to set up an interview.  The interview was a 2 step process; first with two members of the team she would be working with, then after hearing back, the department manager and the retail network manager.  Caitlin obviously made a great impression, and was quickly followed up with a job offer, pending a background check and drug test. She could not have been more excited!

A few months after being hired, she went to orientation in Jersey City, where BMW imports its cars.  At the end of orientation, they returned to headquarters where she was able to network with others in the company and learn about other areas of the brand. Some of the many benefits of working with BMW include: working aboard, discounted leasing options, health and retirement benefits, and getting the first glimpse at new vehicles and upcoming projects.  As business planning analyst, Caitlin is responsible for over 400 BMW and MINI dealers, working with their financial statements to create national and regional reports.  At year end she is also responsible for the dealer accounting manual and informing dealers of their working capital requirements to name a few things.  Let’s just say that the great perks don’t come for free!

Caitlin has some great advice, and urges everyone to realize that nothing is out of reach. When applying to BMW they had 400 other applicants on Linkedin alone.  Always be personable! You never know who and when someone might be able to help you!  By leveraging and working with her professors she was offered multiple internships, one leading to a full time job position.  Caitlin expresses the importance of internships and how they were a vital key to her success.  Internships give you the much needed real world experience, but with the ability to learn what you like and dislike in a position or a particular field.

Strive to be successful, both in and out of the classroom, your GPA is important but so are extracurricular activities.  Caitlin’s time at STAC was filled with extracurricular activities that helped build her resume.  Most highlighted was the Business club in which she went on to became President.  Part of her responsibility while President included planning speakers to come and present.  This really encouraged her to leverage LinkedIn and the people she had met throughout her college career to fully reap the benefits of networking and help others network as well.   A great way to build your resume and create connections is to utilize Career Development and take advantage of their events like resume writing workshops, Dining Etiquette and Recruit Westchester just as she had.

She recognized early on the importance of building relationships with professors by being friendly and attentive. They will notice and recommend you for events and leadership opportunities.  She advises to always sit front and center to make sure the professors know you are engaged and focused on the topic at hand.  These small yet effective details led Caitlin to internships, academic awards, but most importantly valuable experiences that made her the most qualified applicant for the job!

#MySpartanSuccess with Victoria Perrotta

St Thomas Aquinas College

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

I plan on graduating in May of 2017 with a Bachelors in Arts and Science. My major is Finance with a double Minor in economics and social media marketing.

Can you tell me about your internship?

I worked for Sterling National Bank in a Co-Op opportunity in the Spring semester of 2016. The Co-Op takes the place of courses; I went to work at the bank instead of attending class. I worked through three departments within their headquarters; Finance department, Wire Transfer department and Automated Clearing House department. Each department taught me something different about the functionality and the dynamics of the bank.

How did you hear about the position?

After working as a career ambassador for the past two years I have developed close relationships with Mrs. Mulhern and Mrs. Vota. I was approached with the opportunity by Mrs. Vota and I immediately jumped on board with the Co-Op process.

Can you explain the Interview Process?

There was only one interview with the Sterling National Bank Educational director. We met at the bank and she asked me questions based upon my resume and why I felt I would be a good fit for the bank. I was asked situational questions and how I would react to them.

What were some of your current responsibilities / roles?

Within each department I held different roles. In the finance department I worked creating and posting journal entries,
reviewing the 10k, preparing journal entries for the general ledger, assembled journal entries for the auditing department, and reviewed worked on financial systems to find discrepancies within the programs for the general ledger. Within the Wire Transfer Department, I worked on incoming wire to the bank, I made sure they went to the correct accounts if there were wrong account numbers listed, I looked over fraudulent wires, and I prepared and sent out drawdowns. Lastly, Within the ACH department I did not hold a specific function I merely watched and observed my co-workers about the functionality and the importance of the department. All three departments had important skill sets that I can now take away with me to any new job role.

Did Career Development/STAC help you in anyway?

The Career Development Office has been my biggest advocated since freshman year. I joined the team in the end of my spring of freshman year and have been provided with every material needed to be successful. I created a resume with Mrs. Mulhern which has grown with me throughout college, I have attended many if not all of the events offered. These events have helped to provide me with professional development and business etiquette skills. The advice and tips I have received from the Career Development Office is invaluable. 

What was your favorite aspect of the position, can you give an example of what was your favorite experience?

My favorite part of working for the Sterling National Bank was knowing that my work was valuable at the company. I was preforming the same job functions as others and I was preforming at their caliber. Within the Finance department I was looking over the company’s 10k and finding miscalculations, I was sending out large sums of Wires in and out of the bank, I was preparing entries for the internal audit department. My role within the company was valuable.

What are you doing now?

As a senior I am currently applying for jobs and I am confident with this work experience now on my resume that I will be called in for Interviews.

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

My advice to others is to take opportunities before it is too late. Having my internship gave me more experience than I had ever expected, not just technical skills but communication skills. Networking with your professors at STAC can lead to potential opportunities. They have internships and offer them to students that they know and trust will do good work.

#MySpartanSuccess Amanda Lawrence

  1. img_0774When did you graduate and what was your major?

I graduated in May 2016, I majored in Accounting and had a minor in economics.

  1. How did you hear about your current job?

I was informed by both Maureen Mulhern and Mary Vota that a former Alumni had sent over the job posting to the school.

  1. Can you explain the Interview Process?

My first interview was in the regional office I was going to be working in. I was interviewed simultaneously by the regional director of my division and the lead auditor in the office. They mainly asked me about previous experience, to give them scenarios in which I had to use skills like teamwork/critical thinking/ problem solving. They had my resume in front of them, but wanted know more details about the things that were listed on it. They were also very interested as to why I wanted this exact position, what was so special that made me want to work for them.

My second interview was in our NYC office in which I was interviewed on by two of the head attorneys I would be working with. They asked me more detailed questions about classes I had taken, they asked about the writing sample I had given them and the process in which I made my analysis in the piece. They also asked me for examples of things I had done that were not on my resume, personal experiences that I had that have shaped who I am today and what my goals were. This is where I was able to talk about winning the IACBE Case Competition, which I feel gave me an advantage to show the skills outlined on my resume.

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

I work for the NYS Attorney General as an Auditor Investigator in their Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Civil Division. Our cases can be against individual providers, health groups, hospitals, nursing homes, pharmacies and drug manufacturers. I get assigned cases that are brought to us by what we call a “whistleblower” someone that has personal knowledge of the fraud that happening, a lot of times this is a former or current employee. Assigned to the case are an Attorney, Lead Auditor, Consulting Auditor and Investigator. After reading the complaint we consult with each other on what we think the best plan of action is and create our investigative plan. I work primarily at my office, but depending on the case I can be brought into the field to go on interviews and interrogations.

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

As an auditor I have to look into the medical billings pertaining to each case. I analyze the data that we receive and put it into spreadsheets to provide evidence for the attorney in the case. We look at multiple fields like prescription counts, procedural totals and drug totals. We use comparison techniques to analyze the data and see if there is actual fraud occurring and whether or not it is consistent with the complaint.

I am also training to be part of the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units. This team is comprised of auditors and attorneys throughout the country to work on cases that are on a global basis.

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

Yes, I had an internship with GKG CPAs for the 2014 and 2015 tax seasons in their Newburgh, NY office. Although I was working on taxes while I was there I still gained a lot of knowledge and truly believe it helped me with my future. I had my first real interview with this company so I knew what to expect when interviewing for my current job. I also learned what it was like to work in an office atmosphere. Working in the tax field also gave me the opportunity to see one side of the accounting field and it helped me realize that, that was not the direction in which I wanted to go.

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

Career Development and STAC both helped me tremendously. I was president of the business club my junior and senior year and every event we held pushed me farther in my career; learning to speak in front of groups, team work, learning how to use the Bloomberg terminals all aspects of the business club pushed me to where I am today.  I was also the interviewee during the mock interview which was an immense help when I went in for my interview. I also visited Mrs. Mulhern multiple times for her to help me with my resume and interview tactics. Many professors were also a great help to my success by giving me recommendations and just being there to answer any questions I had. STAC has been very successful within this office, out of the 4 auditors in my office, 3 are STAC graduates, including myself.

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

One thing I really love about my job is that every day is different. Each case has its own problems to solve and data to analyze. I am constantly learning new investigative techniques and different ways to analyze data.

My favorite experience so far was a few months after I started I went on my first case interview and it was one of the coolest experiences. I was able to work with the investigative team to prepare questions in order to get all the information that we needed.

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

My advice would be to make sure you truly research the company and position you are applying for. You want to love what you do and a lot of the factors that will influence that are based on the values of the company. Sit down before applying and make out a list of the things that you really want in a job and items that you do not want.

Make sure you are involved, they want to see more than just your grades and the skills you list on your resume. They want to know how you use these skills, what makes you stand out. STAC and the Career Development office give you plenty of ways to get involved and I highly recommend doing so. You not only will have more things to talk about during the interview process, but you will gain knowledge about who you are and what you want, so when talking about these experiences and yourself, you will have confidence.


MySpartanSuccess with Matthew Dybus

St Thomas Aquinas CollegeWho here on campus would have thought that Matthew Dybus, entering St. Thomas Aquinas College as a freshman in 2011 would eventually be a successful Development Officer for the only remaining diocesan seminary in the United States? Everyone that knew him!

Matt will tell you that it was his involvement on campus that lead him to where he is today.  Matt began as a freshman at STAC studying Finance with a minor in Economics. As a student Matt brought the values that were instilled in him on the home front:  respect and a strong work ethic.

Matt immediately became involved in Student activities on campus: as a STAC Ambassador (his campus tours were amazing), a Career Ambassador (helping students prepare for the real world) and as the President of the Outdoor and Adventure Clubs. To this day, Matt is always up for an “adventure.”

Immediately upon graduation Matt was offered a position at Cathedral Prep High School. It didn’t take long for them to realize what Mathew brings to the table. A scholarship recipient himself, Matt can appreciate what it takes to secure funding for students to achieve their own aspirations and Matt officially took the position as Associate Development Officer.

Matt’s responsibilities include creating relationships between benefactors and Cathedral Prep High School, resulting in: tuition assistance for students, event planning, which includes an annual golf outing, a Hall of Fame event and a Craft Beer fundraiser (again – bringing his experiences from STAC to his advantage), and enrollment/recruitment.  He is successfully juggling all of this because Matt, you see, is a Cathedral Prep High School Alum himself.

His Alma mater remains proud of the work he is doing to support Catholic young men who prepare for possible priestly lives, and for his ongoing support to the College as well. He totally gets it!

Forever a Spartan!  Hats off to you Mathew Dybus!

My Spartan Success with Kelly Russell

#MySpartanSuccess Interview with Kelly Russell


  1. When did you graduate and whkelly-russellat was your major?

I graduated May of 2013. I transferred to STAC after 2 years at a state school. My major was journalism.

  1. How did you hear about your current job?

I heard about my current job through the company’s careers website. I knew exactly the kind of job I was interested in, so it definitely took some time before I found something right in line with my interests.

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

Sure- my official title is social media producer, which, in short, means that I manage the social media pages for CNBC’s primetime entertainment programming. A large part of my job is ideating, brainstorming and producing meaningful content for the show pages and working alongside the show talent to create what we call ‘thumbstopping’ posts. I work very closely with the marketing department (promos producers, digital team, graphics department and marketing managers) to come up with larger and smaller concepts for the show. We figure out a tone, voice and attitude for each show. I’m on the field capturing content, producing material, cutting and editing videos, writing copy, publishing, live tweeting during the shows and doing community management of the pages.

  1. Can you explain the Interview Process?

You’ll find that each company and each position really varies. For my specific position, I had a recruiter for the company contact me initially and ask me some questions to see if I had the skills and expertise they were looking for in that position. The next step was several phone interviews with my boss/boss’ boss and other members of the team. Finally, I had several in-person interviews with various people in the department. The entire process took a few months from start to finish.

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

I did- I had several internships and a full-time role before I got my current job. My internships ranged from marketing for a local daily deal website to booking department intern at MSNBC news desk intern at WABC. All of my internships were SO helpful; and I highly recommended trying out a bunch of different roles so you really figure out where your interests lie. My favorite internship was at WABC, because I really involved myself and made sure I shadowed people who worked in all different departments within Eyewitness News. I LOVED my internship, and was able to get my first job from that. I highly recommend interning wherever -and whenever you can.

  1. Did STAC help you in anyway?

I had already had several internships before coming to STAC, but my professors, especially Prof Prior, Dr. Durney and Prof Winship really helped guide me in my internships and careers. I really can’t say enough how helpful they have been in my career.

  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 of the position is the ability to create and not feel stifled or limited. Creativity is really embraced where I work, and it makes for a really exciting work environment. I love that each day is different; I never know what to expect for that day when I walk in each morning and, for me, that’s exciting.
My favorite experience so far has been when I’m able to be in the field with talent or with the crew members producing meaningful content. For example, I went to Texas to film with the cast of one of our shows, West Texas Investors Club, and joined them on tour. It was a blast and I created multiple pieces of impactful content.

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

My one piece of advice for other STAC students looking for a job or internship is to be open to all opportunities and really think about what would set you apart from other candidates. Don’t be shy in asking to shadow people, or reaching out to others in the industry for advice or help. Don’t limit yourself because you think the internship is too small or what you wanted, if you’re passionate about what you’re doing, you will find value in everything. Be motivated and organized- people will notice and it will go a long way. My final and most important piece of advice is HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. I can’t tell you how much people remember and appreciate this.