Intern Wall of fame 2015-2016

 
 

Donna Eberhard

 

Fashion and Textiles
Student Conservation Association (SCA) Yellowstone National Park, WY - Summer 2015

"Never lower your standards when applying for an internship because you just might be exactly what the hiring manager is looking for. The internship you dream about can become a reality; just keep your dedication, believe in yourself, and believe in your passions."

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Nicole Klahn

 

Computer Science and Computer Art
Major League Baseball
New York, NY - Summer 2015

“Whether it's for an internship or a career, I would tell students to be ambitious, persistent and to put themselves out there. ”

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Michael Hodges

 

Business Economics - Finance Concentration Ameriprise Financial
New York, NY - Summer 2015

“I gained valuable experience in a front-office position in the financial services industry, which will provide for further upward mobility in the future, as opposed to back-office positions."

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Christina Coyne

 

Mass Communications
Orange County New York Film Office
Sugar Loaf, NY - Summer 2015

“I am really happy I did this internship because it taught me so much more than I thought I had already known about production.”

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Magali Ramirez

 

Political Science
National HEP/CAMP Association - Senator Gillibrand
Washington, DC Summer 2015

“The support from faculty members and work ethic I showed in class prepared me by being motivated at my internship and being the best I could be.”

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Athelas Therapeutic Riding, Inc.

Donna Eberhard

As a Visitor Services intern through the Student Conservation Association, I was able to get a taste of a whole spectrum of areas within the park. Most of the time I was working in the backcountry office, keeping in contact with visitors or issuing backcountry, fishing, and boating permits (I was stationed at the Bridge Bay Marina). Other times, however, I was able to be a weekly ambulance driver, I shadowed other workers at the marina, helped in traffic control (mostly caused by bison) and bear/wildlife management, even weed control!

What did you most enjoy about your internship?
The best part about my internship was meeting people. It was amazing knowing that people from all over the world came to visit this park--it made Yellowstone all the more special, and gave me an immense gratitude for the National Park Service. I have also never met so many kind, adventurous co-workers in one place before. Their enthusiasm for the outdoors was contagious, and their kindness beyond measure.

What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
To be honest, being an ambulance driver was definitely a challenge because it was something I had never considered even doing before Yellowstone happened. Some days would be long, some days you felt like you were driving this monster truck, while other days you felt you were on top of your game or cruising on your dreams. One thing I can say, though, was that it was also the most rewarding, because when someone needed help you would more or less be there and that made you feel pretty important.

How did your experience at SUNY Oneonta prepare you for your internship?
If I had not been involved in the Outdoor Adventure Club at SUNY Oneonta, I would definitely not have been prepared for such an experience. And if I had not gone to SUNY Oneonta at all, I would have never heard of the Student Conservation Association and applied for one of their internship listings.

How did your internship prepare you for your career?
Even though Fashion and Textiles does not exactly compare to working with the National Park Service, the internship prepared me for a future career by advancing my skills in leadership, communication, and building trusting relationships


What advice could you offer to other internship seeking students about participating in an internship?
If the internship you are considering seems out of reach or an impossibility, it isn't. Never lower your standards when applying for an internship because you just might be exactly what the hiring manager is looking for. The internship you dream about can become a reality; just keep your dedication, believe in yourself, and believe in your passions.

Nicole Klahn


I was responsible for testing multiple modules to discover bugs or blockers in system. If I did come across any, I had to compose issues and feedback using their software; this would send the problems to the IT department. They would fix the problems and then I would have to retest the modules and make sure everything worked properly again. Also, I was assigned an individual project where I worked with MLB's offline application for their international recruitment. I was one of the first people to work with this application and I was in charge of locating any errors or design issues within it. Lastly, I had to assist the Quality Assurance leads with any tasks they assigned me.

What did you most enjoy about your internship?
The overall environment was the most enjoyable part of my internship. I met and worked with very friendly and helpful people; some of which I am now close friends with. Also, many people that work for MLB are baseball fans and it was nice to work with people who enjoyed what they did for a living.

What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
The most difficult aspect of the internship would have to be the commute to my office. I spent about 4 hours a day, in total, on a train to get into the city. My work days were 9 am-5 pm, however because of the commute my overall work day was 7 am - 7 pm.

How did your experience at SUNY Oneonta prepare you for your internship?
Going to the on campus events at SUNY Oneonta helped me prepare for my internship in many ways. The New York City Internship Fair helped me with dressing professional and putting myself out there to talk to recruiters. Also, through that fair I was able to get internship offers which led to me being interviewed. That interview experience definitely helped me learn how to answer questions and make myself stand out. I went to other events on Campus, one of which I met SUNY Oneonta Alumni, Laura Munn. Laura talked about her experiences after graduation, as well as her time interning at Major League Baseball. Along with giving me advice for my future, Laura also helped me with getting my internship at MLB.

How did your internship prepare you for your career?
This internship was my first time working full time and in an office. Working at Major League Baseball provided me with experience that will help me be prepared for other jobs after I graduate. Also, having this internship helped me realize what I want to do when I graduate and what jobs I will be looking at applying to.

What advice could you offer to other internship seeking students about participating in an internship?
I would tell students to be ambitious, persistent and to put themselves out there. I have been told many times it is about who you know and what connections you have. Before I got this internship I had no connections to help me get a job. However, I put myself out there and made my own connections. By emailing people and following up with each email, I was able to meet many new people and get gain connections. Once I got the internship, I did the same things and tried to meet as many people as I could and made sure they remembered who I was. Also, being friendly and helpful can make you stand out. It never hurts to offer your time to coworkers who may need some extra help. This will give you more experience and will also make you stand out from the crowd.

Michael Hodges


During the summer of 2015 I served as a full-time intern supporting a financial advisor for clients with a net worth exceeding $1 million dollars. My daily duties were assisting in the development of several projects surrounding investments, including, but not limited to equity, fixed income, commodities, mutual funds, 401ks, IRAs, exchange traded funds (ETFs), real estate investment trusts (REITs), alternative investments, annuities, insurance, retirement and financial planning. In addition I attended webinars and firm-wide conference calls that explained the researchers’ and Chief Investment Officer’s positions in the market. I attended the of the second annual Global Macro ETF conference in the Financial District, New York with dozens of other financial professionals in both bulge bracket (Goldman Sachs, J.P Morgan, Bank of America) and boutique investment banks

What did you most enjoy about your internship?
I gained exposure to the financial services on both a retail and institutional level. I gained valuable experience in a front-office position in the financial services industry, which will provide for further upward mobility in the future, as opposed to back-office positions.

What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
Many times I would have to come in early to the office to complete projects that needed to be completed for client meetings in addition to staying late at the office as well. Given the demanding nature of finance, I understood the expectations that were set before me. A career in finance is not for the faint of heart or those unwilling/unable to put in long hours and hard work, as standard forty hour workweeks are highly uncommon in finance.

How did your experience at SUNY Oneonta prepare you for your internship?
The structure of both college work and culture, simply put, does somewhat prepare students for the nature of the world of work. At work, there are no assessments of a grade according to quality. You are assigned a project and you are expected to complete it within the given time constraints and it is expected to be completed correctly the first time. As stated previously, physical appearance does play a significant role in the workforce. In college, it is deemed socially acceptable to dress in sweatpants while attending classes. However in finance, it was expected that I dress in a professional manner (suit and tie everyday) and be well groomed at all times. Simple matters, such as attendance and arriving on time are equally as important in college as they are in the workforce. I always made a point to be early to work, in the event I wanted to be proactive and begin working on unfinished projects. However, I have found most of the material learned in my classes to be largely based on economic theory, not based upon realistic decisions. Therefore, I believe my knowledge base will truly expand when I enter my first entry-level position.

How did your internship prepare you for your career?
During the course of my junior year, I made a point to begin networking and securing a position for an internship that was related to my major - Business Economics with a Finance Concentration. I am aware of the employment difficulties facing many millennial who are currently graduating college. The statistics are alarming to say the least, as 13.8 percent of individuals aged 18-29 are unemployed. Many of those who are employed are considered to be underemployed, in which they earn substantially less than the median level of income for most college graduates or are in a career that does not require a college education. I was determined not to be part of that statistic and gained incredible self-determination to achieve full-time employment following my graduation in May 2016. As I begin my financial career, I am aware of what is expected of someone in this field and I have some base knowledge of the industry.

What advice could you offer to other internship seeking students about participating in an internship?
In October 2014 the Economics Club in conjunction with the School of Economics and Business, sponsored a networking trip in New York City entitled “Backpacks to Briefcases.” At the advice of one of my professors, I decided to attend. During the course of this trip, I visited three firms, Bloomberg LP, the CDM Group, and Alliance Bernstein - all of whom had SUNY Oneonta alumni as senior managers or managing directors. Richard Yamarone, a lead analyst for Bloomberg whom I had met previously, gave us invaluable advice for those wanting to pursue a career on Wall Street. The CDM Group was involved in medical advertising. I listened thoroughly to the presentation and established contacts with them as well. Finally, James McAteer of Alliance Bernstein, spoke of possible quantitative and behavior interview questions that one might face during an interview. After the tour, there was a social function at a bar in Midtown, where I would meet a financial advisor for Ameriprise Financial and a former foreign exchange trader. I had heard of Ameriprise in passing, and exchanged contact information with him. Over the next several months, I persistently contacted him about the possibility of interning for Ameriprise. After months of phone calls and email exchanges, he managed to set up an interview for me with one of his colleagues - who also happened to be a financial advisor in Midtown. After a phone interview and a subsquent behavioral/fit interview, I accepted a job offer as an intern for the Summer of 2015. I encourage all prospective interns to network and utilize the resources that SUNY Oneonta provides.

Christina Coyne


I was the film office intern at the Orange County NY Film Office and I worked somewhat as a location scout. Orange County is located an hour north of New York City, basically we would get calls to the office from television producers and filmmaker's location scouts who wanted off set locations to shoot at. Because Orange County is so close to the city and it is also cheaper to film in this area, many films and television shows would come up and film around the area. I called locations around the county seeing if they would let a certain film or show film there and then fill out the proper paperwork for them.

What did you most enjoy about your internship?
I loved going out on location to scout new location for my internships websites and going out on shoots. I got the chance to go to a shooting of the Netflix show "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" and got to meet Tina Fey at the shoot because she was one of the producers. I also got to meet Bill Diamond who created the puppets for the Muppets, Jaws, and Monsters Inc which was a really fun and cool experience.

What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
The most difficult part was definitely keeping all the paperwork organized in the office. I had to make sure certain forms were completed correctly for different shoots and also had to document locations onto a specific excel document.

How did your experience at SUNY Oneonta prepare you for your internship?
I think SUNY Oneonta definitely prepared me because I easily completed tasks within my time frame in the office each week. Oneonta also helped me because I had to speak over the phone and meet new people almost every day of my internship and my classes here have really prepared me because I've learned great public speaking skills and techniques from many of my classes.

How did your internship prepare you for your career?
I am prepared for my career from this internship because I have learned so much about how television shows and films are produced and how much paperwork and pre-planning goes into the whole production. I am really happy I did this internship because it did teach me so much more than I thought I had already known about production.

What advice could you offer to other internship seeking students about participating in an internship?
Definitely apply to as many internships as you can. Apply for internships that you don't think you would like or qualify for because you never know what will be offered to you and how much you hands on experience you can gain from an internship.

Magali Ramirez

Attending Senate Capitol Hearings on committees the US Senator sits on to take notes then draft professional memorandums and submit them to legislative assistants was one of my many duties. Answering phones calls, scheduling Capitol Hill visits for New York constituents and giving tours of the Capital was another of my main duties. As well as sorting email and letters onto an online database by issue/name. However, on the occasion I delivered letters to other offices, researched bills and worked on any legislative writing a legislative assistant and correspondent needed.

What did you most enjoy about your internship?
During the time I interned for Senator Kisten Gillibrand, her Military Justice Improvement Act was being debated before Congress. I got to work close hand on the producers of the act and made changes that the legislative assistants wanted. The MJI Act was one of the many legislative pieces I got to work on. Working on legislative acts that could potentially impact so many lives for the better and learning how the legislative procedure works in Congress was probably the most enjoyable part of my internship. Also, seeing many Members of Congress every day and literally walking next to them in the halls of Congress was pretty cool!

What was the most difficult aspect of the internship?
In Congress, all staff members want every assignment done yesterday. The fast pace of everything was overwhelming at first. However, after a couple weeks into my internship I got used to the routine and was able to help new interns.

How did your experience at SUNY Oneonta prepare you for your internship?
The support from faculty members and work ethic I showed in class prepared me by being motivated at my internship and being the best I could be.

How did your internship prepare you for your career?
Before going into my internship I wasn't sure what to except. I knew I was going to be working around the legislative produces of Congress entitling public policy, but I did not know what that meant until I actually started interning. After 8 intensive weeks I realized legislative work and public policy was not something that I wanted to continue for my career. It was a great opening to all other opportunities in governmental fields.

What advice could you offer to other internship seeking students about participating in an internship?
I would recommend other students seeking an internship to be a sponge. Be a sponge and observe all the opportunities you get. I believe that is the best way to learn and experience.