Finkelstein ’15 with SKI Magazine – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Finkelstein ’15 with SKI Magazine

After taking advantage of the resources at the Salisbury Center for Career Services, Ben Finkelstein ’15 will spend his summer interning with SKI Magazine, a magazine with the latest news on ski destinations and resorts, instruction and the mountain lifestyle in Boulder, Colo.

“I never thought about publishing before this year, but it is one area of media production that I would like to look into,” says Finkelstein. “This internship with SKI Magazine not only provides me an opportunity to gain insight into a new field, but it also combines my interest in media with my love of skiing. This kind of opportunity is rare and I couldn’t be more excited.”

Utilizing the Career Services alum network, Finkelstein connected with Gretchen Webster ’74, the founder, president and internship coordinator at InternsWork, a company that matches students from educational institutions with appropriate internships at businesses and nonprofits around the country. 

“We are fortunate to have such a supportive network of alums interested in helping students in their career development,” explains Assistant Director of Career Services Kathyrn Tonkovich.

After speaking with Finkelstein, Webster forwarded his resume to the magazine, along with her feedback about his skills and interests. Finkelstein subsequently interviewed with the magazine’s staff via Skype and, at the end of the interview, was offered the internship.

Finkelstein notes that he has had an enduring interest in media, participating in a film studies program in high school and creating three short films during his junior and senior years. In addition to his previous film studies, he is an amateur photographer interested in nature and landscape photos.

His long-term interest in media is matched by his involvement with skiing. In addition to having raced since ninth grade, he is on the Hobart ski team and has worked as a ski instructor at Catamount, a local mountain in Massachusetts.

Webster, who has established and run internship programs for 10 years, previously worked as an internship coordinator and journalism, writing and English teacher at Darien Public Schools in Darien, Conn. Prior to that, she served as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and an editor at Minuteman Newspapers. Webster earned her B.A. in English and education before going on to become a master’s candidate in English as a Second Language at Sacred Heart University.