In a tough economy, college students look to internships and networking to help them find jobs and, in turn, employers bank on the resource
(Sept. 22, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–The process works twofold. Hobart and William Smith students get much needed real-world experience and contacts while employers, heavy on not-for-profits, get an energetic and qualified work force.
Whether they are for credit or not, paid or unpaid, the benefits of an internship are substantial, said Mary Schneiter, internship coordinator at HWS. “There's no substitute for experience,” she says. “Many students jump at the chance to have an opportunity to earn course credit while gaining marketable skills in the working world.”
The number of students seeking internships is ever increasing. This fall, Schneiter placed 21 into internships through a relatively new program called the Collaborative Internship Program, which offers credit-bearing opportunities in Geneva and Boston, Mass. Through the program, a student is paired with a faculty member and a work-site coordinator. Together, they select an internship project. In the end, students gain valuable skills, make a significant contribution to a work place, learn more about an area of study and build a network of professional contacts.
Work environments include nonprofit, governmental and for-profit placements. This fall, work sites in Boston include City Year, RCW Mirus, U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy's Office and North Charles Mental Health and Addiction Services. In the Finger Lakes Region they include the City of Geneva, Clifton Springs Hospital, Fahy-Williams Publishing Company, Family Counseling Service of Finger Lakes, Finger Lakes Arts Council, the Finger Lakes Times, Geneva Agri-Business Child Development, Geneva Business Improvement District, Geneva Historical Society, Geneva Human Rights Commission, John D. Kelly Behavioral Health Center, Legal Assistance of the Finger Lakes, Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, Success for Geneva's Children and Terwilliger and Memorial Day museums in Waterloo.
Here are a few examples.
Hobart senior Gregory Baran, of Newington, Conn., is working for the Business Improvement District in Geneva, a not-for-profit corporation and encompasses an 18.5-acre tract of the City's downtown area. Baran has been assigned to assist with the downtown design guidelines, Web site improvements and database updates. The organization addresses programs that focus on architectural design and preservation, economic development, business recruitment, marketing and promotion. Baran is a public policy and technology major and a political science and peer education minor.
Hobart Senior Karl Brautigam III, of Norwalk, Conn., is working this fall at the Geneva Historical Society doing research on the Latino community in the Finger Lakes region. Once information is compiled he will create a bilingual Web site for the historical society in which the information will be published. Brautigam, a dual major in computer science and Spanish, serves as vice president of the Hobart Student Government and previously served on community service committee, was secretary of student government, and sat on the finance council. Brautigam studied abroad in Madrid, Spain. He currently sits on the HWS 2005 Student Life Task Force, the Web of Service (WoS), works as a tutor, and writes and take photos for the campus newspaper The Herald.
William Smith junior Lydia Broughton-Wilder of Cattaraugus, N.Y., is interning this fall with the national recruitment team of City Year in Boston, Mass. City Year is a service program for young people aged 17-24 who donate a year of their life to provide service in various cities around the United States. As an intern in recruitment, Broughton-Wilder is responsible for some of the first level customer service for interested applicants. At Hobart and William Smith, she is majoring in media and society, serves as a first-year mentor and a student athletic trainer. Broughton-Wilder plans to pursue a master’s in sports administration.
William Smith senior Nicole Budniewski, of Cheektowaga is in Boston, Mass., this fall working as an intern at City Year, a division of Americorps. She is working in a local school with a team of Americorps members tutoring mentors for the program. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Budniewski is a public policy major, who will graduate dually certified for elementary and special education. On campus, she is a member of the Latin American Organization, the student dance group Koshare and is a peer educator for Making Connections.
William Smith senior Heidi Cunningham, of Berwyn, Penn., is interning at the Geneva Agri-Business Child Development Center where she is aiding in the development of next year’s curriculum and giving ESL instruction to the local Latino population. Cunningham, a public policy major, and an education and peer education minor, studied abroad in Galway, Ireland. She is also an ARC volunteer.
William Smith senior Heather Davidson, of Cayuga, N.Y., is working for the domestic violence program offered through the Family Counseling Center of the Finger Lakes in Geneva. In her position, Davidson provides support and advocacy for victims. Davidson is earning a double major in psychology and public policy, and a minor in child advocacy. She is also a coach for Geneva’s swim team.
William Smith senior Kathryn DeVinney, of Rushville, N.Y., is working as an intern in Senator Edward Kennedy’s office in Boston, Mass. She is working under immigration specialist Emily Winterson advising constituents on their immigration status, and working with U.S. Embassies and the INS to help constituents with the immigration process. On campus, DeVinney is a member of the Mock Trial Team and spent a semester in Galway, Ireland. She also has worked for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Service of the Finger Lakes.
Hobart junior David R. Diehl, of Randolph, N.J., is working as an intern for Fahy-Williams Publishing Co., in Geneva. He is writing press releases and articles, establishing page layout, and performing copy editing. Fahy-Williams produces four magazines: “Art Materials Retailer,” “Educational Dealer,” “Edplay,” and “Life in the Finger Lakes.” On campus, Diehl is a member of the Geneva Writes Program through which he aids Geneva High School students in English. Diehl was the editorial page editor of the campus newspaper “The Herald.” He also has a music column published in the “Town Crier” called The Bean Scene. Diehl intends to pursue a master’s degree in journalism.
William Smith senior Wren Gleason, of Amherst, N.H., is working in the integrated medicine division at Clifton Springs Hospital. She is working to create New York state public policy that will allow senior citizens to have health insurance that will cover alternative medicine treatments. On campus, Gleason is a member of the crew team,and has authored a senior honor’s thesis on town gown relations. She is also an American Legion volunteer, a Book Nook employee, and works for International Geneva pilot project. Gleason is a sociology and public policy of health double major.
William Smith junior Helmi Hunin, of Brooklyn, N.Y., is working as an intern for Finger Lakes Arts, Grants and Services, a not for profit organization that helps artists apply for grants and find outlets in their communities. Hunin is working on their newsletter and Web page, and interviewing artists. On campus, Hunin is the manager of the vegetarian co-op, and works as the monitor of the art department’s dark room and print