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Students Gain Work Experience through Alum Network

Hobart seniors checking in on the real world work experience

(July 23, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Hobart senior James Smat of North Potomac, Maryland has been working this summer for Trammell Crow Real Estate in Washington, D.C. learning the ins and outs of commercial real estate.

Jonathan Vaughn, a Hobart senior from Marcellus, N.Y. recently returned home after working at Eric D.W. Cohler, Inc in New York City where he gained a firsthand view of the interior design and restoration firm.

And fellow senior Alex Bell, of the Bronx, N.Y., is working on Fifth Avenue in New York City this summer for eXact Advertising developing an understanding of the Internet marketing solutions provider.

These are just three of several internships arranged through the new Salisbury Center for Career Services at Hobart and William Smith Colleges with coordination and support from the College alum network. Art Santry, a 1978 Hobart graduate, sponsored Smat at Trammell Crow. Designer Eric Cohler, from the class of 1981, is supporting the internship at his firm while William Margiloff, a 1992 graduate, arranged the placement at eXact Advertising.

Smat and his fellow classmates are grateful for the opportunity. “I am learning a lot about the commercial market thanks to Art Santry. It has been good experience to step into the office environment and see what the fast-paced marketplace is all about,” says Smat.

Brandi Ferrara, associate director of career services at Hobart and William Smith, believes the partnership that develops between students, alums and worksite employers is invaluable. “Through internships Hobart and William Smith students are utilizing their talents, making contributions to these companies, and most importantly learning more about an area of interest,” Ferrara says. “An internship is quite possibly one of the best educational experiences a student can have in solidifying his or her career path.”

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