Village of Garden City and Adelphi Forge Crucial Partnership
Another year, another group of Adelphi University student interns have successfully completed a project for the Village of Garden City. Since 2014, the partnership between the University and the Village has enabled students to gain invaluable work-related experiences that complement their classroom learning. Internships are a key component of the Adelphi education experience and presently more than 200 students are interning at business and non-business organizations throughout the region.
Initiated by Neil Halloran, coordinator of internships at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, the partnership with the Village is designed to enable Adelphi students to apply their knowledge to address specific problems facing the community. This year, the interns worked closely with the Recreation and Parks Department on a strategic plan to invest in the Village’s recreational facilities based on need, usage and priorities.
Village administrator Ralph Suozzi is impressed with the quality of the Adelphi students who participate in this partnership. “The many student intern candidates we have interviewed have all come to us with the highest recommendation, deep resumes, diverse interests yet practical experience that often parallels the opportunities we are scouting,” said Suozzi. For its part the Village tries to match up the goals and expectations of the internship with the career path and experience of the students. With so many suitable candidates, Suozzi says, “choosing from among the pool of candidates is very difficult.”
Suozzi calls the partnership a win-win. “It’s a way for these young men and women to work alongside and learn something from the tenured Village workforce,” Suozzi said. “Meanwhile, we get to work alongside and experience the energy, intellect and enthusiasm of individuals who are eager to learn new things and make a difference.”
The student interns participating this year were: Nathaniel Sokolow, Diana Macuil and Aleksandra Soshnin.
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