Collado is now a senior research data associate in the Center for Healthful Behavior Change at NYU Langone after a successful internship there.
The price of a career in medical research once seemed too steep for Anthony Collado ’14, M.A. ’15. In high school, he participated in multiple research programs, including one at the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. And while he was interested in continuing as a researcher in college, his family’s financial difficulties meant that he needed to prioritize working over studying.
It was only as a first-year student at Adelphi University, when he visited the Center for Career and Professional Development, that he found the keys to pursuing his dreams. Today he is employed at one of the nation’s premier medical centers, NYU Langone.
Through the career center, Collado worked as an America Reads/America Counts tutor and eventually became a senior recruiting member for the program, which provided ample financial assistance and allowed him to focus on his research aspirations. “Without the career center, I would not have been able to afford to complete my degree,” Collado said.
The next step in Collado’s journey was an internship in the Brooklyn Health Disparities Training Program at SUNY Downstate
Medical Center. The network he built there helped him score an internship with NYU, where he made such a positive impression
that NYU offered him a full-time job after graduation.
Collado is now a senior research data associate in the Center for Healthful Behavior Change at NYU Langone, where
he monitors participants for sleep-related health issues and works on incorporating NYU’s research into government policy.
Collado credits Karen Parish Autry, associate director of employer relations at the career center, with helping him get a foot in the door.
“She was a really good supervisor,” he said. From navigating the internship world to providing résumé tips, Parish Autry filled in all the cracks. “It’s those small details that you don’t really account for that end up getting you somewhere.”
The bonds Collado forged with other Adelphi students, enhanced by the small class sizes throughout the University, contributed to his professional success as well.
“That strong emphasis on networking is the greatest thing about Adelphi,” he said. “It gets you into almost any position.”This article appeared in the Career Compass Spring 2017 Newsletter.