Students talk about their Summer 2014 internships with various companies.

Jasmine Brown: I interned at the Cedarmore Corporation in Freeport, New York as part of the Community Fellows Program. As a business consulting intern, I helped operate the Young Entrepreneurs Training Program, which teaches youth, ages 8-18, how to open and operate a business. I also began an internship for the Finance/Fundraising department of the Kathleen Rice for Congress campaign. So far, I have researched donor information and written briefings for Kathleen Rice.

Alicia Canas: I was lucky enough to intern at the NGO Global Kids, Inc. in NYC. Global Kids is a nonprofit that teaches leadership skills and global issues to disadvantaged youth in New York City. In addition to the typical intern tasks of typing up documents and printing files, I also was given the opportunity to assist a week-long program for incoming high school freshmen in Long Island City and even be a part of the job-interview process for prospective GK employees.

Jennifer Lin

Jennifer Lin

Jennifer Lin: I did an internship abroad, working as a research assistant in the Graduate Institute of Sustainable Tourism and Recreation Management at National Taichung University in Taiwan. I learned how to design a study in the social sciences from scratch and my empirical research included designing a survey and interviewing foreign tourists.

Michael Khayan Lontscharitsch: While interning at Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s constituent office, I contacted eight federal and city agencies on behalf of constituents to resolve concerns or inquiries and compiled Congresswoman Maloney’s Briefing Book to keep her updated on legislative matters. I also worked as a Campus Recruiting Intern for J.P. Morgan in the Financial District, where I proposed changes to CIB Treasury Services recruitment strategy, which are adopted by the recruitment team, and revised recruitment documents, job offerings, and job postings to be uploaded onto Firmwide Campus SharePoint. Additionally, I began working as a campaign finance intern for Kathleen Rice, which involves researching information on possible donors and compiling excel sheets.

Michael Manzo: While interning at Keller, O’Reilly, and Watson this summer, I was exposed to the defense litigation side of medical malpractice lawsuits. For three months, I shadowed two attorneys during the preliminary stages of two upcoming trails in addition to preparing deposition outlines. I also had the opportunity to work with the Republican Town Committee of Stratford, Connecticut. As an intern, my responsibilities included database input and promotion for a candidate running for a town assembly seat.

Elizabeth Rilling

Elizabeth Rilling

Elizabeth Rilling: I interned at Crossroads Farm at Grossmann’s, a project of the Nassau Land Trust. The farm is dedicated to sustainable and organic farming while offering the surrounding community opportunities to learn, volunteer, and grow (both literally and figuratively!). I had the opportunity to oversee and work with many dedicated and gifted volunteers while learning about the regulations and obstacles that come with organic farming in NY.

Catherine Rudell: This summer, I began an internship at the Office of Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams. The experience allowed me the opportunity to gain a better understanding of local government, network with a variety of individuals, and work on projects that honed my writing skills.

Alexa Savino: As a budget reporting intern for Garden City Village Administrator Ralph Suozzi, I gained insight into local government operation by working cooperatively with leading figures in the departments of Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Village Finance. Our summer-long project concluded with the creation of a portfolio of reports designed to answer questions about the current status of Village finances and to map out annual trends in revenue and expenditure. Based on data compiled by interviewing department heads and conducting village-wide surveys regarding the quality and functionality of public facilities, our team of interns drafted summaries of findings and corresponding recommendations, which were presented to Mr. Suozzi and will be forwarded to members of the Board of Trustees.

Naresh Singh: I worked at Bridgeview Mortgage Corp./The Law Offices of Arturo Torres as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant and compliance officer. My responsibilities consisted of corresponding with other attorneys, constructing closing packages, ensuring clients are in compliance with rules/regulations set forth in contracts (for residential properties, co-op’s, condos), and drafting contracts of sales. I also worked on Volume of Operations Reports (VOOR), Mortgage Call Reports (MCR), and forming LLC/Corporations.

Sebastian Souchet: Over the summer, I was accepted as an intern in the Intake Bureau of the Trial Division of the Queens County District Attorney’s office. As the Intake Bureau analyzes and processes arrest cases, the internship dealt with various fundamental aspects of prosecution, including the creation and filing of the appropriate and essential accusatory instruments charging the defendant with any number of offenses. Furthermore, since the Intake Bureau handles a vast number of arrest cases, the internship also included data input and updating the bureau’s complex computer system which assists the office in aggressively investigating crimes.

This piece appeared in the Political Science Newsletter Fall 2014 edition.

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