LIU Post Students Make Career Connections in NYC
Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post
Brookville, N.Y. - With more than 3.4 million employees spanning every industry sector, more than $1.28 trillion in gross metropolitan revenue each year and the highest concentration of Fortune 500 companies anywhere, there is little doubt that New York City is the job capital of the world. LIU Post fully leverages its proximity to this nexus of opportunity, offering its students the chance to gain practical experience and build their network through internships in the Big Apple during all semesters of study.
Tamir Dayya, a business and marketing major at LIU Post, used the campus’s web-based JobNet portal to find a summer position at Sirius XM, the leading satellite radio network in the country. He worked three days a week at Sirius’s national headquarters on the Avenue of the Americas with radio host David Webb. This experience gave him an insider’s view of radio marketing and helped him to launch a career in brand management. “David introduced me to Janet Arena, the owner of Healing Skin. She needed a marketing manager, and I got the job,” the Clifton, New Jersey, resident said. “Now I’m doing everything from digital marketing to generating business plans to helping to launch the skin treatment company’s brand.”
Jade Elliott’s internship at the Emmy-award winning talk show, “Live with Kelly,” expanded her circle of connections in the entertainment industry. At the show’s 67th Street studios in New York, the electronic media major helped manage celebrity guests, including Jordin Sparks, will.i.am, Tim McGraw and Barenaked Ladies. She researched music videos and concert clips for musical guests and accompanied the stars to the infamous green room and onto the stage for their segments.
“This is a very competitive internship; they only take six students for the summer program,” said Elliott, 21, a resident of Jamaica, Queens. “My dream is to work as an executive producer, and this opportunity helped build my resume in every way.” She is now completing her third internship, working as a production assistant at m ss ng p eces (sic), a Brooklyn-based creative production company.
LIU Post students from all majors work with the campus’s Career Services office to apply for, and select from, internships in a wide range of areas, including government, media, public relations, accountancy, theater, finance and criminal justice. Most internships award course credit, and in many cases, students can receive up to $4,000 for a three-month internship.
“One of the major benefits of internships is the ability to connect with leaders in the field,” said Jason Cascone, director of career services and experiential education. “Often times our students will impress their new employers with their skills and talents and be offered full-time jobs after graduation.”
This was the case for Marissa Lando, an electronic media major in the School of Visual and Performing Arts, whose “life-changing” summer internship on Madison Avenue turned into a full-time position. She worked for the firm Young and Rubicam, one of the largest advertising agencies in the world. “I applied the skills I learned in the classroom to my job creating commercials and videos for clients at Y&R. It was amazing.” Now the recent LIU Post graduate has a full-time job with the firm.
It’s not uncommon for LIU Post students to make a big impression on their internship supervisors. Iris Lazarus, who oversees the East Coast sales and advertising division of Fox Entertainment, mentored an intern from LIU Post’s College of Management -- Nicole De Ruvo, a business administration major from Levittown, N.Y. Lazarus said she was impressed with De Ruvo’s skills and professionalism. “In Nicole’s end of summer presentation, in which she presented in front of approximately 150 sales executives, she was poised, articulate, at ease and natural in spite of the sleepless night she spent the night before,” said Lazarus.
“New York City is the epicenter for a wide range of careers,” said Cascone. “Our students’ exposure to this exciting city provides them with the direct contact with entrepreneurs, executives at large companies, film producers, great financial minds and even world leaders.”
Raphael Boccella, a 22-year-old political science major, interned at the United Nations and had the opportunity to rub elbows with heads of state. Working in the Office of the International Development Law Organization, he observed the presidents of dozens of countries, including Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, France, and of course, the president of the United States. “Since I am pursuing a career in government, this has been invaluable experience for me,” he said.
Internships aren’t the only mechanism by which LIU Post helps students to make NYC connections. Field trips are common. Business classes go to the financial district throughout the academic year, and in July, high school students from around the country who participated in LIU Post’s highly selective Business Leadership Summit visited Lazarus’ offices at Fox Entertainment and had the opportunity to meet David E. Antin, managing director of the Institutional Investor Publishing Group, a leading international business-to-business publisher.
In addition, faculty members from across the disciplines proactively seek to expand their students’ network of professional contacts. For example, T.K. Blue, an assistant professor of music and one of the nation’s leading jazz musicians, arranged for 19-year-old student Brandon Newell, a music education major from Uniondale, N.Y., to perform at one of the world’s top jazz clubs, the Iridium in New York City.
“Students gain a tremendous amount of experience performing in places where only professional artists play,” said Professor Blue. “They also learn all the intricate details involved in performance from rehearsals to being on time to being prepared.” He added, “It is extremely important to perform in NYC, the jazz center of the world with the most and best jazz venues. It also allows for young artists to be discovered by established players. This is the most important aspect. Young players are able to build their name and careers by performing in Manhattan.”
For more information visit the LIU Post website at liu.edu/post/careerservices or call 516-299-2251.
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