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INTERNVIEW Successes, advice  and  stories  from  the  Sarah  Lawrence    Internship  Program  

Office of Career Counseling

By Lindsay Galvin ‘10 MFA


What makes the internship program at Sarah Lawrence unique? PARTICIPATION

Approximately one-­‐third  of  the  student   popula>on  par>cipates  in  at  least  one   internship  before  gradua>on.  

LOCATION Thousands  of   opportuni>es  in   NYC  are  a  short   train  ride  away.  

CONNECTIONS

The SLC  professional  network  is  always   growing.  In  addi>on  to  na>onwide  employers,   more  and  more  SLC  community  members  are   offering  internship  opportuni>es  to  current   students.    

NATIONWIDE EMPLOYERS

ALUMNI

PARENTS

COMMUNITY MEMBERS

COMMUNICATION  

Students  can  create  a   career  profile  and  then   are  emailed     opportuni>es  and   events  in  line  with  their   interests.  

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INTERNVIEW “I have  found  that  interning  has  given  me   a  perspec>ve  on  how  the  fashion  industry   works  in  a  way  that  I  wouldn’t  have   goJen  otherwise.  It’s  geKng  an  insider’s   perspec>ve.”       Zeph  Colomba,o  ‘12   Intern  –  GQ  Magazine,  Simon  Spurr  

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INTERNVIEW “I’m learning  so  much  here—just  like  a   class.  It’s  been  an  amazing  first-­‐hand   experience.  This  internship  has  also   helped  a  lot  with  my  self-­‐esteem;  I  came   into  this  internship  and  had  to  do  things  I   didn’t  know  I  was  capable  of  doing.  I   would  recommend  it  to  anyone.”     Jamie  Dack  ‘11   Intern  –  Yancey  Richardson  Gallery  

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EMPLOYERVIEW “What do  I  look  for  in  an  intern?   Experience  is  definitely  key,  but  probably   as  important  or  more  important  is   independence;  someone  who  can  get  the   concept  of  a  project  and  take  it  and  run   with  it.”     Ray  Archie,  Director,  Streaming  Opera>ons   CBS  Radio  

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EMPLOYERVIEW “To get  the  most  out  of  your  internship,   be  enthusias>c,  be  eager,  be  willing  to   take  on  any  task,  be  very  open-­‐minded,   and  just  be  willing  to  learn  and  also  to  ask   ques>ons.”     Carolyn  Mao,  Development  Associate   Jane  Startz  Produc>ons  

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FROM GRYPHON   TO   PENGUIN    

How an  internship  at  a   globally  recognized   publishing  house  turned   into  a  full-­‐time  position.    

Story and photos by Daniel Ross ‘13

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Melinda Quick  ‘12  found  her  internship  through   CareerLink,  the  Office  of  Career  Counseling’s  database  for   internship  and  job  opportuni>es.  She  applied  to  Penguin  -­‐   never  expec>ng  to  even  hear  back  from  them,  let  alone   be  accepted  for  the  posi>on.  But  Melinda  was  accepted     into  the  internship  program  and  flourished.       Although  Melinda  wasn’t  offered  a  full-­‐>me  posi>on   immediately  upon  gradua>on,  the  hard  work  that  she     put  into  her  internship  paid  dividends  in  the  long-­‐term.       “In  August,  I  got  an  email  from  one  of  my  supervisors   saying  she  was  moving  to  another  department.  She   wanted  to  know  if  I  was  interested  in  taking  over  her   posi>on.  I  said,  “Yes  of  course,”  and  came  in  for  the   interview.  They  called  two  days  later  to  let  me  know  I     got  the  job.     I’m  a  speaker’s  bureau  assistant  at  Penguin     Publishing,”  says  Melinda.  “I  work  with  the  rest  of  our   department…to  set  up  events  all  around  the  world.  It's  a   very  detail-­‐oriented  posi>on  and  also  includes  pitching   authors  to  event  sponsors,  understanding  and  organizing   the  financials  of  the  department  for  mid-­‐year  and  end-­‐of-­‐ the-­‐year  reports,  aJending  book  launch  mee>ngs,  and   making  sure  I'm  up-­‐to-­‐date  on  any  and  all  books  by  our   authors.”          

          Melinda  credits  her  >me  working  in  the  Office  of  Career   Counseling  as  being  instrumental  in  helping  her  to   understand  the  importance  of  experience  when  applying   for  jobs  post-­‐gradua>on.       “Being  surrounded  in  that  environment  12  hours  a  week   really  helped  in  mo>va>ng  me  to  get  an  internship.  It  also   helped  me  mo>vate  my  friends  to  go  there  and  u>lize  the   resources  the  OCC  has  to  offer.  To  this  day  I  s>ll  email  the   Office  if  I  need  any  job-­‐related  advice  or  if  I  have  any   ques>ons  about  how  the  working  world  func>ons.”       Most  importantly,  however,  Melinda  believes  that  her   years  at  Sarah  Lawrence  College  has  equipped  her  with   the  necessarily  life  tools  to  nego>ate  successfully  the   piealls  of  a  precarious  job  market.       “If  it  hadn't  been  for  Sarah  Lawrence's  ideology  and   educa>onal  style,  I  wouldn't  have  come  out  here  and   been  successful.  I  felt  confident,  challenged,  and  ready  for   anything  thanks  to  the  people  I  was  surrounded  by  at   Sarah  Lawrence.”  

“I felt  confident,  challenged,   and  ready  for  anything…”  

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INTERNVIEW “The best  way  to  make  an  impression  and   make  the  most  out  of  your  internship  is   by  connec>ng  with  people  and  trea>ng   yourself  like  a  full  member  of  the  staff.”     Rebecca  Ringley  '11   Intern  -­‐  Jane  Startz  Produc>ons    

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PUTTING INTERESTS   TO  WORK    

Jeremie Gluckman  ’13,  like   many  SLC  students,  has  a   myriad  of  academic  and   professional  interests,  and   through  interning,  he’s   trying  them  all.    

Jeremie has  made  good  use  of  his  >me  at  Sarah  Lawrence  College.   Alongside  his  busy  study  schedule,  balancing  a  poli>cal  theory  and  and   interna>onal  rela>ons  course  along  with  a  thesis  in  crea>ve          

“I am  learning  what  type  of   organiza>ons  are  a  beJer   fit  for  my  skill-­‐set”  

development, Jeremie  has  par>cipated  in  internships  at:  Dance  Films   Associa>on,  C.W.  Kraus  Preserva>on  and  Development,  Triboro   Pictures,  and  DreamWorks  Anima>on.   Story and photos by Daniel Ross ‘13

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Currently, Jeremie  interns  with  Jessica  Halem  ’94   (pictured),  Manager,  at  the  Municipal  Art  Society  of   New  York,  while  working  on  campus  as  a  Sta>s>cs   tutor  and  a  Phonathon  caller.  Some>mes  there  just   aren't  enough  hours  in  the  day!     “At  the  Municipal  Art  Society  I  am  currently   developing  new  resources  and  methodologies  to   iden>fy  cultural  assets  and  poten>al  partners  in   Brownsville,  Brooklyn  as  part  of  a  larger  community   revitaliza>on  plan.  I  am  in  office  part  >me  three  days  a   week.  It  has  been  rewarding  to  be  part  of  the  research   team  in  this  dynamic  non-­‐profit  organiza>on.”     Jeremie's  internship  at  MASNYC  sa>sfies  just  one   strand  of  a  whole  poreolio  of  interests.  And  when  he   graduates,  Jeremie  has  a  number  of  career  goals  he   would  like  to  pursue.     “Down  the  line  I  am  drawn  to  the  idea  of  working  for   the  federal  government  either  in  the  Foreign  Service   or  at  the  Bureau  of  Educa>onal  and  Cultural  Affairs   but  I  am  also  interested  in  media  and  film  produc>on.   I  also  have  my  eye  and  several  graduate  programs  in   Arts  and  Entertainment  Management  and  in  Public   Policy  for  the  arts.”     Jeremie  found  his  internship  through  the  Career   Counseling  Office,  an  invaluable  resource:  “The  staff    

in the  office  were  so  friendly  and  helped  me  find   opportuni>es  related  to  my  interests.”     He  con>nues,  “Career  Counseling  helped  me  dram  my   first  resume  and  write  my  first  cover  leJer.  They   pointed  me  to  a  variety  of  job  databases  and  online   resources.  As  a  soon-­‐to-­‐be  alumni,  they  con>nue  to   offer  support  by  running  programs  such  as  the  'My   Future  My  Finances'    as  well  as  organizing  various   networking  events  and  professional  development   opportuni>es  such  as  the  'Board  of  Trustee  Mentor   Program'  in  partnership  with  Alumni  Rela>ons.  I  can   set  up  an  appointment  any>me  to  get  the  support  I   need  and  look  forward  to  keeping  in  touch  with  the   office  once  I  graduate.”     With  such  a  wealth  of  experience  already  behind  him,   Jeremie  understands  the  ways  in  which  his  internships   have  helped  him  on  the  career  ladder,  and  how  they   can  help  other  students  who  share  similar  passions  to   him.     "One  benefit  of  interning  is  that  you  get  to  think  about   what  job  you  would  like  to  do  and  shop  around   various  posi>ons  and  organiza>ons.  As  I  grow  my   poreolio  of  experience  I  am  learning  what  type  of   organiza>ons  are  a  beJer  fit  for  my  skill-­‐set  and  how   to  start  branding  my  diverse  experiences  as  a  liberal   arts  student  to  poten>al  employers.”  

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INTERNVIEW “Career Counseling  is  there  to  help  you  with   any,  and  every  possible  ques>on  you  may   have  about  how  to  pursue  and  obtain  an   internship.  But  you  must  remember  that   any  internship  you  acquire  is  what  you   make  of  it.  Value  and  respect  your  >me   during  your  internship,  and  always   remember  to  network  cau>ously  and   effec>vely.”     Yvonne  Sangudi  '10   Intern  -­‐  NBC  Universal  

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HER TICKET     TO  THE   THEATRE    

For Amelia  Parenteau  ‘13,   her  internship  at  Theater   Communications  Group   could  be  a  springboard  to   her  dream  career.  

Story and photos by Daniel Ross ‘13

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Theatre Communica>ons  Group  is  a  ManhaJan-­‐based   company  that  fosters  communica>on  among   professional,  community  and  university  theaters.     “I'm  looking  for  a  job  at  the  intersec>on  of  wri>ng  and   theatre  amer  I  graduate,”  says  Parenteau.       Her  du>es  at  TCG  are  split  between  two  departments:   communica>ons  and  conferences.  For  the  former,  she   maintains  a  blog  and  updates  the  TCG  website  with   ar>cles  on  award-­‐winning  plays  sponsored  by  TCG.  For   the  conferences  department,  her  role  is  more  of  a   strategic  one.     “I  played  a  large  role  in  researching  and  organizing  the   annual  Fall  Forum  on  Governance,  held  in  the   beginning  of  November,”  she  says.  “The  theme  of  the   conference  was  diversity,  so  I  researched  possible   speakers,  resources,  and  models  of  diverse   organiza>ons,  as  well  as  helping  with  more  logis>cal   planning.          

“I'm looking  for  a  job  at  the   intersec>on  of  wri>ng  and   theatre”  

Now, post-­‐conference,  I've  been  helping  summarize   and  analyze  the  par>cipants'  feedback.”       While  Parenteau  found  this  par>cular  internship  on  her   own,  she  worked  with  the  Office  of  Career  Counseling   to  discuss  how  to  build  the  founda>on  for  a  successful   career,  such  as  finding  housing,  how  to  get  the  most   out  of  an  internship,  and  how  to  iden>fy  posi>ons  that   match  her  interests  and  strengths.         Aside  from  her  internship  at  TGC,  Parenteau  has   interned  at  the  Eugene  O'Neill  Theatre  Center  in   Waterford,  Connec>cut,  and  at  the  Building   Community  at  Columbia  University.  Most  of  all,   Parenteau  credits  Sarah  Lawrence  College  for  “opening   doors  into  the  world  of  theatre  and  assuring  me  of  my   passion  for  it.”  

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EMPLOYERVIEW “When hiring  for  an  internship,  the  first   thing  I  see  is  the  cover  leJer  and  resume.   I  check  the  cover  leJer  to  see  if  it’s  not   just  a  rou>ne.  If  someone  really  wants  a   specific  job,  they’ll  make  the  cover  leJer   more  about  the  par>cular  internship.   That  shows  thougheulness.”       John  Turiano   Managing  Editor,  Intern  Supervisor   Westchester  Magazine  

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INTERNVIEW “My internship  was  not  about  filing  papers  or   making  coffee  runs.  It  was  about  geKng  a   sense  for  how  the  company  works,  geKng  to   know  people  who  will  be  good  professional   contacts  in  the  future,  and  working   independently  while  applying  my  knowledge  of   music  and  dance.  As  a  student  concentra>ng  in   music  and  dance,  I  highly  recommend   internships  in  the  arts  field.  It’s  the  best  way  to   get  to  know  people  who  might  help  you  down   the  line.”     Patrick  Gallagher  ‘12   Intern  –  Mark  Morris  Dance  Group   InternView

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INTERNVIEW “The internship  has  already  changed   my  life,  and  it’s  only  going  to  help  me   more  from  here.    The  experiences  I’ve   had  here  aren’t  just  things  I  write  on   my  resume,  they’re  things  that  have   transformed  me  and  helped  me   develop  into  a  beJer  person,  student,   writer,  and  public  servant.”     Amanda  Ota  ‘12   Intern  –  The  White  House  

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A BETTER   WORLD    

With ambitions  of  going   to  law  school  when  she   graduates,  Ari  Jones  ‘14   is  wasting  no  time  in   getting  experience  in  the   Wield.     Story and photos by Daniel Ross ‘13

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In her  internship  at  the  African  Services  CommiJee,  a   non-­‐profit  organiza>on  dedicated  to  improving  the   health  and  self-­‐sufficiency  of  the  local  African   community,  immigra>on  issues  are  a  large  part  of  Ari’s   work.     “I  have  been  learning  about  their  public  rela>ons   projects  and  how  they  promote  what  they  do  to  their   intended  audience:  African  immigrants.  I  wrote  a  story  of   a  woman  who  was  just  granted  amnesty  so  that  her   experience  can  be  shared  with  poten>al  donors.  I   learned  about  how  to  present  someone's  case  to  gain   amnesty,  so  I'm  learning  about  interna>onal  law  in  a   prac>cal  way.”       Ari  found  the  internship  through  the  Office  of   Community  Partnerships.       “I  was  looking  for  a  service  learning  opportunity  for  my   course,  Migra6on  and  Experience.  Mara  Gross  (Director,   Community  Partnerships)  was  great.  She  listened  to  what   I  was  interested  in  and  then  knew  that  this  would  be  the   perfect  placement  for  me.                InternView  

“It's wonderful  to  get  to  see   behind  the  curtain  of  a  real   poli>cal  campaign”  

I feel  like  this  internship  will  help  me  decide  if  working  in   interna>onal  law  is  something  I  really  want  to  pursue.  I   dream  of  going  to  law  school,  but  I  don't  want  to  be  a   lawyer,  so  working  with  a  similar  organiza>on  would  be   a  great  op>on  for  me.”       But  this  isn’t  the  only  internship  Ari  is  taking  this   semester.  Alongside  her  role  at  the  African  Services   CommiJee  and  her  full  >me  studies,  Ari  was  also  a  part   >me  Fall  Fellow  for  the  Obama  campaign  -­‐  a  posi>on   that  had  her  ac>vely  involved  in  the  Democra>c  party’s   build-­‐up  to  the  November  2012  elec>ons.       “It's  been  tough  to  balance  the  workload  with   schoolwork,  but  I  am  commiJed  because  I  care  so   deeply  about  the  cause.       Before  this  year  I  hadn't  really  considered  poli>cs,  but  I   was  inspired  by  Kristen  Gillibrand  over  the  summer.  I   think  poli>cs  is  another  avenue  that  I  would  like  to   pursue,  so  it's  wonderful  to  get  to  see  behind  the  curtain   of  a  real  poli>cal  campaign.”       And  would  she  recommend  these  posi>ons  for  future   Sarah  Lawrence  interns?       “I  would  most  definitely  recommend  both  of  my   internships  to  other  students.  If  you  have  any  interest  in   poli>cs,  it's  the  best  way  to  feel  more  involved.”  

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EMPLOYERVIEW “The opportunity  to  work  in  a  crea>ve   posi>on  within  a  very  successful   business  brand  is  rare.  It’s  something   you  can  almost  only  do  in  New  York  on   this  level.  The  people  who  work  here   also  tend  to  be  very  passionate  people   and  that  fits  with  Sarah  Lawrence,   too.”     Melissa  Seley  ‘08  MFA   Associate  Crea>ve  Director,  Copy   Bloomingdale’s  

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INTERNVIEW “My internship  was  not  only  a  great   experience  in  observing  ‘applied   anthropology’  in  a  context  other  than  at   a  college  campus,  but  also  a  way  of   seeing  what,  if  anything,   ethnomusicologists  could  do  in  a   museum  seKng.”     Stephanie  Ho  ‘13   Intern  –  American  Museum  of  Natural  History  

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INTERNVIEW “I really  got  to  see  what  the  fashion   magazine  industry  was  all  about.  I  realized   from  my  experience  what  I  really  wanted  to   pursue  and  it  helped  me  gain  a  lot  of  great   contacts  that  led  to  other  opportuni>es.   The  internship  let  me  work  in  many   different  departments  which  helped  me  see   more  about  the  magazine  than  other   internships  would  have.”     Amelia  Kaufman  ‘12   Intern  –  Vogue  

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EMPLOYERVIEW "You have  to  be  open  to  opportuni>es   as  they  come  to  you.  Don't  be  afraid  to   take  them.  At  Sarah  Lawrence,  that  is   something  ins>lled  into  you.  And  don't   be  afraid  to  ask  for  help  because  that's   what  we're  there  for—to  give  you   advice  and  to  guide  you.”       Hannah  Kinney  ’08   Programs  Assistant   The  Metropolitan  Museum  

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THE PERFECT   PARTNERSHIP    

SLC alums  offering   internships  to  current   students  connect  with   young  talent  and   sometimes  Wind  new     co-­‐workers.  Such  is  the   case  at  Oxford  University   Press.  

Story and photos by Daniel Ross ’13 Pictured  (lem  to  right):  Kristen  Maffei,   Emily  Krupin,  Nathaniel  Rosenthalis  

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The interna>onal  publishing  house,  the  Oxford   University  Press,  is  a  popular  employment  venue  for   Sarah  Lawrence  College  graduates  -­‐  so  much  so  that   within  the  company,  they've  been  afforded  the  moniker,   "the  Sarah  Lawrence  mafia."  Meet  some  of  the   members:     Kristen  Maffei,  class  of  '08,  is  an  Associate  Editor  at  the   Oxford  University  Press,  working  in  the  philosophy  and   religion  department.  According  to  Maffei,  who's   currently  pursuing  her  master's  degree  in  crea>ve   wri>ng  at  NYU,  the  Sarah  Lawrence  mafia  keeps   expanding  its  ranks.     "They  hired  another  Sarah  Lawrence  graduate  last   week...Students  from  Sarah  Lawrence  have  got  such  a   great  reputa>on  here.”     Nathaniel  Rosenthalis,  class  of  '12,  is  an  editorial   assistant  whose  academic  aspira>ons  are  far  from  over.     "I  want  to  get  my  PhD  in  poe>cs  from  somewhere  like   Berkeley  or  UPenn."     A  frequent  visitor  to  the  Career  Counseling  Office  at   Sarah  Lawrence  as  a  student,  Rosenthalis  is  keen  to   pinpoint  a  number  of  areas  in  which  Sarah  Lawrence   afforded  him  a  stepping  stone  to  a  successful  career.    InternView  

“Resumes   from  Sarah  Lawrence       always   go  to  the  top  of  the  pile”    

"I  was  only  able  to  take  my  last  internship  because  of   the  travel  s>pend  the  office  gave  me...And  I  can  now   appreciate  how  the  seminar  system  at  Sarah  Lawrence,   where  you  have  to  ar>culate  your  ideas  to  figures  of   authority  clearly  and  intelligently,  has  given  me  an  edge   in  my  career."     Emily  Krupin,  class  of  '11,  is  an  editorial  assistant  -­‐  a  job   she  slipped  into  immediately  upon  gradua>on.     "Kristen  [Maffei]  called  me  on  gradua>on  day  to  tell  me   that  I  had  to  apply  for  a  new  posi>on  that  had  just   opened  up.  I  was  so  excited."     With  her  impressive  creden>als  from  Sarah  Lawrence,   Krupin  was  a  near  shoo-­‐in  for  the  job  -­‐  a  feature  of  her   educa>on  that  she  appreciates  in  today's  tough   economic  climate.     "For  some  reason,  the  interns  from  Sarah  Lawrence  are   always  more  confident,  more  skilled,  than  those  from   other  colleges.  I  know  for  a  fact  that  resumes  from   Sarah  Lawrence  always  go  to  the  top  of  the  pile."  

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To learn  more  about  internships,     contact  the  Office  of  Career  Counseling   occ@sarahlawrence.edu 914-395-2566

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Successes, advice and stories from the Sarah Lawrence Internship Program.

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Successes, advice and stories from the Sarah Lawrence Internship Program.

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