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.
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.
Students can create a career proﬁle and then are emailed opportuni>es and events in line with their interests.
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
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
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
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
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
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…”
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
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
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.”
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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
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.”
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
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
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
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
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
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."
To learn more about internships, contact the Oﬃce of Career Counseling email@example.com 914-395-2566
Successes, advice and stories from the Sarah Lawrence Internship Program.