The CSI Business Department’s Selective Internship Program (Business 598) is designed to give students exposure to a work situation that integrates academic study with practical on-the-job experience. Interns are required to keep a daily log of activities, to complete an assigned reading list, and to prepare a final journal summarizing how goals were achieved and demonstrating the relationship of academic material to the work experience in the internship.
This four-credit course requires the student to have a GPA of 3.0 or above and have at least 60 credits or more completed. Employment during this Program is for non-paid positions and the student is required to spend a minimum of 120 hours at the company site.
In today’s competitive market, students need experience and competencies in their chosen fields. Students must demonstrate the drive to gain career-related experience beyond that provided through academic coursework alone. Internships give students the opportunity to develop many essential qualities sought by employers, such as leadership, communication, and organizational skills.
A major benefit to students is the ability to explore a particular field of interest on the job. Interns can see how their collegiate learning can be related to accomplishing specific tasks for a specific firm. Students are able to judge whether their chosen fields are a good fit.
Several students, upon completion of the internship class, have continued with their employers in paid part-time positions, and upon completion of their degree requirements, have received job offers for full-time employment. Students have secured positions in such firms as Merrill Lynch, the Public Administrator’s office, Cicero & LoVerde (CPA firm) and Fox Sports.
One such success story is Jimmy Mora, who currently works for Fox Cable Sports in New York City. Jimmy was able to secure his position at Fox Cable Networks through the Business 598 Summer 2008 Internship class. During his internship, Jimmy worked with Fox Sports en Español where he learned some of the ins and outs of the industry. His dedication and performance helped him not only earn the coveted A for the class, but also led to an offer from Fox for a full-time position with Fox Cable Sports. As a student at the College of Staten Island, Jimmy graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing and a minor in French. He is a measure of the success of both an individual student and the internship program as a whole.
Article By Daniel Gagliardi, Business Department