Early birds get the firm

Mount Saint Mary College students make their mark in the work world

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NEWBURGH — Start early.
That’s the internship advice of Janet Zeman, executive director of the Mount Saint Mary College Career Center.

“Internships are known across the business world as a way to advance your career, so everyone does internships these days,” she explained.

“There are so many applicants for a limited number of positions. If students don’t have an early plan, they miss opportunities for which they’re quite capable.”

The Career Center reaches out to Mount students beginning in their sophomore year, said Zeman.

She cited the success of Bryan De La Rosa ‘08, a biology major, who began his internship search early. Through working in several settings – including the New York University Medical Center and the SUNY State College of Optometry in New York City – De La Rosa discovered his career passions.

Thanks to the experience he gained, De La Rosa is now employed by the New York City Police Department, using his biology expertise for forensic work.

Margaret Treacy ’13, a communications-production major from Monroe, participated in an internship with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

Treacy edited promotional videos for the chamber. Many were screened at events that the chamber hosted, such as the recent TechXpo. Another of her videos was shown on a giant screen at the Castle Fun Center in Chester.

“My internship experience will help me in the future with skills to network, maintain a web site and promote business,” Treacy said. “A company may have the best brand, the best idea, or maybe even the best product, but if they can’t spread their message, how can anyone enjoy their product or service? Part of what I learned is targeting their audience in the most effective way.”

Mount students are serious about their professional futures, and the college’s Career Center aids them on the path to success. The center offers internship and co-op experiences which open doors to varied job opportunities in the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, New York City, Long Island, and beyond.

The Mount is ranked a Top-Tier University by U.S. News and World Report, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for careers in health care, business, education, social services, communications, media and more.

For more information, visit www.msmc.edu.

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