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Stony Brook University Internships Help Launch Careers

Jan 28, 2013 - 3:30:00 PM

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Off-Campus Internship Contest first-place winner Janice Tsang, is pictured at her desk at Duke Energy Corporation.
STONY BROOK, NY, January 28, 2013 – Stony Brook University students conducting off-campus internships have tremendous opportunities to launch careers in their chosen fields upon graduation. Such is the case with Janice Tsang, a December 2012 graduate with a BS in Business Management, who conducted her internship as a financial reporting and analysis intern with Duke Energy Corporation, a Fortune 250 company based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a result of this internship, Janice has been offered a job with a Big Four public accounting firm. For her achievements, she has also been recognized by the Stony Brook University Career Center and the Stony Brook Alumni Association as the winner of the Off-Campus Internship contest.
 
The Off-Campus Internship Contest is a competition designed to acknowledge and identify students participating in career-related off-campus internships for conducting exceptional work and achieving measurable accomplishments. The top three winners receive a cash prize from the Alumni Association, $250 for first, $150 for second and $100 for third, respectively.
 
"Internships are incredibly valuable to students," said Sherry K. Sussman, MD, ' 91, '95, President of the Stony Brook Alumni Association. "And those students, who fully appreciate that value and offer their best efforts to the employer, reflect well on Stony Brook and deserve to be rewarded." 

Tsang, from Kew Gardens Hills, NY, spent her Duke Energy internship preparing SEC reports and providing expenditure reports for the controller and chief financial officer. She recalled learning new tagging programs for SEC filings and the Oracle Hyperion Financial Management program. “Being able to see the work I have done throughout the summer come into play was definitely an eye-opener for me,” she said.
 
Second-place winner Elaina Anderson.
Sarah Kaufmann, Director of Consolidation at Duke Energy, described Janice as a “detail oriented, focused” worker who “asked good questions and had a positive attitude.” Her work ethic ensured the “Corporate Reporting team met the second quarter reporting deadline and improved the quality of the report filed; she has an energy and enthusiasm that is unmatched by her peers,” wrote Ms. Kaufmann. As a result of this internship, Janice has secured a full-time position with PricewaterhouseCoopers beginning in July 2013.
 
“The Career Center honors exploration and boldness,” said Alfreda James, Assistant Director, Graduate Student and Post Doc Career Services at the Stony Brook University Career Center. “By taking themselves off-campus and out of the classroom, these students toss out routines, learn to adapt to new settings, and re-evaluate their concepts of professionalism. They have taken charge of projects and developed a sense of high-level personal accountability for positive outcomes.”

Elaina Anderson, from Orchard Park, NY, a senior seeking a BE in Engineering Sciences with a Minor in Business Management took second place in the internship contest. She conducted her internship in the Radiation Detection and Nuclear Science group at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, WA, where she was taught “the fundamentals of nuclear science and granted access to state-of-the-art radiation detectors.”
 
Third-place winner Misha Mehta.
Misha Mehta, from West Nyack, NY, a senior, seeking a BA in Psychology, finished third in the internship contest. She worked as an editorial intern for the Art and Science of Somatic Praxis, a journal of the U.S. Association for Body Psychotherapy, which is described as a science and art “that has developed over the last 75 years from the results of research in biology, anthropology, proxemics, ethology, neurophysiology, developmental psychology, neonatology, perinatal studies and many more disciplines.”
 
"This contest gives us an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate student off-campus internship experiences,” said Nikki Barnett, Senior Career Counselor at the Stony Brook University Career Center. “Often, students don't realize their peers are applying for and engaging in off-campus career-related experiences; by tracking these experiences we are increasing opportunities for Stony Brook students, and showcasing their outstanding achievements."
 
Applications are now being accepted for the Spring 2013 Off-Campus Internship Contest. The deadline is April 15, 2013. More information can be found at The Internship Contest link.

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About the Career Center
The Career Center supports the academic mission of the University by educating students about the career decision-making process, helping them plan and attain career goals, and assisting with a smooth transition to the workplace or further education. The Center provides individual career counseling appointments, self-assessments and career tests, résumé and cover letter review, mock interviews, access to thousands of companies through the ZebraNet job & internship bank, corporate and non-profit recruiting sessions, Job & Internship Fairs, community service opportunities, AmeriCorps & other outreach programs, a Diversity Professional Leadership Network and much more. For more information and a list of upcoming fairs, workshops, events and programs log onto www.stonybrook.edu/career.
 


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