Arts and letters grads launch careers

May 04, 2012

Above: Jerilynn Sweet (left) and Meghan Darcy

Communications arts graduates from Mount Saint Mary College are launching careers ranging from library science to marketing and communications for biotechnology research companies.

English major Meagan O’Gallagher, a senior from Sound Beach, NY, credits her internship at the Mount’s Curtin Memorial Library on campus with helping her to decide to pursue library science in graduate school.

Jerilynn Sweet ‘12, a media studies major from Ulster Park, NY, works fulltime in direct sales and marketing for Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. She’s a corporate trainer for Lakeside Consultants in Mahopac, NY, currently aiding the customer relations side of Verizon FiOS.

Sweet said working at Lakeside Consultants is “something I truly love.”

On the job Sweet uses skills acquired at her internship and in classes at Mount Saint Mary College, including public speaking, how to act during a meeting or lunch with clients, writing, and other skills.

Her internship at Cinderella4aday Wedding & Event Planning in Kingston, NY, prompted her to “come outside my comfort zone and not be afraid to jump into a project I know nothing about.”

An internship at North Jersey Brain and Spine Center in Oradell, NJ, helped Samantha Sinatra ‘12, build a professional portfolio and gave her the experience to land a fulltime job.

A media studies/journalism major, Sinatra was involved in public relations and marketing tasks at the neurosurgical group practice.

“My internship in the healthcare industry helped me know immediately that this was the right niche for me,” she said.

After graduation, Sinatra will work for Quintiles in Parsippany, NJ, a clinical research and consulting organization servicing the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. In her new role as project executive, Sinatra of Old Tappan, NJ, will promote and market newly approved pharmaceutical drugs and organize clinical trials for doctors, along with creating effective patient brochures.

Meghan Darcy ’12 interned at CBS in Manhattan for the television show 48 Hours Mystery. Her main task was to research murder cases and pitch potential stories to producers.

Darcy also assisted CBS producers and editors with the airing of The Royal Wedding and national reports on The Killing of Osama Bin Laden.

“I was able to live my dream during my internship experiences,” noted the New Windsor, NY native, “and am excited to see what the future holds.”

Alumnus Matt Sautner ’90 recently returned to the Mount to speak with Darcy and other public relations and media studies seniors in professor James Beard’s class.

He shared about his career climb and current position as vice president of prime time sales at CBS. A Rockville Centre, NY, resident, Sautner majored in public relations at the Mount.

Other arts and letters alumni working in their fields include Kathleen Grace Kellerman ’11, marketing and advertising assistant, at Ralph Lauren; Gianna Cesa ’11, junior account executive, Behrman Communications; Anthony Curti ’08, assistant district attorney, Orange County District Attorney’s Office; Enny Pichardo ’06, international correspondent, Nuestra Tele Noticias 24; Nicholas Shannon ’03, manager of special events, Saint Francis Hospital and Health Center; Corinn McBride ’00, director of recruitment and admissions, Lehigh University/College of Business and Economics/ Graduate Programs; Lisa Morris ’94, director of marketing, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Terri Walters ’86, CEO and executive producer, Moonfish Productions, Ltd.

Media production students, along with Hispanic studies majors, were part of the Mount Media team that taped and produced public service fundraising announcements for the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy in Newburgh, NY. The campaign, titled “Their World, in your Hands,” is a series of 30 second television spots, each featuring a student and family from the academy. Mount Spanish students were supervised by professor Victor Azuaje, and media studies students by professor Dean Goldberg.

The arts and letters division at Mount Saint Mary College offers a variety of courses, including literature, creative and journalistic writing, digital and non-linear video production, foreign languages, and the fine and performing arts.

Mount students are well prepared for graduate school, and for careers in education, journalism, advertising, public relations, and web media and design.

With academics plus internships, “You learn along the way,” said Jerilynn Sweet.