Early birds get the firm

June 17, 2013

Newburgh, NY -

Early birds get the firm

Mount students Artiana Hadzibrahimi from Newburgh, NY (center) and Anthony Fragomeni from Beacon, NY (right), speak with Larry Wolinsky, a managing partner at Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP in Walden, NY.

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, NY, enjoyed 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, NY.

“My internship experience will help me in the future with skills to network, maintain a website, and promote business,” said Tracey. “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.”

Artiana Hadzibrahimi, an interdisciplinary major from Newburgh, NY, and Anthony Fragomeni, a history-political science major from Beacon, NY, both interned at Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP in Walden, NY.

Hadzibrahimi and Fragomeni assisted in legal research and shadowed Jacobowitz and Gubits lawyers, both in the office and at court proceedings.

“This internship has helped in all sorts of ways,” Fragomeni explained. “It’s taught me the business side of being a lawyer.”

Hadzibrahimi agreed.

“It was a great learning experience,” she said. “Michael L. Fox [litigation managing attorney at Jacobowitz and Gubits] did a lot for me. He taught me all about litigation and communication.”

According to Fox, Hadzibrahimi was a great asset for the firm.

“We were very happy to have Artiana, and all of our past Mount Saint Mary interns, work with us in our practice,” he said. “We have found them all to be eager to learn, and quick to participate in assignments. The experience is certainly a mutually beneficial one from our perspective.”

Hadzibrahimi, a junior, looks forward to a career as a lawyer.

Fragomeni graduated with a bachelor’s degree in May, and will return to the Mount to begin his master’s in business administration this fall. He’s aiming to open a small business and go to law school.

He said he owes much of his success to the Mount’s Career Center for getting him started on his internship.

“The Career Center has been really helpful,” said Fragomeni. “I advise students to go to the Career Center as quickly as possible.”

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.