March 31, 2014
Sue Rottenbucher of River Medical Recruiting, Inc. (seated)
discusses career opportunities with Kaeley Miller of Newburgh, N.Y.
a senior biology major (left), and Elisa DiGiacopo, a junior public
Mount Saint Mary College students and alumni came equipped with
résumés and dressed for success, as employers offered fulltime
positions, internships and summer jobs recently during the 14th
annual Employment Fair at the college.
Interviewing more than 300 Mount students and alumni, some 50
employers from civic, corporate, and non-profit organizations were
Advance Testing Company, Inc.
Anderson Center for Autism
Army National Guard
Clear Channel Media and Entertainment
Crystal Run Healthcare
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Fox News Channel
Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
New York State Police
NYC Department of Education
St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital
United States Navy
United States Army Healthcare Recruiting
Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP
The event was sponsored by EOS Medical Group and Nature’s Pantry
alternative grocery store, and conducted by the Mount’s Career
Brittany Marrone ’12, a registered nurse representing St.
Peter’s Hospital in Albany (right, seated) discusses career options
with several Mount students.
“The recruiters were thoroughly impressed with the quality of
our students’ preparation, presentation, professional attire,
polite manners, well-prepared résumés, engaging personalities, eye
contact, and motivation,” said Janet Zeman, executive director of
the Career Center.
Kaeley Miller of Newburgh, N.Y., a senior biology major, said
that the Employment Fair at the Mount is “great for us students.”
She pointed out that there were plenty of networking opportunities
for intrepid future professionals.
Elisa DiGiacopo, a junior public relations major, agreed.
“I found a lot of internship possibilities,” she said.
Successful Mount alumni were in no short supply as employers.
Sean Glander ’06, a CPA with Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni
& Weddell, LLP, encouraged students to prepare an “elevator
speech” – a two minute talk that encapsulates one’s strengths, and
can be given at any time.
“If you meet someone unexpectedly and you don’t have a résumé on
hand, this speech is how they are going to remember you,” he
Registered nurse Brittany Marrone ’12 represented her employer,
St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, N.Y.
“This is such an excellent opportunity for students to put
themselves out there,” she said. “That way, when we’re going
through applications looking for the best candidates, we have a
great sense of who that person is and what they can bring to the
Marrone earned a technical care associate position at St.
Peter’s Hospital though the Mount’s Career Center, which led to her
“The Mount’s Career Center and the School of Nursing help
students in every way they can,” she said. “The Mount really
prepared me for my career.”
Jonathan Torres, a sociology-criminology major from the Bronx,
N.Y., speaks to Lt. Joseph Saski about a career in the U.S.
Prior to the event, the Career Center helped students enhance
their résumés, and held mock interview sessions with employers such
as Orange Regional Medical Center, Hudson Valley Magazine, Goshen
Central School District, and Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union
The Career Center also hosts programs each semester to help
pre-professionals explore a plethora of career paths. For example,
the recent forum “Careers of Science Majors” featured a question
and answer session with a panel of Mount alumni professionals,
including: William Maelia ‘09, a chemistry teacher in the Somers
Central School District and an adjunct at the Mount; Joe Palamara
‘98, an associate veterinarian at Katonah Bedford Veterinary
Center; and George J. Kaknis ‘83, an optometrist whose practice is
located in Fishkill, N.Y.
Early results from the Mount’s 2013 survey of graduates show
that 89 percent were employed, with 79 percent working in a field
related to their studies.