Today’s fast-paced economy requires prospective employees to have a diverse range of skills and expertise in order to be successful. The average person holds 11-12 jobs between the ages of 18 to 24. SUNY is meeting this demand by structuring the more than 5,000 available majors to all provide classes in a wide variety of subject areas, empowering students to be well-rounded and globally-minded.
For many students, this flexibility enables them to participate in internships and other applied learning experiences that allow them to understand multiple career options that will become available after graduation. In celebration of National Intern Day on July 25th, we are highlighting students from throughout the system who are taking on prestigious internships this summer.
You may be familiar with Squawk Box, Fast Money, and The Profit, all popular finance and news shows broadcast on CNBC. Did you know that students have roles in helping the production of these programs, and others, that reach millions of viewers every week?
Brian Anthony Mendoza Balayon is a Computer Science major at the University at Buffalo, and this summer he is undertaking an applied learning opportunity as an intern at CNBC in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. As a Video Product Intern, Brian works on a team of fellow interns on group projects for which he conducts product research on competitor offerings and new technologies.
Brian aims to establish himself in product and technology after graduation, whether that be in product management or as a software engineer. By taking on an internship not focused on software engineering or computer science, Brian has the opportunity to explore other career options and passions outside of his major, while he develops a variety of transferrable skills in professionalism and leadership.
“Your career is another aspect of your life. That means it isn’t always going to be a straight path,” Brian said, “Sometimes certain doors stay locked while others open, and you just have to be ready to step through whichever one it may be.”
This attitude is a perfect approach to any student’s applied learning experiences. These opportunities open many doors to participants as they explore career paths and extended educational opportunities that can lead them to future success. Brian is well on his way.
Taryn Rackmyer is a recent graduate of Mohawk Valley Community College, now attending the University at Albany for Public Policy. Taryn is a student assistant for SUNY's Government Relations & Marketing Department.