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Testimonials about Adelphi’s Internship and Mentorship Program

Some of our top alumni talk about their “Adelphi Intern Experience” in the School of Business.

 Daniel Zider

Over the course of four years at Adelphi, Zider completed five financial services internships. These experiences helped, in part, create the young professional he is today. Zider credits the people at Adelphi’s Robert B. Willumstad School of Business who enabled him to concurrently take a full course load and hold a full-time internship during academic semesters. The internships taught him the soft and hard skills, at a young age, needed to be successful in an ever competitive and changing space.

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Danielle Schmal

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree as a Finance major and Mathematics minor, Schmal’s diligence and work ethic are a testimony of her great potential. On top of devoting her time at Adelphi building her professional reputation, Schmal held several leadership positions, most notably: Finance Society President, Delta Gamma Vice President of Finance, Delta Sigma Pi Vice President of Finance, and Peer Leader of the Health and Wellness Peer Education Program. She was a well known leader on Adelphi’s campus and the hard work she put in has left a lasting impact at this University.

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Emily Yates

She began applying for internships in her sophomore year and got was offered a position at Merrill Lynch. Yates began a three-month internship in their Operations Department, where she supported management with a weekly spreadsheet related to the adoption of client experience on a weekly basis as well as other daily tasks. She was exposed to a company that would help her future career and allowed her to expand her network.

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 Alexandria White

During her years at Adelphi, White forged relationships with professors and broadened her career development through several internships. She says she benefited from the resources that Adelphi provides students to broaden their horizons and achieve their goals. The Center for Career and Professional Development was invaluable in assisting her to rework and format her resume. The PREP and Leadership Certificate programs were especially helpful in her professional development.

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Danielle Hyatt ’16

At Adelphi, Hyatt gained not only friends, but a network of businesspeople and a solid foothold in the business world. Her passion for marketing was nothing new. At 13 years old, she assisted a local real estate office in her hometown with their digital and print marketing, and continues to manage their marketing to this day. During Hyatt’s sophomore year at Adelphi, she decided to expand beyond the local office. Through the aid of Neil Halloran, she landed a marketing internship at the Penn Mutual Life Planning Group and worked there as an associate until graduation. 

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Christine Chin ’16

Chin was selected for the prestigious Jaggar Community Fellows Program at the end of her first year and also in her junior year at Adelphi. She worked as the a Training and Professional Development intern at New York Cares, where she helped facilitate workshops and served as the main point of contact for community partners.

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Olivia Pitz ’16

In 2016, Pitz interned for three months at KPMG LLP, one of the big four accounting firms, in the audit department. The hands-on internship helped her understand learned exactly what auditors do. She worked on checking excel spreadsheet for mathematical accuracy, preparing roll forwards, creating control libraries, and more. The wealth of knowledge this accounting major gained went beyond how to perform certain accounting tasks. Pitz also took advantage of the opportunity to develop her professional skills.

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Eric Benoit

As a transfer student, Benoit wanted to start his business career right away. Before his first semester even started, he scheduled a meeting with internship coordinator Neil Halloran, who helped Benoit get a variety of interviews. From those interviews, Benoit selected the New York Cosmos as his first internship. He also secured an internship over a summer with Copa America  in his hometown of Chicago. Both of these internships helped him rediscover his love for soccer while enhancing his business education. 

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Rachel Foley

Near the end of her first year at Adelphi, Foley contemplated her plans for the summer as well as her my future. She knew she wanted an internship to experience all that the field of accounting had to offer. After attending Adelphi’s Job and Internship Expo, Foley got a call from a representative of Nassau County’s Internship Program and was offered a position in which she would audit government-funded companies on behalf of the Department of Human Services. She was able to work in the field, network, and practice accounting, all while learning a variety of new skills.

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Jennifer Coraggio

Coming up on her junior year, Coraggio wanted to take full advantage of all the opportunities offered to her began a search for an internship. She was selected to intern for ‘Stache Media, a division of Sony Music. Through that internship, Coraggio was responsible for organizing initiatives for up and coming artists, as well as developing social media campaigns with careful consideration to the clients’ needs and specific industry. 

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Kristin Suraci ’12

While interning with Michael Kors, Suraci took part in an independent study course and worked very closely with professor Neil Halloran, who served as her mentor throughout the process. They met regularly to discuss how what she was learning at the internship applied to what she was learning in my HR courses. “Professor Halloran really took the time to discuss these things with me and to advise me whenever I had questions that arose as a result of my internship.”

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Kristin Suraci

Kelsey Herron

Kelsey Herron ’13

“Adelphi University was not only a noted academic school for me, it was a stepping stone and portal to connections toward a career in the fashion industry. During my time as a student living on campus, I had the opportunity to intern at two well-known fashion companies in New York City and acquire hands-on experience that could not be taught in a classroom. Without convenient access to Manhattan’s thriving business culture, a fashion internship wouldn’t have been possible.

As an ambitious business student, I worked hard to excel and network my way through my intern programs. I connected confidently with the companies I interned for and made sure to leave a strong impression. All my hard work was well rewarded! After graduation, I landed a job with Michael Kors, the company I just concluded interning for. I am currently a shop manager for Michael Kors, and could not have had this opportunity without pursuing internships.”

Sarah Sullivan ’06

“My internship experience at 1-800Flowers.com provided me with the opportunity to apply theory into action and gain real world business experience with and among senior executives. I was given significant responsibility while working with my director, and in several instances, acted in his stead. The experience not only enabled me to develop an understanding of how an executive thinks and operates, but also matured me as a professional.

I credit many of my professors for teaching me business acumen and I credit my internship for successfully tapping into my academic experience to help me navigate this real world circumstance.

With my major in accounting and two years of internship experience, I landed a job as an assurance associate for PricewaterhouseCoopers.”



Neil Halloran

About the Internship Coordinator

Neil Halloran has been a senior adjunct professor at Adelphi for more than nine years, teaching graduate-level classes, which include our M.B.A. programs, with a specialization in Health Services Administration courses offered to doctors and surgeons in area hospitals, for the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business.

Students who go through Mr. Halloran and hired for an internship will also reap the benefit of having him as a mentor for three months. This means they’ll have direct access to his 20 years of experience with IBM in various management positions.

For further information, please contact:

Neil Halloran
Internship Coordinator
Willumstad School of Business
p – 516.877.4624
e – nhalloran@adelphi.edu

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For further information, please contact:

Robert B. Willumstad School of Business
p - 516.877.4600