Many recent graduates, alumni, and students have seen job offers delayed, travel disrupted, plans interrupted, or lost internships and research opportunities. Partner with us and our career centers to recruit Rochester graduates, offer internships, full-time jobs, post-graduate fellowships, and career-building volunteer activities.
While many of life’s normal interactions may be taking place from a distance, building relationships and being persistent are a few key takeaways for students exploring job options, says Joe Testani, assistant dean and executive director of the Greene Center for Career Education and Connections.
“The gallery scene and the art world are so competitive, I knew it would be really important for me to get my foot in the door through an internship. Without internship funding I wouldn’t have been able to take an unpaid internship and pursue something I’m really passionate about, especially in a city like New York.”
Alexandra Jerejian ’19
Major: Art history and political science
Interned at James Fuentes LLC in NYC
“Internship funding allowed me to pursue the best opportunity, not the one that would leave me least financially strained. These funds can help with everything from housing to transportation to living expenses so that you’re able to focus completely on achieving the best internship experience.”
Jamal Holtz ’20
Major: Political science
Interned for Markus Batchelor, State Board of Education in Washington D.C.
As Obed Badillo Moreno ’19 approached his senior year at the University of Rochester, he knew an internship would be crucial to his post-graduate success. Badillo Moreno, an international student, was looking for an experience that would marry his professional interest in the aerospace industry with his personal mission to connect people through technology.
“Growing up in Mexico we had very limited resources and I often wondered why our lives were so different,” he says. “Since then, I’ve been passionate about wanting to do everything I can to improve the lives of others.”
He found that opportunity in his internship at OneWeb, a technology company specializing in Low Earth Orbit satellite constellations. Drawn to the organization’s goal of bridging the digital divide and connecting people around the world who have limited resources, Badillo Moreno worked as a junior site design engineer. With the assistance of summer internship funding to cover the cost of housing and transportation, he was able to immerse himself fully in this one-of-a-kind experience, even traveling to Palermo, Italy, to work on the installation of OneWeb’s first Satellite Network Portal site.
Today, he has made lasting connections that have laid the foundation for a successful future. “High-level internships can be one of the most important way to differentiate yourself,” he says. “Receiving funding to support my summer internship led to opportunities that didn’t exist before, and truly changed my life.”
Obed Badillo Moreno ’19
Major: Mechanical engineering
Interned at OneWeb in Melbourne, Florida
For more information about how you can make a difference for students and alumni in their careers, please contact Jenn Linton, Executive Director of Alumni Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.