Consider Becoming an Intern

By Anita DeCianni-Brown, ’12 & ‘15, collegewide career development coordinator

August 17, 2017

Students often wonder how they will gain experience for a career in the field they are studying or a promotion at a company where they’re currently employed.  Internships are an excellent way to gain valuable career experience while pursuing your degree!  SUNY Empire State College helps provide many resources to students who are interested in pursuing an internship.  Some of these resources are:   

Purple Briefcase:  SUNY Empire State College’s job posting system for students and alumni.

InternShop:  Collaborative project of SUNY and the NYS Business Council, which has paid internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students throughout New York State.  Contact Anita DeCianni-Brown for the access code.

Online Job Search Resources:  A list of job search databases in a wide variety of areas.

Check out these great internship opportunities:


OneGroup is a Central New York based company that offers business clients a portfolio of services including risk management, insurance, workplace injury management, employee benefits, and human capital consulting.

This is an internship opportunity for SUNY Empire State College students beginning in the Fall 2017 term. It is a paid internship opportunity (of up to 30 hours per week) that involves onsite mentoring and professional work experience accompanied by reading and writing components. The internship is taken as a SUNY Empire State College 8-credit, advanced level study, and will be academically supervised by Dr. Margaret Sithole, Assistant Professor, SUNY Empire State College Business Division.

Students with an interest in the fields of risk management, insurance, analytics, customer service, sales and the desire to learn more about one or more of these professional areas are encouraged to apply. Interested students should apply through Purple Briefcase. 

NYS Education Department

The Accountability, Policy and Administration team, in the Office of Accountability, at the New York State Education Department, is seeking your assistance in finding paid interns for the fall 2017 semester. The term of employment will be approximately 9/11/17 - 12/8/17 (based on available work and semester end date). The office is located in Brooklyn, NY.

The current job posting can be found at:

Information about the paid SUNY internship can be found at:

Interested applicants can complete the student internship application at:

NYS Education Department interns need to contact Anita DeCianni-Brown at for processing of internship application. 

SUNY Empire State College Donor Relations and Development Intern

The Office of Advancement is seeking an intern to assist with donor stewardship and cultivation activities for donors to the Empire State College Foundation. This is a unique opportunity in the non-profit field, working with an experienced team of professionals in the higher-education fundraising industry. This internship will focus on the implementation, design and launch of the college's new Scholarship Management System, which will administer applications and awards for the college's 100 scholarships totaling more than $750,000 per year in awards.

Student Intern

The Empire State College Office of Alumni and Student Relations is currently seeking a student intern during the September 2017 and January 2018 terms to help in the development of alumni-student programs. There are approximately 78,000 Empire State College alumni. Many of these alumni are active or looking to become active in programs that help current Empire State College students move towards successful degree completion. The Office of Alumni and Student Relations student intern would work primarily on helping to develop and implement a college wide initiative aimed at increasing retention for current students while building a long-lasting relationship with an alumni coach. Interested students should apply through Purple Briefcase. 

For more information about internships and career searches, go to or contact Anita DeCianni-Brown at


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Take the Next Step

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