Alumni + Students = Opportunity

ABC student internsOswego alumni and current students came together in New York City on Jan. 5 as the Oswego Alumni Association and the college’s Career Services Office co-hosted the fourth annual New York City Career Connections.

SUNY Oswego alumni from the New York City metropolitan area, representing a wide range of careers, including advertising, public relations, banking, marketing, finance and communications, shared their personal experiences and expertise with students.

The networking event, held at the Fashion Institute of Technology, has proven fruitful in the past.

For four Oswego students, last January’s New York City Career Connections proved to be just the connection they needed to land exciting internships at ABC Sports.

Thanks to Jolene Ballard Matthews ‘99, production coordinator at ABC Sports, Laurie Volkmar ‘06, Josh Macy ‘06, Erica Jones ‘06 and Gabriel Almanzar ‘05 spent the summer helping to produce sports shows at the network.

“They were great. They were smart, dedicated and hardworking,” Matthews said of the Oswego students.

The dedication and hard work paid off for Almanzar, who was hired into a full-time position as a production assistant for graphics at ABC Sports at the end of the summer. “I was literally ecstatic about the opportunity presented to me at the time,” said Almanzar of the internship.

“Once I came on board as an intern I was quickly embraced and introduced to various projects. I worked in close relation with the art director and creative director for the sports department,” he said. “Being a part of the ABC family is a great feeling. I would strongly suggest to all undergraduate students to take full advantage of SUNY Oswego and their resources.”

Matthews attended last year’s event with her husband, Brian Matthews. “I think it is a win-win situation for alumni to give back to students. I was able to fill the majority of internships this summer easily and efficiently because these students were interested and ambitious about working here,” she said. Brian Matthews, an art director for ABC Sports, hired Almanzar.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Making connections—Oswego students gained valuable job experience at ABC Sports, thanks to an alumna they met at New York City Career Connections. From left are Laurie Volkmar ‘06, Gabriel Almanzar ‘05, ABC Sports production coordinator Jolene Ballard Matthews ‘99 and Josh Macy ‘06. Absent from the photo is Erica Jones ‘06.

(Posted: Dec 30, 2005)