“It takes a village”: Internship ceremony honors all involved in on-the-job opportunities

The Career Resource Center (CRC) held its 12th annual Internship Recognition Ceremony on April 21, bringing together dozens of SUNY New Paltz’s student interns with the regional employers, school district administrators, faculty advisors and friends and family, who help make these hands-on learning experiences possible.

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“I always enjoy the chance to celebrate great students who seize great opportunities during their time here,” said President Donald P. Christian. “We’re here talking about applied-learning: internships, student teaching, research projects, and a whole array of out-of-classroom experiences. Those opportunities help our students connect what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world settings and unscripted challenges.

The ceremony recognized New Paltz students who interned with organizations including NBC Universal, MAC Cosmetics, Safe Homes of Orange County, Hudson Valley Bee Habitat, the Woodstock Film Festival, Historic Huguenot Street, Central Hudson and the Smithsonian Institution.

“We work hard to make sure all of our students who want to pursue these prospects have the chance and support to do so, and we celebrate your successful work this spring in these positions, balancing coursework demands with the needs of your respective employers.”

The 39 students who received awards did so before an audience that included the many people who helped make their internships possible: the employers and school districts who offer support, guidance and an enriching internship experience, and the faculty mentors who work tirelessly to create unique experiential learning opportunities.

More information about student internship opportunities is available at the website of the Career Resource Center.