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Fall Interns Get an Inside Look into PwC

Fall Interns and PwC employees at PwC's headquarters on Madison Avenue.

Futures and Options interns, who are working at Morgan Stanley and Millstein & Co., visited PwC for a career exploration field trip. Students learned about PwC, the largest professional services firm in the world, and one of the Big Four auditors, along with Deloitte, EY and KPMG.

At PwC’s headquarters on Madison Avenue, 13 interns discovered the wide-ranging career paths at the firm and learned about different internship programs for college students. Emma-Anne Millard, NYM Market Sourcing Leader at PwC and the company’s Campus Recruiting department, organized an interactive presentation about the company and set up a panel of four young professionals to speak with our interns. Each panelist works in a different area of the firm and one was a college intern. Panelists spoke about their roles at PwC as well as their education and career paths. This opportunity to visit with young professionals encourages our high school interns to think about their own college plans and how they will lead to a successful career.

Thank you, PwC, for opening your doors to Futures and Options students since 2009.  We greatly appreciate your generous financial support for Career Essentials, our work-readiness and career exploration program for NYC middle and high school students, and for hosting our students so they can learn about the world of accounting and financial services.



ZenithOptimedia Hosts Career Panel and Workshop

for Futures and Options Interns



During the academic year, Futures and Options interns travel to a different business each month for a career-readiness training workshop. In February, Futures and Options Program Coordinators, James Gurney and Sarah Kaufmann, teamed up with Andrew Horowitz and Kristen Haugsted of ZenithOptimedia, a media and marketing agency, to plan an interactive workshop to teach professional etiquette, conflict resolution, and communication skills.

The workshop opened with a tour of the ZenithOptimedia offices, located near the West Village with incredible views of the Hudson River. Following the tour, six ZenithOptimedia volunteers led a career panel where they discussed their career trajectories, college experiences, and professional responsibilities at ZenithOptimedia. Each volunteer also shared career advice they wished they had known while still in high school. For example, many of the panelists emphasized the importance of staying in touch with people and building a strong network from a young age.

Following the career panel, the ZenithOptimedia volunteers joined groups of 4-5 Futures and Options interns for small group networking. In their groups, each intern shared one accomplishment and one challenge from their internship in the last month, as well as an example of a time that they took initiative in the workplace. Interns also asked questions to learn more about ZenithOptimedia.


Next, interns and volunteers tackled professional etiquette, conflict resolution, and communication. First, each group brainstormed appropriate ways to resolve the conflict of a common workplace scenario. Scenarios ranged from having a team member who did not complete their assigned work for a group project to having two supervisors who gave conflicting directions when assigning projects. After brainstorming, each team presented their scenario and solution to the large group. For the second activity, each group edited sample email messages so they met professional standards. In a large group debrief, we identified the key characteristics of professional emails. Finally, the students and volunteers read sample telephone conversations to identify the components of professional telephone etiquette. By the end of the workshop, the interns were ready to put their improved verbal, written, and non-verbal communication skills to the test at their internship sites.


After the workshop, Shanille Garcia, an intern at Cross MediaWorks, said, “Since I am looking forward to majoring in the field of Marketing, it was very helpful to hear other individuals’ experiences, so thank you for setting up such a great workshop.”


Since September, ZenithOptimedia has partnered with Futures and Options to host two mock interview events and an Internship Program workshop. Futures and Options is tremendously thankful to ZenithOptimedia for welcoming our students and to the wonderful volunteers who provided valuable career advice.



Futures and Options Enjoys the "Suite" Life at

Madison Square Garden with Capital One!


Current Futures and Options interns, alumni and Program Coordinators, Cameron LeBlanc and James Gurney enjoy Kinicks game at Madison Square Garden.

On Monday, February 22nd, a group of seven Futures and Options interns and alumni, along with Program Coordinators James Gurney, Sarah Kaufmann and Cameron LeBlanc, attended a New York Knicks basketball game at Madison Square Garden. The students (and program coordinators), many of whom are passionate basketball fans, enjoyed a rare experience of watching the game from a luxury suite, generously provided by Capital One for the evening. A wonderful time was had by all and even the Toronto Raptors besting the Knicks couldn’t put a damper on their spirits.

The outing also gave the students a chance to build their peer and professional networks as they interacted with each other as well as Capital One employees at the game. This allowed students to put skills taught in the Futures and Options’ career-readiness programs to use in a new, and very exciting, environment.

Special thanks to Capital One for this fantastic one-in-a-million experience and to Shanehi Shah of Capital One, Community Affairs, Northeast Region for being a welcoming and wonderful host!  Go Knicks!      


Alumni Spotlight: Meet Mariama Wilson



Mariama Wilson, City College of New York, Intern 2011

Futures and Options has served over 5,000 New York City youth since its inception in 1995 and now they are doing amazing things in their schools, careers and beyond. We want to make time each month and introduce you to some of our incredible alumni!


If you’re an Alumni and want to share your story, email Program Coordinator James Gurney.

Name:  Mariama Wilson
High School: The Young Women’s Leadership School of East Harlem
College: City College of New York

Futures and Options Internship Program: 2011

Mariama is a junior at the City College of New York majoring in mechanical engineering. She is involved with a number of organizations at school and within her community such as, Step Up Women’s Network, the National Society of Black Engineers, the Black Youth Project 100 and the National Council for Negro Women. Since participating in the Futures and Options Internship Program in 2011, Mariama has dedicated her summers to furthering her career through a wide range of unique and exciting internships.


Head over to our Facebook page to read more about what Mariama’s been up to, what advice she has for high school students as well as her peers and how Futures and Options made a lasting impact on her academic, professional and personal life.








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