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In This Issue:
George Westinghouse CTE High School Internship Program: Opening Mentor Event
Career Essentials: Group A, Workshop #1
Career Essentials: Group B, Workshop #1
College Success Program: Midpoint Mentor Event
College Guidance: Building Strong Applications and Resumes
Career Essentials: Group A, Workshop #2
Career Essentials: Group B, Workshop #2
Core Internship Program Workshop
Career Essentials: Group A, Workshop #3
Career Essentials: Group B, Workshop #3
George Westinghouse CTE High School Internship Program: Workshop #2
Career Essentials: Group A, Career Exploration Trip
Career Essentials: Group B, Career Exploration Trip
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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