Published March 3, 2017
The educational and personal value of student internships took center stage Tuesday as UB’s Internship Day showcased a career-training tool that offers practical experience and the opportunity to discover possible career options.
This year’s Internship Day was sponsored by the UB SUNY Works Committee, a university-wide collaboration. It included events and workshops — from resume-building to sharpening interviewing skills — designed to educate students on the importance of interning and improve abilities that will help them land the internship of their dreams.
The keynote speaker was Stefan Doyno, who graduated from UB in 2011. Doyno has produced shows for critically acclaimed TV programs such as “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and “ABC Eyewitness News” in New York City. Doyno spoke to students about the countless possibilities that internships can lead to.
“Whether it’s creating ads for Putnam’s or following your own interests, it’s important to have something that lets you explore your options,” Doyno said. “Internships really shape you and give you a feel for what that specific workplace environment is going to be like.”
Despite his accomplishments, Doyno remembers not even considering television production as a career until he stepped onto a TV set during an internship. “In that moment,” Doyno recalls, “I remember thinking, ‘Oh wow, I can really see myself doing this.’”
Speaking anxious internship hopefuls and drawing on his experiences, Doyno outlined general tips for success. He stressed having an optimistic attitude, an open mind and being genuinely kind during interactions.
“Be positive, work hard and have a good attitude,” Doyno said. “Being a genuinely nice person shines through when speaking with potential employers and people in general.”
Additionally, Doyno stressed the importance of applying to many internships and maintaining contact with others even after the interview is over.
“You are your own marketing team. Always write a thank-you note and stay in touch because people will remember that about you,” Doyno said.
Doyno said he was excited and grateful for the opportunity to pass on tips to fellow Bulls.
“UB has a special place in my heart,” Doyno said, “and I think it’s important to share knowledge to help others.”
Other highlights of UB’s second annual Internship Day included a skill-building workshop with ComedySportz, seminars focused on internships in various fields, and a panel discussion concerning employers and student interns. For a touch of entertainment, UB Career Services showed the film “The Intern” starring Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro.
While students may think that securing an internship is daunting, events such as Internship Day offer resources and encouragement to UB students headed for the real world, according to Arlene Kaukus, director of UB’s Career Services and chair of the UB SUNY Works committee.
“Learning experiences such as internships are important when starting a career,” said Kaukus. “They help students identify what appeals to them on a personal and professional level.”