Several Lehman students have landed coveted internship opportunities in the tristate area this summer. Computer Information Systems major Ramesh Samarakody is one of three students accepted into McAfee’s internship program, and accounting major Stephany Torres is one of two accepted into the Wall Street Exchange program (WSE).
The McAfee internship is a two-year scholarship program that awards the College’s Foundation a $5,000 student block grant that may be used to meet the scholar’s needs. Last year, Samarakody was involved in launching anti-virus software throughout CUNY—McAfee currently holds a contract with CUNY to provide such software. This summer, he is working on an encryption project for the company. In addition to the technical aspect of his work, he says, he is also gaining experience in dealing with clients and colleagues.
Working with computers has been a life-long interest for Samarakody, whose family is originally from Sri Lanka. He immigrated to the United States with his family as a small child, grew up in Jamaica, Queens, and attended LaGuardia Community College where he earned his associate’s degree in computer networking and security.
Torres is also having a busy summer—she is one of thirty college students accepted to the prestigious WSE program. As the only Lehmanite in the program—Lehman and Baruch are the only two CUNY schools to be represented—Torres was chosen along with students from Binghamton University, American University, Villanova, Boston College, and New York University, among others.
In the WSE program, students work as interns at various private companies, gaining invaluable workplace experience; in Torres’s case, she interns in the accounting department at Everest Scaffolding in the Bronx, handling accounts and invoicing clients.
“It’s great,” says Torres, who expects to graduate this fall. “It’s a friendly environment.” She’s even gotten friendly with Everest’s mascot, an eight-year-old pit bull. “He’s very friendly with us.”
Once a week she and she and her fellow WSE interns attend seminars and workshops in Manhattan to develop crucial workplace skills, such as how to act professionally in the workplace, develop leadership skills, perfect their résumés and interview techniques, and successfully pursue their careers.