Katherine Yenna, International Studies
Katherine Yenna, a first-year student of the Macaulay Honors College, has been selected for the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, a highly competitive program that provides students with mentoring, professional development, three paid summer internships, and a Discovery Fund to further explore their interests.
Katherine is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with an interest in studying diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the Middle East/North Africa (MENA). With the goal of working toward a career in foreign service, she has been studying Arabic language and hopes to further develop her fluency and experience by interning abroad in the region through the JK Watson Fellowship. More>>
Albina Kukic, Biology
Thanks to the Macaulay Honors College and the College of Staten Island, I have received many opportunities in the field of health care. During the summer before my freshman year of college I took a Biology summer mini-course at the College of Staten Island. There, I met a CSI Pre–Health Advisor who recommended me to two programs at Maimonides Medical Center: the Companion Care program, where I provided compassionate care to patients, and Project Teach, where I taught pediatric patients age-appropriate scientific principles and theories using science projects. I am currently the Coordinator of Project Teach, am shadowing a Physician Assistant in Internal Medicine, and have earned my EMT certification. As an aspiring Physician Assistant, I look forward continuing to making further strides in the field of health care.
Nicholas Pilacinski, Engineering Science
Last summer I had the privilege of interning at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). During my time at the MTA, I assisted the engineering staff on a project with the advertising agency, Outfront Media to replace printed advertisements and maps with digital screens. The new monitors are able to display advertisements based on location, and provide crucial information to commuters at specific stations. Participating in this internship allowed me to improve my technical skills such as working on AutoCAD, reading and understanding engineering drawings, and visiting construction sites to validate field conditions and observe installations. This internship gave me the opportunity to use the skills learned in my classes and apply them to real world situations.
Olivia Frasca, Political Science
As a Macaulay student at CSI, I had the opportunity to bring my enthusiasm for civic engagement and desire to help constituents to internships in the public sector. For two summers, I served as a liaison at the NYC Mayor’s Office. I was responsible for managing casework and writing correspondence on public initiatives, ranging from economic development programs to affordable housing goals. Last semester, I worked with the 63rd District of the New York State Assembly where I researched legislation affecting Staten Islanders and CUNY students.
I also played an active role in policymaking as a participant in the 2020 CUNY Summer Intensive for Public Policy. I collaborated with group members to design a proposal that addresses remote learning disparities in communities hardest hit by the pandemic. These experiences have allowed me to sharpen my hard skills, assist fellow New Yorkers, and network with public and non-profit leaders that have made a positive impact on my community.
Johnnan Monzon, Computer Science-Mathematics
Johnnan interned at FactualVR (a startup company bringing VR technology into law enforcement) as a VR Developer this past Spring and Summer. Interning with FactualVR granted him the opportunity to experience the collaborative effort of software development. He also had the chance to experiment with the capabilities of the AR/VR and motion capturing technology. He says, “Working in a small startup company is a unique experience because it allows you to be directly involved in the product from design to development to deployment. In addition, you get to experience every aspect of a business and entrepreneurship such as, the financial decisions, marketing, and management. I am excited to be a part of the rising industry of AR/VR technology and use my experiences to start my own company someday”.
Maxwell Velikodny, Political Science/Philosophy and History
The Macaulay Honors College and the America Needs You Fellowship have provided me invaluable career development, support, and mentorship in the legal field. I am a Legal Intern at the Richmond County District Attorney’s Office in the Alternatives to Incarceration (ATI) Unit. I work closely under Assistant Distract Attorneys (ADAs) in the ATI Unit to help arrested individuals participate in diversion programs like TASC, HOPE, CRAN, and Youth Court, which provides offenders supervision, support, and rehabilitation. Currently, I am composing a report commissioned by the District Attorney to review the effectiveness and duration of ATI programs. I have already acquired extensive knowledge of criminal law and court procedures through witnessing criminal trials, aiding ADAs with compiling and arranging trial documents, and reviewing and analyzing original case records. I am excited to continue examining criminal cases with ADAs, drafting legal memoranda, and participating in legal research.
Syleste Alexander, Marketing
Macaulay Honors College at CSI student Syleste Alexander has been accepted to the CUNY Cultural Corps, where she will work on a project that documents what past and present Service Corps participants have experienced while in the program.
Syleste shared her thoughts about Macaulay and her new role in the CUNY Cultural Corps:
“As a Marketing major with an interest in management and art history, Macaulay at CSI was the gateway for me to take part in amazing internship opportunities in the heart of New York City that were perfect for my career path."
Egor Semeniak, Computer Science
Egor interned at IBM as a Vulnerability Management Intern this past summer. Says Egor, "I had a pleasure of working on a team with two talented interns. Daily stand ups, weekly reports to executives and countless debugging sessions with international teams allowed me to grow as a person and develop skills that are necessary in a modern work environment. I learned a lot about the fascinating world of cyber security and I cannot wait to come back to explore more. As part of our team-building we were all sent to a Disney World trip, paid by the company. I had an amazing opportunity to meet one of my IBM heroes Tanmay Bakshi , whose tutorials I was following for the past several years and who inspired me to first try IBM Watson and IBM Cloud."
Natalia Sandor, Business Management
Natalia Sandor is a senior on the College of Staten Island soccer team. She is a student in the Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island. And she is also the owner of a startup entitled Sand Bars Handcrafted, a gourmet ice cream sandwich with roots tied to her Bayport home.
If Sandor had to be summed up in just three words, she would be described as ambitious, nonstop, and compassionate. She walks across campus with a swagger unmatched, owning everything she does. Fire in her eyes and kindness in her heart.
Whether it be on the soccer field, in the classroom, or in the boardroom, Sandor takes pride in what she has accomplished, and rightfully so.” More >>
Macaulay CSI students have interned at
- American Museum of Natural History
- Bloomberg L.P.
- Casa Belvedere Italian Cultural Foundation
- Columbia University Earth Institute
- CUNY High Performance Computing Center
- Disney College Program
- Families Helping Families
- Fidelity Investments
- Ford Foundation
- Fox Broadcasting Co.
- Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
- Global Medical Brigades
- Go Project
- Guggenheim Museum
- Harper’s Bazaar
- Marvel Comics
- Metropolitan Opera
- Morgan Stanley
- MTA Bridges and Tunnels
- MTA NYC Transit
- New York Life Insurance Co.
- Nicotra Group
- NYU-Bellevue Emergency Medicine
- NYC Department of Education
- NY Creative Interns
- NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
- NYS Economic Development Corp.
- Project Hospitality
- Richmond County District Attorney’s Office
- Richmond County Family Court
- Richmond University Medical Center
- Ronald McDonald House
- Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine
- State Senator Diane Savino District Office
- Staten Island Borough President’s Office
- Staten Island Mental Health Society
- Staten Island Greenbelt
- Staten Island University Hospital
- Staten Island Zoo
- United Cerebral Palsy
- United States Congress
- Weill Cornell Medical Center
- WNET Channel 13
- YMCA Counseling Center