Nicholas Pilacinski, Engineering Science

Nicholas PilacinskiLast 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

Olivia FrascaAs a Macaulay student at CSI, I had the opportunity to intern at the NYC Mayor’s Office. For the past two summers, I served as a liaison between New Yorkers and their government at the Office of Correspondence. 

My main responsibilities included monitoring casework, preparing appointment letters, and drafting correspondence, which required extensive knowledge of current affairs. I also gained valuable career advice through professional development workshops and discussions with public officials at City Hall. 

My internship experience allowed me to learn about the public sector and assist fellow New Yorkers within a major city government. 


Johnnan Monzon, Computer Science-Mathematics

Johnnan MonzonJohnnan 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

Maxwell VelikodnyThe 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 and Management

Syleste AlexanderAs a Marketing and Management major with an interest in arts management, Macaulay at CSI was the gateway for me to take part amazing internship opportunities in the heart of New York City that were perfect for my career path. Last summer, I participated in two professional development experiences as both a Student Ambassador for Cuny Arts and the Museum of Modern Art, and as a Business Development Intern at Reel Artistry. As a MoMA Ambassador, I was able to experience the MoMA behind the scenes. My peers and I took part in several private seminars at the MoMA, which focused on different aspects of working at the museum, such as curation, preservation, and art history. During these seminars, we were also given the opportunities to discuss how CUNY students can get more involved in the art museums available in New York City. At Reel Artistry, I was given the chance to work as a business development intern, while also being involved in a company that shared my passion for theater and the arts. I gained experience in business administration and digital organization, as well as working on marketing projects for the company. Currently, I am working as one of the Social Media Interns for the Macaulay Honors College, where I manage and curate posts for both Instagram and Facebook!


Egor Semeniak, Computer Science

Egor SemeniakEgor 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 SandorNatalia 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 >>


Internship Experiences

Internships provide valuable training and experience in a student’s chosen field of interest.

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
  • MediaCom
  • 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.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • 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
  • WABC-TV
  • Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • WNET Channel 13
  • YMCA Counseling Center