Spring in New York City

The marvels of New York City unfolded for seven School of Business students who spent spring semester there in the Ithaca College New York City (ICNYC) program.

“I can't wait to move there full time once I graduate from grad school,” said Brandon Discenza ’12, an accounting major who interned at PwC and received a job offer there once he completes his MBA at Ithaca next spring.

Andrew SteedmanA ’13, a business administration major, interned at Madison Square Garden in the office of the president of MSG Sports. “For Ithaca, an upstate school, to offer a unique program like this is amazing,” he said.

They were among five accounting seniors and two business administration/marketing juniors who joined 15 students from the Park School of Communications for the first ICNYC semester, which includes a six-credit internship and at least six credits of coursework. The business internships were at PwC, MSG, and NBC.

To qualify, students had to be juniors or seniors in good academic and judicial standing with a faculty recommendation, said Barbara Howard, associate dean. ICNYC will continue in the fall.

“The NYC program balances classroom learning with hands-on experience in a city that many of our students hope to work in after they graduate,” said Jessie Stone He, the school’s professional development coordinator. A 150-hour internship spanning the semester provides students an intensive experience and allows them to build a professional network to help them in their job search, she said.

At PwC, “I was treated as a first-year associate coming into the firm,” said Discenza. He prepared work papers – the first step in preparing a tax return – and imported information into the tax programs used to generate tax returns. “Much of my time was also spent reviewing K-1 to make sure the information printed corresponded with the actual returns.”

Steedman handled research projects on the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League and coordinated events for the MSG Sports president’s clients.

“My highlight had to be taking people down on the court before (New York Knicks) games. It’s an experience that you can’t buy with any ticket,” he said.

All School of Business students can make use of the alumni and corporate contacts developed through ICNYC, said Howard. Through Steedman’s internship at Madison Square Garden, 20 other business students visiting New York City networked with two young graduates working at the Garden.

ICNYC involves alumni in other ways. Michael Kaplan ’85, a group account director at G2 USA, taught a course on “The Art and Science of Direct Marketing.”

“I tried to introduce reality into the classroom,” he said. He taught from examples of advertising campaigns and brought in guest lecturers on the media, research, account management, public relations, copy writing and human resources.

ICNYC allows students opportunities in one of the world’s great cities.

“I liked being able to experience living in a big city before having to choose where I would apply for jobs and where I would live full time after graduation,” said Discenza.


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