Best Practice Current Award Recipients

Amy Bravo, Adrienne McNally and Rosalia Mannino, New York Institute of Technology

Learn how one Career Services office took a grassroots approach to reshaping how internships are offered at its university. In developing a centralized non-credit bearing internship program, one career services team developed strong faculty partnerships, increased student participation, streamlined office efficiency, developed sustainable partnerships with employers and found a way of securing quantitative and qualitative data from all participants in a way not previously achieved by the institution. Since it began in the summer 0f 2009: 367 students completed the program earning $634,000.00; the program brought over 2,000 students physically into Career Services for orientations and reflections, and 274 unique employers hired our students.

Amy Bravo serves as the Assistant Dean of Career Services at New York Institute of Technology where she develops local and global strategies for NYIT Career Services including career management, experiential education programs, employer outreach and student employment.  At NYIT, Amy co-developed a centralized internship program, initiated service-learning and alternative spring break programs and established two student run community service centers. Prior to joining NYIT in 2008, Amy worked at Ramapo College of New Jersey for 10 years in the center for experiential learning and career services.  She has a special interest in civic engagement initiatives that promote global, employee and student citizenship. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master of Arts degree in Liberal Studies. 

Adrienne McNally is the Associate Director of Experiential Education at New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury campus. She has a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and a master’s in Management Science. Adrienne has been at NYIT since 2006. She co-developed and manages the Internship Certificate Program, now in its fourth year and assisted in the development and oversees a student-run Community Service Center, manages the student and job database, and advises students and alumni. Adrienne teaches internship courses in the engineering department and assists faculty in energy management, interdisciplinary studies, and health sciences in developing their internship courses and administering them each semester. 

Rosalia Mannino’s academic background in communications management and gender and cultural studies, combined with three years of experience in the college access non-profit sector, led her to the role of Assistant Director of Experiential Education at New York Institute of Technology. Working directly with undergraduate and graduate students to help them achieve their professional and personal goals, Rosalia counsels students individually and in workshops; manages the Manhattan Internship Certificate Program; develops and strengthens relationships with employers and community partners; and serves as the direct supervisor of the student-led Community Service Center in Manhattan. She enjoys working with students and helping them realize their potential as professionals and conscientious citizens.