SUNY BEST presents program on using interns and volunteers to help develop community, economy


BINGHAMTON, NY -- The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) will host a presentation titled, “Community and Economic Development through Interns, Volunteers and Service Learning,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in room 1324C of the Library North building on the Binghamton University campus.  This presentation is free and open to the public.

Allison Alden, director of Binghamton University’s Center for Civic Engagement, will discuss the kind of community service opportunities that have emerged in the aftermath of the catastrophic September flood. The presentation will include an overview of linkages made between the University and the community and how the synergy has and will continue to foster development. Alden is a professor in Binghamton University’s Department of Public Administration, and the former director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, and director of the Center City Coordination Program.  She is currently co-instructing a fall term course, “Community in Recovery: Southern Tier N.Y. after the flood of September 2011.”

Laura O’Neill, academic internship coordinator for Binghamton University’s Career Development Center’s Internship Program (CDCI), will discuss the internship process from the agency/business perspective. She will discuss how to develop internship descriptions that will develop into the kind of alliances that not only strengthen the workforce but also support businesses. In overseeing the CDCI, O'Neill heads up the University's partnership efforts with local regional, national and international groups that result in students having the opportunity to earn academic credit through applied learning. Students gain valuable personal professional skills, which build resumes, help with job searches, and identify college majors.

SUNY BEST is a volunteer group comprised of senior staff members from key economic and educational institutions in the Southern Tier.  The group works to forge strong alliances, strengthen industry specific needs and provide information and outreach for business.  SUNY BEST also seeks to explore and support the business community workforce needs for traditional and emerging industry clusters such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, photonics, energy conservation and renewal.

Pre-registration for this discussion is required through the SUNY BEST website at  For driving directions, contact Debbie Hulbert at  Participants attending the meeting will be required to pay a parking fee.

Last Updated: 9/17/13