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New career success initiative accelerates student potential
The Binghamton University experience includes more than just earning a degree. Life after graduation is important, too, and the new Fleishman Career Success Initiative will provide resources to help.
By establishing this initiative, Binghamton University Foundation board member Judith Garczynski Fleishman ’90 and Steven I. Fleishman ’91 wanted to give undergraduate students with extreme financial need internship opportunities that they would not have otherwise experienced without support.
“We thought there was a population that is underserved that could use some help,” Steven Fleishman said.
Career-preparation activities and internships can be a game changer for students when they embark on professional careers or enter graduate school. But too often, highest-need students are unable to take full advantage of these opportunities to enhance their competitiveness.
For instance, many internships are unpaid or have housing and travel costs that make them unattainable for students facing financial barriers, Steven Fleishman noted.
For Judith Fleishman, the need for this support hits close to home. She was a first-generation college student who received financial aid. “I had absolutely no idea I needed to find an internship,” she said.
“Getting my foot in the door by getting an internship was a lot of help in getting my first job,” added Steven Fleishman. His first full-time job as an equity research analyst turned out to be the first step in his career in the same field. Wolfe Research, where he works, has also provided internships for many Binghamton students and participates in the University’s New York City Connect, which offers students networking and career information.
“With this career success initiative, alumni can help people who clearly have a need,” he said.
Did you know?
The Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, named in 2014 in recognition of the Fleishmans’ generous and long-standing support of Binghamton, offers more than 700 skills development programs and workshops and hosts nearly 2,500 on-campus interviews with prospective employers each year. It is a prominent stop on campus tours and featured during first-year and transfer student orientations, assuring all students that the University invests in their futures.