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Partnering with the Community

The College and the larger New Paltz community are inextricably linked to help our college students successfully prepare for their careers, to assist our faculty and staff to grow and excel in their fields of study, and to support the College in its goal to reach the next level of excellence. Community members, schools, and businesses help in these endeavors by hiring students, offering internships, participating in research collaborations, providing guest speakers for conferences or classes, acting as mentors, and generally supporting educational activities. Internships are beneficial to the College and the community alike. They allow students to apply their coursework skills (and obtain new skills) in a real-world setting, to network with employers and other students, and to cope with the uncertainties in today’s business climate.

Equally, businesses and organizations benefit by recruiting potential employees, providing solutions to short-term staffing problems, gaining access to fresh ideas, and giving feedback about curricula to ensure they are current and comprehensive. During the 2008-2009 academic year, 618 interns enrolled in fieldwork for college credits (additional students served for no credit).

A number of New Paltz students served internships with high-profile companies including WABC-TV, Walt Disney World, Lockheed Martin, and IBM. Others completed internships with Hudson Valley organizations such as Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP, Poughkeepsie Journal, and Planned Parenthood of the Mid-Hudson Valley.