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How to Make the Most of Your Internship: Hosted by Swiss Post Solutions

On Wednesday, 4/23 at 12:30pm at the Wasserman Center, join Swiss Post Solutions and learn how to stand out at your internship!

Gain insider information about what makes a successful intern, how to expand your professional network, and strategies to turn your internship into a full-time offer.  RSVP Here!


Dr. Paul Ortega has been in the education, training and development industry since 1989.  Dr. Ortega is the National Director of Training & Organizational Development for Swiss Post Solutions North America.  Swiss Post Solutions (SPS) is a premier provider of business process outsourcing and digitization solutions.  Dr. Ortega is a member of the Board of Directors for the Workforce Professionals Training Institute (WPTI).

Dr. Ortega is one of the key executives in SPS responsible for the hiring, in-depth development and mentoring of its employees. He has instituted high standards for the SPS organization providing a curriculum with more than 800 hours of voluntary professional development programs (compared to the industry standard of 200 hours). He further developed an intensive Leadership Academy Program which immerses interns looking to find career opportunities with SPS in classes designed to fortify their skills and professional behaviors.

In recent years, Dr. Ortega served as a keynote speaker, workshop leader, executive coach, leadership educator at professional conferences and educational institution throughout North America. Holding a degree in education from the University of California Los Angles, Dr. Ortega earned his MBA and PhD from the Anderson School of Management.

Exploring A Legal Career

Wednesday, October 30th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm at the Wasserman Center

Gain insight on legal career paths as professionals share their stories and experiences at the Exploring a Legal Career event. Whether you’re sure a career in law is for you, or just curious about the field, join us for round-table conversations and networking.

Spotlight on a Panelist: Howard Shams

Mr. Shams is the Managing Principal of Parabellum Capital LLC, a premier litigation finance company focused on making direct, passive investments in corporate-to-corporate litigations and disputes.  Prior to forming Parabellum in 2012, he was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse (the global investment bank) for 15 years and a member of the Global Credit Products Operating Committee. During his tenure, Mr. Shams was the Head of Special Situations for the Leveraged Finance Business, where he developed niche strategies and accretive businesses within the Fixed Income unit. Together with his partner Aaron Katz, he conceived and founded the Legal Risk Strategies & Finance business at the bank which was the first formal litigation finance business in America. In addition to the Legal Risk Strategies business, he created and managed (i) a multi-billion dollar derivatives business focused on writing leveraged swaps on loans traded within the bank, (ii) a credit business focused on vendor finance, trade receivables protection and trade claim sourcing, and (iii) two web-based loan trade settlement platforms that became the market standard in both the U.S. and Europe.  Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Shams was general counsel for the High Yield and Leverage Finance Business of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Before that, he practiced law at the firms of Dewey Ballantine, Richards, Spears, Kibbe & Orbe, and Mandel & Esbin, specializing in bank lending, securities, bankruptcy and derivatives. Mr. Shams received his B.A., phi beta kappa, magna cum laude, from Columbia College (1986) and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (1990).

Networking Tips from International NYU Alumni

Panelist information:

Glenn Meyer, May 2013, POSSIBLE, Marketing Data Scientist

Dounia Kchiere, May 2013, UNICEF, Global Social Media Consultant

On Tuesday, October 8, the NYU Wasserman Center@SCPS hosted a strategy session for over 40 international students called “What is Networking? And How Do I Do It?” Co-sponsored by the SCPS Integrated Marketing Association.

In case you missed it, here are the top 8 tips shared by panelists Dounia Kchiere and Glenn Meyer, former international students and 2013 SCPS alumni who are now happily employed in NYC.

1.     Get out of your comfort zone: Challenge yourself to attend networking and social events on your own. Set a goal of meeting two new people at each event…and follow up with them. Don’t just stand in the corner with your friends and people you already know, this is not networking J

2.     Ask for information, not a job: The purpose of networking is to build relationships and to raise awareness of “your personal brand”. It is a way that students can uncover information about industries, potential opportunities, job searching strategies, and organizations. Never ask someone “what jobs are currently available at your organization”. Instead ask for information, advice, and insight.

3.     Address cultural differences: Networking is challenging for all students, but often international students come from cultures were networking may not be as common. Take the time to understand U.S. business culture and why networking is so essential to landing an opportunity in the U.S. Ask Wasserman Center Career Counselors, professors, and American students for advice on how to network and what is and is not culturally acceptable.

4.     Leverage social media to connect with industry professionals: Follow industry leaders on Twitter and LinkedIn and comment on their posts. This is a great way to connect with high-level professionals that you might not be able to meet for face-to-face meetings.

5.     Follow-Up, Follow-Up, Follow-Up: After meeting someone once, continue to build the relationship. Share updates about yourself (example: academic accomplishments and internships) or offer interesting information relevant to the industry. This will keep you top of mind with your professional contacts.

6.     Use the NYU Mentor Network: Leverage this Wasserman Center resource to connect with industry professionals for informational conversations. Interested in learning how to access the NYU Mentor Network? Stop by the Wasserman Center@SCPS for walk-in hours at 7 East 12th Street, Suite 829 (Monday/Thursday 4-5pm & Tuesday/Friday 12-1:30pm).

7.     Take risks: Start a relevant blog to help brand yourself as an industry expert! Send a LinkedIn message or Tweet to an industry professional that has your dream job! Approach panelists and event speakers after a presentation to introduce yourself! You will be amazed how these actions will help you to reach your goals.

8.     Don’t get discouraged: Building your network in the U.S. takes time and a lot of energy. Not everyone that you reach out to will necessarily respond to you. Don’t take it personally, move on to the next person and you will find that more often than not, people are more than willing to speak to students.

Join us for a series of workshops and seminars to learn all about marketing your background in the U.S. job search. Sign up through Career Net for this week’s events.