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We deeply value our relationships with faculty & staff and appreciate all the efforts our SBU colleagues make on behalf of student career development – in and out of the classroom!  











So many of you do so much! You...

  •   Serve as academic sponsors for interns and co-ops
  • Collaborate with us to infuse career development into the curriculum
  • Moderate our alumni & employer career panels
  • Promote our programs and services, even bring your classes to our events
  • Join us on company site visits and recruitment strategy meetings
  • Refer employers to us for recruitment & hiring
  • Participate in our special events, such as our Job & Internship Fairs, Mock Interview Programs, and Employer Meetups
  • Direct students to use   Handshake  to search for internships/job opportunities and include   Handshake Feeds to Job Postings  on your websites
  • Motivate students to take action every semester – beginning their first year --  to gain career experience, learn more about themselves, and further their career development


Career Communities

Career Communities are groups of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and employers who are all related through a career field and industry connection. Career Communities are organized by career fields, not majors, and provide an opportunity to connect to specific resources and programs.  It is a vertically organized system within each specific community.

SBU faculty and staff are welcome to encourage students to learn about and join Career Communities. You are also welcome to join one or more Career Communities through creating a Handshake account, by completing this form.

Career Assignments For Your Classes

We welcome you to include career development assignments in your classes. Many instructors have successfully used these assignments for extra credit or for a grade.

Some suggestions include:

  • Joining a Career Community and writing about what they learned and their reaction
  • Attending a job/internship fair , employer meetup, or workshop, and reporting on the experience
  • Conducting a mock interview with the Career Center and writing a reaction
  • Conducting an informational interview through the CAN (Career Advisors Network) program and writing a reflection
  • Drafting a resume and revising it based on a Career Center review

Reach out to Dr. Elena Polenova ( )  if you have questions or would like to develop a unique career assignment for your students.

Experiential Learning

The Stony Brook University Career Center's experiential learning initiatives support undergraduate and graduate students seeking to engage in high-impact learning activities that enhance their academic experience and put them in contact with industry and professionals in their disciplines.  

Experiential learning encompasses a wide variety of enriching opportunities for students, including service-learning, volunteering, student organization leadership and campus involvement, faculty-led research and projects, experiential study abroad, student employment/work-study, cooperative education, and internships*.

Source:  “ A Definition and Criteria to Assess Opportunities And Determine the Implications for Compensation ,” National Association of Colleges and Employers

Additional Resources:

  • The Career Center: On-/Off-Campus Credit-Bearing Internships and Co-ops Guide (link to a guide - pdf)
  • SBC EXP+: Apply Knowledge and Skills Beyond the Classroom 
  • Descriptions of Experiential Learning Activities: Descriptions (linked to pdf)
  • State University of New York University Faculty Senate: Internships and Co-ops Guide for Planning, Implementation and Assessment  (link to a guide - pdf)
  • SUNY Applied Learning Resources


Handshake, the Career Center’s employer database, serves as the primary source of full-time and part-time job, internship, co-op and volunteer opportunities, on and off campus, available to Stony Brook University students and alumni.

Handshake Feed to Job Postings

If you’re interested, you may host a feed on your website to provide direct access to opportunities posted on Handshake for your students: College of Business example.

Have questions about internships, co-ops, service-learning or other experiential opportunities?

Contact: Urszula Zalewski, Assistant Director of Experiential Programs, at

On-Campus Student Employment

On-Campus Student Employment

Stony Brook University employs more than 4,700 students in more than 6,800 jobs across our campuses. The student employment program, managed by the Career Center, offers training workshops along with several guides tailored to the needs of on-campus supervisors.

For more information on how to:

  • hire an undergraduate/graduate student employee and students with federal work-study awards
  • post a position on Handshake
  • review payroll information and academic deadlines
  • understand student employment roles and responsibilities

see the On-Campus Student Employment website.  With additional questions, please email

Request a Presentation or Workshop

Career Center staff are available to present on a wide variety of career preparation topics. Please fill out our presentation request form  to begin the process, and a staff member will follow up with you within two business days. Please give us at least two weeks notice for your request.

Refer Students & Alumni

Our professionally trained career counselors and coaches meet one on one with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni from all colleges and majors, and conduct group coaching sessions and educational seminars. Topics covered include:

  • EDUCATION: self-assessment, major-career relations, career exploration, understanding the job market
  • PREPARATION: experiential learning (such as internships, co-ops, service projects, research) and the job/internship search process (job search plan, resume, interview preparation, online professional presence)
  • CONNECTION: networking with employers, alumni, and others who can help

Students can schedule an appointment or simply walk in;details and hours can be found here . If you would like to discuss a student in confidence, feel free to reach out to Dr. Elena Polenova, Associate Director for Career Counseling & Education, at

Refer Employers

We know that Stony Brook University faculty and staff may have connections with employers or be contacted by organizations interested in recruiting our students. The Career Center offers a wide range of services to help employers, whether their goal is to increase visibility on campus, hire new talent, start an internship program, or post current and/or future openings. Please refer any employer to our office, and we will be happy to help them meet their recruiting needs. Thank you for your ongoing support and helping students to achieve their career goals. Please refer all employer inquiries to

The success of students in obtaining employment is important to a number of stakeholders on the university campus. Occasionally, helping students in their job searches can result in unanticipated illegal or unethical actions. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), to which many academic and hiring institutions (including Stony Brook) belong, provides a set of ethical standards for guiding the job search process: A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring.

Guide to Letters of Recommendation

As a faculty or staff member, you play a critical role in assisting students with obtaining jobs, internships or admission to graduate schools. You may be contacted by prospective employers as a reference, or may be asked to write a letter of reference for a student. There are legal and ethical issues involved in providing references for job candidates, and we would like to share a few great resources for your review.

The following resources from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) may assist you when writing a recommendation/reference letter:

Faculty Reference Letter: Contains a sample reference letter for use.

Suggested Guidelines for Writing References

Writing a Reference Letter: Addresses the issues involved with writing a letter of reference.

Faculty Advisory Group

Over the years, we have relied on the good counsel of faculty from across the campus, who have advised us on topic including strategies for connecting career development to the curriculum, gathering data on applied learning experiences such as non-credit internships, co-ops, and service; communicating career opportunities through the classroom, identifying career outcomes of graduates, and involving alumni in departmental initiatives.

If you would like to participate as a member of our Faculty Advisory Group or have other ideas to discuss, please contact Dr. Elena Polenova at .  


To recognize the amazing dedication of our faculty and staff partners, we throw a party every year and present awards!

Past Career Center Faculty & Staff Partnership Award Winners:


Faculty Partners of the Year: Christie Communale (CoB), Hal Walker (CIV), Catherine Marrone (SOC)

Staff Partners of the Year: Margaret Hanley (EGL), Marie McCallion (CoB), Greta Strenger & Courtney Rickard (Athletics)


Faculty Partner of the Year: Nancy Goroff (Provost Office)

Department Partner of the Year: Office of Alumni Relations

Staff Partner of the Year: Brian Heller (DoIT)

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Academic Department Partner of the Year: Department of Computer Science

Faculty Partners of the Year: Scott Stoller (CSE), Colleen McKean (BUS)

Staff Partners of the Year: Karen Kernan (URECA), Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez (Advancement), Chris Tanaka (LGBTQ* Services), Christine Cesaria (CSE)


Academic Department Partner of the Year: Program in Writing & Rhetoric

Faculty Partner of the Year: Peter Gergen (BIO)

Staff Partners of the Year: Lisa Friedman (CAPS), Pat Malone (CET), Amy Milligan (BUS), Pedro Zapata (SAC Facilities & Ops)

Spirit Award: Stephanie Tarantino (Alumni Relations)


Faculty Partners of the Year: Anne Moyer (PSY), Margot Palermo (BUS), Sharon Cuff (Health Sciences), John Robinson (PSY)

Staff Partners of the Year: Jen Dellaposta & Deb Klein (CEAS), Lynne Molloy (Student Activities), Dave Ullman (Wang Center)

Spirit Awards: Camille Abbruscato (BUS)


Faculty Partner of the Year: Rhonda Cooper (Art)

Staff Partner of the Year: Kate Valerio (CPO)

Spirit Awards: Office of Communications, Charlie Beier (SAC Facilities & Ops), Jennifer Peace (SBUMC Blood Bank), Rob Kelly (CSE)


2008 Faculty Partner of the Year: Al Cover (POL)

2008 Staff Partner of the Year: Shannon Kelly (Commuter Services)

2008 Spirit Awards: Camille Abbruscato (BUS), Rob Kelly (CSE)

2007 Faculty Partner of the Year: Joan Kuchner (PSY)

2007 Spirit Awards: Margot Palermo (BUS), Rong Zhao (CSE), David Ecker (DoIT)

2006 Faculty Partner of the Year: Manny London (BUS)

2006 Spirit Awards: Norm Prusslin (Media Arts), Bob Ettl (College of Business), Robert Clark (College of Business), Mark Palermo (College of Business), Michael Nugent (College of Business)

2005 Faculty Partner of the Year: Deborah Zelizer (SHTM)

2005 Staff Partner of the Year: Marion Mastauskas (CEAS)

2004 Faculty Partner of the Year: Bob Ettl (BUS)

2004 Staff Partner of the Year: Diana Voss (DoIT)

2002 Faculty Partners of the Year: Bill Collins (BIO)



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