Where the Jobs Are: These Corporations Love Stony Brook Students
Dozens of companies flocked to the Computer Science Job and Internship Fair that was part of Computer Science Technology Day on September 12 at the Charles B. Wang Center, looking for everything from sales operations specialists to software developers. One thing was certain — they were eager to recruit Stony Brook talent.
Many of these companies, from start-ups to major corporations, share a rich history of hiring Seawolves for full-time entry-level positions and internships.
One such start-up, Buncee, filled its entire tech crew with five Stony Brook graduates, which accounts for nearly half of the 12-person company. Additionally, there are three Stony Brook students serving internships there.
“It took one hire three years ago to realize there was gold graduating from that university,” said Buncee COO Claire Cucchi. Every one of our Stony Brook students thinks outside of the box and is able to communicate and collaborate while using cutting-edge technologies to stay ahead of the pack.”
Buncee has a vested interest in Stony Brook — its involvement with SBU graduates led the company to occupy space at the Stony Brook Incubator in Calverton, New York beginning August 2013.
“The atmosphere, the location and the affiliation with the University made us a perfect fit,” said Cucchi. “Stony Brook feeds us with amazing talent and puts a roof over our heads.”
Buncee.com and edu.buncee.com are creation platforms providing clients with a digital canvas used to create online presentations, lessons, scrapbooks, invitations, greetings and other products.
“Stony Brook’s challenging curriculum and environment prepared me for my roles at Buncee,” said Arvind Agarwal ’12, a product manager who serves as a liaison between tech and marketing.
Bloomberg L.P., a global business and financial information and news leader headquartered in New York City, recently hired two Stony Brook computer science students into its 3,550-plus research and development operation for software engineering positions, and four more for related internships.
“I think that Stony Brook students make a good fit at Bloomberg because they tend to have good problem-solving skills, and we have interesting problems to solve,” said Stony Brook alumnus and recruiter Ronnie Pickus ’81.
And the feeling is mutual.
“Judging by the long lines of students waiting to talk to us, I would say that there is definitely interest in the company,” said Pickus, who has participated at Stony Brook job fairs for the past decade.
Bloomberg has a large community of Stony Brook students working in all areas of research and development within the company. “There are plenty of opportunities within the company for candidates in both computer science and non-computer science disciplines. “We are looking for smart people who want to write code,” said Pickus.
Niraj Juthani ’05, who interned at Bloomberg and was then offered a full-time job following graduation, stressed “a-get-things-done attitude” to complement the core computer science skills he acquired at Stony Brook, including expertise in logic, algorithms, data structure and programming.
Beyond Bloomberg and Buncee, a large number of other firms are gobbling up our graduates as well.
For example, Enterprise Rent-A-Car nabbed five Stony Brook students for management trainee internships and another four to fill full-time management trainee positions, including business, health science, anthropology and economics majors.
Target just employed seven full-time executive team leaders and 11 executive team leader interns, all from Stony Brook.
And the soft science majors are finding work too. On the healthcare/human services side, EAC Network of Hempstead, Long Island, took on four part-time hires from our Departments of Psychology and Social Welfare to fill roles as case managers, family coaches, peer specialists and programs director/coordinators.
Other major employers that hired Stony Brook students last year included: North Shore LIJ, Canon, GEICO, YAI Network, Options for Community Living, Softheon, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Travelers, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cognizant Technology Solutions, GE, Google, Facebook and Amazon.
Aside from job fairs, how do Stony Brook students most frequently find their calling in the corporate world?
Stony Brook Career Center Associate Director Andrea Lipack said that students are connected with the Career Center’s employer partners through a variety of programs ranging from a simple job posting in the University’s recruiting system, ZebraNet, to on-campus interviews and career education presentations for student groups and faculty members.
“Alumni also play a vital role in getting their organizations involved on campus and providing mentoring for Stony Brook students,” Lipack said.
In addition, the Career Center holds many events: a part-time Job Expo the first week of classes, the IT Job & Internship Fair, the Science & Engineering Job and Internship Fair, the Business and Political Affairs Job and Internship Fair, and the Healthcare and Human Services Job and Internship Fair each semester, as well as four virtual fairs. To register for events access your ZebraNet account at stonybrook.edu/career.
—Glenn Jochum; Job Fair photos by John Griffin