Put UAlbany Talent to Work


Director of the Office of Career Services Deirdre Sweeney (center) stands with Assistant Director of Undergraduate Student Services Jason Cotugno and students Najwa Zarook '15,  Dominick Foti '16 and Chung-Him NG '15 at a recruiting event this spring.

The 100% placement rate of full-time MBA students in 2012 and 2013 confirms that the School of Business is serious about employment.  Deirdre Sweeney, the director of the school’s Office of Career Services works with the university’s career service office, faculty and alumni to locate internships and jobs for hardworking students.

Alumni are an integral part of the placement process.  They mentor, present to classes, conduct mock interviews and hire. Many alumni contact the School of Business requesting that Sweeney post a position or ask that she recommend a good candidate for an internship or job.  Dominick Petruccelli ’01, Co-Head of CRM Hedge Funds for the Americas for Deutsche Bank was elated when his firm followed his suggestion to check out the talent at UAlbany.  Until then, the bank had primarily considered candidates from Ivy League and other top ranked schools.

Petruccelli had a tight timeframe. He needed to see internship candidates over the January break, problematic because students were home for the holidays. Sweeney arranged for 20 students to meet with him an hour before they attended the Network NYC student-alumni event. She then collected and screened resumes, and sent five candidates from the Financial Analyst Honors Program. Deutsche Bank interviewed them and chose two for summer internships.

Petruccelli, an economics major with minors in business and Italian, said, “We were impressed with the students.” He added, “The process was really easy. Deirdre sent us qualified candidates in a very short time period. She helped with communication to students and was very responsive to my questions. From start to finish the level of service was fantastic.”

Next year, due to Petruccelli’s urging and his colleagues’ appreciation of how well-prepared UAlbany students are, the bank will give the School of Business its full campus recruiting treatment, the same effort they put into recruiting at other top schools.

It is easy to locate competent candidates for an internship or job: create a job description with duties, preferred skills, qualifications and location; since the majority of our students are “downstaters” who hope to return and work in New York City, jobs in the tri-state area are particularly desirable. For an internship, the description should also include the above information and number of hours, duration and compensation. Students, not surprisingly, prefer to be compensated and some may require a paid internship to be able to afford the internship.

Alumni and others can reach over 1,000 student candidates by emailing a position description to Deirdre Sweeney, the Director of the Office of Career Services.

Alumni looking for a better job may benefit from the school’s wide-ranging network. Over 30 positions are currently posted on the LinkedIn Alumni Career Group, which Sweeney updates weekly.

To reach Deirdre Sweeney, email dsweeney@albany.edu or call (518) 956-8383.