Stevens Institute of Technology students are serious about their futures. Drawn to the university by the opportunity to build their skillsets and résumés with hands-on work experience, internships with leading companies, and a capstone team senior design project, they find career doors open. Stevens regularly places very highly in national metrics of career outcome and salary; 95 percent or more of graduating classes achieve their desired outcomes (a job or graduate school acceptance) within six months of graduating.
And sometimes it happens even sooner. Stevens educations have already paid off for a number of graduating seniors in the outgoing class of 2017 who have received and accepted position offers prior to graduation, including these four who are about to make their marks in finance, construction, energy and chemical manufacturing.
Stevens seniors Annemarie Thomas, Michael McCarthy, Tommaso Di Gesaro and Raul Letona share their post-graduation plans, as well as their thoughts on the experiences that have helped them reach their career goals.
Annemarie Thomas: Off to ExxonMobil
Graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering, Annemarie Thomas will relocate to Spring, Texas to join ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (EMRE).
As an offsites and utilities engineer in EMRE's Project Development Division, the Durham, North Carolina native will be part of a group that develops power/steam/water treating systems, oils movement and storage, and other general support facilities for the operation of refinery process units across the globe.
Thomas credits her varied co-ops and internships for the real-world experiences that have helped her zero in on what she wants to do. In addition to ExxonMobil, she worked at Verizon, a construction management firm, and an industrial robotics design and manufacturing company.
“Without participating in the Stevens Co-op Program, not only would I not have had the opportunity to work at ExxonMobil, I wouldn’t have had the chance to explore different industries and figure out what my interests were.”
More than anything, Thomas looks back on her time as a member of the Stevens women’s volleyball team as a defining experience that set her on a path towards career success.
“It taught me the value of teamwork, shared commitment and leadership. It taught me how to perform under pressure, understand my strengths, improve weaknesses and manage time efficiently.”
Michael McCarthy: Internship Leads to Investment Role
Michael McCarthy of Morganville, New Jersey will graduate with a bachelor’s in computer engineering and a master’s in engineering management. He will then begin a two-year rotational program as an associate with the global investment firm of Jefferies LLC in New York City.
“I have to complete four six-month rotations that will expose me to different areas of a large investment bank.”
Like Thomas, McCarthy worked in a variety of industries through the Stevens Co-op Program, but it wasn’t until an internship this past summer that McCarthy found his career destination.
“I worked as a developer at Jefferies, and that’s where I grew to love the financial industry and realized it was an area I wanted to stay in after graduation.”
On the last day of his internship, McCarthy received and accepted a full-time offer of employment at the investment bank. While it took several years and different companies for McCarthy to figure out what he wanted to do with his education, he is grateful for every one of his past work experiences.
“Prior to Jefferies, I had four different co-op positions at three different types of companies – working in supply chain at a mid-size company, strategizing iOS apps at a startup, and working on technology services at a Fortune 100 company. Those experiences not only gave me a strong technical foundation, they gave me an understanding of how businesses operated and how my work impacts team initiatives and goals.”
Tommaso Di Gesaro: Engineering at Skanska
Tomasso Di Gesaro will graduate with a bachelor’s and master’s in civil engineering, along with a graduate certificate in quality construction management. The Staten Island, New York native will join Skanska USA Civil Koch in Carteret, New Jersey as an estimating engineer, performing all aspects of the pre-construction process.
“I will be part of a team that will build a project virtually from inception to closeout in a safe, ethical and profitable manner.”
Di Gesaro’s pursuit of a career in the construction industry was strategically planned from the moment he arrived at Stevens. Having mapped out a strategy of co-ops in his areas of interest – design, project engineering, pre-construction and construction engineering – Di Gesaro says there is no substitute for the hands-on experience that demonstrates to students the real-world impact of their contributions.
“Co-ops and internships give students a full picture of industry practices and procedures so that they have a better understanding of how they can best apply their knowledge of new technologies and methodologies.”
Di Gesaro’s career strategy, however, went beyond his co-op experiences.
“I attended professional conferences so that I could network and gain a better understanding of the industry. Attending career fairs also improved my job prospects by giving me a sense of what employers in the civil, construction and structural industry were looking for.”
Raul Letona: Internship Seeds a Career in Chemical Industry
Chemical engineering major Raul Letona will head to Chester, Virginia after graduation to work for AdvanSix, a global leader in the resins and chemicals business. The Clifton, New Jersey native received an offer of full-time employment after completing an internship with AdvanSix this past summer.
He is anxious to start his new role as a chemical process engineer, in which he will support and oversee improvement projects in the production, packaging and utilities groups. At Stevens, Letona says he developed a strong work ethic not only academically but also professionally. Letona gained his first work experience as a member of Stevens' information technology department.
“It was my first job out of high school, and although the position wasn’t related to my major, I was able to learn valuable communication and time management skills that served me well in the classroom and in my career.”
He says he is confident about his future and his ability to thrive professionally and personally thanks to the lasting and meaningful experiences afforded by his Stevens education.
“I feel very fortunate to be joining a great company like AdvanSix, and can't thank Stevens and the chemical engineering department enough for preparing me with the necessary skills and opportunities to develop as a person and as successful engineer.”
To learn more about career exploration programs, experiential education opportunities, including co-ops and internships, vist the Stevens Career Center.