Media Advisory: UB’s Internship Day spotlights the career-transforming power of internships

a student intern works on a laptop as a colleague offers input.

Almost every employer out there hires interns. UB’s innovative, high-power seminar shows how ambitious students can join the party

Release Date: November 5, 2015

Joshua Walker

Joshua Walker

“The Student Union Theater will definitely be the place to be on Nov. 10.”
Robert Orrange, Internship Day coordinator
University at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo will host its inaugural “Internship Day,” a marathon, multi-faceted workshop on taking advantage of internships, which will include a guest appearance by Joshua Walker, a UB grad and senior vice president for HBO’s distribution business affairs.

When: From 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Where: Student Union, UB North Campus.

Why: The daylong series of interactive activities aims to elevate the conversation on campus regarding the importance and value of internships. Ninety-seven percent of employers hire interns each year, according to organizers of the event. These workshops seek to teach employers, faculty and students the benefits of being an intern and how to become one.

Who: Walker is keynote speaker for the day. As senior vice president for HBO, Walker structures and negotiates content distribution deals and strategic new media partnerships with media companies that include Comcast, Google, Amazon, DIRECTV, Microsoft, Verizon, Apple and AT&T.  He also works with executive leadership to set HBO’s strategy domestically and internationally.

Walker has a bachelor’s degree in English and political science and a certificate in journalism from UB.  While attending the university, Walker was on the staff of the Spectrum student newspaper, including spending his junior year as the paper’s editor-in-chief

What: Walker will speak at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Theater about the importance of students getting internships while in school, the importance of networking, what HBO in particular offers regarding internships, his time here at UB, how he got to HBO and who helped him along the way.  Walker will take some questions at the end.

Internship Day will include practical and sometimes offbeat seminars including: “Wanderlust? Finding Global Internships,” “Internships for the Environmentally Conscious,” “Etiquette Lunch,” “Transferring Internship Skills to a Full-time Job” and “Rock the Mic: Speaking Confidently in Public.”

“This event has something for everyone,” says Robert Orrange, Internship Day coordinator.

Faculty and staff can share ideas and best practices at the opening reception, Orrange says. Students can learn about the resources on campus as well as internships in the field from employers themselves. Walker himself was once a UB intern.

Students and staff can take free LinkedIn photos from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union, Room 145B. “Another really fun activity will be the skill-building session with the improv experts from ‘ComedySportz,’” Orrange says. “The Student Union Theater will definitely be the place to be on Nov. 10.”

In addition to hosting students and employers, the Internship Day committee looks forward to a late-morning visit from an international delegation of higher education administrators. These special guests are visiting the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.

Who Else? The event is coordinated by the UB “SUNY Works” committee (chaired by Arlene Kaukus, director of UB Career Services) of the UB Experiential Learning Consortium (chaired by Mara B. Huber, associate dean, undergraduate education research and experiential learning).

“Internship Day is an exciting celebration of the tremendous value that guided work experiences can offer to students in pursuit of their academic and professional goals,” says Huber. “I strongly encourage faculty and staff to participate in the events and conversations offered through this day-long program, and students of all levels and backgrounds to embrace the benefits of internships.”

The UB Career Services office and the Office of Internships and Experiential Learning (IEL), a division of the Frank L. Ciminelli Family Career Resources Center in the UB School of Management, are the primary coordinators of the event.

For More Information: Students can visit: www.buffalo.edu/career/students/internshipday

Faculty and staff can visit: www.buffalo.edu/career/facultystaff/internshipday

Media Contact Information

Charles Anzalone
News Content Manager
Education, Educational Opportunity Center, Law,
Academies, Honors College, Student Activities

Tel: 716-645-4600
anzalon@buffalo.edu