Panel Description & Panelist Bios
“Recipe for a Five Star Internship: It Takes More than Just the Necessary Ingredients to Take It Up a Notch”
Kathleen McCarty, Director, NYS Assembly Internship Committee
Tony Maniscalco, Ph.D., Director and Professor, CUNY- ETR Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs
Kristen Aust, Bryant & Stratton College, Systems Manager of Career Services
Tuesday, September 27, 10:00-11:00 am
Program Description: Just as it takes a whole, well equipped kitchen with everyone from the master chef to the dishwasher to deliver a five star meal, there are many pieces to consider when creating a successful and productive experiential learning opportunity. The panel will discuss the critical components, from beginning to end, that should be considered when searching for or delivering an exceptional and possibly life changing internship experience.
Bios: Anthony Maniscalco holds a MA, M. Phil, and Ph.D. in Political Science from the CUNY Graduate Center. He has taught numerous courses in American Politics, Urban Policy and Planning, Constitutional Law, and Political Theory. He has also served as the campus faculty coordinator of the Government and Politics Internship seminars at John Jay College, Hunter College, and Brooklyn College.
Dr. Maniscalco is the author of PUBLIC SPACES, MARKETPLACES, AND THE CONSTITUTION (SUNY Press, 2015), which looks at legal rights of free expression and citizen engagement in cities and suburbs around the United States.
In 2001, Dr. Maniscalco was named Director of the CUNY Internship Program in Government and Public Affairs. Since then, he has developed and led multiple internship programs and academic seminar projects at the City University of New York. Those programs include the Women's Public Service Internship Program and the Caucus Scholars Program. Tony also develops and coordinates the seminar components for the SOMOS Summer Internship Program and the Washington Summer Internship Program. These programs emphasize academic success through experiential learning and active citizenship in local, state, and national affairs.
He has also led two major civic engagement projects - the Model New York State Senate Session, which was established in 1997, and the Model New York City Council, which he created in 2002.
Tony also produces the "CUNY Forum," a televised public policy discussion among college students and faculty, public officials, practitioners, and other experts.
Kathleen McCarty has an educational background in English, Marketing/Management and Fine Arts and has taught Oral Communications and Human Relations at the college level. As an administrator, Ms. McCarty served as Director of Admissions for Bryant and Stratton College and High School Relations from 1997-2005. Among her many accomplishments were developing the first training curriculum and manuals for the Admissions Department as well as devising innovative ways to motivate and retain students to graduation.
In 2005, Kathleen was chosen as the Director for the New York State Assembly Intern Committee. In this leadership role she has been directly responsible for recruiting and placing up to 200 college students, annually, from around the country for the Assembly’s, semester long, Graduate Scholar, Session and Part-time Intern Programs while working with Professors-in-Residence, staff, Assemblymembers and supervisors to give every Intern a comprehensive academic and experiential learning opportunity. In the 11 years that she has been Director, Kathleen has contributed greatly to the program’s status as one of the premier legislative Internships in the United States through continued relationship building with over 500 colleges and universities, and constant evaluation, strengthening and expansion of the overall experience for everyone involved. She has worked to ensure the integrity and academic rigor, as recognized by the National College Credit Recommendation Service, and oversees the revalidation process. To date, Kathleen has enjoyed working with over 2000 Interns through the Assembly Internship Program and has served as a consultant to other organizations looking to offer internship opportunities.
Kristen Aust has enjoyed an 18 year career in higher education. She has obtained the vast amount of her experience in the Career Services department. Kristen has worked her way up from a Career Services representative at the Syracuse Bryant & Stratton College campus, to the System’s Manager of Career Services. Her responsibilities currently include support and training to all nineteen Bryant & Stratton College Career Services departments, including the nine Career Services departments within New York state. Kristen also has worked periodically as a textbook reviewer for McGraw-Hill, providing feedback on management and career related materials.
Prior to her career with Bryant & Stratton College, Kristen spent nine years working at Wegmans Food Markets, where she received both customer service and management training. She is a proud graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego, where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. Kristen’s passion for education through hands on learning began with her internship experiences with both the Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany, New York and Hutchings Psychiatric Center in Syracuse, New York.
Kristen is currently a board member for Ophelia’s Place in Syracuse, NY. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and fundraising. From 2009 to 2012, she served on the Syracuse City School District Educational Foundation Board of Directors and has also been a member of the planning committee for the Woman Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (WISE) Symposium from 2009-2012.