New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) received an Educational Visionary Excellence Award from INROADS/Northern New Jersey, Inc., a non-profit group that helps minority students get internships with major companies.
NJIT has worked with INROADS for nearly ten years, helping 120 NJIT students obtain internships with companies such as Lucent Technologies, Pfizer and PSE&G. Tammy Nunn Haynie, managing director at INROADS, said the group selected NJIT for the excellence award because the university embodies the INROADS vision.
“Since INROADS first opened, NJIT has opened its doors, hearts and minds to richly contribute to our interns' development,” said Haynie.
Dahianna Acosta, a junior at NJIT, is working this summer as an intern for Accenture, Murray Hill, in the firm's communications and high technology unit. Acosta said the paid internship will not only help her pay college costs but more importantly, open doors for her future.
“Working at Accenture has been great,” said Acosta. “I'm meeting people and making connections. I'm learning a great deal about the consulting field as well about how Accenture operates. It's invaluable experience.”
Editor's Note: Here is a list of NJIT students, along with their hometowns, who now have INROADS internships. The firms are also listed: Dahianna Acosta, West New York, Accenture, Murray Hill; Prosper Amegatse, Newark, Anheuser Busch, Newark; Carlos Orozco, Westwood, Becton Dickinson, Franklin Lakes; Gustavo Gonzales, Union City, Cendant, Parsippany; Francis Garcia, Newark, Lucent Technologies, Murray Hill; Reynald Benoit, Irvington, Lucent Technologies, Whippany; Chris Gray, Paterson, MetLife, Convent Station; Marelis Bernal, Newark, Pfizer, Parsippany; Jose Carpintero, Newark, PSE&G, Newark; John Johnson, Plainfield, PSE&G, Newark; Holdkens Estimable, Orange, CIT Group, Inc., Livingston; Don Gourdine, Jersey City, Lockheed Martin, Archbald, Penn.; and Alex Guerra, Totowa, Lucent Technologies, Whippany.
Founded in 1970, INROADS, Inc. is a non-profit placement organization for ethnically diverse college students. INROADS trains and places over 5,000 college students in salaried corporate internships each year. In its 34-year history, INROADS has helped more than 40,000 college students launch careers in business and industry.