Third Cohort of CVP Career Academy Grads Starts School Year with Real Estate Experience

Colleen Locke | August 17, 2016
Devon Austrie interned at BEST Corp. through the CVP Career Academy.

Devon Austrie interned at BEST Corp. through the CVP Career Academy.
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Twenty-five UMass Boston students who spent 10 weeks as paid interns at construction, real estate, and hospitality firms in the Boston area graduated from the CVP Career Academy on Friday at Aloft Boston Seaport.

CVP Career Academy was created through a partnership between UMass Boston and CV Properties (CVP) in 2014. Friday’s graduates were part of the third cohort to complete the summer internship experience.

“We couldn’t have picked a better partner,” Dick Galvin, the president and founder of CV Properties, told the graduates. “I hope the main thing you found out was the notion of strong relationships and networks, both with each other and with those employers. You’ll take that with you and grow and succeed from here going forward.”

Raven Kelsey, a sociology and psychology major from Boston who worked with Suffolk Construction’s compliance and diversity teams, said she learned first-hand about the power of networking. Muhammad Syaifuddin, a finance major originally from Indonesia, took away lessons on the importance of communication. And John Lee, a senior exercise and health sciences major originally from Seoul, South Korea, valued the mentorship component of the program.

Devon Austrie, a senior economics major in the Honors College living in Quincy, was able to apply three years of career counseling in UMass Boston’s Upward Bound Program to his internship at BEST Corp. BEST is committed to helping people finding well-paid jobs in the hospitality industry, and Austrie’s job was to help facilitate the five-week Mel King Empowerment Program.

“I learned the rigors and demands of working in a professional work environment,” Austrie said. “And since everyone comes from different backgrounds, I found myself learning from those students.”

Trisha Wheeler, a project manager for GS Associates, said her student intern, Manny Apanisile, taught her just as much as she taught him. Apanisile, who is in the College of Management’s master’s program in accounting, came to the Newburyport offices daily, despite a 3-hour, one-way commute on public transportation.

“He told us, ‘Distance will not stand in the way of an opportunity,’” Wheeler said.

Speaking about his intern, accounting major Trizia Mallari, VPNE Parking Solutions accountant Robert Amicangelo G’16, said, “We both ended up learning a lot from each other. She far exceeded every one of my expectations. I think the true strength of the program lies in that this allows students to learn.”

“We are so proud to be the CVP Career Academy’s academic partner,” said Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Public Affairs Ed Lambert. “The CVP Career Academy is a signature internship program providing excellent paid internships, many of which have already led to offers of employment. It’s also a model for us at the university and one that we hope to replicate in other industries in terms of providing some in-depth exposure.”

Application information for the summer 2017 program will be available on the Office of Career Services and Internships’s website in the spring.

The third CVP Career Academy cohort

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