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January 12, 2023

ITS Announces New Technology Internship Engagement Program with SUNY And CUNY

ITS Announces New Technology Internship Engagement Program with SUNY And CUNY
Program to Train SUNY and CUNY Undergraduate Students for Successful Careers in Technology
State Office of Information Technology Services’ Internship to Foster College Graduate Employment Opportunities; Create a Workforce Pipeline

The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) today announced a new paid technology internship engagement program that will allow undergraduate and graduate students attending the State University of New York and the City University of New York to gain on-the-job experience. Administered by ITS in partnership with SUNY and CUNY, the Internship Engagement Program will help prepare undergraduate students for public and private sector careers, enhance the quality of the workforce and create a tech employee pipeline for the state and other entities.  
   
ITS CIO Angelo ‘Tony’ Riddick said, “This internship engagement program will be a life-changing resource for students across the state as they become a part of the tech workforce after graduation. These students will make up New York's future—and they deserve every opportunity to pursue paths that will lead them to successful and fulfilling careers.  I thank Governor Hochul for recognizing the need that exists, and for advancing a solution that will benefit these institutions, the state, and most importantly, the students themselves.”  
  
More than 300 students from CUNY and the University at Albany have applied for 240 internships beginning February 1. The semester-length internship is open to students in their final year of study and is focused on enabling them to gain marketable skills, industry certifications, and hands-on experience to complement their academic studies. Participating students will be notified of their acceptance later this month. They will be paid $21 an hour and internships are available in the Albany and New York City areas. ITS will introduce the program at other SUNY schools in the Fall 2023 semester, and interested applicants may apply at: https://its.ny.gov/internship-engagement-program.  
   
Program industry certifications will align with the students’ internship placement, college majors, and their existing skill level. The program is expected to help create a workforce pipeline for ITS, with participating students being considered for post-graduation employment opportunities within New York State government and elsewhere.    

SUNY Chancellor John B. King Jr. said, “New York’s internship engagement program sets SUNY students on a path towards success by enabling them to have hands-on experience in the competitive and growing technology industry. Students are able to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world scenarios, making them both better prepared to enter the workforce and more marketable in their respective fields. Opening the program to those in their last year of study will help more students be better positioned to hit the ground running professionally upon graduation.”

“CUNY students have the talent to transform the technology sector but often don’t have an opportunity to get a foot in the door because they can’t afford unpaid internships. This program will give them hands-on-experience with pay, which will better position them for jobs in this in-demand field,” said CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez.  “We are thankful to Governor Hochul for understanding the needs of our students and giving them the tools they need to enter and thrive in the workforce.” 
    
More than 80 percent of CUNY and SUNY graduates remain in New York after earning their degree, resulting in a significant return on investment for the state and local communities. The internship program will produce a new generation of employees poised for sustainable, well-paying jobs, and supporting the growth of the state’s future tech workforce.   
    
About SUNY 
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY's 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.3 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit www.suny.edu.  
  
About CUNY 
The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university, a transformative engine of social mobility that is a critical component of the lifeblood of New York City. Founded in 1847 as the nation’s first free public institution of higher education, CUNY today has seven community colleges, 11 senior colleges and seven graduate or professional institutions spread across New York City’s five boroughs, serving over 243,000 undergraduate and graduate students and awarding 55,000 degrees each year. CUNY’s mix of quality and affordability propels almost six times as many low-income students into the middle class and beyond as all the Ivy League colleges combined. More than 80 percent of the University’s graduates stay in New York, contributing to all aspects of the city’s economic, civic and cultural life and diversifying the city’s workforce in every sector. CUNY’s graduates and faculty have received many prestigious honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes and 26 MacArthur “Genius” Grants. The University’s historic mission continues to this day: provide a first-rate public education to all students, regardless of means or background. 
  
About ITS 
The New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) was created in 2012 to transform IT services in an effort to make New York State government work smarter for its citizens and enable the state to be accessible for businesses through the use of technology. ITS provides statewide IT strategic direction, directs IT policy and delivers centralized IT products and services that support the mission of the State. ITS operates data centers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to support statewide mission-critical applications for over 50 Agencies, over 17 million citizen accounts, 120,000 employee accounts, 60,000 phones, 99,000 desktops and laptops, and 3,433 Virtual Desktop remote connections. ITS operates a secure network of over 1,600 miles of fiber to deliver telecommunications, Internet and Intranet services, enterprise email systems and support, IT training, networking, data storage and processing to State government entities in addition to developing new services in support of citizens, businesses and State Agencies. 

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