Students at Touro's Lander College for Men Contribute and Polish Their Skills Through Valuable Internships in Government and the Private Sector

Date: November 30, 2006
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Accounting, Political Science, Mathematics Majors Go to Work for Deloitte, KPMG, Milbank Tweed, the Senate Republican Conference, the Federal Trade Commission, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Numerous students from Lander College for Men recently have been awarded valuable internships that have helped them learn new skills, contribute to the community, beef up their resumes and focus their career aspirations.

The student interns recently completed work with such prestigious employers as the Senate Republican Conference; Deloitte & Touche; KPMG, LLP; the Federal Trade Commission; and the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. One student who recently took advantage of several worthwhile internships, currently is on a highly competitive fellowship with the Institute for Public Affairs of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America in Washington, D.C.

"Internships make it possible for students to integrate the complex theories they learn in the classroom with real-world experience," said Dr. Moshe Sokol, dean of the Lander College for Men. "They also help provide students with an understanding of what it takes to succeed, and the contacts that will help them do so."

Elhanan Abrams, a senior from Pittsburgh who graduated from the Mesivta of Greater Pittsburgh and studied at Yeshiva Derech Etz Chaim in Israel before enrolling at Lander College for Men, interned over the summer for the Senate Republican Conference. His responsibilities included research, writing press releases, attending office-sponsored events, and assisting with various projects. The internship was a good fit for a political science major who aspires to obtain a master's degree and doctorate in foreign policy and military science. Abrams said the highlight of the summer was meeting the senators, hearing Chief Justice John Roberts and General Colin Powell speak, and attending hearings on national security.

Dovid Rubin, an accounting major from Cedarhurst, New York who attended Rambam Mestiva High School and Yeshivas Reishit Yerushalyim in Israel, hopes eventually to acquire an MBA and become an accountant. Thus, his internship this past summer at Deloitte & Touche's Israel office was a "great overall experience," he said, in preparing him for his career goal, and gave him experience in the general accounting field. Rubin added that the internship "exposed me to many parts of the accounting profession." Over the summer, Rubin said he prepared financial statements, assisted in the preparation of audits, and proofread and translated documents.

Another aspiring accountant, Joseph Zimmerman, landed a prestigious internship this past summer in the New York offices of KPMG LLP, where he prepared various state corporate tax returns and other tax forms. He also prepared documents to help clients deal with auditors from various state and local governments. "I had the opportunity to work with people at all corporate levels – from first year associates to partners, to first vice presidents of tax – as well as [New York] city and state tax auditors," said Zimmerman, who hails from Staten Island and attended high school at Jewish Educational Center (JEC) in Elizabeth, N.J. and Yeshiva Ohr Yerushalayim (OJ) in Israel. A June 2006 graduate of Lander College for Men, Zimmerman continues to study at Lander College for Men/Beis Medresh L'Talmud.

David Manheim, a senior majoring in mathematics with a minor in finance who is from Atlanta, Ga. enjoyed a summer internship at the Southeast office of the Federal Trade Commission. Over the summer, Manheim conducted corporate investigative work and performed other duties such as case generation for possible future legal action. He interviewed consumers about ongoing cases and, based on reviews of relevant legal codes, documented possible legal infractions in interviews for legal review and action. Manheim said he enjoyed being able to "make a positive difference and redress wrongs" and assisting in actual ongoing cases. He said the job also helped him decide on career interests. He said he plans to pursue a career in finance or economics, and hopes to live in Israel. Manheim attended Yeshiva High School of Atlanta and Yeshiva Derech Etz Chaim in Israel.

Ari Lustig, a political science major now living in Washington D.C., has had several internships that have exposed him to law and politics. Currently he is the legislative fellow at the Institute for Public Affairs of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America in Washington, D.C., a one-year fellowship awarded to two members of the Orthodox community. This past summer he worked at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, a prominent Wall Street-based national law firm. During the 2005-06 academic year he worked as a legal intern for New York Supreme Court Justice Martin Ritholtz, while concurrently working at the New York office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY). While working for Senator Clinton, Lustig was a press intern whose main duties were to follow the senator and her legislation through the media on a daily basis. He also attended press events, drafted press statements and, with the team, was a liaison between the senator and the press. A highlight was "actually getting to organize and attend the press events for the senator and watch her in action," Lustig said. After his junior year at Lander College for Men, Lustig interned in the Congressional office of Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) in Washington, D.C. as a legislative intern. Lustig attended Yesiva Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel for two years before enrolling at Lander College for Men.

All of the students credit the College with being supportive of their internships – from assistance with resume writing and interview coaching – to impressing upon them the importance of internships as helpful for experience and post-graduation employment. Among those singled out for their support were Charles Snow, Touro's dean of business programs, and Professor Ross Zucker.

The Lander College for Men is enjoying increased enrollment this year, with students coming from across the country and from some of Israel's best yeshivot. A number of new full time faculty members have been appointed as well. Rabbi Moshe Stav, a senior rosh ha-yeshiva at Yeshivat Kerem B'Yavneh, one of Israel premier's yeshivot, has joined the faculty as a Visiting Rosh Yeshiva. Four distinguished new full-time faculty appointed by the Graduate School of Business are also teaching numerous courses at Lander College: Dr. Lawrence Bellman (management), Dr. Deborah Cohen (marketing), Dr. Gary Kleinman (accounting) and Dr. Peter Sperling (economics and finance). In the field of political science, a highly accomplished new full time assistant professor, Thomas Rozinski, is teaching at Lander College as well. Herb Ratner has also joined the staff as assistant dean, a new position, with special responsibility for overseeing the evening program on campus, as well as for advisement and course scheduling.