Intern Personals: ANTHONY ZAMORA

Meet Anthony Zamora! A Computer Science major, Anthony shared some of the most important lessons he learned from a previous PENCIL internship at NYU Langone Medical Center, as well as thoughts on his upcoming position with the New York City Department of Buildings. Thank you for sharing, Anthony!

Name: Anthony Zamora
Year: College Junior
School: CUNY John Jay College

What are your thoughts for your future career?
In the future, I see myself as a professional Software Engineer bridging the gap between Technology and Financial Services.

How has PENCIL helped you think about your future opportunities?

Through PENCIL’s Ladders for Leaders program, I have the opportunity of interning at NYC’s Department of Buildings as a Software Engineering Intern. After this internship, I will gain real world experience and become more confident in Corporate America after graduating from college.

On his previous internship:
During the summer of 2015, I was a payroll intern at NYU Langone Medical Center after being trained by PENCIL’s Internship program. PENCIL is an organization that helps talented high school students looking for summer internships become more prepared for a professional future. When accepted to the program, high school students attend multi-day orientations, speak with professionals from various industries, resume workshops, and multiple mock interviews.

As an NYU payroll intern, I attended group meetings and helped my coworkers with upcoming assignments and projects. My mentor was Robbin Harland, who happened to be NYU Langone Medical Center’s Payroll Director. At the beginning, Harland only had one goal in mind, which was for me to learn more about the company’s infrastructure and its effects. For me to achieve this goal, I personally had to speak with professionals from various departments and learn about their work. Fortunately, Harland shared everyone’s main role at NYU Langone Medical Center, including any vital projects that were being worked on recently before I attended the meetings. These small informative meetings may have seemed minor, but it was important. The meetings helped me to become more prepared for the one-on-meeting and think of questions to ask. Each employee shared their background story, their role, and challenges at NYU Langone Medical Center with me. This internship taught me how businesses remain operational in a world that constantly changes. Without Harland’s assistance and mentorship, I probably would have continued viewing NYU as an ordinary hospital and university.