Seneca Gaming Corporation Vice President of Information Technology and Medaille graduate Renita Distefano ’13, ’15 visited Medaille’s Buffalo campus on November 14 to speak to students in the Business, Management and Leadership Department’s internship program (MGT 377, MGT 477 and MIS377) field experience class. Distefano shared her own experience with students, explaining how she started out as a tech support technician to becoming CIO to VP. She also described how the gaming business continues to evolve and what the new-world business skills, demands and expectations are in the 21st century.

Distefano offered students insight into future careers, and how to stay focused getting there. She explained how social media is monitored by prospective employers and how one should maintain a professional demeanor. She also emphasized the need to be prepared and how to prepare for the interview process.

Internship Coordinator and Assistant Professor Jonas Patricko makes a point of bringing professionals from the business industry to campus to speak to students during the internship course mandatory meetings. “Students benefit from hearing from these professionals, including our own Medaille alum who has succeeded to VP of IT at a major corporation. Gaining valuable work experience is important while exploring one’s career path, and it gives our students an edge in the job market,” Patricko says. “They develop and refine the skills that are needed to proceed in this competitive market.” Professor Patricko emphasizes the importance of quality internship placement: “Many of our quality placements have turned into the student’s chosen career.”

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