Binghamton University Community Engagement

Binghamton University Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at the Binghamton University

Internships inspire Binghamton University alumnus to find a career that fits

Nicholas Lawless, class of 2012 from Binghamton University When Binghamton University’s Nicholas Lawless ’12 was thrown a professional curveball – an honorable discharge from the Army due to medical issues – he enrolled at Binghamton University and turned to its Center for Career and Professional Development to help him explore other career options.

Lawless started with an internship at the local zoo, thinking zoology was his calling, but soon learned the physical demands were beyond him. When he switched to political science and interned with U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, however, Lawless knew he was destined for a career in public service.

“I knew I wanted to get into a career where I could help and serve others, have the potential for career growth and leadership, and work in a field that had meaning to society overall,” Lawless said. “Taking on internships can make a huge difference, mainly because internships are ‘test-drives’ of those careers related to your degree.” His internship with Schumer confirmed for him that he had the skills to succeed in a public service role.

Lawless now works as a program analyst for the General Services Administration (GSA) in Washington, D.C., where he is in its Emerging Leaders Program, rotating through various GSA offices to gain the knowledge to become a leader. When the two-year rotation ends, he will be well-trained, equipped and ready for any position in the GSA.

Johnson City Mentor Program 

A partnership between Binghamton University and Johnson City School District, the program provides role models and academic support to Johnson City middle school students.  Its aim is to help middle school students develop skills that will serve them in the workplace, and to allow Binghamton undergraduate students to gain experience mentoring economically challenged students.

Philanthropy Incubator 

Creating a bridge between classroom and community, the Philanthropy Incubator encourages Binghamton students to study philanthropy and practice it in the real world by distributing funds to local nonprofits.  Since 2009, students have assisted in distributing awards to a shelter for victims of domestic violence, and neighborhood volunteer groups working on sustainable food systems and affordable medical care.

Campus contact:
David Campbell
607 777-2719

Bridging the Digital Divide

This program is a collaboration between Binghamton University and Broome Community College, as well as community partners, with the goal of increasing access to technology and training in information technology for local youth living in poverty, the unemployed, the elderly, and others.

The Youth Engagement Project

In this partnership between Binghamton University’s Hinman College, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Citizen U Project, and other local organizations, Binghamton High School students receive guidance in developing leadership, community development, and workforce readiness skills.

Campus Contact:
yan Yarosh, Director of Media & Public Relations

Binghamton University

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Binghamton, NY 13902
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