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Salvo Frisina, Berkeley College alumnus

Internships Give Berkeley College Graduate Exposure to Professional Management



Salvo Frisina earned a B.B.A. in Management from Berkeley College in 2009. He became the first person in his family to graduate with a degree, an achievement he still holds in high regard. “I feel proud that I was able to accomplish my family’s dreams of earning a degree,” Mr. Frisina said.

A resident of Brooklyn, NY, Mr. Frisina took classes at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. He is currently pursuing an M.B.A. in Finance and Management at Fordham University, expecting to graduate in May 2017. He credits two internships Berkeley College helped arrange for him with financial services company Northwestern Mutual and the corporate offices of The New York Times with preparing him for a career in management.

“I interned as a Wealth Management Associate at Northwestern Mutual, and then as a Treasury Intern at The New York Times,” Mr. Frisina said. “These internships gave me exposure to professional work practices, while adding valuable work experience to my resume.”

Since 2012, Mr. Frisina has held various roles at Consolidated Edison, a power supplier providing electric, gas, and steam service to customers in New York City and Westchester County. In his current role as Chief Construction Inspector, he oversees a union workforce that manages large capital projects in the company’s facilities.

Close up with Salvo Frisina

What does success mean to you?

Success means working toward achieving my goals. As long as I continue to work hard and move in the right direction, I am successful.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

I was inspired to enroll in Berkeley College because of the ability to fast track my education and obtain my Bachelor’s degree in three years.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

Berkeley prepared me for success by helping me get internships that prepared me to enter the workforce.

In which ways do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself being successful in the future by continuing to learn how to make the company I work for efficient and sustainable.

What advice would you give to college-bound students?

Start internships early to gain professional experience and to build up your resume.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

It was at graduation, when I became the first person in my family to obtain a college degree.