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Recent Alumni Launch Dream Careers

Catch up with some of our recent alumni who are now in positions at IBM, Pfizer, the New York Yankees, Twitter and NBC News.
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Kevin Camelo Bonilla ’21 works remotely as a visual designer for IBM creating interfaces for technical users that use the IBM Cloud.

Kevin Camelo Bonilla ’21: Designing with Purpose

Mentoring students with disabilities through Syracuse University’s InclusiveU program inspired Kevin Camelo Bonilla ’21 to pursue making graphic design an accessible medium. Following graduation, Camelo Bonilla moved to Austin, Texas to work for IBM as a visual designer creating interfaces for technical users of the IBM Cloud. Camelo Bonilla earned a dual degree in graphic design and information management and technology from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the School of Information Studies (iSchool), respectively. “My dual degree in information management and technology and graphic design definitely prepared me for my role at IBM. At the iSchool, I learned about the complexities and nuances of Cloud environments. At Newhouse, I learned how to design interfaces with end users in mind,” Camelo Bonilla says.

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Zainab Kumandan ’22 is part of Pfizer’s elite Breakthrough Fellowship Program, which aims to advance students of minority descent, and is now employed at Pfizer.

Zainab Kumandan ’22: Opportunity for Impact

A summer internship at Pfizer wound up being one of the most rewarding experiences of Zainab Kumandan’s ’22 time at Syracuse University. “It changed my perspective on everything.” Kumandan, a biotechnology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, worked with Pfizer’s sourcing and enterprise services team to obtain raw materials for the COVID-19 vaccine on a global scale. Kumandan was part of Pfizer’s elite Breakthrough Fellowship Program, which aims to advance students of minority decent. Now, as part of the fellowship program, she’s preparing to start a full-time job at Pfizer following graduation. “After the internship, I could not imagine any other path or working in any other industry,” Kumandan says. “It means so much to have the opportunity to help advance Pfizer, especially seeing firsthand how they have changed my life.”

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Sport analytics major Mackenzie Mangos ’22 joined the New York Yankees as a quantitative analysis associate after graduation.

Mackenzie Mangos ’22: Ready for the Majors

Lifelong New York Yankees fan Mackenzie Mangos ’22 will be living out her dream when she joins the organization as a quantitative analysis associate in the baseball operations department after graduation. “I figured I’d work for some business or consultant before getting a job in baseball—let alone in player analytics with the Yankees,” she says. Mangos, a sport analytics major in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, participated in baseball case competitions and prominent internships that led to her new position. “I knew that the combination of my passion for sports and math would make for a really cool career,” Mangos says. “When I came across the sport analytics program at Syracuse, there was no doubt that’s what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be.”

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Computer science major Caitlin Sanders ’21 works for Twitter in New York City as an IT application engineer.

Caitlin Sanders ’21: Suiting Up for Success

Caitlin Sanders ’21 loves problem-solving—a skill she put to good use in her computer science classes in the College of Engineering and Computer Science and utilizes now in her role as an IT application engineer for Twitter in New York City. Sanders assists with the development of automation and internal integrations for software as a service, among other responsibilities in her position. Between her classes, internships at Lockheed Martin and Intuit, and serving as co-president of Innovate Orange, Sanders gained the necessary experience for the job. “The knowledge acquired in my major, combined with my critical thinking and leadership skills, translates well into various fields,” Sanders says.

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Daniel Wood ’22 recently started a position as an executive assistant for NBC News, where he was previously an intern.

Daniel Wood ’22: Globe-Trotting Aspirations

Daniel Wood ’22 grew up dreaming of becoming an international news correspondent. As a broadcast and digital journalism major in the Newhouse School and international relations major in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Wood was able to pursue his dream. The Dean’s List student has interned for Peter Greenberg Worldwide and NBC News/The Today Show, where he recently accepted a position as an executive assistant. “As a journalist, I want to establish a genuine connection with people and report the truth in hopes that it can better society in the long run. I can confidently say Syracuse University has given me some of the best years of my life—and undoubtedly set me up for an exciting and rewarding career ahead.”

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