Among CUNY’s great strengths is our broad-based support in helping our students and graduates begin rewarding careers. But perhaps the best benefit is our location in the business, financial and arts capital of the country, New York City, which is filled with sophisticated and fast-growing institutions hungry for the kinds of highly qualified individuals CUNY educates. These institutions recognize that a diploma from the many CUNY colleges and programs is a badge of readiness and if you look around you’ll find CUNY alumni at all levels of the city’s public and private sectors. We have prospered together for more than 160 years.

That is why the annual CUNY Big Apple Job & Internship Fair is a signature event in bringing CUNY students and graduates together with employers for internships or long-term employment. We encourage students and alumni to take advantage of the great opportunity this fair offers them. The website and the fair itself are the source of large amounts of information on careers and specific jobs and internships.

To the many employers who will attend the Job Fair or use this website, we are proud to recommend our graduates, among the most talented and hard-working you could find. One of CUNY’s great qualities is that we are one of the most diverse universities in the nation. In an increasingly global economy, we offer students and graduates with a distinctive and broad global perspective. CUNY students hail from over 200 countries and speak almost 190 languages. Almost 40 percent of our students were born outside the US mainland; and 43 percent of our students speak a language besides English. The CUNY experience contributes to their ability to navigate different cultures and they have demonstrated their discipline and energy, critical elements in giving employers a competitive edge.

It is small wonder that Andy Grove, a City College alumnus and former CEO of Intel, called CUNY “The Great American Dream Machine.”

I hope both job-seekers and employers will take advantage of this opportunity and make the matches that will add to the dynamism of the Big Apple. I wish you great success.

James B. Milliken