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Susan Shimanovsky – Interning at Skanska USA Building

August 12, 2021 I never thought my first internship would be at one of the largest project development and construction groups in the world, let alone working on a $4 billion project. My summer as an Engineer Intern in Project Management with Skanska USA Building was one of the most rewarding and eye-opening experiences that taught me more about the industry and the relationship between architecture, construction, and engineering. On my first day, I wondered…

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Meet the 2021 ACE GNY Mentor of The Year

We are pleased to announce Jonah Schatz, AIA, NCARB Architect at ZGF Architects as the 2021 ACE GNY Mentor of the Year!    Jonah is a mentor on Team 7 and has been mentoring for three years. Jonah is being recognized for his positive attitude, attentiveness to students and diligence.   His fellow mentors say that “he always brings a positive atmosphere in our ACE sessions.” Jonah “cultivates relationships with the mentee, pushing for not just service-level understanding but in-depth understanding.”   We are thrilled to recognize Jonah as the 2021 ACE GNY Mentor of the Year. His…

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This year’s virtual ACE Ball was a unique celebration recognizing the successes of this past season. We had a wonderful time celebrating and recognizing the dedication and commitment of our mentors and their impact on our students.     We announced the 2021 ACE GNY Mentor of the year, Jonah Schatz of ZGF Architects, celebrated Benjamin Miller’s (of Gilbane Building Company) ENR Mentor of The Year award, enjoyed ACE themed trivia, had a raffle drawing and enjoyed drink making in…

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Denise Claire Calungsod: My Connection with my ACE GNY Mentors

July 15, 2021 My very first experience with the ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY was 9 years ago in 2012, sitting in AECOM’s old Wall Street office, convinced that I would never pursue a career in architecture, construction, or engineering. The office was filled with predominantly younger professionals, giving presentations about their work to a rag tag team of high school students from across New York City. The mentors, to me, had looked like…

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Chandler McLaurin: Reflections on Architecture School

My name is Chandler McLaurin and I am an ACE GNY Alumni. I participated in ACE GNY from my freshman year to senior year of high school (2016-2020). These four years being mentored by Gensler have shaped me into the future architect I want to become. This program taught me so many important lessons about the architecture field like professionalism, teamwork, responsibility, determination and so much more.  What I loved most about this program is…

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Congratulations to Ben Miller for being selected as a 2021 ENR Outstanding Mentor of the Year! This is a national honor and we are thrilled that Ben’s dedication and commitment is being recognized.   Throughout his years as a Team Leader of ACE GNY Team 31, Ben has mentored over 200 students, impacting his mentees during their time with ACE GNY and beyond. Ben has always gone above his responsibilities as a mentor; he is incredibly hands-on with developing his team, doing outreach to…

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ACE GNY Alumni Internship Program

We are thrilled to announce the cohort of firms included in the 2021 ACE GNY Alumni Internship Program! Alumni apply directly to firms for their programs and give preference to ACE GNY Alumni in hiring. Internship programs for summer 2021 will be a mix of remote and in-person opportunities. To apply, make sure that you are registered in the ACE Database to receive the invitation! Students that have an internship through our program will receive…

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ACE GNY :: Webinar Calendar for 2021

We are so excited to share with you the following webinars on professional development topics to keep students motivated and focused on their career paths! These webinars are for participants of the ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY, and registered Alumni. To learn how to register as an alumni, click here. Students are notified about webinars via newsletter. FEBRUARY 8 – LinkedIn Profile Creation & Online Communicating FEBRUARY 22 – Interviewing Skills (for college admissions…

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Upcoming ACE GNY Partner Events

We are so excited for the start of the 2020-2021 ACE Mentor Program of Greater NY Season! Teams should begin meeting the first week of November. Before then, we have some exciting virtual events from our partners. Register for the events below to receive the link to each event! Syracuse University School of Architecture – Portfolio Development Workshop – November 9, 2020 at 5:00pm  During this workshop, Assistant Dean Vittoria Buccina will provide insight on…

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Ben Miller is the 2020 ACE GNY Mentor of the Year!     Ben Miller is a Senior Project Manager at Gilbane Building Company. He is the Team Leader of Team 31 and has been mentoring for over 10 years with ACE!  Ben is being recognized for his enthusiasm, encouragement, and caring nature towards his students. His fellow mentors say, “everything he does is for the benefit of the students.” Ben is not afraid to think outside the box and “show students that he truly cares…

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Founded in 1994 by a group of leading architects, contractors and engineers in New York City, the program has served more than 77,000 students nationwide and over 16,000 students in New York alone. Today, more than 13,000 students and 4,100 mentors participate in ACE each year in 37 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

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