A human resources representative from Black Knight Financial Services spoke with School of Engineering and Applied Science students on April 15 about paid summer internship and co-op opportunities available at Black Knight’s headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.
Black Knight Financial Services is recognized as the leading provider of technology, data and analytics solutions for the mortgage and finance industries. The company’s technology is used by many of the nation’s leading financial institutions, and approximately half of all mortgage loans in the U.S. are processed on Black Knight’s servicing platform. Black Knight’s CEO is Computer Science alumnus Tom Sanzone ’82. He is the 2014 recipient of Hofstra’s Alumnus of the Year Award and is a member of Hofstra’s Board of Trustees as well as the SEAS Advisory Board.
When meeting with the students, Diane Williams, HR Solutions Director, explained that interns are part of the teams they join and are expected to work on the team’s projects over the summer. Interns are also assigned a mentor with whom they meet regularly. Other perks include formal training in the loan life cycle, financial statement analysis, leadership skills and resumé reviews. “The ultimate goal,” Williams said, “is for you to gain valuable work experience and to come back to Black Knight – whether it is to do another internship or to join the company full-time after graduation.”
Black Knight is also a partner in SEAS’s new co-op program, which allows students to be hired by a participating company after the fall or spring semester of their junior year. These students work on salary at the participating company for a 6-8 month period in a field related to their degree program. After completion of the co-op experience, students return to Hofstra to complete their degree requirements. Hofstra junior Michael Spencer will be the first student to hold a co-op position at Black Knight, starting this summer in its Data & Analytics division. Spencer, who hails from West Los Angeles, is an industrial engineering major. In addition, Leo Shi, who is pursuing his master’s degree in computer science at Hofstra, will participate in a 12-week internship program with Black Knight’s Servicing Technologies division.
For more information on the co-op program and other experiential learning opportunities contact Co-op Director Philip Coniglio.