1 Every year, our human resources team organizes a special send-off to conclude the summer internship program and to wish our young students well as they return to school. This year, the send-off was with a brunch on our rooftop deck.
2 Fresh berries, bagels, pastries, yogurt and granola were served.
3 The event was held at my executive offices - at the historic Starrett Lehigh Building on west 26th street along the Hudson River. In the distance, you can see the tall Freedom Tower with its grand spire.
4 Our rooftop deck is on the 10th floor, and offers some of the best views of New York City's west side. The Starrett-Lehigh Building is among Manhattan's largest landmark properties. Completed in 1931, it was originally built as a freight terminal that provided freight cars direct access into the building for unloading and storage. Read more about this historic structure. http://www.starrett-lehigh.com/pages/the-building/about-the-building/
5 Across from the Freedom Tower and the Hudson River on the right is New Jersey. It was a beautiful day to have brunch outside.
6 Our human resources team in charge of the internship program includes: Liz Nissen, Arhy Kirkpatrick, Rita Christiansen, Joanna Wise, and intern Kelly Keith.
7 Here is a wide view of the Hudson River from our rooftop deck. The Hudson river is a 315-mile river that flows from north to south primarily through eastern New York.
8 In the foreground, you can see Chelsea Piers, a series of piers on the west side of Manhattan. Originally, they were part of a passenger ship terminal in the early 1900s. The nets you see are part of a city golf range located at the Piers.
9 We served everything buffet style.
10 Interns Blaney Rotanz and Kelly Keith. Blaney appeared on my television show, "Living" several times when she was a little girl.
12 During the 10-week summer internship program, each student worked in the department of their choice, and was matched to an employee manager. Students attended meetings, participated in special projects, and were assigned individual departmental tasks.
13 Interns also had the opportunity to work with each other on various projects, and attend special presentations and discussions hosted by senior staff members. It was an effort to inform and inspire our interns as much as possible during their time with us.
14 Nicole Polemeni-Hegarty, Casey Brady and Ren Robinson interned for me at my Bedford farm.
15 I was able to meet many of this year's interns during a presentation I gave earlier this summer. During the lecture and discussion, I encouraged them not to get too addicted to technology, but to continue learning by doing, seeing and reading as much as they could.
16 Jessica Davis with intern, Sally Elqura
17 Kristine Solomon and Lauren Magenta with interns Blaney Rotanz and Terri Wangler.
18 Holly Carlton, Kathryn Wieber, Zoe Vnak, Katie Holdefehr, Rebecca Alger, Alexandra Alemany, and Phoebe Melnick.
19 Internships are a great way for students to learn about business, and possibly their field of interest. Our program allowed these interns to cover areas such as events planning, product design, video production, and editorial development - in topics spanning weddings, cooking, gardening, decorating, etc.
20 The program worked to foster creativity, camaraderie and team work among its students through mentoring and hands-on experience from our managing staff.
21 Some of our interns posed with Anthony Luscia, and Melissa Goldstein from our editorial department. Many friendships are developed during our program too.
22 In all, we hosted 48 interns this year - a wonderful group of young adults. Thanks for all your hard work. We wish you all the best!