Paid Virtual Summer Internships

The Center for Career and Professional Development is excited to share an opportunity that was brought to us through the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The NYC Digital Internship Initiative is a partnership between the Knowledge House, Student Dream, and Bloc.

The NYC Digital Internship Initiative will host 600+ virtual paid internships this summer. This is a three-part program consisting of:

·       Upskilling courses addressing digital skills

·       Putting skills into practice by working collaboratively on a project developing plug-ins for a community resources site

·       Externship where interns will meet leaders in the NY Tech industry

Students or recent alumni do not need any specific qualifications, but should be interested in the following career paths:

·       Software Development

·       Data Analytics

·       Digital Marketing

·       Product Management

·       Technical Customer Support

·       Contact Tracing

·       UX

Applications are open now, so we encourage students and recent alumni to apply as soon as possible.

Apply online.

The Program begins Wednesday, July 15 and runs through Wednesday, Aug. 26.

Please see the online flyer for more information.​

By Caryl Watkins

CSI Food Pantry – New Summer Hours of Operation

We hope that this message finds you well during this trying time. The Office of Student Life would like to remind you that the CSI Food Pantry will continue to be an available resource throughout the summer. If you or a student you know is having difficulties finding food to eat during this challenging time, CSI has a non-perishable Food Pantry that was created to help provide assistance for our students. Throughout the summer, the pantry remains available to our campus community by appointment only with new summer days and times.  

The NEW SUMMER Food Pantry APPOINTMENT HOURS will be from 10:30am to 1:00pm on TUESDAY’S and THURSDAY’S FOR THE REMAINDER of June AND ALL OF JULY. If you need to make an appointment, please fill out the online form and someone from the Office of Student Life will contact you. Please note, if the dates and times listed above do not work for your schedule or if you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

By the Division of Student Affairs

Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI): NEW Bb Basics Cohort and Updated Summer Virtual Drop-In Center Hours

Due to faculty requests for the new Blackboard Basics course, we have extended cohort availability into July. For those of you who would like to complete this prerequisite course but have not yet signed up, the dates for the two remaining cohorts are as follows: 

Cohort 7 – Begins on 6/29/2020, enrollment closing at 5:00pm; Friday, June 26

NEW JULY Cohort, Cohort 8 – Begins on Monday, July 13, enrollment closing at 5:00pm; Friday, July 10

If you would like to enroll in one of the above cohorts, please contact Kristen Lindtvedt at 

Virtual Drop-in Center Hours for Week of Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26:

Today marks the beginning of CSI’s four-day “Summer Schedule” work week. As a result, starting today, our Virtual Drop-in Center will be open from 4:00pm to 5:30pm daily, Monday to Thursday. Sessions can be accessed via the direct links below, or by using the Virtual Drop-in Center button located on the main page of the Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI) Bb Organization available to all teaching faculty at CSI. 

By Kristen Lindtvedt

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of June 22

In lieu of our monthly Lunch and Learn Series, Technology Training will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications that will assist you with your telecommuting efforts. 

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future, please contact us and we will do our best to assist you.

Please use our Registration page to register for this week’s sessions. Please note that this schedule is fluid and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to better serve the College community.

Day Date Time Class
Monday 6/22/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Monday 6/22/20 10:30am – 11:30am Office 365 – One Note (Create shared notebooks for your department and classes.)
Monday 6/22/20 11:30am – NoonOffice 365 – (Learn how to use Office 365 to collaborate on Office documents.)
Monday 6/22/20 4:30pm – 5:30pm Excel – (Excel functions)
Monday 6/22/20 5:00pm – 6:00pm Technology Overview for Students
Tuesday 6/23/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Tuesday 6/23/20 10:00am – 11:00am Technology Overview for Students
Tuesday 6/23/20 12:30pm – 2:00pm Blackboard Collaborate for Faculty
Tuesday 6/23/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Dropbox – (Learn how to store files in the cloud.)
Wednesday 6/24/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Wednesday 6/24/20 Noon – 1:00pm Google Voice – (Learn how to mask your personal phone number.)
Wednesday 6/24/20 3:00pm – 3:30pm Scanning Documents using your smartphone.
Wednesday 6/24/20 4:00pm – 5:00pm Technology Overview for Students
Thursday 6/25/20 9:30am – 10:30am Need Help? Visit with Doriann during a Virtual Office Hour
Monday 6/22/20 1:00pm – 2:30pm WebEx – (Learn how to conduct virtual meetings.)
Thursday 6/25/20 2:30pm – 3:30pm Technology Overview for Students
Thursday 6/25/20 3:30pm – 4:30pm PowerPoint Basics

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

PCA Student Statements Update

Last week, I sent a message highlighting the poetry readings of Zaenob A. Bashir and Mayah Burke, students in the Drama Program of the Department of Performing and Creative Arts. In the message, I should have mentioned that these two talented students received important and caring mentoring from PCA faculty members Sean Edgecomb, Maurya Wickstrom, George Sanchez, and Kevin Judge. A solidarity statement, written by the aforementioned faculty, accompanied the two poems. The entire presentation can be viewed online. 

Wishing you all a joyful Juneteenth.

By Michael Parrish


One hundred and fifty-five years ago today, a federal order was read in Galveston TX, declaring that all enslaved people in Texas were free. The news was delivered more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863. Today marks the first time that New York State and CUNY will observe Juneteenth as a state holiday. In Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order declaring this a holiday, it is noted that the day is a “reminder of the hardships and losses suffered by African Americans in their struggle to attain freedom, and we pay tribute to the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in this quest; through their experiences and those of others who were successful in achieving victory, we find among the most poignant and valuable lessons of humankind that continue to resonate with people of all backgrounds.” I hope everyone takes time today to reflect on these lessons and commits to employ them in creating a better and more just world.  

​If you are interested in learning more about this emancipation celebration, please register for today’s virtual presentation:  The Evolution of Juneteenth​, Friday, June 19; 11:45am to 12:45pm. This is a CC CLUE event.

Register to attend online. ​Join public historian and CSI alumna Debbie-Ann Paige for a discussion of the history and significance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated ommemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and the culmination of the many celebrations created along the road to freedom. The discussion will be moderated by  CSI’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Jennifer S. Borrero.   

By William J. Fritz

Blackboard Turnitin Upgrade

CUNY CIS will be upgrading the Turnitin Blackboard building block late in the evening on Friday, June 19. While the building block is being upgraded, you and your students may experience momentary connection issues while attempting to use Turnitin. This maintenance upgrade is being performed to address a known issue where opening a student’s submitted paper from the Needs Grading View or from within the Blackboard Grade Center causes no submission or the incorrect submission to be displayed. Student submissions open correctly when accessed through the Turnitin Assignment tool listed under Course Tools on your course Control Panel.  No new functionality is being introduced at this time.

We strongly encourage all instructors to access student Turnitin Assignment submissions via the Turnitin Assignments tool on the course Control Panel and not the Grade Center to ensure full functionality of the Turnitin building block. Turnitin submissions accessed via the Blackboard Grade Center may not function properly. 

Please feel free to contact the Faculty Center’s Blackboard support team at with questions, concerns, or your thoughts on the process. 

​ By Michael Castelli