Career Services

Think About Your Future in a Whole New Way.

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology considers the career development of every student a primary responsibility. Career counseling is conducted through the office of career services, department chairs and the faculty. Throughout its history, the College has assisted its students and graduates in securing meaningful internships and employment that relates to the majors offered.

Leaders in aviation, aerospace, manufacturing, engineering design, public utilities, local state and federal government, to name a few, seek the College’s graduates. The office of career services provides ongoing industry updates for both continuing and graduating students. The College is also committed to lifelong learning and advisement on career development issues for its alumni. Employment opportunities, job prospects, company literature and information are provided through this office as well. Career development guidance and assistance are always available to students.

Meet the Staff

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Philip Meade, Assistant Vice President

Phil manages all operations of the career services’ office and is responsible for helping train students and alumni in all aspects of conducting a professional and effective job search. One of the most important roles Phil plays is to meet one-on-one with students and alumni to address their individual career plans and needs. Phil and his staff assist students and alumni with identifying career opportunities and helping candidates pursue them. The career services office also works to increase the number of companies that offer internships, full and part-time employment opportunities for Vaughn students and alumni.

Maria Alfonso, Director of Career Services

Maria recently join Vaughn College as the director of career services. Prior to coming to Vaughn, she worked for five years in academic advising, employer relations, internship programs, career services and international accreditation at a renowned university in Bogotá, Colombia. Maria is native from Colombia and earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universidad Santo Tomas. She received a Master of Business Administration degree in international business from Montclair State University. Maria manages the operations for all career services programs and events and regulates all employment-related functions for the department. She coordinates employer relations processes and directs procedures for job placement outcomes. Maria is responsible for guiding students and alumni on career decisions and preparing them for achieving their career goals and on connecting them with employers.

Sandra Buatti-Ramos, Internship and Career Adviser

Sandra serves as Vaughn College’s internship and career adviser, providing holistic guidance and support to students throughout their career development endeavors. She is committed to promoting social mobility and equipping students with the competencies required to ascend the social and financial strata of modern society. As a certified MBTI® Global Step I™ and Step II™ and Strong Interest Inventory™ practitioner, she works with students to identify personality type preferences, provide individual feedback, foster the development of interpersonal, collaboration, leadership, communication, and other core skills, and match students’ interests with potential educational, career, and leisure activities. Sandra oversees and instructs the career development course, and currently serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Sandra holds a master’s degree in higher education administration from Stony Brook University, a master’s degree in communication from the University at Albany, and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from SUNY Oneonta.


As a result of students engaging with the Career Services Office, students will:

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  • Have the ability to select an appropriate major based on use of the counseling process, interest inventories, career resources and/or internet sources.
  • Have the ability to identify career options and develop an individual plan to follow for their career decision making.
  • Have the skills to prepare an effective resume, cover letter and/or personal statement.
  • Have the ability to prepare for and complete a successful interview.
  • Have the ability to identify and utilize jobs resources: Vaughn Career Connect, on-campus recruiting events, networking opportunities, internships and on-line resources.
  • Be able to identify graduate/professional school opportunities and follow through with the application process: personal statements and letters of recommendations.
  • Have the ability to acquire practical experience in their field by completing internships, summer jobs or shadowing opportunities.

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