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Paul Contarino, Marist ‘08

Majored in History with a Minor in Catholic Studies and African Diaspora

What has your career path been to this point?

I am currently an Administrative Operations Analyst in the New York State Department of Health’s Fiscal Management Group. I work most closely with the purchasing, reporting and accounts payable units. For the last nearly twenty-one months, I have been heavily involved with the COVID-19 response.

Young man with short brown hair sitting at a desk in front of a computer. There are filing cabinets in the background.

Can you share an experience from your time at HRVI that stands out as meaningful?

One of the best moments involved working on the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge project as part of the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial.

How has your experience at HRVI helped you advance your educational or professional pursuits since graduating from Marist?

Working at HRVI inspired me to go onto graduate school for History at the State University of New York at Albany.

As HRVI celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022, do you have any advice for future HRVI interns based on your time at HRVI and your experience in your professional field?

Interning at HRVI is a great stepping stone. The staff is extremely supportive of the projects that you work on. Due to my work tenure at HRVI, I got noticed by other historical intuitions and was asked to assist them with organizing their collections, thus establishing very good connections.