Alumnus George Mathew (BBA '11, MPA '13)
Earns Intern Award from the Federal Executive Board
NEW YORK, NY- May 7, 2014 – Baruch College Alumnus George Mathew (BBA ’11, MPA ’13) has earned the Outstanding Intern Award from the Federal Executive Board for his time serving as an intern with the New York Harbor Healthcare system. George was presented with the award on May 9 during the Federal Employees of the Year reception.
Originally from Bahrain, George and his family moved to Yonkers, NY when he was four years old. After graduating high school in 2007, George moved to Astoria, Queens and decided to attend Baruch and earned a BBA in Finance and Investments from the Zicklin School of Business. George continued his studies at Baruch and earned his Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Policy in May 2013 from the School of Public Affairs.
Finding His Direction
George began his internship with the NY Harbor Healthcare system on May 29, 2012. During spring 2012, he learned about the TCF (Technical Career Fields) Fellowship with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and their New York Harbor Healthcare system, during a visit to Baruch’s School of Public Affairs career service office.
George enrolled in the internship class, taught by Professor of Public Affairs Michael Feller, during the summer of 2012 to coincide with his internship with the VA. George says it was one of the best decisions he have ever made.
“Professor Feller has mentored and guided me through my internship at the VA during our class and after,” he says. “As all students know, starting your career and finding yourself in your early 20’s is a difficult and scary road. He is a wonderful resource for students and any Baruch student that is able to receive his mentorship and guidance should consider themselves extremely lucky.”
While interning, George had the opportunity to work with senior management within NY Harbor Healthcare system on a variety of projects that ranged from creating a Learning Center, moving a whole ward because of construction, implementing a new software system or something as simple as hanging a mural on a wall.
“My experience as an intern provided me an opportunity to see an organization from a top down perspective,” George says. “I received a firsthand view all the challenging situations and decisions senior management faces to ensure Veterans receive the best care when they visit NY Harbor Healthcare Systems.”
As an intern, George also dealt with the aftermath caused by Hurricane Sandy when a NY Harbor facility was shut down for a few months due to damage. “As an intern I was able to experience and be a part of a team that shut down a hospital, reopened a hospital and renovate a hospital to ensure that future catastrophic events would not have a significant impact on a hospital’s operations again. The road to recovery was not easy, but I will cherish these experiences for the rest of my life.”
George considers himself very privileged to work under the leadership of Jodie Jackson, Associate Director of Finance. “Through my successes and failures, she made every moment a teaching moment,” George says. “She spent countless hours investing in my career and without her supervision and leadership; I would not have grown into the person I am today.”
George aspires to have a long standing career in healthcare and has learned the importance of being able to change and adapt in order to progress in any career.
“If I am lucky enough, I aspire and hope I am able to work within the NY Harbor Healthcare system, providing services to Veterans who risked their lives for our freedom.”
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.