Excelsior Service Fellow
State Department of Health
Working in public service has always been appealing to Jason Warshowsky. The Roslyn, NY native began a career at NYU Langone Medical Center, where he worked in the purchasing department and on the Infection Control Committee to handle the re-opening of the medical center following Hurricane Sandy.
After completing his master's degree in Public Administration with a healthcare administration specialty from Baruch College in early 2013, Jason was excited to learn that he was chosen to be an Excelsior Service Fellow. This inaugural fellowship announced by Governor Cuomo, began in September 2013, allowing 80 talented graduates of colleges, universities, law and professional schools to gain experience working in one of 41 state government agencies and authorities.
"This was an excellent career opportunity, and I knew it would be a great learning experience," Jason said about his appointment to the State Department of Health. Now in the position for a few months, Jason says that the MPA program at Baruch offered him a detailed overview about healthcare policy.
"[The MPA at Baruch] gave me a glimpse into how city government works, and I learned about organizational structure, which is important in state government."
In the future, Jason wants to make a difference and says that working in state government has allowed him to work on important issues. He hopes to earn a doctorate in public health. His advice to current School of Public Affairs students? "Recognize that state government is very large. You can't step in there and change things immediately, but once you get more comfortable, maybe then you can make a difference."
Written by Celene McDermott