Excelsior Service Fellow
New York State Department of Financial Services, Capital Markets Bureau, NYC
A visit to a Baruch College Career Fair in 2008 proved fateful for Brooklyn resident and Ukraine native Maria Parsheva. Initially planning on a business degree, Maria was offered an investigatory internship with the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which shaped into a future career in public affairs.
It was a change that certainly paid off. After graduating with both a Bachelor's and Master's in Public Affairs from Baruch College and working in the public and private sectors in budgeting and finance, Maria was chosen by Governor Cuomo to take part in the inaugural Excelsior Service Fellowship. The program allows 80 talented New York State graduates a two-year position in one of 41 state government agencies and authorities.
Maria was appointed to the Department of Financial Services, Capital Markets Bureau, in New York City, where she conducts research, policy analysis and financial statement analysis of the pensions systems in New York State."It is an honor to be selected to participate in such a rewarding and high level program. It was my dream to work in a government agency."
During her undergraduate work at Baruch, Maria remembers, "I enrolled in Professor Stephen DiBrienza's class, through which I received my internship with the Legislative division at City Council. I believe Bill de Blasio was council member at the time. While conducting research on immigration affairs, I had no doubt I was in the right field."
After deciding to earn her MPA at Baruch, however, Maria admits there were times she was doubtful about the economy and availability of jobs, and wondered whether she should switch to the MBA program. She says gaining experience in both public and private sector jobs, including a position as Senior Research Assistant for private financial firm Haver Analytics, helped her realize that her heart belonged to social profit.
"Through regulation and research, MPA students have the power to change policies and improve our government. Social profit constitutes the possibility of improving the lives of people who truly deserve aide and empathy."
Maria says her MPA courses, especially "Public Administration," "Statistical Analysis" and "Research and Economics and Program Evaluation," helped her prepare for this prestigious fellowship. She says she is grateful to the School of Public Affairs for encouraging students to apply for a variety of fellowships, which has allowed for valuable work experience. Her position as an Excelsior Service Fellow aligns perfectly with her career goals.
"I am getting extensive training on insurance and pensions evaluation, conducting financial analysis and partaking in the regulation of New York City agencies."she explains. "The next position I would like to hold would be in one of the Federal Government agencies located in New York City."
Written by Celene McDermott