Peter Yim,
Excelsior Service Fellow

Department of Motor Vehicles

Peter Yim

Graduating from SUNY Albany in 2009 right after the U.S. recession, Peter Yim became interested in the politics surrounding the economy and wanted to help build a better government. He decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College.

It wasn’t long after graduation that Peter, a Sheepshead Bay native, became involved with government agencies. An internship at the New York City Council Office of the Majority Whip allowed him to provide administrative support, conduct research and interact with community boards, advocacy groups, elected and appointed officials. That led to a position with the New York City Transit Office, where he worked in the Human Resources Department for Occupational Health Services and the Technology & Information Services Department.

"It has always been an aspiration of mine to make positive contributions to the world and to the lives of my fellow New Yorkers."

Peter’s academic achievement and public service helped him earn a spot in the prestigious Excelsior Service Fellowship. He was one of 80 recent graduates from colleges, universities, law and professional schools chosen by Governor Cuomo to serve in policy and operations for one of 41 state government agencies and authorities.

Appointed to the Department of Motor Vehicles in Albany, Peter has been engaged in operations, personnel, budgeting and legal work. He credits Baruch’s MPA and internship program with helping him develop the necessary skills to succeed in his current role. Classes in spreadsheets and budgeting and his professor’s expertise, he says, have all proved to be relevant to his job.

Working to coordinate New York City Transit’s Blood Donor Program also taught Peter about public organizations and how to work with management, which has assisted him in working with management and employees at the DMV to build a more efficient system designed to decrease customer wait time.

“The fellowship has been an excellent learning experience,” says Peter. “I got in [to the DMV] at a very interesting time.”

Written by Celene McDermott