Baruch Alumna Among 42 Selected for
Federal "Emerging Leaders Program"
Ting Mei Chau (MPA’06), one of 42 young professionals participating in the Department of Health and Human Services Emerging Leaders Program (ELP), did not expect to make the shortlist for the highly selective national program when she first applied.
She was looking into federal employment opportunities when she found out about the initiative, a nationwide internship project that prepares outstanding public policy graduate students to take on roles of increasing responsibility in federal agencies.
Chau immigrated to New York from China eight years ago and landed a position with Oxford Health’s Medicare Partners program. When she felt that she wanted to improve her grasp of health care and public policy, she applied to Baruch’s School of Public Affairs, its MPA program ranked in the top 20 percent of public administration programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. “I liked Baruch’s program [because] the faculty’s outstanding,” said Chau. “I believe my Baruch education and my work background put me ahead of many others.”
“My previous job with a health insurance firm required a lot of knowledge about federal Medicare and Medicaid regulations,” explained Chau. “So when I was doing research on careers, I tried to find any possible positions in those fields.”
More than 3,000 candidates from the most reputable schools in the nation applied for the ELP positions, and only 100 finalists were invited to interview with the program’s representatives. “I didn’t expect to get it because it was quite competitive,” said Chau. “There were quite a few candidates from the University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, NYU, and so on—they were all impressive.” After being selected, she relocated to Maryland, where she will work within several divisions of the department for the next two years.
The Department of Health and Human Services has the biggest budget among all 13 federal agencies and is the parent organization for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among others. The department's Emerging Leaders Program is in its fifth year of operation.
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