Macaulay Honors College
Anastasia Hayes, Political Geography of the United States Major, the CUNY BA Program
World travel has taught College of Staten Island (CSI) student Ana Hayes ’17 many things. The most important lesson she shares, though, is to always “keep an open mind.”
After the 20-year-old Macaulay Honors College student traveled to Berlin, Germany this past summer, that lesson became a true reality.
“I met with quite a bit of culture shock upon my arrival in Berlin. The Germans are a wonderful people and, to some extent, the values and norms Americans share with them outweigh the differences between the two groups,” said Hayes about her two-month internship at the American Citizen Services department in the U.S. Embassy.
The Queens, NY-born CSI student is no stranger to travel, venturing to Europe as early as nine years old. These early experiences, coupled with her geographical coursework at CSI, according to Hayes, “proved very valuable as I developed some sense of European politics at large that I leaned on throughout my trip.” More >>
David Brady, Computer Science and Mathematics Major
David advanced his academic career thanks to the access Macaulay has to numerous internship opportunities. Through the help of Gianina Chrisman, Macaulay’s Assistant Director of Internships and Undergraduate Research, David obtained an internship with the Tri-Institutional Training Program in Computational Biology and Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College during the summer of his sophomore year.
David focused primarily on computational simulations of the Integrate-and-Fire neuron model at the Tri-Institutional Training Program. During his time here he conducted research under Professor Emre Akasay in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics and helped develop a modular script that was used for their research through the computer-based program MATLAB. More >>
The overall goal of this research project was to become familiar with modeling in neuroscience. Looking back on his time spent interning and performing research at Weill Cornell, Brady states, “It enhanced my programming skills and allowed me to connect my study of Computer Science and Mathematics, which I can use in any field involving modeling, ranging from medicine and biology in a research laboratory to quantitative analytics in a bank or corporation.”
Jenna Jankowski, Dramatic English Literature and Corporate Communications Major
Jenna Jankowski has accomplished a great deal during her Macaulay career, but developing and leading the college’s first athletic organization is one of her most influential achievements. The Macaulay Marauders quidditch team includes 40 students from all 5 boroughs who have traveled extensively together to compete, and has twice advanced to the World Cup.
Jenna’s studies focus on Dramatic English Literature and Corporate Communications and have taken her abroad several times. In London she studied contemporary British drama and in Amsterdam she gained a comparative understanding of how liberal policies effect everyday life. More >>
Jenna’s excellent performance in the CUNY New York State Model Senate Session Project led to her being selected to speak on the floor of the State Senate. Jenna credits her internships with teaching critical professional skills. She wrote grant proposals, speeches and press releases at Staten Island Borough Hall; helped the reelection campaign of Congressman Michael E. McMahon and currently serves the Empire State Development’s New York City Regional Office.
A Dean’s List scholar for all four years at Macaulay, Jenna is also the recipient of the Macaulay Legacy Award. The Staten Island native has been selected to take part in the Edward T. Rogowsky CUNY Washington D.C. internship program and will be interning for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
Amy Luo, Computer Science Major, Graphic Design Minor
Amy Luo has acquired a number of valuable career related experiences during her undergraduate time. In the fall semester of her junior year, she accepted a position with the CUNY IT Specialists Internship Program. During her time with the program, she performed customer support and regular IT duties at Staten Island Technical High School where she was instrumental in the development and rollout of an educational program that incorporated the use of iPads in the classroom. More >>
After networking at an event and using the connections maintained by the College of Staten Island and Macaulay, Amy landed an internship with Bloomberg LP. While working at Bloomberg, Amy completed a web development based project that will be added to the “Bloomberg Terminal.” Speaking about her time spent interning here Amy states, “Working at Bloomberg kind of flipped my whole mindset on what working in software development means. The interns here are very motivated and tech savvy people, and introduced me to a computer science community I never encountered before. Also, having the responsibility of my own project is really giving me a lot of experience.”
Amy has also performed research focused on computer security. She was referred by her Macaulay advisor to College of Staten Island Professor Soon Ae Chun and together they are working towards developing an online library of learning resources. Amy presented her research entitled “Integrated Micro-Learning Library using Cyber Security Ontology” at the CSI Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance in May of 2014.
Zach Crespi, Accounting, Economics, and Finance Major
In the summer of 2013, I interned with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP with their Internal Audit practice in New York City. PwC is the number one professional services firm in the world, and the largest of the “Big Four” accounting firms measured by 2012 revenues, employing around 180,000 employees in 776 cities across 159 countries.
As an audit intern I was exposed to both financial services and non-financial services clients based in Manhattan. Throughout my eight-week tenure, I assisted Associates and Senior Associates with daily tasks, such as formatting and organizing audit documents, and performing controls testing. After learning the functions and steps of the audit process, I was able to structure Scope Memos and Work Plans for specific Internal Audit reviews, as well as for Sarbanes-Oxley. More >>
My internship provided me with the opportunity to participate in PwC’s corporate responsibility program named Project Belize. A financial literacy program with its roots in New York City schools, Project Belize provides partners, principals, staff, and interns the ability to help improve upon the social and economic challenges facing the children and adults in Belize City, Belize. Through an extensive three-day financial literacy curriculum, I was able to make an impact on the lives of twenty public school students by teaching them important lessons about budgeting, financing, and creating a well rounded business plan. To learn more about this amazing program, feel free to visit PwC’s Project Belize website.
As a Macaulay Honors College student, I have been privileged to interact with high-caliber students, staff and professors. The school has continuously supported and encouraged me to go beyond my limits and achieve strategic milestones, such as landing a lucrative internship with PwC. My experiences with individuals throughout Macaulay has given me the tools I need to be successful in the business world, and allowed me to foster valuable relationships that I will always keep.
Veronica Shi, Corporate Communications and Graphic Design Major
Macaulay helped me take the first step into the world of internships. The advisement at Macaulay/CSI was very helpful in polishing my resume and interview skills. With Macaulay's numerous connections, I was able to obtain my very first internship at RecoJeans, a small start-up retail company. From there, I've interned at MediaCom, an international media buying and planning agency; Harper's BAZAAR, a high fashion women's magazine; RGM Group, an interactive media firm; and NY Creative Interns, a community dedicated to helping young creatives find their passion through job posts and events. I've worked closely with many high executives at each company completing a variety of tasks including event planning, graphic design, and researching different types of data. Macaulay has helped me mature into a professional businesswoman and explore my major across a number of different industries. With the many doors Macaulay has opened for me thus far, I am able to open the next door on my own.
I chose CSI because it was close home and the Macaulay Honors College seemed to provide a lot of guidance and support. Plus the package of full tuition scholarship and other financial benefits was perfect. The research and internship opportunities have been better than anything I anticipated.
Right now I am working with Dr. Alejandra Alonso on Alzheimer’s-related neuroscience research. I have also been working with Dr. Tomoaki Kato of New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, a noted pioneer of multiple-organ transplantation, on a study of organ donation. New York is known to have the lowest donation rates in the country, and we are trying to find out why. Our first task is to work with the hospital staff to understand their knowledge of organ donation and then to develop a plan to increase donations.
Electrical Engineering major, Theater and Math minors
I had an internship last summer with MTA bridges and tunnels where I learned about the engineering field and its applications in the real world. I was able to work with the engineers in the Quality Assurance department and assisted them as they visited different projects and ensured that quality work was being done. In one instance I helped to inspect the catwalk underneath the Verrazano Bridge and went on a manlift to view work being done inside the lower level. It was an unbelievable experience.
The Macaulay Honors College at CSI helped me get this internship. The honors program gives its students the opportunities to gain hands-on experience in their field of interest. In the future I plan on working in either robotics or on the bridges and tunnels where I spent my summer.