Macaulay Honors College
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.
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.
Finance Economics and Accounting Major
I chose the Macaulay Honors College because it not only gave me access to great professors, but it also gave me access to internships and part-time work in the financial services industry of New York City.
At the College of Staten Island I triple majored in Finance, Economics, and Accounting and used my Macaulay Opportunities Fund to take additional classes at the Investment Banking Institute and to register and prepare for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) exam.
I interned for the Bureau of Asset Management at the New York City Comptroller’s Office, which manages the world’s largest municipal pension fund and oversees $120 billion in assets. While there, I worked on special projects in the energy and natural resources sectors and reported directly to the Chief Investment Officer.
I worked for two broker-dealers in New York City and was able to earn the FINRA Series 7 and 63 Securities Licenses. I’m a regular contributor to the investing website Seeking Alpha, where I cover the natural resources, energy, and infrastructure sectors. I also joined the New York Society of Security Analysts and have done consulting work for the Toronto-based equity research firm, Cooper Financial Research.
At Macaulay/CSI, I did research and produced an honors thesis on the topic of Public Finance and Public Policy. I had a terrific faculty mentor, CSI Professor Jonathan Peters and received funding for my study from the Research Foundation of CUNY. My honors thesis explored infrastructure finance and the toll burden of Port Authority bridges on the Greater New York City area. This research has been cited by New York State Senators and United States Congressmen.
As a Macaulay student who is committed to giving back to the global community, I serve as Director of Global Volunteers and Vice President of the American Foundation for African Children's Education, a New York City-based multinational NGO that repairs primary schools in West Africa. To date, the foundation has repaired six schools and helped over 8,000 children in Senegal.
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.