CUNY BA, Public Policy & Political EconomyWhen honors student Gareth Rhodes graduates summa cum laude, his path to a future public service career will already include internships with a member of Congress, the governor of New York and the President of the United States.
These are just some of the highlights of an impressive resume that also includes a Gilman Scholarship, which took him to the University of Shanghai last winter, and a Truman Scholarship. Gareth, who is a Colin Powell Fellow, as well, did a double major in public policy and political economy through the CUNY Baccalaureate program and was in the Skadden Arps Honors Program in Legal Studies. Amazingly, he completed this demanding schedule in just three years.
In retrospect, Gareth can look back with more than satisfaction at his decision to attend City College. "The many offerings of CCNY, such as its location, strong academic programs, fellowship opportunities and diverse student body were the primary motivators for me to study here," the Kingston, N.Y., native says.
Once at CCNY, the myriad internships he participated in inspired him to pursue a career in public service.
"The internship experiences with Rep. Charles Rangel's district office, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in both the Executive Chamber and the Attorney General's office, and the White House Office of Scheduling and Advance were an important part of my college education," Gareth said. "They heightened my appreciation and interest in the role of government and public policy in the lives of ordinary citizens."
He says he feels that he is more than prepared to join the long distinguished list of public servants to emerge from CCNY that includes Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), '58, Justice Felix Frankfurter, 1902, and Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson, '72, and that he is grateful to those that helped put him in that position.
"The support of Lee Linde, Robin Villa and others in the Honors Center was central to my success at CCNY. The support from the staff at the Colin Powell Center and Skadden, Arps program has also been exceptional."
"The internship experiences…heightened my appreciation and interest in the role of government and public policy in the lives of ordinary citizens."
- Gareth Rhodes