Top NYC executives offer guidance to visiting students


When it comes to business, New York City is where the world meets. Global headquarters, stock exchanges, big banks and countless opportunities draw some of the world’s finest financial minds.

In recent years, the College of Business’ Career Management Services began to introduce small groups of students to New York through company visits and tours.

The effort, and its potential to change lives, attracted the attention of Eric Maldonado ’86 and Sandi Maldonado ’89 – two successful FIU alumni who are now based in New York. The trip has evolved into the Eric and Sandra Maldonado Scholars Program, an ambitious introduction to the elements of career success in a global business capital.

Determined to reinforce a culture of success, they decided to fund travel costs for 10 outstanding business students whose academic and professional records demonstrated strong potential for successful careers.

The first cohort of the Maldonado Scholars program traveled to New York City in April 2016. The 10 students, chosen from a group of more than 150 applicants, were accompanied by John Nykolaiszyn, interim director of Career Management Services, and Acting Dean Jose Aldrich.


At sessions prior to the trip, Nykolaiszyn coached students on company research and prepared them for everything from the frenetic pace of New York (look everywhere) to the rigors of subway travel (wear comfortable shoes and change to high heels in the lobby).

It was a whirlwind tour of diverse companies that help drive the New York City economy: The Related Group; L’oreal; banking giants Citi and BNY Mellon; mutual fund leader BlackRock; NASDAQ; and Markit.

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