BS in Economics

Matt Guse, 2016

Matt Guse

What work are you doing now? 

As a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C., I work with economists and analysts in the Division of International Finance. My job consists of two broad components: assisting with research and facilitating day-to-day production work. In my case, this means helping manage the Treasury International Capital (TIC) survey database with the Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

What do you like about it?

I enjoy experiencing the world of economic policy firsthand. I build technical and quantitative skills and learn new concepts in economics and finance daily. I especially appreciate being able to participate in facilitating a meaningful policymaking process and contribute to a robust research institution. Recently, I helped prepare an economist for a briefing of the Board of Governors immediately proceeding a meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee. I'm able to put my degree to use in a real policy setting.

How did your degree in the college prepare you to do this work? 

George Mason's economics program provides a robust foundation in classical theory and the economic way of thinking. In particular, I found my econometrics course, which gave a uniquely abstract introduction to the subject, useful. I was able to apply the base of theoretical knowledge I gathered at Mason to better understand the technical statistical and programming skills that I use daily.

What advice would you give current students about developing their careers?

Mason is, in large part, what you choose to make of it. There are a number of opportunities available through the school in the Washington, D.C., area, especially in economics. For instance, I was able to study abroad and expand my field of knowledge at the University of Oxford, and I completed an internship at the United States Department of the Treasury during my time at Mason. Both were invaluable experiences in helping me be successful in my job today.