The JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program, funded by the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW), is a two-year program for students from Stony Brook University and Binghamton University. The integrated program includes two years of scholarship support (up to $5,000 each year), a monthly seminar series for two academic years and paid internships in New York-based global organizations that are offered during the summer between the junior and senior years. The goal of the program is to prepare students for careers as practitioners in the field of international relations and global affairs and to create strong mentor and peer networks that will continue to support students’ goals through their careers.
During summer 2011, the JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program hosted the pilot class of interns. Twenty students from Stony Brook and Binghamton held paid internships at prestigious international organizations and took part in topical weekly seminars featuring keynote speakers from the Council on Foreign Relations, the United Nations, the State Department and Pfizer Global. Interns were placed at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the Institute of International Education, the American Turkish Society and charity: water, among others.
A second program, the Two-Year Academic Program, started in September 2011 with 19 students from the same campuses. During the academic year, students participated in a monthly seminar designed to give a practitioner’s overview on key global themes, vocabulary and resources in international relations and global affairs. This September, a new cohort of students began another Two-Year Academic Program, which will run through 2014.
“My participation in the JFEW-SUNY Program has been a wonderful experience,” said Undergraduate Student Government President Anna Lubitz, who did her internship at the SUNY Global Center this past summer. “Through the JFEW seminars and my internship, I was able to apply skills that I have learned from the program to my leadership position on campus. I highly recommend women to apply for the JFEW-SUNY Program if they have any interest in international relations and global affairs. The JFEW-SUNY Program is truly an inspiring opportunity and experience.”
Lubitz is majoring in biology and minoring in music, but has always had an interest in international relations and global affairs, especially politics.