Baruch Student Alyssa Alicino Earns Internship at the White House

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NEW YORK, NY-February 21, 2013 Baruch College student Alyssa Alicino is spending the 2013 Spring Semester in Washington, D.C., interning at the White House.

Originally from Queens, Alyssa, a junior in the School of Public Affairs, is one of the select group of young men and women from across the country who are participating in the White House Internship Program. As an intern, Alyssa will be conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, writing memos, and staffing events.

While the interns’ responsibilities and tasks vary by department, all interns participate in weekly events including a weekly speaker series with senior staff members and small group meetings exploring different policy aspects of the Executive Office of the President through speakers, discussion and off-site field trips. The internship experience also places an emphasis on community service and interns participate in regularly scheduled service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.

“I first found out about the White House Internship Program because of a weekly email of opportunities from the Macaulay Honors College,” said Alyssa, who plans to graduate in Spring 2014. “Its title: “The White House Internship: A Public Service Leadership Program” instantly captured my attention. I am proud to be a leader dedicated to bettering society; for this reason, the title of the program assured me that it was a good fit for me.”

Alyssa is not the only Baruch student interning at the nation's capital. Graduate students enrolled in Baruch's Master of Public Administration Program are also interning in Washington, D.C., including:

  • Leslie Grant, from Brooklyn, NY and Deepak Shenoy, from Queens, are interning at the U.S. Department of Commerce, the government body that helps make American businesses more innovative at home and more competitive abroad.
  • Angelica Martinez, from Bogota, Columbia, is interning at Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that food, water and fish are safe to consume, accessible and sustainably produced.
  • Michelle Pinto, from Mumbai, India, is interning at Microfinance Opportunities, a nonprofit group that develops ideas and solutions that help the financial community better serve the low-income consumer.
  • Marolyn Gentles, from Kingston, Jamaica, is interning at Trees for the Future, a nonprofit agroforestry resource center that works with local farmers and community groups to help them better support themselves, and to restore degraded lands to sustainable productivity by planting trees.
  • Bethany Nelson, from Seoul, Korea, is interning at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a nonprofit group that conducts research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialog, and strengthen families.

Alyssa is a member of AIESEC, a not-for-profit that promotes student leadership by facilitating international exchanges. In 2012, she was the Vice President of Outgoing Exchange where she sent more than 55 students abroad; she now serves as a member of the National Support Team, as the Supply and Demand manager. Alyssa has worked for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater for three years, and has interned at the Brooklyn Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In the past two years, she has studied abroad in Spain and Guatemala and volunteered in Chile. This summer, Alyssa will be interning with the U.S. State Department in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

With her extensive experience and interest in exploring international cultures, Alyssa plans to pursue a career in the Foreign Service and feels her experience as a White House intern will help her prepare for her future.

“It is vital to thoroughly understand domestic policy before I can have a successful career as a Foreign Service Officer,” said Alyssa , who also enjoys dancing and trying international cuisine. “I believe that the White House Internship Program can provide me with a foundation like no other for my future career. I hope to improve my understanding of domestic and international policy formation and learn more about how the functions of certain councils directly impact the outcomes seen by the public. I hope to meet new people and in the process discover more about myself.”

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Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.

 

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