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Baruch Sponsors Two Colin Powell Fellowships for Internships In the State Department

Sponsored by Former Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, Internships Aim for Students with High GPAs, Fluency in Languages, and Interest in International Affairs

BARUCH COLLEGE, NEW YORK, NY – Baruch College has announced two winners of its first Colin Powell Fellowships, which will fund two high-achieving Baruch juniors or seniors during eight-week internships working for the State Department in Washington or for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York, depending on where they are needed.

Requirements for the Colin Powell Fellowships are that students have a 3.5 GPA or higher, be fluent in English and at least one other language, preferably more, and have an interest in foreign policy and international affairs.

The winners were Ariel Krinshpun and Andreea Ursu. Krinshpun, a Baruch senior from Brooklyn and Honors student with a 3.8 GPA, is an accounting major and mathematics minor, a chess enthusiast, and a fluent speaker of Russian and Hebrew with some proficiency in Spanish. Ursu is a junior corporate communication major and sociology minor from Manhattan, with a 3.6 GPA, who speaks Romanian, Spanish, French and even a little Mandarin; who has worked as a volunteer for the UN Development Program and for the Weissman Center for International Business as the AIESEC work abroad coordinator; and who is part of the CUNY honors program. She has studied abroad in Rome, Cairo and Shanghai.

The Fellowhips have been funded by former Ambassador Carl Spielvogel, who served as US Ambassador to the Slovak Republic in 2000 and 2001, and who received his BBA from Baruch in 1952, along with an Honorary LLD in 1984. He is also an Honorary Trustee of the Baruch College Fund.

“The intention of the Colin Powell Fellowships and the internship program is to interest outstanding young people in the possibility of pursuing careers in the State Department,” Ambassador Spielvogel said. “Since Colin Powell is a graduate of City College we thought it would be appropriate to name the fellowships after him. We spent five hours interviewing the final candidates and it was a most difficult decision, for they were all truly outstanding. It is our hope that if the program works successfully this year, it can expanded in the future.”

The competition was administered by the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch, and judged by Ambassador Spielvogel along with former Ambassador to Canada and to the EU Thomas Niles, who is on the Weissman Center’s Advisory Board; Dean of Baruch’s Weissman School of Arts and Sciences Myrna Chase; Professor of Finance and Director of the Weissman Center Terrence Martell; and Deputy Director of the Weissman Center Lene Skou.

There were fifty applicants for the two prizes, and six finalists. The four runners up were: Joanne Wong, junior, accounting; Caroline Kim, junior, finance and international politics; Richard Leung, junior, pre-med English and chemistry; and Gennady Rudkevich, junior, political science and economics.

Vince Passaro,
Director of Public Relations

Zane Berzins
News Director

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