BSPA students (current and alumni) have gone on every year to study at leading higher education institutions, receive prestigious fellowships, and work in major public and nonprofit organizations.
Daniel Gedeon ('14) has been accepted to the 2013 CUNY Washington DC Internship Program. He will be interning with Congressman Gregory Meeks, who represents New York's 5th congressional district.
Alyssa Alicino ('14) 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.
Celeste Simon ('13) was awarded a NextGen Award Scholarship by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. The $4,500 scholarship provides financial support to perform 300 hours of service with a nonprofit organization. Celeste will spend the spring semester in Albany where she will intern with the New York State Senate. The nature of the Senate's work and the impact that it has on support and regulation of the nonprofit sector provide an interesting opportunity for Celeste to learn about the forces that shape the sector.
Anjelica Mantikas (’15) is helping to change the world. With seven of her high school classmates at John F. Kennedy high school in Long Island, New York, Anjelica founded a new nonprofit organization, One is Greater Than None, to save the lives of the children of Ghana. Her nonprofit has been featured on national programs such as ABC News, CBS News, the Martha Stewart Show, Rosie Radio, and Teen Vogue. Anjelica plans to be a human rights lawyer.
Lina Cruz (’14) completed an internship with the New York Yankees in the Latino-Affairs department. She was the first intern in a department that does everything related to the Hispanic community such as community relations, marketing, media, and publications.
Julie Zacchini (’14) was awarded a $5,000 LCU grant which helps female BSPA students with rental costs. She is currently interning at a nonprofit called “Global Kids” and will be assisting on a pilot program, networking teens from communities faced with environmental justice issues for a conference in Virginia in spring 2013.
Rebecca Diaz (’13) used her Nonprofit Leadership Alliance internship at the United Way of New York City (UWNYC) to secure a full-time position as a Program Associate. She was named as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 2012 Scholar and received an award of $2,500 for school-related and extracurricular expenses.
Gloria Malone (’13) was invited to testify in front of Congress about what teen and young parents really need in terms of the policies elected officials vote on and how their decisions directly impact the young parent community. This opportunity was made possible by the National Latinas Instistue of Reproductive Health. Through her internship at Resilience Advocacy Project she was able to create a political activist workshop geared towards young women becoming their own political advocates and how to advocate for the change they would like to see in their communities.
Veronica Trelles (’13) received a Hagedorn fellowship twice and interned at an international nonprofit called Pro Mujer where she was hired as an assistant office manager. Veronica also participated in the North American Mobility Program (NAMP) in the summer of 2012 and studied at Mexico’s Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP).
Christian Sibucao (’13) was selected for the New York State Assembly Internship Program for the spring 2012 term. The Assembly internship offers college students a chance to participate in state government and the legislative process through a well-structured practical learning experience.
Isis Hollis (’13) was selected for the New York State Senate Undergraduate Session Assistant Program for the spring 2012 term. This program offers approximately 30 talented undergraduate students an opportunity to experience state government and the legislative process, through their participation in an on-site, academic enriching, and career building work experience.
Sangya Singh (’13) was accepted into the Masters of Science program in Global Affairs at NYU for spring 2013 and recently obtained employment in the News and Media Division of the United Nations.
Yelky Ramos (’12) was selected as a finalist for the DREAM Fellowship, a joint project of the New York Immigration Coalition and the Fund for Public Advocacy that provides 10 exceptional undocumented students with CUNY scholarships of $2,000 each and the opportunity to participate in an internship and leadership development program.
Chelsea Vander Putten (’12) is employed full time as a development associate for a non-profit that helps children with disabilities and follows them all through their lives. ACDS, formerly the Association for Children with Down Syndrome, has grown from a local pre-school into a wonderful program for people with all different kinds of disabilities. They start with kids as early as infancy and follow them through adulthood providing them with care when they need it and letting them spread their wings to live on their own.
Charles Guerrier-Aponza (’12) is teaching high school chemistry and math in the Upper Ninth Ward of New Orleans as part of Teach for America.