JFEW Information & Application
Jewish Foundation for Education of Women | SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Two-Year Academic Program 2013-2015
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 Binghamton and Stony Brook with a preference for females. 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 offered during the summer between the Junior and Senior years. The Two-Year Academic Program will start in September 2013 and will provide a total of twenty scholarships. 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. Students from all backgrounds who match the criteria are encouraged to apply.
The Two-Year Academic Program (2013-2015) Includes:
Scholarship assistance of up to $5,000 during the student's Junior year and Senior year for a total of up to $10,000 for two years. Scholarship amounts are initially calculated on an annual basis; however, specific scholarships for each semester are determined based on whether participating students continue to meet the scholarship's GPA and financial need requirements. JFEW scholarships must not be used to replace other scholarship or grant funding. JFEW scholars may not receive a combination of scholarships, grants, Federal Work Study and/or education loans exceeding the Cost of Attendance as determined by their Financial Aid Office. Participation in three 3-hour seminars held on Friday afternoons each semester. Seminars are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of major issues, organizations, and people in International Relations and Global Affairs. Students will have required readings and written assignments.Facilitated networking, professional development, and mentoring opportunities.A paid8-week summer internship between the Junior and Senior years that includes:Placement in an internationally focused organization ranging from well‐known international think tanks and UN organizations, to NGOs.Stipend of $3,500 paid in three installments during the summer internship.Academic Credit may be available through your university.Three Day Orientation in New York City before the internship will include: an overview of key international relations and global affairs issues; site visits to prestigious international organizations; sessions by international relations experts; and preparation for the internship.A weekly Distinguished Speakers Series highlighting key leaders in organizations working internationally. The Series will be held in the evening. Attendance is required.Opportunity to attend special activities at various NYC organizations such as events at the Foreign Policy Association, Council of the Americas, and Asia Society.One day wrap‐up and debrief session during the last week of the internship.
* Please note that students planning to participate in a study abroad program their Junior or Senior Year are still encouraged to apply for the program. Provisions will be made for their participation in the monthly seminars during their study abroad. However, students must be available for the summer 2014 months (June through August) for the duration of the internship in New York City.
Selection Criteria and Requirements:
Candidates should demonstrate a strong interest in a career in International Relations and Global Affairs and meet all of the following requirements:
- Minimum GPA of 3.2
- U. S. citizens or eligible for citizenship
- Permanent residence must be in New York City or within a 50-mile radius thereof
- Entering their Junior Year in fall 2013
- Current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with their University's
Office of Financial Aid. This FAFSA must establish that the student has demonstrated
financial need. It is therefore a requirement that you complete your 2013-2014 FAFSA
prior to the submission of your scholarship application.
- It is important to note that you may complete your 2013-2014 FAFSA prior to having filed 2012 Federal Income Tax Returns. Simply use estimates to answer the income questions during your initial FAFSA filing. After tax returns are completed and filed, enter the correct information on your FAFSA using the Correct your FAFSA feature on the fafsa.ed.gov website.
How to Apply:
Candidates must submit:
- Two Letters of Reference.
- Personal statement, no more than 2 pages in length, identifying their interest in International Relations and Global Affairs, and explain how they plan to use the program to benefit their career goals.
- Resume, no more than two pages in length, highlighting their education, employment, and volunteer experiences, as well as any relevant extra-curricular activities and personal achievements. Candidates are encouraged to visit their university's Career Development Center for assistance in preparing their resume.
- Completed Application Form and Authorization to Check Financial Records. Candidates will authorize the Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW) to list their name on the JFEW web site if they are selected.
Application Deadline and Notification:
Please complete the JFEW SUNY Two Year Academic Program Application and submit with personal statement, two letters of reference, resume and authorization to check financial records to Career Development Center, (CDC) South, LSG 500 no later than Friday, May 3, 2013, at 4:00 pm. Decisions will be made and applicants will be notified by June 15, 2013.
Contact: Erin Jennings, JFEW SUNY Campus Liaison, Career Development Center, email@example.com