Two Lehman College students were accepted into the prestigious Jeannette K. Watson three-year fellowship program, which will provide them with mentorship and internships throughout their undergraduate college education.
Sophomores Jasmine Miranda and Alison Wong, who attends Macaulay Honors College at Lehman, were awarded the fellowship after a thorough application process where 15 fellows were selected from a large pool of applicants nominated by a dozen New York City colleges.
Miranda and Wong will spend the next three summers before graduation interning at prominent non-profit organizations and for-profit institutions, and work in a foreign country of their choice.
Miranda is interested in interning with the Gay Men’s Crisis in New York this summer, The New York Botanical Garden next year, and she hopes to travel to India in her senior year to intern with the MV Foundation, an anti-child labor organization.
“The fellowship is so unique. There is no other opportunity like it. It will help me decide what I want to do as a career,” Miranda said.
The fellowship will also offer personal guidance and orientation workshops to the young fellows as they choose their future vocation. Although Wong has always been interested in environmental issues and climate change, and even interned at the Center For Environmental Research and Conservation at Columbia University last year, she still hesitates between several career choices in the fields of environmental law and international policies. She hopes that the fellowship will broaden her horizons before she graduates in 2015.
“It’s hard to figure out what you want to do with your life after graduation,” Wong said. “That’s a really hard process. I still don’t know. I think the fellowship will give me so many opportunities and a look into possible places I can work.”
Miranda is hoping to double major in English, with a concentration in creative writing, and speech pathology. Wong is interested in majoring in environmental science and political science. Both students believe that their wide range of interests is one of the reasons why they were selected for the fellowship.
“They were looking for people who had a diversity of thought and different interests,” Wong said. “There is so much potential in the program and Lehman students are definitely able and should apply.”