JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Leadership Program

SUNY’s Office of Global Affairs administers a program supported by The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW). The JFEW SUNY Global Affairs Leadership Program is designed to prepare SUNY students for globally focused careers. The Program also prepares the students to become leaders through mentoring opportunities and peer networks.

Two-Year Academic Program

The JFEW SUNY Program is a Two-Year Academic Program that includes scholarship funding, Monthly Academic Seminars and a paid Summer Internship. The Scholars receive up to $5,500 (based on financial need) each academic year and a stipend of $4,455 for the summer internship. Scholars are selected through a competitive process and begin the Program in their Junior Year.

The JFEW SUNY Program is funded through the generous support of JFEW and by the three participating campuses: Binghamton University, Geneseo, and Stony Brook University. JFEW awarded SUNY the first grant in 2011 and it has been extended through to 2024. Since its inception, SUNY has received $5 million in Scholarship and programming funding.

Monthly Seminars

During the first academic year, the JFEW SUNY Scholars participate in monthly seminars designed to provide an overview of key global themes, vocabulary, and resources in international relations and global affairs. The seminars include guest speakers from prestigious international organizations, such as the Ford Foundation, Council on Foreign Relations, and the United Nations. In the second year, the monthly seminars are focused on career skills and led by campus Career Services Centers. Scholars participate in the seminars at their campuses by video-conference.

Summer Internships

During the summer between their junior and senior years, the Scholars participate in a paid 8-week summer internship. Organizations that have hosted the Scholars include the U.S. Department of State (NY), The Clinton Foundation, Asia Initiatives, GBCHealth, and the International Rescue Committee. The internship program features private briefings with international leaders, including United Nations ambassadors and NGO presidents. During the Internship, there are weekly evening on-site seminar briefings at organizations such as Americas Society and Council of the Americas, Pfizer, the Institute of International Education, and Google.

Going Forward

As the JFEW SUNY Scholars graduate and embark on their careers, they will have a positive and important impact as they become leaders in their fields of expertise – in the U.S. and around the world. Since the first graduating class in 2013, Scholars have received Fulbright awards, international fellowships, been accepted at highly-ranked International Relations graduate programs and have embarked on careers in government, NGOs, and business.

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For more information contact:

Ms. Sally Crimmins Villela
Executive Program Director of JFEW SUNY Program
Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs
State University of New York, Office of Global Affairs
Email: Sally.Crimmins@suny.edu
Phone: (518) 320-1410 

Ms. Zainab Tahir 
Assistant Program Director of JFEW SUNY Program
Email: Zainab.Tahir@suny.edu

SUNY Global Center
116 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 317-3500 


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