JFEW SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program
The Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW) SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program is a two-year academic program for rising female sophomores and juniors who demonstrate a strong interest in careers in international affairs. The program creates strong mentor and peer networks that will continue to support students’ goals throughout their careers. This program is funded by the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW), Stony Brook University, SUNY Geneseo and Binghamton University, and is open to students from Binghamton, SUNY Geneseo and Stony Brook.
Students from all backgrounds who meet the selection criteria are encouraged to apply.
The integrated program is expected to include:
- Two years of scholarship support (up to $5,500 each year)
- A monthly seminar series for two academic years
- An unpaid internship in a New York-based global organization offered during the summer between Junior and Senior years ($3,500 stipend to offset living costs)
- Facilitated networking, professional development and mentoring opportunities
- Summer on-site seminars at organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, Pfizer, the Institute of International Education, and Google
What Students Are Saying about the Program
"JFEW is a fantastic opportunity to gain access to professionals, peers and esteemed international delegates I would have otherwise never met. It supplemented my education by expanding my network globally as I developed mentoring relationships with female leaders.”
Blakeley Schiffman ’17, Integrative Neuroscience and Pre-med
Students are required to participate in three seminars each month for three hours each. The 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.
Students must attend two monthly 1.5-hour seminars which include career development topics, such as applying to graduate school, funding sources and fiscal responsibility, job search, interview preparation and many other topics.
* Please note that students planning to participate in a study abroad program during their Junior or Senior years are still encouraged to apply for the program. Provisions will be made for their participation during their study abroad. However, students must be available for the summer months (June through August) for the duration of the internship in New York City.
Summer Internship in NYC ($3,500 stipend)
The eight-week summer internship takes place between the Junior and Senior years. Students are placed in internationally focused organizations ranging from well‐known international think tanks and UN organizations to NGOs.
Prior JFEW/SUNY Binghamton Scholars have interned at organizations such as:
- US Department of State
- Clinton Global Initiative
- 92nd Street Y
- Council on Foreign Relations
- GBC Health
- Freedom House
As part of this program, a stipend of $3,500 will be paid in three installments during the summer internship to qualifying scholars. Academic credit for the internship is also available through the Fleishman Center's CDCI Program. A 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.
Distinguished Speakers Series
A weekly Distinguished Speakers Series will highlight key leaders in organizations working internationally. The Series will be held in the evening. Attendance is required. Participants will have the opportunity to attend special activities at various NYC organizations such as events at the Foreign Policy Association, Council of the Americas, and Asia Society. A one-day wrap‐up and debrief session during the last week of the internship is required.
JFEW scholarships must not be used to replace other scholarships 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.
Scholarships for each semester are determined based on whether participating students continue to meet the scholarship's GPA and financial need requirements.
Past JFEW Speakers
Dr. Vongalis- Marow
Athena Vongalis-Macrow is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. Her background is in Educational Sociology, Education Reform, Education Management and Policy. She has published in the field of globalisation and the impact on teachers' work and practices, leadership and education policy. She is currently researching and publishing in gender in organizational change and management and in mobility studies. In addition, she has extensive research and practical experience in policy studies related to international education.
Marie Claudine Mukamabano
Founder of The Kuki Ndiho "Why Do I Exist?" Rwandan Orphans Support Project Through her work, Ms. Claudine supports one million plus orphans of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide through education. Learn more
Ambassador Carl Spielvogel
Former U.S. ambassador to the Slovak Republic. Currently holds the position of chairman and CEO of Carl Spielvogel Associates Inc., an international marketing and finance company. Also holds position on the SUNY Board of Trustees. Learn more.
Dr. Mo Ibrahim
Founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation was established in 2006 with a focus on the critical importance of leadership and governance in Africa. By providing tools to support progress in leadership and governance, the Foundation aims to promote meaningful change on the continent. The Foundation, which is a non-grant making organization, focuses on defining, assessing and enhancing governance and leadership in Africa through four main initiatives. Learn more.
Evan Osnos is a staff writer at The New Yorker and a fellow at the Brookings Institution. Based in Washington D.C., he writes about foreign affairs and politics. He is the author of "Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China," which won the 2014 National Book award. Based on eight years of living in Beijing, the book traces the rise of the individual in China, and the clash between aspiration and authoritarianism. He was the China Correspondent at The New Yorker magazine from 2008-2013. He is a contributor to This American Life on public radio, and Frontline, the PBS series. Prior to the New Yorker, he worked as the Beijing bureau chief of the Chicago Tribune, where he contributed to a series that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting. He has received the Asia Society's Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Journalism on Asia, the Livingston Award for Young Journalists, and a Mirror Award for profile-writing. Before his appointment in China, he worked in the Middle East, reporting mostly from Iraq. Learn more.
Marc Chandler is the Senior Vice President of Brown Brothers Harriman. Marc Chandler joined Brown Brothers Harriman in October 2005 as the Global Head of Currency Strategy. Previously he was the Chief Currency Strategist for HSBC Bank USA and Mellon Bank. A prolific writer and speaker, Chandler's essays have been published in the Financial Times, Barron's, Euromoney, Corporate Finance, and Foreign Affairs. Marc holds a Masters in American history from Northern Illinois University and a Masters in International Political Economy from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught classes on International Political Economy at New York University since the early 1990s. In 2009, his first book, Making Sense of the Dollar, was published by Bloomberg Press. Learn more.
Ambassador Paul Seger
Ambassador Paul R. Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, presented his credentials to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 4 June 2010. From July 2003 until his departure to New York he was the Head of the Directorate of International Law and Legal Adviser of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Berne. During that time he also served as the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Head of the Swiss Delegation to the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) (2003-2009), as President of the CCNR (2006-2007) and as Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Learn more
Eligibility and Selection Criteria
Female students who demonstrate an interest in Global Affairs and meet all of the following requirements:
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- U. S. citizens or eligible for citizenship
- Permanent residence must be in New York City or within a 50-mile radius thereof
- Entering their Sophomore or Junior Years in fall 2018
- Have a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with Binghamton 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 FAFSA prior to the submission of your scholarship application.
Please Note: Students who wish to participate in an internship and who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that they will be asked about their prior criminal history. This may impede your ability to participate in certain internships. Students who have concerns about such matters, or are looking for additional information, are advised to contact the dean's office of their intended academic program.