History Concentrator Selected for 2018 Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI)
Ten students at Princeton University have been selected to the 2018 cohort of the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI), including one history concentrator, Mikaela Gerwin.
Established in 2006, SINSI is designed to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship program is to provide students with the language and workplace skills needed to succeed in the public policy arena.
Princeton seniors and first-year students Master in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs were invited to apply for the graduate scholarship, with four graduate scholars admitted from the applicant pool. In addition, all sophomores and juniors were invited to apply for SINSI internships; six students were admitted.
A junior from New York City, Mikaela Gerwin is a history concentrator pursuing a certificate in global health and health policy. She is the Class of 2018 Dean’s Scholar in the Nation’s Service. Prior to starting at Princeton, Gerwin spent a gap year teaching English and working on community health programs in Urubamba, Peru, through a Princeton Bridge Year Fellowship. She speaks Spanish and Hebrew fluently. Gerwin has served as a student leader at Princeton’s Center for Jewish Life, a weekly ESL teacher at El Centro in Trenton, an intern for Princeton’s Women’s Center, a peer academic adviser at Forbes College and an Outdoor Action leader. She has acted in several campus performances, including a historical walking tour of race and protest at Princeton, which she helped write. In summer 2016, Gerwin interned with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, where she worked with doctors and case managers to ensure homeless individuals received primary care and housing services in both clinics and on the streets of Boston. Gerwin will be studying at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid in spring 2018.
Photo courtesy of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.