JFEW Information & Application

The JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program, funded by the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (JFEW), Stony Brook University, SUNY Geneseo and Binghamton University, is a two-year program for students from Binghamton, SUNY Geneseo and Stony Brook with a preference for female scholars. The integrated program is expected to include 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 is expected to start in September 2015 and will provide a total of ten scholarships to rising juniors. 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 (2015-2017) Is Expected to Include:

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.

Required participation in three 3-hour seminars held on Friday afternoons each semester is part of the program(2-5 PM). 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 will also occur. A paid 8-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. Prior JFEW/SUNY Binghamton Scholars have interned at such organizations as: the US Department of State, Clinton Global Initiative and 92nd Street Y to name a few. A stipend of $3,500 paid in three installments during the summer internship is part of this program for qualifying scholars. Academic Credit for the internship is also available through CDCI. 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. 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. A one day wrap‐up and debrief session during the last week of the internship.

In the senior year of the program there are 2 monthly three-hour seminars on Fridays 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 2016 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 3.0
  • 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 2015
  • 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 2015-2016 FAFSA prior to the submission of your scholarship application.
  • It is important to note that you may complete your 2015-2016 FAFSA prior to having filed 2014 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.

Information Sessions:

  • Wed, March 25, 2015 12-12:30pm, UU133A
  • Mon, April 13, 2014, 4-4:30pm, UU133A

To apply:

  • Find the " JFEW-SUNY International Relations and Global Affairs Program" in HireBING
  • Fill out this application form and upload it to hireBING
  • Upload your resume and personal statement (Resume must not exceed 2 pages and should highlight your education, employment, and volunteer experiences, as well as any relevant extra-curricular activities and personal achievements) and Personal Statement (no more than 2 pages in length, identifying your interest in International Relations and Global Affairs, and explain how you plan to maximize your participation in the program to benefit your career goals.) to hireBING.
  • Request two professional references (faculty, staff, prior supervisors are all acceptable sources) to email letters recommending you to the SUNY/JFEW International Relations and Global Affairs Two-Year Academic Program to JFEW/SUNY Scholar Selection Committee at Ms. Love's email: elove@binghamton.edu or snail mail at Binghamton University, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, PO Box 6000, Binghamton, NY 13902

Application Deadline and Notification:

Please complete the JFEW SUNY Two Year Academic Program Application form and submit your resume and personal statement online to the JFEW SUNY Scholars Job posting in hireBING, and have two recommenders email or mail two letters of reference in support of your application to Ms. Emily Love to be shared with the Selection Committee, to either elove@binghamton.edu or snail mailed to: Binghamton University, Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development, PO Box 6000 Binghamton, NY 13902 no later than Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at 4:00 pm. Once your application materials are complete and received prior to 4/22/15 at 4PM by Ms. Love the committee will begin consideration of your candidacy. Those selected by the committee will be put forward to JFEW for final consideration. The final selection of program participants may be made in August 2015. We hope to notify applicants as soon as decisions are made by the donor.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Emily Love, JFEW/SUNY Program Campus Liaison at 607-777-2400 or elove@binghamton.edu

Last Updated: 3/11/15