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College of Mount Saint Vincent Sophomore Wins Coveted Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship
3/29/2008 -

College of Mount Saint Vincent student, Sasha Paulino has been awarded with the  Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship.  The Fellowship, established by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999, is a three-year program that offers students paid summer internships, mentoring, and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership and commitment to the common good. 

A graduate of Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School, Paulino grew up in the Bronx and is now a sophomore at the Mount. She is currently pursuing a double major in History and Education.  Her previous  employment experiences include teaching art for the Jewish Community Center’s enrichment program for autistic children in Scarsdale and working as a head counselor at the Children’s Aid Society Wagon Road Day Camp in Chappaqua. She has been an intern at Jacobi Medical Center’s Bronx Youth as Partners in Community-Based Participatory Research and volunteered at the YMCA of the Greater New York as a Youth Counselor.

The College of Mount Saint Vincent is one of ten invited colleges that compete for fifteen Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship openings each year.  Each school may nominate up to four candidates to send to the citywide selection panels.  For three consecutive summers, Watson fellows have their pick of coveted job placements in non-profit agencies, business organizations and government service. Past fellows have interned the United Nations Population Fund and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. 

Said Diane Machado Director of the Office of Career Development and Internships at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, “We are honored to be among the New York City colleges chosen to participate in the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. These internships are not just about requirements and credits—they are about clarifying career goals, getting a taste of the world of work, gaining skills and knowledge and building valuable connections.”

For more information about the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, please contact Diane Machado at (718) 405-3262 or visit their website at http://www.jkwatson.org/index.html.