--Daniel Pollack is One of Only Two Students Chosen----
FLUSHING, N.Y., June 1, 2009─Whether raising money to build a water basin in the Kiberian slums of Kenya or interning at the U.S. Supreme Court, Daniel Pollack knew his future lay in the pursuit of law.
Pollack, a political science and history major who graduated from Queens College on May 28, has just completed a judicial internship at the Supreme Court, which Political Science Professor Julie George encouraged him to do. The internship program provides advanced undergraduates and graduating seniors who have interests in law, management and the social sciences with a unique opportunity to work in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice.
Judicial Interns work under the direction of the Supreme Court Fellow and perform important tasks, which include summarizing news articles and preparing memoranda and correspondence. Interns also conduct background research for speeches and briefings provided to visiting dignitaries. Interns may also participate in diverse research projects conducted by the Supreme Court Fellow and the Counselor to the Chief Justice.
Only two college students in the country are selected each semester to serve as judicial interns at the Supreme Court. But Pollack’s other internships and educational experiences were just as unusual.
Pollack spent the spring 2007 semester as a volunteer teaching history, science, math, English and AIDS prevention at St. Juliet’s elementary school in the Kiberian slum of Nairobi, Kenya, the largest slum in Africa. The experience had a profound effect on him, inspiring him the following summer to raise $6,000—funds he contributed to the school where he had taught when he returned to Kiberia during winter break. At that time tribal tensions were erupting in Kenya, and he was forced to remain in his apartment for several days. At one point he was escorted by police through the slum where he had been a teacher. Pollack witnessed the deterioration of law and order first-hand.
“Through this experience, I felt that America’s greatness and our Constitution were truly validated…I saw them in a different light and appreciated our democracy,” he says.
Pollack also interned with U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and at several law firms including Brafman and Associates, P.C., in New York City. The Woodmere, Long Island, honors student plans to start law school this fall. He has already been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania; University of California, Berkeley; University of Michigan; University of Virginia; Cornell and Duke.
Pollack credits a great deal of his academic success to his experiences at Queens College. “The professors were always accessible and helped guide me in the right direction,” he says.
Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY) is dedicated to the idea that a first-rate education should be accessible to talented individuals of all backgrounds and financial means. Its more than 19,500 students come from over 140 nations and speak scores of languages, creating an extraordinarily diverse and welcoming environment. Founded in 1937, the college offers an exceptional liberal arts curriculum, with over 115 undergraduate and graduate majors and a variety of specialized honors programs. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. Queens College was named one of the nation's 25 "hottest" and "most interesting" colleges by the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek How to Get Into College guide and is rated one of America’s 100 “Best Value Colleges” by 2009 The Princeton Review. The college will open its first residence hall in August 2009. More info on Queens College at www.qc.cuny.edu . Info on the Summit at Queens College at http://www.thesummitatqc.com/main.html .