-- One of 15 Recipients City-Wide of Prestigious Honor That Provides Local College Students With Paid Summer Internships
to Prepare the Next Generation of Leaders --
June 15, 2018 2018 (Queens, NY) – Queens College freshman Renuka Surujnarain, a Jamaica, Queens, native, has been awarded a prestigious Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship.
Established in 1999, the Watson Fellowship provides New York City college students with three years of paid summer internships, in New York City or abroad, with leading nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental organizations. The program is designed to develop students’ leadership skills, introduce them to intercultural experiences, and enhance their personal and professional growth. Watson Fellows participate in seminars that build their confidence and expand their understanding of their place in the world, attend cultural events that immerse them in the diversity of New York City, and receive mentorship from industry leaders. Queens College has produced nearly 30 Watson Fellows to date.
One of 15 area students to receive the award in 2018, Surujnarain begins her fellowship this year by interning with the Generation Study Abroad Initiative at the Institute of International Education in Manhattan. Generation Study Abroad seeks to double the number of U.S. students studying overseas by the end of the decade through study abroad programs, service learning trips, internships, and non-credit academic experiences. Surujnarain’s responsibilities involve digital communications strategy and implementation; her tasks range from managing the initiative’s website and producing e-newsletters to working on social media content, research, and event planning.
“We congratulate Renuka on this impressive accomplishment. We thank the Watson Foundation for giving our students opportunities that enable them to make the most of their undergraduate years at Queens College. These experiences will prepare them to enter the workforce ready to contribute on day one,” said Queens College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez. “We know Renuka’s time as a Jeannette K. Watson Fellow will serve her well in her own development and enrich the Queens College community.”
"The second I heard about this opportunity through an information session at school, I knew it was a program meant for me. After multiple application drafts and mock interviews, I won a fellowship that would brighten the next three years of my college life,” said Surujnarain. “I am excited to work alongside different organizations, which will help me determine where I have the greatest potential. I am also grateful to have the chance to travel beyond New York City and experience what other cultural spaces have to offer."
At Queens College, Surujnarain is exploring the subjects of education, anthropology, neuroscience, and public administration. As a member of Project Start, she visits elementary school classrooms to teach young students about science.
About Queens College
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, Queens College helps its over 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, under the guidance of an accessible, award-winning faculty. The college was recently ranked tenth among U.S. public colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education for upward social and economic mobility. The Center for World University Rankings placed Queens College in the top 3.5% of schools worldwide, based on the quality of its education and faculty, the number of its alumni who find employment, and other factors. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, and is routinely ranked a U.S. News & World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit qc.cuny.edu to learn more.
A leader in preparing future educators, Queens College graduates the most teachers, counselors, and principals in the New York metropolitan area. It also contributes to New York City’s talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education, with more undergraduate computer science majors than any city college. Students from across the country and around the world come to Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received nearly 40 Grammy Awards and nominations over the past forty years.