Alex Wheatley '16 *20: Apply for SINSI!

Friday, Sep 30, 2016
by ild

Alex Wheatley '16 *20, a former program member, is currently in theSINSI Fellowship program(link is external) in the Woodrow Wilson School. Here she writes about her experience with the SINSI program and encourages you to apply!

Click here(link is external) for more information. The application for internships is due October 21st, and the application for graduate fellowships is due November 8th, 2016.


Hey all!

My name is Alex Wheatley. I’ve been a member of PWMP for the past three years, and really value the community of strong and inspiring women PWMP has cultivated on campus. In this sense, I want to encourage you strong, inspiring women to consider applying for SINSI, the fellowship I’m currently in. We need women like you in the world of public policy!

There is a critical need within the U.S. government for the most talented, dedicated young women and men to step forward to help tackle the increasingly complex challenges, domestic and international, that will face our nation. The goal of SINSI is to set outstanding individuals on the path toward public service careers in the U.S. government, focusing on both domestic policy and international affairs, through academic training that is integrated with work experience in federal agencies.

SINSI has two parts: an undergraduate internship program and a graduate fellowship. As a proud Women’s Mentorship Program alum, I encourage all of you with an interest in policy to apply for SINSI.

The SINSI internship program is open to freshman-juniors; it covers a generously funded “high-touch” summer internship anywhere within the federal government (domestic or abroad). In my internship, I worked on a vaccine project at the National Institutes of Health; others in my year worked at the White House, the Department of State, and in diplomacy in Russia/Ukraine. You can find more information about the internship program here(link is external).

The graduate program is open to Princeton seniors. It’s an incredible four year fellowship/scholarship that covers an MPA at the Woodrow Wilson school and two years of fellowship work in the government (at an agency of your choosing). Students from all fields are encouraged to apply—you don’t have to be WWS, econ, or politics (though you can be, of course!). I was EEB! You can find out more about the graduate program here(link is external).

SINSI has been an incredible experience for me, and historically it’s been a program led by strong women: the current co-director, Kit Lunney, is dedicated to mentoring young women in the policy world, as was previous director Bambi Arellano. The current Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School is also a powerful and inspiring woman: Cecilia Rouse.

I encourage all of you to consider applying (internship deadline in October, graduate deadline in November). And of course, please reach out to me if you have any questions! My email is ajw2@princeton.edu, I’m on campus for the first year of the MPA component of the SINSI program. Happy to email or meet up any time!

~Alex Wheatley '16 *20