Ankur Mangalagiri, a Hunter senior, is one of 25 young women and men chosen from around the nation to participate in New York City’s prestigious Urban Fellows Program.
The nine-month program offers young professionals who want to pursue careers in public service a chance to gain work experience in public policy, urban planning and government operations. Provided with a $25,000 stipend and health insurance, the Fellows are assigned to full-time jobs with City agencies, and they attend weekly seminars that explore the mechanics of municipal government and the important issues facing New York.
Mangalagiri is looking forward to the opportunities and challenges the program will offer. “I’m really excited,” she said. “I’d like to get an insider’s view on New York City government, and learn the skills needed to work on a team. It’s going to be intense, but it should also be fun.”
At the end of the program, Mangalagiri hopes to go on to business school and pursue an MBA. Currently a CUNY Honors College student and Thomas Hunter Honors scholar, she will graduate in May with a BA in political science and economics.