Two Hunter Students Named 2008 Jeannette K. Watson Fellows

Hunter students Joseph Eastman and Peter Michalakis have been awarded 2008 Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships. The three-year fellowship program offers paid summer internships, mentoring, and enhanced educational opportunities to New York City undergraduates who demonstrate exceptional promise, outstanding leadership skills and commitment to the common good.

Eastman is a second year student at Hunter and a member of the Honors College. He plans to major in political science and economics. Currently an intern for the New York State Democratic Committee, he has also interned in Congressman Anthony Weiner’s District Office. At Hunter, he is the founder, president, and administrative director of the Roosevelt Institution, the nation’s first student-run think tank that seeks to engage students in public policy. He is also the treasurer of the United Nations Student Association/ Model United Nations Debate Team, the secretary of the Student Political Science Association, a Student Senator, and a member of the Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee.

Peter Michalakis is a first year student who plans to major in political science and journalism. He has participated in various local basketball tournaments and leagues, including the JCH Intramural League, the Leif Ericsson Summer League, and the Regina Poris Open. He hopes to pursue a career in broadcast journalism or politics.

Eastman and Michalakis are currently in the process of interviewing for their first Watson summer internships.

Established by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation in 1999, the Fellowship operates on the principle that “talent is broadly distributed but only selectively developed.” Watson Fellows have their pick of coveted job placements over three consecutive summers in non-profit agencies, business organizations, and government service that give them a chance to grow and develop interpersonal skills and gain self-confidence in a variety of professional settings.