Two LISD student fellows, Carson Maconga ’22 and Isra Thange ‘22, are among 12 Princeton University students selected to the 2021 cohort of the Woodrow Wilson School's Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI). Maconga and Thange are both undergraduate fellows with LISD’s Global Diplomatic and Security Challenges (GDSC) seminar during the 2020-21 academic year. Maconga is also a fellow with LISD’s Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations and an LISD Student Associate.
Now entering its 15th year, SINSI was established in 2006 by the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs to encourage, support and prepare the nation’s top students to pursue careers in the U.S. federal government, in both international and domestic agencies. Through rigorous academic training integrated with work experience, the goal of the highly competitive scholarship program is to provide students with the language and workplace skills needed to succeed in the public policy arena.
LISD would like to congratulate the twelve students who were recently selected to join the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative (SINSI). SINSI helps propel these students into careers in public service by matching them with, and providing funding for, internships and fellowships in the federal government. LISD is especially proud to congratulate our student associate, Carson Maconga, who will be a SINSI intern this summer. Maconga, a junior in the School of Public and International Affairs, plans to have an internship working on issues of conflict prevention, democracy, and governance. “I’m excited and incredibly grateful for this opportunity,” he said, “I hope that the internship this summer will be the first step in a career in public service.”
For more information on SINSI, visit the initiative’s website.
About the Scholars
Carson Maconga ’22, from Boston, Massachusetts, is concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing a certificate in history and the practice of diplomacy. He is interested in the role that institutionalized systems of power in foreign affairs can play to help create a more peaceful, prosperous, and equitable world. In summer 2020, he was a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), where he worked on her national security and foreign policy team. In summer 2019, he interned in Paris, France, for Helion Pictures, a small television show development company. On campus, Maconga is a head advising fellow for Matriculate, where he manages a team of 100 advisors who help low-income, high-achieving high school students get into college. He also plays on the rugby team and is on the Speakers’ Council of the American Whig-Cliosophic Society. Maconga is a 2021 Dean’s Scholar in the Nation’s Service.
Isra Thange ’22, of Franklin Park, New Jersey, is concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in the history and practice of diplomacy and Near Eastern studies. She is passionate about conflict resolution, institution building, and international development, with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa. Last summer, Thange worked as a research associate identifying, tracking, and analyzing digital misinformation content for the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project. In summer 2019, Thange participated in the Princeton Global Seminar on Xenophobia and Xenophilia in Europe, where she studied the social psychology underlying the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion facing refugees and immigrants in Berlin, while conducting fieldwork to examine the lived reality of resettlement and integration. On campus, Thange represents students during disciplinary proceedings as a peer representative to the Honor Committee. She is the president of the International Relations Council, a member of the Model U.N. team, and has served on the secretariat of the Princeton Model U.N. Conference for two years. She was formerly an attorney and recruitment chair for the Mock Trial team and is now a co-director of the Princeton Mock Trial Opening Round Championship. Thange is a global diplomatic and security challenges fellow with the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination. Thange is the 2021 James D. Zirin ’61 and Marlene Hess Scholar.