LISD Student Fellows Among 2018 Cohort of Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative

Two LISD student fellows, Dina Chotrani ’18 and Caitlin Quinn '18, are among 10 Princeton University students selected to the 2018 cohort of the Woodrow Wilson School's Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative (SINSI). Established in 2006, SINSI is designed 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. 

Dina Chotrani, of Secaucus, New Jersey, is a student fellow in LISD's Gender, Law, and Security Program. She is a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator focusing on global health and humanitarian assistance. She also is a candidate for certificates in Global Health and Health Policy, History and the Practice of Diplomacy, and Entrepreneurship. During summer 2017, Chotrani interned at an immigration law firm, conducted research on human rights and forced migration for The 2018 New Global Agenda, and worked on affordable housing policy at the Manhattan Borough President’s Office. She has also worked in gender equality advocacy efforts in Mexico City and on the United Nations Ivy STEM Connect pilot programs in Tanzania and Rwanda for the U.N. Girls’ Education Initiative. On campus, Chotrani is an executive board member of the Ivy Council. She also has served as a vice president for Princeton Effective Altruism, a programming director for Princeton Development Lab, and a member of the charity committee for the Class of 2018’s Undergraduate Student Government.

Caitlin Quinn, of San Antonio, Texas, is a student fellow in LISD's Program on Religion, Diplomacy and International Relations, as well as the Gender, Law, and Security Program. She is a Woodrow Wilson School concentrator pursuing certificates in Latin American Studies and Portuguese. A recipient of the Streicker International Fellows Fund and the Council of American Ambassadors International Affairs Fellowship, she is primarily interested in U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy. Quinn spent nine months in Salvador, Brazil, before her freshman year through the Princeton University Bridge Year Program. In Salvador, she learned Portuguese and volunteered as an English teacher. She returned to Brazil in summer 2016 to intern as a translator in Rio de Janeiro, and she also has pursued summer internships with a newspaper in Málaga, Spain, and with a public diplomacy bureau of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. She spent her junior spring semester studying abroad at Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. As an undergraduate, Quinn has served with various student groups at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement, and works at Princeton's Writing Center. In addition to Portuguese, Quinn also speaks Spanish.

About the Scholars in the Nation's Service Initiative

SINSI recruits Princeton students from a broad range of academic backgrounds – not only from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, but also concentrations as diverse as astrophysical sciences, chemical and biological engineering, chemistry, molecular biology, English, politics and Near Eastern, East Asian and Latin American studies.

The core element of the graduate program is a two-year SINSI-supported fellowship with an executive branch department or agency. In addition, SINSI provides funding for 8- to 10-week summer internships with the federal government each year to selected undergraduate scholars. With support from SINSI, scholars select and apply to a U.S. government agency in their area of interest. Internships are available to Princeton undergraduates from all majors and fields of study. 

Since the first SINSI cohort in 2007, nearly 70 student-scholars have pursued opportunities with the Departments of State, Defense, Treasury, Education, Justice, Agriculture, Health and Human Services and Housing and Urban Development; the intelligence community; the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); the Millennium Challenge Corporation; the National Academy of Sciences; the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; the Environmental Protection Agency; the President’s Council of Economic Advisers; the Office of Management and Budget; the Joint Chiefs of Staff; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the National Institutes of Health; and the White House. Within these agencies, SINSI scholars have worked on a broad range of issues.