NYU Presidential Intern Spotlight

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As we recruit a new class of NYU Presidential Interns (applications due April 2nd), we want to highlight our current Senior interns! 


Name: William Chen
School: CAS
Major: Economics
Year: Class of 2019
Host Unit: Treasury Management  

Describe your work: As a Presidential Intern in Treasury Management, I spent the majority of my time researching current applications of blockchain in higher education and finance in order to find potential implementations of the technology at NYU. Working closely with the University Treasurer and other groups within the department, I prepared a comparative analysis of possible blockchain solutions for current university systems and databases.

Other NYU activities: Welcome Week Leader and a Presidential Honors Scholar



Name: Sara Mendez
School: CAS
Major: International Relations with a minor in Economics
Year: Class of 2019
Host Unit: NYU School of Law Dean’s Office    

Describe your work: One of the most rewarding projects I worked on last semester was an initiative to offer more support and resources for international LLM students who want to learn more about American culture and improve their English language skills. This project was particularly exhilarating for me because it pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to travel through the city in search of advice and resources to help us jumpstart our initiative. I also valued the face-to-face interactions I got to have with the students themselves at our weekly conversation groups, where we covered everything from politics to idioms and slang.

Other NYU activities: AnBryce Scholar and CAS Presidential Honors Scholar


Name: Anesu Nyatanga
School: CAS
Major: Social & Cultural Analysis
Year: Class of 2019
Host Unit: Undergraduate Admissions     

Describe your work: During my time in Undergraduate Admissions, I’ve had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects promoting college access. One of my most fulfilling projects was presenting and speaking with 6th – 8th grade students at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Camp. Hearing their dreams and aspirations, and speaking with them about future possibilities, reminded me of why I pursued this internship in the first place: I wanted to promote access and student success like others did for me.

What do you enjoy in your free time? Going to the gym, watching movies with friends, and arguing about pop culture over dinner.



Name: Khirad Siddiqui
School: Steinhardt
Major: Applied Psychology
Year: Class of 2019
Host Unit: Office of Academic and Student Affairs at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences      

Describe your work: Working at the Graduate School of Arts and Science has been an illuminating experience, especially as an undergraduate student. One project I particularly enjoyed was the opportunity to learn about the process of finding and writing grant proposals for the GSAS Pathways to the PhD program. Through that experience, I learned about the kind of materials that grants require, and the best strategies for writing them.

What do you enjoy in your free time? In her free time, Khirad loves to travel. She recently went to South Africa for the Global Leadership Summit over summer break, where she was able to present on the theme of de-coloniality. 


Interested in applying for the Presidential Internship Program? Learn more about the application requirements on our website and apply today!