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June 12: Carnegie Mellon Announces Friedman Fellowship Winners


Teresa Thomas                           

Carnegie Mellon Announces
Friedman Fellowship Winners

Students Will Be Summer Interns in Washington, D.C.

PITTSBURGH—Eleven Carnegie Mellon University undergraduate students have been named recipients of Milton and Cynthia Friedman fellowships and will spend their summer as interns in Washington, D.C. Grants of up to $3,000 were awarded to the students to support unpaid and underpaid policy-related internships in the nation's capital.   

The Milton and Cynthia Friedman fellowships, available to students in all majors, were endowed in 1999 by Carnegie Mellon Trustee Cynthia Friedman in memory of her husband, Milton (E'47, '49). The fellowships are designed to foster significant work experiences that complement students' academic course work and assist them as they make career and graduate education decisions.    

"I think it is important in today's global world and economy that the best and brightest young people, such as Carnegie Mellon students, have the opportunity to develop a solid understanding of the political process," Cynthia Friedman said. "These fellowships give them a chance to see Washington from the inside and cultivate the skills and connections they will need to have a real impact when they go out into the world."
Carnegie Mellon's Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C., plans events for the students to enhance their summer experience. "Washington, D.C., is the pulse point of our nation, and the opportunities afforded to the Friedman Fellows through their internships this summer will not only be an invaluable experience to take back to their individual course of study, but also something they can use as a touchstone for their future careers," said Maureen McFalls Young, Carnegie Mellon's director of Government Relations. Last year the fellows participated in a tour of the State Department and got a behind-the-scenes look at National Public Radio. They also attended briefings at various D.C.-based think tanks and various social activities.
This year's Friedman Fellows and their assignments are:

  • Alan Wesley Eaton, a senior ethics, history and public policy major from Tampa, Fla., is interning with the Democratic National Committee.
  • Robert Kaminski, a senior policy and management major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, is interning with the National Association of Manufacturers.
  • Louisa Kinoshi, a senior professional writing and international relations major from Baltimore, Md., is interning with the Democratic National Committee Women's Leadership Forum.
  • Daniel Liptz, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Owings Mills, Md., is interning with the National Jewish Democratic Committee.
  • Diana Miller, a fourth-year architecture major from Columbia, Md., is interning with the National Building Museum.
  • Daniel Olsher, a graduate language technologies and international relations major from Los Alamos, N.M., is interning with the International Rescue Committee.
  • Andrew Peters, a junior ethics, history and public policy major from Broadview Heights, Ohio, is interning with the Office of Senator John Kerry.
  • Vivake Prasad, a junior policy and management and political science major from Old Bridge N.J., is interning with the International Leadership Foundation.
  • Victoria See, a junior bachelor of humanities and arts major from Dallas, Texas, is interning with the National Abortion Rights Action League.
  • Ian James Tendick, a junior computer science and business administration major from Arlington, Va., is interning with the United States Department of Justice Cybercrime Lab.
  • Andrea Zonneveld, a senior biology major from Fayetteville, Ga., is interning with FasterCures.   

The program started June 1 and will run for 10 weeks. Students secured housing either on George Washington University's campus or in private apartments. Upon their return to campus in the fall, students will complete an evaluation of their internship and the program, and make a presentation of their summer experience to the fellowship committee.
For more information on the Friedman Fellowships, contact Stella Ma at 202-488-1780 or