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Hunter Honors Student Named NYC Urban Fellow

Joseph Eastman is one of 25 young men and women chosen from more than 300 applicants around the nation to be a 2010-2011 New York City Urban Fellow-one of the most rewarding and prestigious positions a new college graduate can hold. As an urban fellow, he will participate in a nine-month program that includes a full-time position in city government, special seminars, and a speaker series featuring prominent officials. The fellowship will also give him a $30,000 stipend and health insurance.

A senior in the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, Eastman expects to graduate this spring. He has a double major in political science and economics with a concentration in public policy - and a GPA of 3.95.

In the letter informing Eastman of his selection, the city official in charge of fellowship programs told Eastman that through the fellowship program he "can be a part of New York's premier training program for young professionals," adding: "Your exceptional application and performance in the interview process prove that you will be an outstanding part of the cohort this year."

A 2006 graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, where he earned an Advanced Regents Diploma, Eastman has an extraordinary resume. As the holder of a Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, a competitive award providing paid internships for three summers, he has worked in the New York City Department of Parks Press Office and at the Department of Small Business Services. He has also interned for the New York State Democratic Committee, PlaNYC (part of the New York City Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability), and Congressman Anthony Weiner's district office. He was the founder, president, and administrative director of the Hunter College Chapter of the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, the nation's first student-led think tank, which seeks to engage students in public policy. He is currently the Roosevelt Institute's Northeast regional coordinator, a position in which he supervises and advises the 23 Roosevelt chapters in the Northeast; organizes regional conferences; and conducts policy research.

The Urban Fellows Program will begin in September 2010 and end in May 2011. After completing the fellowship, Eastman plans to pursue a master's in public policy and public administration, and, eventually, a career in public service and government.

Said Eastman, "I am grateful for the world-class education I have received from Hunter College. I believe my acceptance into the NYC Urban Fellows Program and my passion to pursue a career in public policy are due in large part to Hunter's emphasis on public service and civic engagement. I think this commitment is best reflected in Hunter's new Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute, in which I have had the privilege of participating and learning."

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