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History major named Carnegie Endowment junior fellow

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Rachel Mitnick

Rachel Mitnick ’17 has been named one of 14 junior fellows by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

As part of her upcoming year at the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, Mitnick will work in the executive office program, supporting William Burns, president of the Endowment.

Mitnick, a history major in the College of Arts and Sciences, is completing a senior thesis on human rights activism and refuseniks in the Soviet Union. She is the eighth Cornell senior to receive this award since 2000.

She has won two department awards for her academic performance and is active in Cornell Hillel and Colleges Against Cancer. She has been a student ambassador for the admissions office since her first year at Cornell.

Mitnick has interned on Capitol Hill, at the Rhode Island Supreme Court and with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program provides a year of paid research experience, with fellows working on projects such as democracy building, immigration, cyberpolicy, nuclear policy, energy and climate change, Asia and the Middle East. Junior fellows are selected from an applicant pool from nearly 400 colleges and universities.

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