Political science student selected for prestigious fellowship and internship

Emmanuel Laboy
Emmanuel Laboy. Photo credit: Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute

July 9, 2014 - A Quinnipiac University political science student has been selected for two prestigious and highly competitive academic programs.

Emmanuel Laboy, who is a rising senior at Quinnipiac, has been selected as a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow and a Victory Congressional Intern.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation selected Laboy as one of 40 new fellows for the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship program which prepares outstanding candidates to represent the United States as foreign-service officers. Of the 40, only 20, including Laboy, are undergraduates.

Administered for the U.S. Department of State by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Pickering Fellowships identify and cultivate stellar college students and recent graduates whose academic backgrounds fulfill the skill needs of the State Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. The Department of State seeks a foreign service that reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. The fellowships encourage the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the foreign service and those with financial need.

The Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute named Laboy to the summer class of Victory Congressional Interns. This competitive program places LGBT college students in a semester-long internship with an LGBT or LGBT-friendly member of congress in their Washington, D.C. office. Laboy was one of eight individuals selected, from an applicant pool of 89.  During the internship Laboy will be interning in New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez's office as part of the 2014 class of Victory Congressional Interns.

"I would like to express my gratitude to both the Victory Institute and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for the amazing opportunities provided to students like me that will help to forward the cause of inclusion into different public policy arenas," Laboy said.

Mary Paddock, associate dean for humanities and fine arts at Quinnipiac, described Emmanuel as "a stellar student."

"What impresses me most about him is that, instead of talking about 'passion,' he shows it through living it," Paddock said. "He is absolutely voracious when it comes to learning and making the most of opportunities and experiences. On top of all of this, his main purpose is to make a significant contribution to the lives of others, to make the world a better place."

Paddock added, "These awards are an empirical indicator of the caliber of our students, and of the kind of learning experience Quinnipiac offers. We are proud to see Emmanuel in the company of an elite few, chosen for such prestigious competitive awards from the top universities in the country."

Sean Duffy, associate professor and chair of political science, agreed. "Emmanuel exemplifies everything that we value in our department: we aim to cultivate in our students their passion and abilities not just to study the world, but to act in it and make a difference," Duffy said. "These are very high honors indeed, and speak strongly to the kind of person Emmanuel is. Both are oriented toward selecting and cultivating our nation's next generation of leadership.  Emmanuel is clearly a person who will make a difference in the world in years to come. We have been fortunate to work with him as he's developed the skills, experiences and insights that are being recognized by the Victory Institute and the Department of State."