Hamilton is proud to recognize our seniors who have been awarded national fellowships and scholarships, many of which involve international travel. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which oversees the Fulbright program, has temporarily paused travel to many countries due to COVID-19, but will reevaluate in 60 days.
Niamh Fitzpatrick ’20, an economics major and computer science minor, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia.
Fitzpatrick’s varied experiences include teaching English to local Vietnamese, Thai, and Cambodian refugees, working with the Project SHINE service-learning program, and teaching Irish dance. At Hamilton she is a senior fellow for the Community Outreach & Opportunity Program (COOP) where she manages its Community Service Internship Program. She is co-captain of Hamilton’s Women’s Rugby Football Club, president of the Newman Council, and social media coordinator and trip leader for Alternative Break Programs.
Major: Economics; Minor: computer science
Hometown: Yonkers, N.Y.
High school: The Ursuline School
Commenting on her Fulbright, she said: “In order to get the most out of (it), I want to immerse myself in a completely new culture and go somewhere that I had never been to before” said Fitzpatrick. “Having no background in any Asian country, I did some research, narrowed down my list of countries, and finally decided on Indonesia.”
Last summer, Fitzpatrick was an analyst intern for Kantar Consulting (retail, sales, and shopper practice), and in 2018 she participated in the Tuck Business Bridge Program, an intensive four-weeks at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program places recent college graduates and young professionals as English teaching assistants in primary and secondary schools or universities overseas. The goal is to improve foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the U.S. student’s own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.