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Chatham Student Picked For Princeton University Internship

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Chatham, NJ – There were 14 students from Princeton University who were recently selected for a program that helps support high achievers aiming to work in the federal government, and among them is Chatham’s Bradley Rendos.

The university announced that Rindos, of the class of 2023, was one of 10 selected for the Scholars in the Serving the Nation Initiative Internship Program for Summer 2022.

The program, now in its 15th year, helps fund “Graduate Fellowships and Summer Training for Undergraduate Students Within Federal Government Agencies,” with the selection of Rindos and other students through the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

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In its news release about the program, the university said Rendos, a 2022 brigadier general in Service to the Nations and a student in Air Force Reserve Officer Training, is “fascinated by international relations and national security.”

Rindos, an Eagle Scout and EMT volunteer, studies focus in mechanical and aerospace engineering, with degrees in robotics and diplomacy.

“This summer, he hopes to work alongside the Departments of State and Defense to better understand the complexities of diplomacy and the application of military force in defending democracy,” the university wrote.

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As part of the Air Force’s ROTC officer training, he has studied military history, honed in leadership development, taught younger cadets, is a private pilot and is a member of the Air Force Federation.

“He hopes to fly fighter planes after graduation and eventually be the first person on Mars, according to a Princeton press release. After that, he envisions a career in education, politics or defense.”

While a student at Chatham High School, Rindos, a class of 2019 alumni, was awarded a four-year ROTC Scholarship. In high school, he was class president all four years, LINKS leader, participated in the performing arts, winter track, spring track, participated in performing arts, did photography and videography for the school sports teams, taught a national youth leadership training course, was part of the troupe Chatham contingency was involved in the teams of St. Patrick’s Parish Church.

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“After graduating from Princeton, I hope to travel to the United States Air Force,” Rendos told the Daily Princeton, the university’s student news paper. “While the Air Force ROTC has prepared me with the skills to be an operational-level leader, this summer I hope to hone my skills as a ‘combat diplomat’ and contextualize global affairs.”

At university, he works as a residential advisor at Whitman College, a tour guide at Orange Key, is involved with the Aquinas community on campus and founded the Princeton Intramural Spikeball.

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“I very much look forward to welcoming the most recent alumni of SINSI to our dynamic community at SPIA,” Amani Jamal, Dean of Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, said of all the students. “I am particularly proud of the commitment to public service represented by these emerging leaders, as well as by the exceptional undergraduate students who have been selected to train for SINSI.”

“Once again, we’ve had an amazing group of candidates, deeply committed to serving here and in their local communities,” said Frederic Barton and Catherine Looney, co-directors of SINSI.
“Their range of interests and expertise will be of great value to the federal government.”

The full list of 2022 SINSI alumni are:
Ethan Kahn ’22 MPA ’26, from Wyoming, Ohio
Sarah Lee ’22 MPA ’26, from Adams, Tennessee
Joseph “Joe” Shipley ’22 MPA ’26 from Brooklyn, NY
Ryan Sung ’22 MPA ’26, born in El Paso, Texas

The full list of 2022 SINSI Interns are:
Anna Blanco 23, from Miami, Florida
Dillion Gallagher, 23, of Seven Hills, Ohio
Ella Gantman ’23, from Washington, DC
Aaron Hilton ’23, from Washington, DC
Mary Elizabeth Marquardt 23, from Atlanta, Georgia
Nicole “Coley” Martin 23, from Alexandria, Virginia
Brandon McNeely ’23, currently lives in Plainsboro, New Jersey
Lily Owens 23, from Franklin, Michigan
Bradley Rendos, 23, from Chatham, New Jersey
Natalia Zorella 23, from San Diego, California

Reports by Ross Crispolini are also included in this story.

Questions or comments about this story? Do you have a local news tip? Contact me at: jennifer.miller@patch.com.

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