Alumni Profile

Jenny Alcaide at a speaking engagement during her time with the Public Service Scholar Program.

Jenny Alcaide at a speaking engagement during her time with the Public Service Scholar Program.

I plan to use my ambition and sense of social justice to become a public interest lawyer striving for the development of immigrant rights for the people in my community.

Growing up in Jackson Heights, Queens, Jenny Alcaide experienced first-hand how poor, immigrant residents face exploitative labor conditions; have minimal access to government services and low levels of education attainment. This reality has inspired Jenny’s passion to advocate on behalf of the immigrant community.

As an Urban Studies student at Hunter College, Jenny was accepted to the Public Service Scholar Program (PSSP), a one-year program that combines an internship with academic seminars on issues of concern to New York City. As a Scholar, she worked on specific projects, drafted correspondence, and met with city and state agencies in the Office of New York State Assembly member Brian Kavanagh. Following graduation, Jenny became a White House Intern in the Office of Management and Administration.

After a completing a Policy Fellowship with the Office of United States Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Jenny went on to serve as an advisor to the US Department of State in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in Mexico City, Mexico.

Attending one of the most diverse colleges in the country has uniquely prepared me for a career working in government, the non-profit or the private sector. Hunter UAP gave me the tools to take on any path that comes along my way.

Currently, Jenny is an Organizing Fellow for Obama for America. She plans to attend law school when the campaign is over.