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02-27-2017

Clarkson University Army ROTC Cadets are Top Picks for Internships

Army ROTC cadets at Clarkson University have been chosen by a national board to participate in highly competitive and prestigious summer internship programs. With eight cadets tapped for elite positions, Clarkson University had the most selected interns from the Northeast Brigade's 42 schools.

Front Row (left to right): Capt. Leo Krystof (primary cadre instructor), Cadet Curran Doyle, Cadet Kyle Phillips and Cadet Jeanmary Aray Freites. Back Row: Cadet Jacob Tomlinson, Cadet Michael Adams, Cadet Grayson Schermerhorn and Cadet David Broderick.The internship program is a national one, notes Army Maj. Michael C. Athanasakis, professor of military science and chair of Army ROTC at Clarkson. Hundreds, if not thousands, of cadets apply for these highly competitive internships.

“Five of our eight cadets are getting Top Secret clearance that's good for five years," Athanasakis says. "The summer internships are fully funded, so they will get room and board, receive a stipend and have experiences that translate into making them more competitive and well-rounded.”

The cadets, all juniors, and their internship placements are: Michael Adams '17, a biomolecular science major of Dunkirk, N.Y.: MIT Lincoln Laboratory; Jeanmary Arayfreites '17, a St. Lawrence University government and languages major of Clarksville, Tenn.: The National Ground Intelligence Center; Jacob Brizzell, a mechanical engineering major of Loudonville, N.Y.: Engineer Intern Program; David Broderick '17, a chemical engineering major of Lewistown, N.Y.: National Ground Intelligence Center; Curran Doyle '17, an aeronautical engineering major of Dalton, Mass.: National Ground Intelligence Center; Kyle Phillips '17, a civil engineering major of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.: Forensic Internship Program; Grayson Schemerhorn '17, a computer science major of Copake, N.Y.: National Security Agency; and Jacob Tomlinson '17, a civil engineering major of Proctor, Vt.: Engineer Internship Program.

A decorated officer, Athanasakis brings a wealth of real-life experience to the classroom. Prior to coming to Clarkson last summer, he was the regiment operations officer, HQ, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). He has participated as a leader in numerous combat deployments over the years and served in Iraq for 15 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The Golden Knight Program is diverse made up of cadets from all backgrounds, races, and genders. The Army ROTC program is a scholarship-granting program seeking high-quality talent with a desire to serve our great nation, Athanasakis adds.

Since 1936, Army ROTC at Clarkson has provided students with the opportunity to combine world class leadership and management training with their other academic studies. The curriculum, which consists of a series of classroom and hands-on leadership training experiences, gives students the necessary foundation to serve successfully in positions of responsibility in either the U.S. Army or the corporate world.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, New York, Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: Army ROTC cadets at Clarkson University have been chosen by a national board to participate in highly competitive and prestigious summer internship programs. Front Row (left to right): Capt. Leo Krystof (primary cadre instructor), Cadet Curran Doyle, Cadet Kyle Phillips and Cadet Jeanmary Aray Freites. Back Row: Cadet Jacob Tomlinson, Cadet Michael Adams, Cadet Grayson Schermerhorn and Cadet David Broderick. Not present for photo: Cadet Jacob Brizzell.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/army-rotc-interns-2017.jpg.]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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