School: Princeton University
Interned Under: Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27)
Nabil Shaikh of Reading, Pennsylvania, is a graduating senior at Princeton University, majoring in politics and a pursuing certificates (minors) in global health policy and in values and public life. He was recently named a recipient of a graduate fellowship through the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative, which will allow Shaikh to pursue an MPA degree at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School and to work as a fellow in the federal government for two years. Shaikh, who cares deeply about global access to health care and health disparities, has spent his time at Princeton broadening his understanding of how various actors and policies shape health and wellness in society. During summer 2016, Shaikh spent two months as a Princeton Global Health Scholar in Hyderabad, India, where he performed thesis research surveying more than 100 terminally ill cancer patients on their experiences with accessing end-of-life care. He then spent time in Trenton, New Jersey, as a policy research intern at the New Jersey Department of Health, focusing on minority and multicultural health. Shaikh served as the president of the Princeton Muslim Students’ Assocation and co-convener of the Religious Life Council, and he continues to lead initiatives within the Office of Religious Life and the Muslim Life Program. He has served as treasurer for both Muslim Advocates for Social Justice and the Pace Council for Civic Values, and as a freshman trip leader for Community Action. Shaikh is always one to pursue meaningful projects, whether it be preparing incarcerated individuals in Trenton for their GREs, counseling Muslim youth on spirituality and boyhood at the annual Mizaan Retreat camp, or leading the interfaith service initiative Project Downtown to make bagged lunches for the homeless.