As a recent graduate of Michigan State University with a Bachelor's degree in History, I found an interesting and exciting opportunity at The Institute of World Politics to intern and explore Washington, D.C. while preparing for graduate school during the fall of 2009. My time at IWP provided numerous benefits beyond what I imagined on my first day. I was able to attend and was an active participant in four classes, which helped me prepare mentally for the rigorous workload of graduate school, and made many new friends.
The open collegial environment was what I enjoyed and appreciated the most about my experience at IWP. I had many interesting discussions with professors, students and staff about many of the issues important to our nation's security. It was those discussions which were an essential part of my intellectual growth while in Washington, D.C. I was treated as a colleague rather than an intern, which I think made all the difference in my experience.
My most memorable experience was my visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veteran's Day. That experience for me put in perspective the challenges our country faces from enemies of freedom and democracy which are costing lives every day. I left the sacred ground that day motivated to serve my country to the best of my ability with all my talents.
My internship at IWP really helped me bring into focus what kind of career I want. At present, I plan to begin my Master's studies this coming year focusing on intelligence and national security. Ultimately, I would like work on policy issues concerning how failing states affect U.S. national security.
- Michael D. Webber, IWP Intern, Fall 2009