IWP interns contribute to research projects with IWP faculty members, assist with institutional operations, and have the opportunity to audit a graduate-level class. Here, they share their experiences during the IWP internship program.

Fall 2020 Interns on Zoom

IWP interns reflect on their experience

Nine interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently completed the IWP fall internship program. They worked on various research topics including grand strategy, cyber intelligence, Chinese propaganda, and Afghan peace talks. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, auditing courses, connecting with IWP faculty and staff, and growing professionally. “IWP opened…

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Sally Bobbitt

The IWP Internship Experience: Sally Bobbitt

The opportunities and experiences that I have had during my time at The Institute of World Politics have been immeasurable. I am confident in the fact that these experiences will benefit me greatly in my future career. Even though the Fall 2020 internship was virtual due to the coronavirus, I was able to achieve my…

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Sean Honesty

The IWP Internship Experience: Sean Honesty

This semester, I had the opportunity to conduct research under IWP’s founder and president, Dr. John Lenczowksi. My research focused on policy recommendations the United States should pursue to counter and combat the multi-faceted and deep-set practices enacted by the Chinese Communist Party. Additionally, I assisted Dr. Lenczowksi with one of his side research projects,…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Gavin

During my internship at IWP, I took two classes and researched grand strategy under Dr. Frank Marlo. I was also fortunate enough to participate in two wargame simulations. Despite the internship being fully remote, the experience was incredibly beneficial to my understanding of statecraft and national security. The Institute provided interns with excellent opportunities to…

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The Internship Experience: Collins K. Alexander

Entering the final year of my undergraduate degree, I was seeking an opportunity to develop professional skills, build connections, and gain a clearer idea of my career goals. I previously applied for a summer internship with IWP but did not receive an offer. In actuality, this turned out for the best because I honed my…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Amelia Whiteley

I knew interning with The Institute of World Politics would be a unique opportunity that would allow me to experience first-hand all its vast connections in the counterintelligence community. However, I did not expect the extent to which this internship has enhanced my knowledge and passion for national security or the incredible and accepting community…

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Evan Gertler

The IWP Internship Experience: Evan Gertler

As a senior at American University in Washington, D.C., I first learned about The Institute of World Politics (IWP) by attending their on-campus lectures and book talks as a guest. Needless to say, being able to intern on the Events and Communications team at IWP and helping to bring those talks to a new virtual…

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Hailey Comer

The IWP Internship Experience: Hailey Comer

As a recent graduate of George Mason University, I was feeling overwhelmed and unsure about where my future would take me. Given the COVID-19 impacts, my graduation and post-graduation plans were abruptly put on hold. I was extremely lucky to accept an internship with The Institute of World Politics, where I served as a research…

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IWP interns reflect on their experience

Fourteen interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently completed the IWP summer internship program. They worked on various topics including counterterrorism, cyber intelligence, energy security, and Chinese geopolitical strategy. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, auditing courses, connecting with IWP faculty and staff, and growing professionally. “Dr. Sara Vakhshouri served…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Amr Al-Kozbari

As a sophomore at New York University, I was looking to gain a better understanding of the career path I would like to pursue. Having a background in the technical aspects of computer science and data science, I wanted to learn about those aspects not taught in college. When I heard about IWP, I knew…

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