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.

Caden O'Neal

The IWP Internship Experience: Caden O’Neal

My name is Caden O’Neal, and I am an honors undergraduate student at The Catholic University of America (CUA), pursuing two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Philosophy and Political Science, with joint concentrations in Peace Strategy and International Affairs. Over the course of spring 2022, I participated in the hybrid National Security and International Affairs…

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Spring interns reflect on their experience

25 interns from around the United States and the world recently completed the IWP spring internship program. They worked on various research topics including energy transition in emerging markets, Russia-U.S. relations, cultural diplomacy, the conflict in Ukraine, and intelligence and the legal system. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, assisting with institutional operations,…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Annette Lee

Throughout my internship at IWP, I conducted research with Dr. David Glancy on Chinese political warfare strategies against Taiwan in diplomacy, information, military, and economics. This study covers China’s various political warfare behaviors against Taiwan from January to March 2022, such as overt vs. covert, direct vs. indirect, catalytic vs. corrosive, etc. Unlike my experiences…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Blake Ammerlaan

After graduating during the pandemic, I was looking for a particular type of internship. I wanted one that would allow me to have the kinds of experiences in which I had not been able to participate during lockdown as well as help guide my steps going forward. My position as a research assistant and intern…

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Sophie Collins

The IWP Internship Experience: Sophie Collins

The time I have spent at The Institute of World Politics (IWP) and the knowledge and experience I have gained there have been invaluable.  I first came to IWP because of its emphasis on the wider realm of political statecraft with a further focus on intelligence, national security, and international affairs.  Once at IWP however,…

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Holly Horton

The IWP Internship Experience: Holly Horton

When I initially applied for an internship with IWP, I knew it was the right opportunity.  My role at IWP consisted of administration work and day-to-day operations. However, what I consider a revered experience was working alongside Dr. John Lenczowski.  Knowing a bit of his background and with my growing interest in communism and Russian…

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Fiona Lynch

The IWP Internship Experience: Fiona Lynch

As a senior at The Catholic University of America studying World Politics with a concentration in U.S. Intelligence, I have had many internships throughout my college career, but none that tied directly with my interests in national security and intelligence studies. The Institute of World Politics Spring 2022 program provided me with the experience I…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Lilly Thumm

Through Butler University’s Washington D.C. Learning Semester, I was able to live on Capitol Hill and work for four months alongside Dr. Sara Vakhshouri as she examined energy transition in emerging markets, specifically countries in Africa. Outside of my work as a research assistant, I was able to attend a Washington Capitals game with other…

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Intern Orientation Fall 2021

IWP interns reflect on their experience

Sixteen interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently completed the IWP fall internship program. They worked on various research topics including cultural intelligence, Chinese influence operations in the U.S., the political economy of terrorism, threat assessments, and China’s role in shaping the future of the Asia-Pacific region. Here, they reflect on their…

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Bernard Barillo

The IWP Internship Experience: Bernard Barillo

As an events and communications intern, I worked on administrative assignments for The Institute of World Politics. I was delighted to be recommended for this position by IWP’s internship and recruitment coordinator. I treated this internship as a professional occupation, because I know that IWP educates the future leaders of this nation. I firmly believe…

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