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.

IWP Interns at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, July 2022

Interns visit Victims of Communism Museum

On July 28, a group of IWP interns visited the new Victims of Communism Museum, where they met with interns from the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. During the visit, they enjoyed lunch and heard about the internship programs at VOC, FDD, and Heritage Foundation. IWP Internship Manager…

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Brooke Hillis

The IWP Internship Experience: Brooke Hillis

I am a junior at Hillsdale College pursuing two Bachelors of Art in Mathematics and Art. I have always been passionate about politics and wanted an internship that combined that passion with my two majors. During my time at the Institute, my supervisors gave me opportunities to use both the logical side of the math…

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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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