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.

Ariana Orcera

The IWP Internship Experience: Ariana Orcera

As an upcoming graduate from Assumption University, I knew I wanted to pursue my master’s degree. I researched various national security graduate programs, but none captured what I was looking for until I found The Institute of World Politics. When I found out they also had an internship program where I could serve as a…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Lucas Burgard

This summer, I worked as an events and communications intern at The Institute of World Politics. When I began the internship, I had just finished up my freshman year at American University. At the time, I felt lost in terms of my career aspirations. I had many different academic interests, such as international relations and strategic communications, but I was not sure…

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Mary Kate Godfrey

The IWP Internship Experience: Mary Kate Godfrey

As a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame studying political science and global affairs, I knew I wanted a summer experience in international relations and security. I was not sure where to start, though, until I discovered IWP at my school’s spring career fair. The abundance of opportunities IWP afforded their interns (a one-on-one research mentorship and access…

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IWP interns reflect on their experience

Eleven interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently completed the IWP spring internship program. They worked on various research topics including U.S.-China relations, energy security, cyber intelligence, political warfare and economic statecraft, and Chinese influence operations in the U.S. Here, they reflect on their experience doing research, assisting with institutional operations, auditing…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Juline Horan

As a sophomore at the Catholic University of America studying world politics and minoring in intelligence studies and Islamic world studies, I was looking for internships that would give me experience and prepare me for a career in national security and international affairs. I came across The Institute of World Politics during a virtual career…

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Benjamin Robb

The IWP Internship Experience: Benjamin Robb

I came into this internship with the mindset that I wanted a mentor who could help guide and instruct me on how best to sharpen my skills as an analyst, researcher, and writer, with the goal being that I would be better prepared for a career in international relations. I was able to accomplish this…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Katie Boutwell

During my time with The Institute of World Politics, I served as a national security research assistant and intern. As a senior at Westminster College, I was looking to gain more insight on what was next, including the possibility of graduate studies. Having a background in global affairs and world languages, I wanted to continue…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Isabel C. Tapies

As a research assistant intern for The Institute of World Politics, I gained valuable experience in combining my interests in international affairs with the responsibilities of assisting institutional operations. For instance, I provided administrative support to the Events and Communications department for time-sensitive tasks, such as proofreading alumni newsletters, as well as writing and submitting…

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Cole Penz

The IWP Internship Experience: Cole Penz

An internship with The Institute of World Politics first caught my attention because of the school’s focus on equipping students with the practical skills necessary in the conduct of statecraft. I was also drawn in by the school’s emphasis on learning how America’s moral traditions impact contemporary national security. I had high expectations entering this…

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The IWP Internship Experience: Maria Fusca

I remember how happy I was when I learned I would be an events and communications intern at IWP. As a sophomore who decided to take a semester off of school due to the pandemic, I was trying to find other ways to fill my time. I had no plans for the next few months,…

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