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IWP interns reflect on their experience

Fourteen interns from colleges and universities around the United States recently celebrated the completion of the IWP fall internship program. They worked on various topics including counterterrorism, cyber intelligence, cyber security, and defense economics. Here, they reflect on their experiences doing research, auditing courses, connecting with IWP faculty and staff, and growing professionally.

“The real strength of IWP is its faculty and network of national security professionals who can share their knowledge, which is drawn from their own experience in the field. It is one thing learning about the work of human collection from a textbook or a museum; it is another to hear a former CIA officer talk about his own experiences recruiting and working with agents in foreign countries.”
-Elizabeth Whatcott
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“At IWP, the effort you put in never goes unnoticed, and the staff works tirelessly to provide interns with outstanding professional opportunities, connections, career counseling, and meaningful experiences.”
-Ignacio Videla
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“My favorite part of this internship was the research I did; however, it was very difficult to pick and choose because of all the incredible research options that IWP offers to its interns. In the end, I decided to work on a defense economics research project with IWP professor, Dr. Wayne A. Schroeder.”
-Daine Hale
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Shawn Sukert

“The internship itself was truly an amazing opportunity. Our intern class was given every opportunity to participate in IWP classes, networking events, and even some televised debates! As an intern I was given access to learning opportunities that I have yet to find a rival for in my four years of undergrad.”
-Shawn Sukert
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Jack Mascuch

“I wholeheartedly recommend an internship at IWP for students at any level of university. Whether you are a freshman or a senior like me, IWP will offer you a myriad of opportunities to explore your interests and aid in your professional development.”
-Jack Mascuch
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Stephanie Allen

“I can say with certainty that an internship with IWP is unlike any other in D.C. The community here is full of uniquely driven and caring individuals who genuinely want to get to know you and see you succeed.”
-Stephanie Allen
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“While an intern at IWP, you will not only have the opportunity to meet and network with professionals and peers who have shared career interests as your own, but you will also gain access to all the resources current graduate students have at IWP from Career Services to participation in intelligence and national security based simulations.”
-David Moran
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Patricia Katsamakis

“Upon arriving at IWP, I realized that my responsibilities were much more legitimate than any other internship I had experienced before.”
-Tricia Katsamakis
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“My internship at The Institute of World Politics has been hands down one of the best internship experiences I have had. From day one of my internship, IWP welcomed me into their community and made me feel like I was one of their students.”
-Jackie Droesch
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