Internship Experience

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 courses, connecting with IWP faculty and staff, and growing professionally.Cole Penz

“Through my internship at IWP, I improved my research abilities and better defined my career goals.”
-Cole Penz
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“The IWP internship experience is truly comprehensive and fulfilling to the highest degree. I move forward from this internship with knowledge in fields I would not have gained anywhere else.”
-Katie Boutwell
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“Both the staff and faculty at IWP have shown me how dedicated they are to educating future leaders in statecraft, which has, as a result, inspired me and ignited my passion for pursuing a national security career.”
-Amelia Whiteley
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Kiersten

“This internship is the most beneficial experience I have received to place me closer to a future career in national security.”
-Kiersten Forrest
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“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.”
-Isabel C. Tapies
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Benjamin Robb

“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 and more with Professor Al Santoli.”
-Benjamin Robb
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“I had access to opportunities no other internship could have given me.”
-Maria Fusca
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“I highly recommend applying to IWP for the internship program. They provide an unmatched experience.”
-Juline Horan
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