Internship Experience

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 experience doing research, assisting with institutional operations, auditing courses, connecting with IWP faculty and staff, and growing professionally.

“I highly recommend participating in an IWP internship to anyone interested in international relations.”
Jack Browne
American University
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Bernard Barillo

“I value the lessons that I learned from this internship and am proud to have had the opportunity to work with the Institute’s staff, faculty, and students.”
Bernard Barillo
Catholic University of America
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“My time at IWP was filled with meaningful professional support from IWP faculty and staff and access to a wealth of knowledge and experience that is unmatched anywhere else.”
Kayla Marineau
George Mason University
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“IWP regards its interns as future world-changers whose growth ought to be intentionally fostered and guided towards productive ends, and it behaves accordingly.”
Ceanna Hayes
Hillsdale College
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Colin Agostisi

“This internship was an extremely valuable experience, both academically and professionally, and I am privileged to have been a part of IWP!”
Colin Agostisi
Catholic University of America
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“I enthusiastically recommend IWP to those interested in foreign policy, international relations, or national security as either a graduate student or an intern.”
Sumner Levenson
James Madison University
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