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IWP partners with Utah Valley University

White House

In May, IWP signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah and its Center for National Security Studies (NSS).  UVU is the fifth school to sign an MoU with IWP and will continue to bring highly qualified students to IWP to further their education.

“We are thrilled to partner with The Institute of World Politics,” said Professor Ryan Vogel, the founding director of the Center for National Security Studies at UVU. “IWP has a well-earned reputation for its practical, serious, and engaged approach to studying national security — pedagogical principles shared by UVU’s national security program. I anticipate that many of our students will find great opportunities as graduate students and interns at IWP. I am confident that this partnership will enable our students to further their knowledge and skills and successfully pursue careers in service of their country.”

Through the MoU, UVU students and alumni admitted to IWP will receive a guaranteed $2,200 per semester scholarship, with additional merit-based awards also available. UVU students will also be considered for Early Admittance if they apply to IWP after April 1 of their third undergraduate year.

Danielle Shover, IWP’s Director of Graduate Recruitment, and IWP alumnus Logan Dopp visited UVU and were impressed by the NSS program, its students, and the UVU Journal of National Security.

“IWP recognized immediately that students in UVU’s national security program are highly engaged and dedicated to learning and mastering the practice of national security,” Ms. Shover said. “The solid foundation these students are receiving in the NSS program make them ideal candidates for our graduate degrees and for careers in defense, diplomacy, and related industries. This partnership seems a natural fit amidst a shared mission, and we anticipate UVU students will be strong and welcome additions to IWP’s internship and graduate programs.”

Elliott Thomas

Above: UVU student Elliott Thomas is interning at IWP this summer.

One UVU student is already interning with IWP for the 2018 summer session.  Elliott Thomas is conducting open-source counterterrorism research and long-term trend analysis as part of his role as a research assistant.

“I am looking forward to developing skills and establishing a network of professionals through my experience at IWP that will help me prepare for a career in the national security field,” Mr. Thomas said.

IWP and UVU will be kicking off their partnership with a lecture lunch featuring an IWP professor and alumnus, who will speak to 10 NSS students during their National Security Summer Session in Washington, D.C.