IWP Interns, Spring 2010

Juan Pablo Avila is from San Francisco, CA.  He graduated from U.C Berkeley in 2007 with a BA in Ethnic Studies and Spanish/Portuguese Language. He received his M.P.A. from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2009 with concentrations in Public Finance, Public Policy Analysis, and Economic Development. He decided to become an intern with IWP because of the "top flight faculty that the Institute provides as well as its engaging and thought-provoking curriculum."

Jimmie BackusJimmie Backus is a resident of Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Prior to starting his assignment at IWP, he attended the University of Maryland, where he successfully completed undergraduate and graduate degrees in Criminal Justice, Homeland Security Management, as well as an MBA. Currently, he is a professional firefighter/EMT with the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department, and is aspiring to transition into the field of counterintelligence in the very near future. He considers himself a life-long learner, a person who is never satisfied with the knowledge that he currently possesses:

"For me, there's always more to learn, more places to go, new pathways to travel; which leads me to my decision to make IWP my internship destination. After exhaustive research of the various schools and think-tanks in the area, I finally chose IWP based on the following three reasons: 1) Its uncompromising allegiance to statecraft; 2) Its impressive cadre of faculty and guest lectures; and 3) Its effective and challenging curriculum. I am confident that my internship here will be just as rewarding and successful as it has been for those interns who have preceded me."


Fjolla Bakalli

Fjolla Bakalli was born and raised in Kosovo. She is a junior public policy and management major, with a minor in legal studies at the American University in Kosovo, and plans to earn her degree in 2011. Currently, she is taking classes in public policy at Georgetown University. Her keenness to learn as much as possible about international affairs and public policy led her to choosing the Institute of World Politics as her internship for Spring 2010.




Florian DHooreFlorian D'Hoore recently graduated from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) with a Master's Degree in Modern History. His studies and his thesis research were focused mainly on recent International History and Politics. His Master's thesis was dedicated to the analysis of the Guatemalan revolution of 1954 (one of the first CIA operations) and its outcome. His field of interest is broad and extends to European Politics. This latter interest is stimulated by the fact that he lives close to Brussels where many decisions affecting Europe are made. His decision to intern at the Institute of World Politics was influenced by the global experience of the IWP leadership and staff in international politics, national security and intelligence studies. He feels confident that this internship will help him to extend his expertise in world politics, and will be a stepping stone to a job in international affairs or intelligence services in Belgium or abroad.


Andrew GreigAndy Greig is from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Villanova University in May '09, where he majored in Business Management and minored in Criminal Justice. During his years at Villanova, he interned for a pharmaceutical company, GlaxoSmithKline, a financial services company, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch, and local government, The Senate of Pennsylvania. During his senior year, he completed an independent research project on agroterrorism and had the opportunity to work with federal law enforcement agents from the Office of Inspectors General - Agriculture. He decided to intern at IWP because, "I am very interested in a career in government and international affairs but I lack the proper experience to obtain my desired entry-level position. The Institute of World Politics was able to offer me an in-depth perspective into the realm of international affairs, the opportunity to network with prestigious individuals in the international community, and receive expert advice on career decisions. Moving to Washington D.C. to intern at IWP was one of the best decisions I have ever made, and I recommend it for anyone who is interested in starting a career in government or international affairs."


Elizabeth Howe

Elizabeth Howe is 22 years old and is from Seattle, Washington. She received a B.A. in French, with a minor in History, from Western Washington University in beautiful Bellingham, Washington. She supplemented her academic experience by studying abroad in Jordan, as well as working with various humanitarian organizations, allowing her to travel and work in places like Mexico, Egypt, Kenya, and Uganda. Prior to arriving at The Institute of World Politics, she completed an internship at the Cape Town Refugee Center in Cape Town, South Africa. It was there that she gained practical experience working with refugees, causes of conflicts, and international organizations. She decided to intern at IWP to gain the political knowledge that can only be obtained by living in a city like Washington, D.C. and by working directly with professors who strive to see and do it all. She hopes to apply her internship experience towards receiving an M.A. in International Relations and towards a career in conflict resolution and international policy concerning refugees and asylum seekers.  

James Kahrs
is from Athens, Georgia.  He is a 2005 graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he majored in Anthropology and Archaeology.  Upon graduation, he took a job as an Archaeologist in the United States.  A year and a half later, he moved to China to learn about Chinese culture.  His experiences at home and abroad have sparked his interest in graduate education at IWP, and he would like to use this internship as a way to determine his exact field of study in graduate school.  In the future, he would like to work in government service with a focus on foreign policy.  He finds that The Institute of World Politics is a unique school, and its size offers many advantages for its students to excel and be a part of the policy community.



Peter LarsonPeter Larson is from Story City, Iowa and is finishing his senior year at the University of Iowa, where he is studying Political Science. He is interested in earning a Master's degree in International Affairs and wants to pursue a career in diplomacy or national security. He finds an internship at IWP to be a perfect fit for his interests and career goals.




Jeffrey LynallJeffrey Lynall is from Peoria, Illinois and graduated last year from Illinois State University with a Bachelor's in Political Science. There, he focused mainly on global studies, including international relations and international economic commerce. He will be pursuing an MA in international relations or national security this fall. He is interested in employment with the federal government, preferably in an analytical capacity. He finds that, "The Institute has afforded me the wonderful opportunity to study with some of the highest regarded scholars of national security and international affairs, and this experience has helped me to become better exposed to the career opportunities present within Washington."


Andrew RohrAndrew (Andy) Rohr is a senior at Lynchburg College, where he is majoring in International Relations. He became aware of the IWP internship program through The Washington Center. He chose to intern at IWP because it offered him the best opportunities to grow both personally and professionally. For instance, IWP encourages its interns to attend as many conferences and lectures at area think-tanks as possible. While he enjoys the effort that IWP puts into ensuring that he is able to network effectively, he is particularly impressed by "the amount of personal attention I receive." He has been encouraged to engage faculty members about their job history, and become familiarized and knowledgeable about what it is really like to work for the department of defense, intelligence, or any other posts that faculty members have held.

As an exiting senior, he was particularly looking for clarity about the type of careers that await students with a degree in International Relations, and the internship at IWP is helping him with this. He looks forward to applying his degree in real-world scenarios, and, at IWP, finds himself surrounded by people who are doing just this. He finds that, "Though many might argue that finding a job is tough, I think it is easier to search for a job when one understands what one is looking for. I have no doubt that by the time I am finished at IWP, I will know not only where to go, but how to get there."



Manazza ShumsMunazza Shums is a sophomore studying at Furman University, South Carolina, majoring in Communication studies. She is an international student from India. Her interests include international affairs, law, humanitarian work, and mass communication. She finds that, "The IWP internship sounded perfect for all that I wanted to get out of an internship here in D.C. It involved everything ranging from office work to independent research to assisting professors in their research. A benefit of interning at a graduate school is that I can take classes here and learn much more in my area of interest. The guest lecturers that come here to give talks are a bonus."



Julius ThomasJulius Thomas is a 2009 graduate of Morehouse College, where he majored in Political Science and History.  In his undergraduate study, he concentrated on International Relations with a regional focus on Southeast Asia.  His professional and research interests include International Security, Global Energy & Environmental Policy, and Natural Resource management.  He decided to intern at IWP for its unique focus on international affairs and statecraft.  He believes that the faculty of scholar-practitioners will provide him with insight into the world of global politics.



Andras Vlaics Andras Vlaics is a citizen of Hungary and was recently a senior student for a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in Business Studies, specializing in marketing.  This degree is issued jointly by the International Business School-Budapest and Oxford Brookes University.  Based on his extra work and study in marketing, he has also made himself eligible for the Diploma in Marketing Communications issued by the International Advertising Association (New York).  He feels that the education received at the International Business School, as well as the invaluable learning experiences abroad made available by this institution, have expanded and strengthened his educational and cultural experiences in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States of America.  He finds that: "The Institute of World Politics' internship can contribute to the advancement of my leadership ability by studying the theory, practice and benefits of a free society, which I can later utilize in Hungary.  Furthermore, it would serve as a perfect opportunity for providing the knowledge to start my career in international affairs."


Pawel Zyzak Pawel Zyzak was born in Zywiec and is from Bielsko-Biala in southern Poland. He earned an Electronics Technician diploma from a technical high school. Later, he received a Master of Arts in History degree from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.   He also worked as an archivist at the Institute of National Remembrance in Krakow. He is the author of the first biography of former Polish president Lech Walesa entitled: Lech Walesa – Idea and History: The political biography of the legendary leader of “Solidarity” until 1988. He specializes in modern history and political analysis, and contributes to a conservative weekly magazine, Gazeta Polska, and a monthly magazine, Nowe Panstwo.

He finds an internship at The Institute of World Politics to be a wonderful opportunity to broaden his knowledge of world politics in general and American affairs in particular.  He is especially interested in secret services, and would like to explore the American experience with intelligence and counterintelligence in order to combine it with his current knowledge of the communist secret services. 

Fatima YounusFatima Younus
received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and art history. Subsequently, she received a Master's degree in art history from Rutgers University. She wants to pursue a career in law specializing in cultural property and heritage preservation on an international level. She finds the prospect of working as a research assistant at The Institute of World Politics to be extremely exciting, and believes that it will provide incomparable exposure and access to scholars and ideas in the environs of Washington D.C., a hotbed of international and domestic political activity. She finds that, "In addition, the opportunity to take classes and participate in seminars will establish a core knowledge base that I will carry with me, and build on throughout my professional career. I hope that my own love of, and approach to scholarship will be a positive addition to the Institute."



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Andrew Pedersen