Students & Alumni

Two IWP students receive Rumsfeld Fellowship for 2019-20

Two students from The Institute of World Politics, Jordan Cain and Lyndsay Amyot, have been awarded the prestigious Rumsfeld Graduate Fellowship for the 2019-20 school year.

Rumsfeld Fellows are selected based on recommendations by professors at institutions across the country who serve as advisors for the program.

This fellowship involves financial support for their graduate studies at IWP, as well as participation in a network of fellow scholars seeking to serve our nation in public policy or related fields.

A future career in the intelligence community

Lyndsay is currently pursuing an M.A. in Strategic Intelligence Studies at IWP and is spending her summer interning with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, assisting its mission to provide timely and actionable geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., Lyndsay attended Mercyhurst University and interned with U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence and her local Emergency Management Agency. Upon completion of her M.A., Lyndsay hopes to continue working in the intelligence community.

She comments: “I am grateful and honored to be awarded this fellowship grant from the Rumsfeld Foundation. The Foundation provides the opportunity to join an exceptional network of students and professionals pursuing careers in public service. I am thankful for the fellowship as it will support my final year at IWP and provide new experiences as I move toward graduation and begin my career.”

Plans to serve in our national security community

Jordan Cain is from Pleasanton, California and is pursuing his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security Affairs at The Institute of World Politics. His research has focused on the strategic use of sanctions in international conflict and the threat analysis of Hezbollah’s operations in Latin America. Jordan works at IWP as an Assistant in Alumni Affairs. For Jordan’s future goals, he aims to serve as a counterterrorism analyst within the Department of Defense.

“It is a great honor to receive the Rumsfeld Fellowship among a hardworking and well-respected group of public servants,” he said. “I am eager to immerse myself within this community and learn from the nation’s best.”

A tradition of IWP Rumsfeld scholars

Several IWP students have been awarded the Rumsfeld Fellowship in the past, including 2014 IWP Valedictorian Rebecca Buchheit, a student in the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence Studies program in 2014, Elizabeth Dillard and James Di Pane in 2016, and Stephanie McGowan in 2017.

Even more IWP students have benefitted from direct interaction with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who has guest lectured in IWP classes in the past (see here and here).

Congratulations to Lyndsay and Jordan as they embark upon this Fellowship!