Current Interns
  • Angelika Albaladejo

    Angelika Albaladejo Latin America Rights & Security Fellow

    Angelika recently completed an M.A. in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University, where, as a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow, she focused primarily on the historical and sociopolitical factors contributing to conflict, social protest, human rights conditions, gender based violence, and peacebuilding processes in the Latin American region; particularly as related to traditionally under-represented groups: women and youth. During this time, she also attended a Portuguese language program at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica in São Paulo, Brazil. Angelika first discovered her passion for U.S.-Latin American relations as she was completed her B.A. in Global Affairs and minors in Communications and Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University. Apart from her Latin American Security interests, Angelika is originally a Miami native with Cuban and Puerto Rican background who enjoys hot yoga, baking, and spending time with her dog.

  • Deepika Choudhary

    Deepika Choudhary Common Defense Campaign

    Deepika Choudhary is a recent graduate of Marymount University where she majored in Politics. She has a keen interest in international security, arms, and terrorism issues, in pursuit of which she has researched the dynamics of Operation Condor and the 2008 U.S.-India nuclear agreement. Prior to joining the Center for International Policy, she worked for the American Association of Political Consultants and studied at Wake Forest University, focusing specifically on the Middle East and South Asia. A voracious reader, Deepika hopes to pursue a career in journalism and continue travelling internationally. She also enjoys dancing, engaging large groups of people, and the occasional heated debate. 

  • Meagan Dunham

    Meagan Dunham Security Assistance Monitor

    Meagan recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with degrees in International Studies and Russian.  She spent the last year of her undergraduate career studying on the Russian Overseas Flagship Program in St. Petersburg, where she also interned at an environmental advocacy organization called Bellona.  Her interests include intrastate conflicts, migration issues and nuclear nonproliferation.  She hopes to pursue a career in public policy focusing on security and international relations.  In her free time she enjoys reading, working on freelance translations, and making jewelry.

  • Allison Heller

    Allison Heller Operations and Development

    Allison is a junior at American University where she is majoring in International Studies and CLEG (communications, law, economics, government). Her primary academic interest is in European studies, specifically comparative governance. Prior to the Center for International Policy, Allison interned for the Institute for Women's Policy Research, Eurasia Center, and Cesar Chavez Public Charter School as a leadership teaching assistant. She intends to study abroad in Spain in the spring and hopes to work for an international organization after college. In her free time, Allison loves exploring DC, doing community service, and reading about leadership. 

  • Mike LaSusa

    Mike LaSusa Security Assistance Monitor

    Mike received his bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies from the University of Miami in 2013 and he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in U.S. foreign policy and national security at American University. He intends to focus his studies on crime and security in the Western Hemisphere and plans to pursue a career researching and writing about these issues. Mike previously worked as a research intern at the Center for Hemispheric Policy and as a contributing editor for the strategic advisory firm Southern Pulse. His freelance writing has appeared at the Huffington Post, Jacobin, CounterPunch, and other outlets. You can find him on Twitter @mikelasusa

  • Kate Leary

    Kate Leary Cuba Fellow

    Kate Leary is CIP's Cuba Research Fellow in the Latin America Rights & Security program. Her previous work experience includes the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean, and a human rights organization in Argentina called La Comision Provincial por la Memoria. Kate has a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University, a Master in Public Policy from UC Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the College of William & Mary.

  • Collin Moore

    Collin Moore Security Assistance Monitor

    Collin is completing his master's degree in International Affairs, Comparative and Regional Studies for the Middle East, at American University's School of International Service. In his thesis, he is tracing the militarization or continued use of non-violent tactics by social movements when they are exposed to state repression. Collin previously studied International Studies and minored in Arabic at Baylor University, and studied abroad at the American University in Cairo in the fall of 2010. Collin has also interned at the U.S. House of Representatives for a Texas Congressman. He enjoys cooking as well as running, and hopes to complete a half-marathon within the next few months.

  • Erik Ruiz

    Erik Ruiz National Security

    Erik recently graduated from UCLA where he majored in history and minored in political science. While at UCLA he was the Events Director of the Bruin Democrats and helped campaign for various Los Angeles area Democratic candidates. Before coming to CIP he worked at the World Affairs Council of Orange County where he assisted in event planning and high school outreach. Erik is interested in studying the increase in spending and reliance on Special Operations forces and the overall effectiveness of American counter-terrorism strategy. He hopes to eventually get his masters degree in either defense studies or American foreign policy. When he is not reading about national security issues, Erik likes to go on long runs and binge watch everything on HBO and Netflix. 

  • Alec Simpson

    Alec Simpson Financial Transparency Coalition

    Alec is a rising senior at American University, Washington DC, where he is double majoring in International Relations and Economics. Originally from Pennsylvania, his academic interests include international trade theory, development, and forensic accounting. He has previously interned with Human Rights Watch where he cultivated a passion for human rights advocacy and social justice. In his free time he enjoys reading, finding new music, and cooking.

  • William Tuleu

    William Tuleu Security Assistance Monitor

    William is a second year graduate student at American University's School of International Service.  His concentration is African comparative studies with an emphasis on public health, particularly the HIV/AIDS crisis and equitable health services distribution.  A dual citizen of France and America, William recently spent time in Cape Town, ZA doing research for his master's degree.  William is also an Americorps alumnus who is passionate about social justice issues.  In his free time, William enjoys riding his bike, playing poker, and cooking.

Past Interns

We would like to thank our current fall 2014 interns, as well as our
past interns, for their dedication and work, which has greatly
contributed to making CIP's day-to-day operations a succes

Summer 2014

Security Assistance Monitor // Grace Beya, George Mason University
Common Defense Campaign// Jacob Marx, Colby College
Security Assistance Monitor // Sameera Ibrahim, University of Vermont
Operations and Development // Emma Hutchinson, University of California Irvine
Common Defense Campaign // Claire Glezer, Indiana University
National Security // Julia Jacovides, University of Michigan
Security Assistance Monitor // Maria Coloma, Davidson College
Financial Transparency Coalition // Tucker Burleigh, Williams College
Latin America Rights & Security Fellow // Chloe Gilroy, Colby College



Spring 2014

Operations and Fundraising // Jessica Hansson, University West - Sweden
Security Assistance Monitor // Angelica-Ruth Wekwete, Cornell University
National Security // Esther Choi, University of Texas
Financial Transparency Coalition // Priscilla Lin, Calvin College
Security Assistance Monitor // Aleksandra Zaytseva, University of Pittsburgh
Common Defense Campaign // Alejandra Valencia, Pace University


Fall 2013

Security Assistance Monitor Asia // Eddie Bejarano, Binghamton University
Latin America Security // Benjamin Fagan, Wheaton College
Security Assistance Monitor Africa // Kyle Dallman, Beloit College
Common Defense Campaign // Matthew Matola, UNC - Chapel Hill


Summer 2013

Transparency & Accountability Asia // Leslie Adkins, Davidson College
Latin America Security // Victor Salcedo, University of Virginia
Transparency & Accountability Africa // Alex Dobyan, Tufts University
Common Defense Campaign // Parisa Sadeghi, University of Virginia
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Isabel Custodio, Wellesley College
Cuba Project // Ashley Badesch , University of Virginia
New Media Communications & Operations // Kimberly Grano, UCLA


Spring 2013

Transparency & Accountability Asia // Cody Knapp, University of Georgia
Transparency & Accountability Africa // Georgia Butler, University of Pittsburgh
Common Defense Campaign // Nirali Parikh, Wake Forest University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Cole Jordan, North Carolina State University
Latin America Security // Marissa Esthimer, Cornell University
New Media Communications & Operations // Ashley Csaszar, Syracuse University
Cuba Project // Josh Clement, University of Alabama

Fall 2012

Transparency & Accountability Asia // Aapta Garg, American University
Latin America Security // Matt Lonergan, Boston University
Transparency & Accountability Africa // Robert Lord, Hendrix College
Common Defense Campaign // Natalie Peterson, University of Michigan
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Jesse Sandoval, University of Illinois at Urbana
Latin America Security // Jessica Varona, Syracuse University


Summer 2012

Common Defense Campaign // Daniel Resnick, Tufts
Cuba, Executive Assistant // Cristina Alvarez, Brown
Latin America Security // Anna Moses, Wellesley College
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Maxine Jacobson, Tufts
Social Media, Communications & Operations // Ian Chan, Stanford
Afghanistan Study Group // Naeem Ahmad, St. Lawrence University


Spring 2012

Common Defense Campaign // Christine Anderson, Columbia// Kelsy Greenwald, Yale
Cuba, Executive Assistant // Juanita Islas, UC Berkely
Latin America Security // Michael Kane, Wake Forest University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Anna Podoplelova, University of Colorado, Boulder
Social Media, Communications & Operations // Matthias McCoy-Thompson, American University

Fall 2011

Common Defense Campaign // Alex Mette, Beloit
Cuba, Executive Assistant // Laura Muth, Johns Hopkins University
Latin America Security // Jessica Lippman, Georgetown University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Maggie Kellogg, Seattle University
Social Media, Communications & Operations // Rachael Oettinger, UC Santa Cruz

Summer 2011

Afghanistan Study Group // Edward Kenney, SAIS, Johns Hopkins // Mary Patterson, DePaul University
Americas Program // Murphy Woodhouse, University of Arizona
Common Defense Campaign // Esha Mufti, University of Oklahoma
Cuba, Execuive Assistant // Fiorella Mejia, Brown University
Latin America Security // Claire McCleskey, Georgetown University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Alyssa Warren Georgetown University
Social Media, Operations & Communications // Teddy Woodhouse, University of St. Andrews

Spring 2011

Asia // Esha Mufti University of Oklahoma
Afghanistan Study Group // Edward Kenney SAIS, Johns Hopkins
Americas Program // Murphy Woodhouse University of Arizona
Cuba, Executive Assistant // Jaclyn Humphrey Syraucse University
Latin America Security // Erin Shea University of Rhode Island
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Brooke Padgett University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Social Media, Communications & Operations // Montana Mathieu Georgetown University

Fall 2010 Interns

Fall 2010

Asia  // John Cavanagh, Colgate University// Michelle Trone, Emory University
Cuba, Executive Assistant // Emily Rogers, American University
Latin America Security // Allison Gilchrist, Syracuse University // Johannes Schmidt, George Washington University
National Security, Afghanistan // Edward Kenney, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Grant Potter, American University
Social Media, Communications & Operations // Scott Schaffer, Indiana University

Summer 2010

Asia // Janeen Madan, Vassar College // Riya Khilnani, Yale
Common Defense Campaign // Lauren Lefebrve, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University
Cuba, Executive Assistant // Meghan Vail, UT Austin
Latin America Security // Sarah Kinosian, University of Pennsylvania
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Tess Strumwasser, Smith College




Spring 2010

Asia // Mary Longenbaker, University of Notre Dame
Cuba, Executive Assistant // Amanda Sewell, American University
Latin America Security // Cristina Salas, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Lauren Lefebrve, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University




Fall 2009

Asia // Jessica Cho, George Washington University
Central America, Cuba // Ted Carroll, Loyola University Chicago/Coe College
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Michelle Gulino, Johns Hopkins University
Joint Demilitarization Campaign // Rebecca Wage, University of California, Santa Cruz
Global Financial Integrity // Doyle Galvin, Naval Academy // Nicole Barrett, George Washington University
Latin America Security // Hannah Brodlie, Oberlin College


Summer 2009

Asia // Helen Zhang, University of Michigan
Avoided Deforestation Partners // Andrew Mayersonh, Yale University // Marika O'Connor Grant, Maret School
Central America, Cuba // Michael Anthony, American University
Colombia // Cynthia Arevalo, Texas Christian University
Global Financial Integrity // David Chalude, Tufts University // Lauren Citrome, Tufts University // Padden Muhphy, Tufts University // Rachel Brown, Tufts University
Joint Demilitarization Campaign // Rebecca Wage, University of California, Santa Cruz
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Carolyn Wright, American University

Spring 2009

Asia // Elyssa Gage, Pepperdine University
Central America, Cuba // Kate Jordan, Amherst College
Colombia // Matthew McClellan, Amherst College // Stacy Ulmer, Gettysburg College
Cuba // Jonathan Keyser, Suffolk University
Global Financial Integrity // Catherine Donlevie, Hamilton College //  Sirisack Siriphanh, SUNY Cortland
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Courtney Chatterson, Pepperdine University

Fall 2008

Asia // Seher Syed, Hobbart and William Smith Colleges
Central America, Cuba // Maricelle Leon, University of Pittsburgh
Colombia // Anthony Dest, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Fundraising & Development // Ellyn Yakowenko, American University
Global Financial Integrity // Anish Savani, Georgetown University // Devon Cartright-Smith (research associate), Georgetown University // Lauren Kienzle, George Washington University // Mark Bulmer, McGill University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Velislava Petkova, Johns Hopkins University



Summer 2008

Asia // Abigail Cohen, University of Richmond
Central America // Tessa Vinson, College of William and Mary
Colombia // Stephanie DiBello, Beloit College
Cuba // Eva Silkwood, Baylor University
Global Financial Integrity // Janak Upadhyay, College of Wooster // Rachel Goodermote, Bates College // Rammil Mammadov (research associate), University of Souther Maine
Fundraising & Development // Aya Sakaguchi, Bowdoin College
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Aaron Shapiro, Washington University in St. Louis



Spring 2008

Asia // Dana Buchard, Miami University
Central America // Katherine Brittain, George Washington University
Colombia // Virginia Brown, Colby College
Cuba // Kimberly Silvi, St. Mary's College
Fundraising & Development // Caroline McEaddy, Davidson College
Global Financial Integrity // Andrew Brooks, American University // Patrick Homan, American University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Vyvy Le, Notre Dame University






Fall 2007

Asia // Kimberly Misher, Brown University
Central America // Andrea Bustard, University of California, San Diego
Colombia // Paul Jurado, Oberlin Colege
Cuba // Malvina de la Canal, American University
Global Financial Integrity // Nadine Olijnk, Rider University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Megan Mcqueeney, University of California at Santa Barbara

Summer 2007

Spring 2007

Asia // Ashali Singham, Duke University
Central America // Rebecca Offensend,
Claremont McKenna College
Colombia // Gareth Smail, American University
Global Financial Integrity // HeeJin Lee, University of Iowa, College of Law // Monica Stich, Iowa State University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Anstes Agnew, Stanford University
Operations & Communications // Jessica Barineau,
American University
Asia // Megan Miller, College of the Holy Cross
Central America // Melissa McNulty, Colby College
Colombia // Alessandra Miraglia, University of Wales
Cuba // Jennifer Schuett, Miami University of Ohio
Global Financial Integrity // Tommy Shen,
Georgetown University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Alexandra Burke, University of Denver

Fall 2006                                                                                        

Summer 2006

Asia // Lourdes Villanueva, California State University
Central America // Revaz Ardesher, University of
California San Diego
Colombia // Mariam Khokhar, American University
Cuba // Vincent Parascandalo, New York University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Danielle University of Colorado at Boulder
Asia // Aaron Siirila, American University
Central America // Megan Sheehan, University
of Notre Dame
Colombia // Christina Sanabria, Brown University
Cuba // Eli Shindelman, Johns Hopkins University
National Security, Fundraising & Development // Carl Gray, University of the South (Sewanee)