Current Interns
  • Esther Choi

    Esther Choi National Security Project

    Esther is a senior at the University of Texas, studing International Relations and Global Studies with a focus on Asian Studies and a minor in Business. Her academic interests include human rights issues and the media's impact on cultural and political norms, particularly in East Asia. Ether's interest in international studies was fueled by various experiences, including studying abroad in China, mission trips to Thailand, and living briefly in Korea. In the future, she hopes to pursue a law degree and become further involved in the international field. In her spare time, Esther enjoys reading and exploring new spaces.

  • Jessica Hansson

    Jessica Hansson communications & fundraising

    Jessica is a student from Sweden where she is a senior at University West - Sweden, majoring in International Politics and Economics. She is interested in human rights, international relations and writing. Apart from her academics, Jessica is passionate about traveling and has studied abroad in Australia, and most-currently here in DC. In the future, she intends to pursue a Masters Degree in International Relations. During her free time, she enjoys music, watching basketball and reading.

  • Priscilla Lin

    Priscilla Lin Financial Transparency Coalition

    Priscilla is a senior at Calvin College where she is double-majoring in International Relations and Music Composition with a minor in Film and Media Studies. At Calvin, Priscilla started the Middle East Culture C/O EXIST Series, which produces lectures, screenings and much more. She is interested in exploring the space between art and politics, human rights issues in the Middle East and South East Asia region, and anything related to international political economy. In her free time, she enjoys playing piano, seeing films, traveling to new places, finding a good font and experimental cooking.

  • Alejandra Valencia

    Alejandra Valencia Common Defense Campaign

    Alejandra is a senior at Pace University majoring in Criminal Justice with minors in Latin American Studies, Peace and Justice Studies and Political Science. She is very interested in international relations and the political process. In the past, she has spent time working on political campaigns in New York City.

  • Angelica-Ruth Wekwete

    Angelica-Ruth Wekwete Security Assistance Monitor Africa

    Angelica-Ruth is a junior at Cornell University where she is majoring in English, with a concentration in Minority and Indigenous Studies. Her academic interests include African literature, colonial and postcolonial literature and theory, African culture and society, and international relations. After completing her undergraduate studies, she intends to pursue a law degree focusing on international law. She has worked at the Cornell Law school in the alumni affairs department, as well as with the Legal Information Institute conducting research. In her free time she enjoys travelling, music performance and writing poetry.

  • Aleksandra Zaytseva

    Aleksandra Zaytseva Security Assistance Monitor Asia

    Aleksandra recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied Islamic History, Cultural Anthropology, and Russian and Eastern European Studies. Before coming to the Center for International Policy, she interned at the National Cyber Forensics and Training Alliance in Pittsburgh as a research analyst in underground Russian forums, and spent five months traveling Israel, Turkey, and Eastern Europe. She is interested in policy and development in countries facing internal conflict, and hopes to go on to work personally in those areas after attaining a graduate degree. If she had spare time, she would be dancing the Argentine tango and attending the opera every night.

Past Interns

We would like to thank our current spring 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

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)