Current Interns
  • Nicole Albrecht

    Nicole Albrecht Fundraising & Development

    Nicole is a rising senior at Grinnell College where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. During her time at Grinnell, she garnered extensive experience in event planning. Nicole was introduced to the world of fundraising as the 2016 Class Ambassador and is interested in learning further about this field, especially in regards to non-profit fundraising. As a Grinnellian sociology major, Nicole is interested in all things relating to human rights, with a specific focus on women’s rights, and race-relations. Nicole lived in Singapore for most of her childhood, and as a global nomad, she enjoys traveling in addition to cooking vegan dishes, hiking, and crushing weights in the gym.  

  • Justin Bar

    Justin Bar Common Defense Campaign

    Justin is a recent graduate from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in World History, and a minor in Chinese Language and Culture. He has a strong interest in international business, development, and security, with a particular focus on China and the Pacific Rim. Prior to joining the CDC, Justin lived in Beijing, where he worked as a marketing intern for Lenovo’s Research & Development center. A D.C. area native, Justin has spent significant time living abroad in both an academic and professional setting, and is near fluent in Mandarin.  He is a voracious reader, loves to discuss politics and business with others, and is an absolute music junkie.

  • Hailey Choi

    Hailey Choi Security Assistance Monitor Communications Intern

    Hailey Choi is a senior studying Sociology and Media Studies at the University of California—Berkeley. Her academic and research interests include third culture individuals, women's rights, and international media. Hailey was awarded the 2014 research fellowship at the Center for Ethnographic Research. On the weekends, she enjoys exploring new places with her DSLR.

  • Seamus Daniels

    Seamus Daniels Security Assistance Monitor

    Seamus is a rising senior in Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His studies within the school focus on international conflict and cooperation and Middle Eastern policy. He is additionally minoring in Near Eastern Studies and Arabic Language and Culture. Seamus' academic interests include international security, Middle Eastern politics and history, and U.S. Foreign Policy in the region. Prior to joining Security Assistance Monitor, Seamus interned with the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS) in Amman, Jordan. In his free time, he enjoys running, playing soccer, and exploring D.C.

  • David Duffeck

    David Duffeck Financial Transparency Coalition

    David is a recent graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia, where he majored in Political Science and minored in French. While at MU, David conducted research on foreign aid allocation and democracy abroad and spent time in Lyon, France studying European business law. He is passionate about economic development, security and international business, with particular interests in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa. In his free time, David enjoys pick-up basketball, recording music and reading historical fiction.

  • Allison Gerns

    Allison Gerns National Security Project

    Allison recently graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied political science and Arabic. She is interested in U.S foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa as well as terrorism studies. After her summer with CIP she will move to Amman, Jordan to attend the Qasid Language Institute for a year to study Arabic. She enjoys traveling, photographing architecture, and playing tennis. 

  • Lindsay Getschel

    Lindsay Getschel Common Defense Campaign

    Lindsay is rising a senior at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. She is majoring in political science and minoring in music. She is interested in international relations and diplomatic conflict resolution especially in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. She also has a strong interest in promoting international climate change cooperation. After Luther, she hopes to attend law school and spend time abroad. In her free time, she enjoys playing the flute, running, and exploring D.C.

  • Almir Hodzic

    Almir Hodzic Security Assistance Monitor

    Almir is currently a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His program focuses on security and intelligence studies. Almir’s area of interest is the Balkans/Eastern Europe and the transitional trends that took place in this part of the world after the fall of communism. He is fluent in Serbo-Croatian and studied Russian in college. In his free time Almir enjoys sitting in DC traffic, playing basketball, and watching Netflix.

  • Kelly Hoye

    Kelly Hoye Security Assistance Monitor

    Kelly is entering her Senior year at Baldwin Wallace University, a small liberal arts college located in Cleveland, Ohio. Kelly is a native Clevelander, having lived in the area her entire life. At Baldwin Wallace, she is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in International Affairs. Her minors include French and National Security. She has a strong interest in Africa, specifically the regions of East and Central Africa. Her goal is to graduate in spring of 2016 and attend graduate school in the D.C. area afterwards. In her free time, she enjoys reading, running, and spending time with friends and family. 

  • Ani Sinani

    Ani Sinani Security Assistance Monitor

    Ani is a rising junior at the College of William & Mary studying International Relations and Finance. His interests include political transitions, state building, and foreign assistance. At William & Mary, Ani works at the AidData Center for Development Policy tracking U.S. foreign aid to developing countries, and interns at the Project on International Peace & Security, an undergraduate think tank. After graduation, Ani hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a career in foreign affairs or international business.

  • Sydney  Walley

    Sydney Walley Win Without War

    Sydney is a rising sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, majoring in International Affairs with a double concentration in Middle East Policy Studies and International Development. Originally from Manhattan Beach, California Sydney is enjoying living on the East Coast and exploring DC. Before joining Win Without War, Sydney interned for the Smithsonian Institution and on Capitol Hill. In her free time, Sydney enjoys cooking, traveling, and working out. 

  • Laura Weiss

    Laura Weiss Latin America Rights & Security Fellow

    Laura Weiss is an incoming master's candidate at New York University's Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Before joining CIP as the Latin American Rights and Security Fellow, she worked with the North American Congress on Latin America, helping to produce their quarterly policy journal, and interned with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health. Laura graduated from Oberlin College with a B.A. in Hispanic Studies in 2013, and has lived in Spain, Chile, and Argentina, where she worked as a translator at a human rights NGO. 
    Laura is passionate about human rights, social inclusion and civil society in Latin America, particularly in Mexico and Colombia, and their relationships to U.S. policy in the region.

Past Interns

We would like to thank our current spring 2015 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 2014

Operations and Development // Allison Heller, American University
Latin America Rights & Security Fellow // Angelika Albaladejo, Vanderbilt University
Security Assistance Monitor // Collin Moore, American University
Common Defense Campaign // Deepika Choudhary, Marymount University
National Security // Erik Ruiz, University of California Los Angeles
Cuba Fellow // Kate Leary, Stanford University
Security Assistance Monitor // Meagan Dunham, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Security Assistance Monitor // William Tuleu, American University
Security Assistance Monitor // Mike LaSusa, American University
Financial Transparency Coalition // Alec Simpson, American University



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)