Current Interns
  • Gabrielle Acierno

    Gabrielle Acierno Latin America Rights & Security Fellow

    Gabrielle recently completed an M.A. in Government with a specialization in International Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at the IDC Herzliya in Israel. She has a B.A. from Boston College in Psychology with a minor in Hispanic Studies, and also studied at Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. She served for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA working on education rights for immigrant children in New York City. She has also worked for ActBlue and the New York Immigration Coalition. She is of Cuban descent on her mother’s side and is passionate about migration & refugee issues, race relations, and drug & security policy, particularly as they relate to Latin American countries and communities. 

  • 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.

  • Catilin Hill

    Catilin Hill Security Assistance Monitor

    Caitlin is currently a junior at James Madison University. She is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs with a concentration in the Middle East, and has completed a minor in French with hopes to graduate with honors in Spring 2016. Her interests include revolutionary movements and extremist activity in the Middle East, along with U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa. At JMU, Caitlin works with Skyline Literacy, an adult ESOL tutoring program where she ran a citizenship class preparing students for naturalization and frequently worked with students from the large Iraqi and Kurdish refugee population in Harrisonburg. After graduation, she hopes to find a career abroad promoting peace-building strategies and economic and political sustainability in post-conflict areas. She enjoys traveling, listening to music and becoming acquainted with the DC restaurant scene.

  • Chelsea Kaser

    Chelsea Kaser National Security Project

    Chelsea is a rising senior at Muhlenberg College where she is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Conflict and Peace Studies and double minoring in Russian Studies and History. She is interested in U.S foreign policy, specifically towards Russia and the Middle East, human rights issues, the morality of war, and overall peace studies. Chelsea hopes to attend graduate school or law school after graduating. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball, exploring D.C., and meeting new people.

  • Nika Khmolovska

    Nika Khmolovska Security Assistance Monitor

    Native of Odessa (Ukraine), Nika graduated from Old Dominion University in August 2014 with a B.A. and M.A. degrees in International Studies. She wrote her Master’s thesis on the Western Sahara Conflict. As a senior she completed an internship with Norfolk Sister City Association and upon graduation worked as a Fundraiser for the UN Refugee Agency. Her research interests include the Question of Refugees in International Relations Theory, International Relations of Middle East and North Africa and Cross-Cultural Dialogue. She is a very passionate linguist and currently speaks five languages. Former varsity player, Nika competes in local tennis leagues in her spare time. Her hobbies also include dancing and impressionist art. 

  • Kate Leary

    Kate Leary Development 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.

  • Lexi Moschakis

    Lexi Moschakis Common Defense Campaign

    Lexi recently completed her Bachelor of International Studies at the University of Adelaide (Australia), however, she spent her final semester studying at North Carolina State University. She is also towards the end of completing a Bachelor of Laws. Her academic interests lie in transitional justice, human rights law and security, and much of her research has been focused towards the recent conflict in the Middle East. Lexi loves to travel, and spends her spare time learning Spanish, going on long runs and cooking. 

  • Sofia Oliveros

    Sofia Oliveros Security Assistance Monitor

    Sofia is a student at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where she is double majoring in International Relations and Latin American Studies and minoring in Economics. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, her academic interests include development, Spanish literature, macroeconomic theory, comparative politics of Latin America, and conflict resolution. Last February, Sofia planned the VIII Colombian Student and Professional Conference, which hosted two ambassadors, and notable politicians and academics. At the end of the Spring Semester, Sofia will participate in a short term study abroad program in Cuba. Sofia hopes to pursue a career in the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She enjoys reading, watching Netflix, learning new languages, and going to SoulCycle. 

  • Limeng Sun

    Limeng Sun Security Assistance Monitor

    Limeng is currently a first year graduate student at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Before coming to the United States, he completed his bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. Limeng has experience working at nonprofit organizations in both the U.S. and China, including internships at The Nature Conservancy, The Carter Center and Global Rights. He is interested in democracy, human rights, Middle East security and U.S.-China relations. In his free time, Limeng enjoys jogging, exploring cities and trying out different foods. 

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)