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Washington Public Diplomacy Program


The internship component of this program provides graduate students a unique opportunity for practical training and professional development in a chosen field of public diplomacy, strategic communication, or international affairs. The internship encourages you to gain in-depth knowledge of an organization and its relation to certain issues and policy processes, to define and pursue your own career aspirations, and to network for the future.  It requires a minimum of 250 hours over a period of at least 12 weeks.  Most students end up working close to full-time. 

For international students, work authorization is required. Details are available on the Center for International Services.

Spring 2019 program participants:

Linsey Armstrong - State Department: Office of Global Women's Issues
Rhea Bhambhani - Fund for Peace
Yue Chen - US-China Business Council: Communications and Publications
Ava Khavari-Khorasani - Carnegie Endowment: Communications Department
Susie Lee - World Bank: Digital Development Practice
Xiaotong Liu - World Bank: Digital Development Practice; Wilson Center
Autumn Moore - Center for International Private Enterprise
Edy Semaan - CSIS Europe Program

Spring 2018 program participants:

Stephen Brickey - Department of Defense:  OUSPD NATO/Europe 
Christopher Camesas - Search For Common Ground: Strategic Development
Alexcia Chambers - NORAD/Northcom
Rainea Cumberbatch - US International Trade Administration
Jena Daggett - NORAD/Northcom
Robert Gaudio - Senate Committee on Finance
Briana Graham - NASA-Langley Research Center: Legislative Affairs 
Brooke Hirsheimer - WWF: Media and External Relations
Mary Johnson - USAID: Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs 
Hayley King - IOM: Communications 
Aaron Mwewa - Internews
Andrea Rosero - HUD:  Field Policy Management Office - Office of Davis-Bacon & Labor Standards 
Yan Wang - Education for Peace in Iraq
Tongyu Yi -Vital Voices: Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship
Anran Yu - World Bank:  Procuring Infrastructure PPPs Project

Spring 2017 program participants:

Brittany Charles - Vmware: Government Relations and Public Policy
Caitlin Flattery - Tetratech
Cong Fu - Holocaust Museum
Ariel Gould - Signal Group Consulting: Defense Intern
Xinyi Hang - Ashoka
Evan Johnson - Congresswoman Louise Slaughter: Press
Rosalina Jowers - Powell Tate
Claudine Lim - CSIS: International Security -  Smart Women/Smart Power
Jeffrey Marshall - Organization For Economic Cooperation And Development: Public Affairs And Media
Nikkole Mojica - Department Of State: Educational And Cultural Affairs Bureau, Office Of Public Affairs And Strategic Communication
Janessa Price - World Wildlife Fund: Freshwater Program
Isidoro Ramirez – Department of Defense
Jordan Robinson – U.S. Department of State: IIP
Megan Soule - U.S. Department Of State: ECA
Katrina Springer - House Of Representatives: Democratic House Foreign Affairs Committee
Yuelin Yang - Weconnect International

Spring 2016 program participants:

Deborah Baldwin - Brookings Institution: Communications Department 
Kelli Cooney - Brookings Institution: Communication - Press/Marketing
Edward Garibay - Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration
Suzanne Hatcher - Center for Strategic and International Studies: Wadhwani Chair 
Candace Johnson - Smithsonian: Office of Special Events and Protocol
Alex Jorgensen - JM Strategic Communications (NYC)
Na RA Kim - Save the Children: International Programs
Evan Kindle - NASPA Foundation
Gabriela Luciano - Jelena Group
Edward Lynch - National Human Trafficking Resource Center
Arielle Moncure - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
James Sims - U.S. Census Bureau
Yibing Tang - Broadcasting Board of Governors: Public Affairs 

Spring 2015 program participants:

Michael Ardaiolo - State Department: Office of Public Diplomacy for East Asia and Pacific Affairs
Jeorge Cymon - DKC Public Relations
Adam Cyr - Institute for Policy Studies
Ebitimi Komonibo - Pxyera Global
Sheila Koohpai - Technology Transition Corporation
Jennifer Osias - McBee Strategic
Russell Walker - All Points Broadband
Julia Watson - VOX Global

Spring 2014 program participants: 

Hadeel Alhaddadeh – Open Governance Unit, The World Bank
Nicole Audette – ENOUGH Project, Center for American Progress
Andrea Baldwin – Office of Public Affairs, National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center
Sarah Blanchard – Office of Public Affairs, US Trade Representative
Philip Bristol – Office of Gaming, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior
Tuba Dokur – Middle East Institute
Oliver Elliott- Representative Dan Maffei; Department of Defense, Under Secretary for Policy
Kevin McElligot – Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations
Kelly McCray – Office of Outreach De Vos Institute of Arts Management, Kennedy Center
Maggie Moore – Office of Public and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Embassy Bratislava
Yao Xiao – Office of Outreach and Marketing, Innospring, a high-tech startup incubator/accelerator firm
Buddy Stora – USAID, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (full-time employment)

    Spring 2013 program participants:

    Nika Ankou - State Department: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
    Roxanne Bauer - Broadcasting Board of Governors: Public Relations
    Terrance Carroll - World Wildlife Fund: Government Relations
    David Chaplin - Department of Defense: Office of General Counsel - International Affairs
    Cameo Cheung - InterAction; State Department: Information Resource Management (IRM)
    Fiona Cotton - American Security Project; State Department: Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    Nadia Hakim - National Iranian American Council (NIAC); Middle East Institute
    Mallory Hubl - Center for Mind-Body Medicine - Marketing
    Dexter McKinney - Rep. Brian Higgins - Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs; Rep. Dan Maffei
    Michael McLean - State Department: Executive Secretariat: "The Line" (S/ES)
    Tahmina Mehdi - State Department: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
    Blake Stillwell - Broadcasting Board of Governors: Public Affairs: Revolution Messaging
    Ryan Suto - Broadcasting Board of Governors: Office of Research
    Gaurav Tiwari - World Bank: SBG Technology Solutions - Communications
    Ievgenia Viatchaninova - World Bank: Information and Communication Technologies 

    Spring 2012 program participants:

    Adam Croglia - Qorvis Communications
    Kathleen Garenani - White House: Communications
    Kimberly Giblin - State Department: OES Water Partnership Project
    Su Kim - Project on Middle East Democracy
    Jaclyn Kochell - State Department: Embassy Guyana Public Diplomacy Section
    Amela Kraja - State Department: Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR)
    Michael Lewan - Fleishman-Hillard
    Kristen Livingston - Fleishman Hillard, Boston Office
    Lindsey O'Keefe - Office of Personnel Management (OPM)
    Mary-Katherine Ream - State Department: Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP)
    Claudia Valladolid - State Department: Office of the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy
    Ana Villareal - NYC Department of Health
    Darius Richardson - Hill + Knowlton
    Jose Campoy - State Department: Pickering Fellow
    Benjamin Patterson - National Defense University