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Washington Summer Practicum


The internship component of this program provides graduate students a unique opportunity for practical training and professional development in a chosen field of international affairs, development and public policy. The internship encourages students 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 7 weeks.  This usually means working at least four days per week.  Most students stay on past the completion of the seminar in July to continue their internship. 

For international students, work authorization is required. Please refer to the Work Authorization tab for complete information.

2019 DC Summer Practicum participants:

Fritz Claussen - International Institute for Strategic Studies 
Emma Diltz - Office of Press Relations, Bureau of Global Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Bart Kassel - U.S. Department of State, Office of Global Social Media, Global Public Affairs
Ki Baek Kim - Global America Business Institute
Leah Knobel - National Endowment for Democracy, Office of Government Relations and Public Affairs
Molly Martin - USAID, Strategic Communications Intern, Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs
Adam Miller - Fund for Peace
Nicholas Rogers - Dentons

2018 DC Summer Practicum participants:

Magdi Ahmed - International Development Group
Giovanna Benaduce De Miranda - Fund for Peace: Conflict Warning and Assessment Program
Emma Buckhout - US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Sarah Buell - Department of Defense: Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Arpan Dahal - American Association of College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Kirssy Gonzalez - Organization of American States: Human Security
Ian Gottesfeld - Department of Energy: Energy Information Administration
Alexandra Grzebyk - Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB)
Sage Hart - Rational 360
Lluvia Hernandez - Search for Common Ground: Development and Communications Team
Jessica Kesler - InterAction: Global Learning; Women for Women International: Global Programs
Zachery LeCuyer - Department of Defense:  Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment
Ivan Ponomarev - Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy; Nonviolence International
Brendan Reaney - The Streit Council
Mackenzie Robinson - AEI: Critical Threats Project
Sybelle Rodriguez - InterAction
Patrick Sheridan - Cohen Group
Sanjana Suresh - Social Impact: Program Management
Carol Tojeiro - World Bank: Doing Business Unit
Zachary Uram - Department of Justice: Executive Office of Immigration Review
Kyaw Zeyar Win - Voice of America: Bangla Service
Jacob Wisenbaker - MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator

2017 DC Summer Practicum participants:

Oleksiy Anokhin - World Bank: Enabling Business and Agriculture
Badr Elbendary - Tahrir Institute: Middle East Policy
Joseph Gale - USG
Christian Heneka - WeConnect
Justin Huber - State Department
Alejandro Icazbalceta - Small Business Administration 
Kevin Oswald - Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany: Economics and Science Division
Anna Pellegatta - Transatlantic Business Council
Astrid Quinones  - Legal Aid Society
Eduardo Rodriguez - Inter-American Development Bank
Liad Roytfarb - MD5 National Security Technology Accelerator (DoD and NDU partnership)
Max Tucker - USG
Christopher Winschel - Potomac Institute for Policy Studies

2016 DC Summer Practicum participants:

Sarah Ballard - Nixon Peabody
Charlene Cordero - Podesta Group
Andrew Dieselman - National Defense University College of International Security Affairs
Zachary Finley - Institute of International Finance
Elion Gerguri - Chemonics: International Growth and Trade Practice
Phuong Ha - CSIS: Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative
Kaneka Ky - Embassy of Cambodia
SeyedVahid Khatami - International Relief and Development
Matthew Kienzle - Government Accountability Office
Stela Leuca - World Bank
Emily Ma - US Citizen and Immigration Services: Refugee Affairs
Jeffrey Marshall - Media Development Foundation
Daniel Matthews - US International Trade Commission
Isidoro Ramirez - Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Jack Reynolds - US Chamber of Commerce: Europe
Katsiaryna Shmatsina - American Bar Association: International Law
Megan Soule - DOS: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Mikhail Strokan - CSIS: Russia and Eurasia
Sangeun Yeo - NED: World Movement for Democracy

2015 DC Summer Practicum participants: 

Gregory Babbitt - State Department: Office of the Geographer
Eric Carlson - Tax Foundation
Merav Ceren - Foreign Policy Initiative
Jane Chung - US-Korea Institute at SAIS
Kyra Hamman Turkowsky - Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Hyunjong Kim - Korean Embassy
Yi Joo Kim - National Endowment for Democracy: World Movement for Democracy
Juliann Merryman - Middle East Institute
Viola Meyerweissflog - Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Kyra Murphy - National security Network

2014 DC Summer Practicum participants: 

Carlo Abuyuan - State Department, Population, Refugees and Migration
Niklas Anzinger - Center for Security and International Studies, Energy and National Security
Adam Cyr - Voice of America: Central Africa Service
Aimee Falkum - Senator Al Franken
Alexandra Hackbarth - Department of Defense -  Office of Partnership Strategy and Stability Operations 
Elisabeth Ijmker - InterAction: Global Programs and Policy
Sheila Koohpai - Department of Energy
Conor Moore - Corporation for National and Community Service: Government Relations
Titilayo Ogundele - Institute for Policy Studies: Just Transition
Alexander Paul - Women in International Security
Darci Pauser - The SETA Foundation (Political Economic and Social Research)
Carmel Rabin - Human Rights Watch: Business and Human Rights 
Kelsey Shantz - Center for European Policy Analysis
Christopher Thompson - State Department: African Affairs
Krista Tuthill - Department of Defense, OUSPD Europe
Varshabhanavi Williams - Teach for All: Africa

2013 DC Summer Practicum participants: 

Julio Amador III - East-West Center
Philip Bristol - U.S. Department Of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Gaming
Stefania Coco Scalisi - Hudson Institute and International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
David Culley - Office of the General Counsel, Department of Homeland Security
Aaron Eisenbarth - Department of State, Office of Monetary Affairs
Yue Gong – International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Rama Halaseh - National Endowment for Democracy (NED)
Xiao Han - Hudson Institute
David Ifkovits - Innovations for Poverty Action IPA
Paulina Izewicz - Hudson Institute and The National Bureau of Asian Research
Octavian Maneo - Center for European Policy Analysis
Matthew Popkin- Hudson Institute
Vicki Romo - Atlantic Council, Energy and Environment Program
Jennifer Rosete-Busby - Search for Common Ground
Kate Simma – Department of State - DRL
Giselle Sorial - Edelman
Hannah Stewart - The United States Coast Guard

2012 DC Summer Practicum participants:

David Chaplin - Department of Justice: Access to Justice Initiative
Laura Alexander -  State Department: International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL)
Felipe Awad - State Department: Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA)
Roxanne Bauer - State Department:  International Information Programs (IIP)
Jemekai Blyden - State Department: Office of Coordinator of Cyber Issues
Ngan Diep - Department of Commerce: International Trade
Ibrahim ElGhandour - Aspen Institute and World Bank
Sorabel Feliz - State Department: Intelligence and Research (INR)
Rogelio Granguillhome - Inter-American Development Bank
Aman Jain - Congressional Management Foundation
Michelle Malecki - Social Impact
Aaron Menenberg - The Hudson Institute and World Wildlife Fund
Farhad Peikar - New America Foundation
Ishrat Saleem - Voice of America: Urdu Service
Nathan Strand - US Agency for International Development: Conflcit, Peacebuilding and Governance
Dan Stratila - Romanian Embassy
Gaurav Tiwari - World Bank: Open Development Technology Alliance
Carlos Wong - Quantico: Marine Intelligence 

 2011 DC Summer Practicum participants:

Colin Ackerman - Institute for International Education, Council for International Exchange of Scholars
Joseph Apel - Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc.
Jose Castedo - ACCION International
Adil Ciftci - SETA Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research
Nakisha Duncan - Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy
Kazumi Funahashi - Commonwealth Trading Partners, Inc
John Gay - Center for the National Interest
Christian Gonzales - Organization of American States
Jacquelyn Grippe - Partnership for Civil Justice
Joseph Jones - National Defense University, Africa Center
Jaclyn Kochell - Department of State, International Information Program
Erica Laster - Equatorial Guinea Justice
Jeffrey Lee - International Fund for Agricultural Development
Erika Lopez-Finn - Organization of American States
Carlos Millan - Office of Congressman Paul Tonko
Gregory Nelson - Defense Intelligence Agency
Nellwyn Olson - Marine Corps
Jonathan Peres - Defense Intelligence Agency
Tien Pham - Asia Policy Point
Elizabeth Platt - National Consortium for the Study and Responses to Terrorism (START)
Dominik Schneider - German Embassy
Smriti Shrestha - National Endowment for Democracy
Rachel Wilson - Institute for International Education, Global EducationUSA Services

 2010 DC Summer Practicum participants:

Gina Barbone - Amnesty International, Crisis Prevention & Response
Jeffrey Barron - US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Miklos Bodnar - Atlantic Partnership
Rebecca Boler - Management Systems International
Sadie May Davis - World Wildlife Fund
Marwa Fatafta - Hill & Knowlton
Anastasia Kolobrodova - US Department of State, Bureau of Information Resource Management
Levi Kovacs - Transnational Crisis Project
Lianna Marmor - Organization for American States, Summit of the Americas Secretariat
Daniel Moulton - Foreign Press Office
Attia Nasar - Government Loop
Beatrice Ndirangu - Church World Services
McBride Nkhalamba - Atlantic Council, Ansari Africa Center
Pavitra Ramaswamy - Foundation for Defense for Democracy, Center for Terrorism Research
Jenny Richter - Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs
Sayeed Mahdee Sanglakhee - Middle East Institute
Pedro Tichauer - US Green Building Council
Jennifer Vergamini - Immigration Equality, Communications Department
Xi Wang - Global Environment Facility

 2009 DC Summer Practicum participants:

America Pintabutr - World Wildlife Fund
Anthony McGovern - Export/Import Bank of US
Allison Engle - Washington Office on Latin America
Bailey Cahall - National Defense University
Elizabeth Hasper - JJ & B Investment Banking
Emily Phan-Gruber - Inter-American Development Bank - Democratic Governance and Social Policy
Fernanda Prazeres - APEX, Brazil
Gabriela Paskova - German Marshall Fund
Jacqueline Cho - Search for Common Ground
Jasmine White - State Department
Lindsey Geddes - National Defense University
Lindsey Ohmit - National Defense University - Strategic Gaming
Luciana Amodeo - Department of Defense - OSD/Public Affairs Office
Mario Flores - American Bar Association - LAC Development
Mohammed Aslami - Center for International Private Enterprise
Natalie Pullen - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Nicholas Patriciu - Institute of World Affairs
Nicole Allem - Middle East Institute
Noorin Hamid - Transnational Crisis Project
Petrona Salmon - Organization of American States - Tourism/Development LAC
Ross Rustici - Atlantic Council
Sarabeth Smith - Hill & Knowlton CSR
Shams Mustafayeve - Open World Leadership Center
Sinan Chu - International Rivers
Siobhan Sheils - Council of Americas
Tamara Polyakova - Center for Strategic and International Studies
Thiru Paranthman - Research Assistant for Ambassador Touqir Hussain
Thomas Moran - State Department - Monitor/Combat Trafficking in Human Persons
Uurtsaikh Sangi - Chemonics