Current Interns


Fall 2017


John Taishu Pitt – John Taishu Pitt holds a master’s degree from the American University School of International Service where he majored in International Affairs: U.S. Foreign Policy and National Security. While attending AU he worked as a research/teaching assistant for an undergraduate class on Chinese politics. He was also chosen to compete in the 2017 Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge hosted by the Atlantic Council. John previously worked for the Congressional Research Service where he focused his research on topics related to East Asia. He is fluent in Japanese and holds a B.A. in Law from Chuo University in Tokyo. He is also a contributing writer for The Diplomat. He aspires to continue to do research into U.S. policy towards East Asia and, in the process, strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance.



Summer 2017

Julia Franzeres – Julia Fanzeres is a sophomore at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is currently studying Political Science and Vocal Performance. Julia has previously worked as an intern for Our Voices Matter; a local Maryland non-profit organization that promotes civil activism in underrepresented communities. At the University of Michigan, Julia is a founding member of the student organization Students for Syria and also works at the Admissions Office as a University Tour Guide. Julia hopes to pursue a career shaping legislative policy regarding civil and human rights”

JR Anderson – JR Anderson is a rising senior at Amherst College in western Massachusetts. JR is entering his final year as a pitcher on the Amherst College varsity baseball team and he has worked previously as a commercial strategy intern at Thomson Reuters. As an economics major with interests in both history and diplomatic affairs, JR plans on immersing himself in legislative processes regarding finance, foreign relations, and small business.
 IMG_7754  Mariam Eatedali – Mariam is a rising senior at the University of Virginia, studying in the Woodrow Wilson Department of Politics. She has previously worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for two years with the longest-serving member of Congress, former Rep. John D. Dingell, and with his successor, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI). She is entering her second year as an intern at the UVA’s non-profit, non-partisan Center for Politics, working with Larry Sabato to start an annual forum on civic engagement for VA high school students, as well as contributing to an upcoming, untitled JFK documentary set to premiere this November. Mariam also serves as an ambassador to the Harvard Institute of Politics, involved with the research, programming and operations of the partnership. Mariam plans on pursuing a career of constitutional law and foreign policy.