Past Interns

Spring 2017


Carly Vogel

Carly is a graduate student at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs studying both Conflict Resolution and International Law and Organizations. Prior to becoming a graduate student, Carly worked as a Business Development Associate at the British Consulate-General in New York City working to strengthen and increase business between the UK and the US. Carly is proficient in French and has studied abroad in Paris, London and Florence. She graduates this upcoming May and aspires to work one day in an international organization that helps others worldwide, specifically dealing with human rights.

Nanami #2 Nanami HirataNanami is an undergraduate student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she majors in International Affairs with concentrations in Asia and Conflict Resolution; she also minors in Cross-Cultural Communication. She spent the past semester abroad at the National University of Singapore. Nanami has previously worked at the Elliott School’s Institute for International Economic Policy as well as at the George Washington University School of Business. After graduating, she aspires to work throughout the Asia Pacific region, exploring her combined interests in Asian languages, diplomacy, and transpacific relations and policy-making.
Gunther DenkGunther is a sophomore at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service studying Comparative Studies: Asia and Western Europe with a minor in International Development. He has previously worked as a lifeguard at the oceanfront of Virginia Beach, his hometown. Gunther is also a board member of the BMW Center for German and European Studies’ 2017 Transatlantic Policy Symposium and the Georgetown University India Initiative. He hopes to work overseas after college, pursuing a career which ties together his interests in American politics, global development, and foreign policy.
 headshot  Kelly RossKelly is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in Foreign Affairs. Living overseas while growing up helped expose to her many different cultures and helped develop an interest in international relations. While in school she focused on US foreign policy, politics of Europe and the Middle East, and the relationship between the media and terrorism. She plans on pursuing a career in foreign policy with the hopes of becoming a Foreign Service Officer one day. Prior internships include working at the US Embassy in Muscat, Oman in the Public Affairs office.

 Fall 2016

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Nate is a current undergraduate student at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a minor in German. Nate has previously worked as an intern for the Slovak Atlantic Commission, a transatlantic policy and security NGO based in Bratislava, and for ROKPA International, an NGO based in Zürich that provides humanitarian aid to Nepal and Tibet.Nate hopes to one day live in Germany and to pursue a career tying together his interests in transatlantic policy, emerging technologies, and international development.
31297664352_ee4f620721_zValentina VelasquezValentina is an undergraduate student at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. She is currently studying Political Science and with a minor in International Business; she would be graduating in May 2017. Valentina has previously worked as an intern for Global Ties Miami; a non-profit organization specialized in strengthening relations between the U.S. and other nations. In addition, she has also worked for the Florida Democratic Party, and as an intern for her local Representative, Kevin Rader from Boca Raton, FL. I aspire to work one day in an organization that helps other individuals around the world, specifically dealing with human rights.
31297666982_fa92861da9_mSteven WestSteven recently graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S. in International Business and a double minor in Economics and European Studies.His has a specific interest in global operations, supply chain, and international management. After his fellowship, Steven hopes to work in supply chain for an automotive company.


Summer 2016

 Zack Herzog
International Programs and Events Intern Zack is a current undergraduate student at Brigham Young University studying Philosophy and German Studies. He was a previously an intern in Vienna, Austria for the Kuratorium Sicheres Österreich where he focused on cyber security research. Zack plans on attending law school after graduation and pursuing a career in either corporate law or politics.
Harry Laird
Domestic Programs and Event Intern
Harry is a current undergraduate student at University of Virginia studying Economics and Public Policy.  He is the East Asia Bureau Chief, Social Media Administration for The International relations Organization’s Radio Free Podcast. Harry is a member of the Burke Society, in Charlottesville, VA.   Harry also spends time tutoring elementary school children who are learning English as a second language and cooking and assembling meals for the homeless through the Campus Kitchens.

Spring 2016

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International Programs and Events Intern 
Safa is currently a International Affairs graduate student at the George Washington University. She graduated in May of 2015 from Miami University of Ohio with a B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology. Throughout her undergraduate career, Safa planned and hosted Model United Nations and Model Arab League conferences and trips for Miami University. In the future, Safa hopes to pursue a career in diplomacy or one that permits her to continue researching post-Soviet states.

Fall 2015

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International Programs and Events Intern 
Tappan is a current International Relations graduate student at American University. He previously graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a B.A in Festival and Event Management in 2012. Between degrees, he worked as an administrative assistant at a law office and a corporate firm, and later as a software engineer at Cisco Systems. Tappan wishes to pursue a career either fighting corruption or combating climate change in both developed and  developing nations

Summer 2015

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International Programs Intern
Lukas is a student of European Studies at the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He is a German citizen, but grew up in various countries, including Ethiopia, Botswana, Germany and Turkey. This multilingual and international upbringing has fostered a deep interest in International Relations in him, particularly transatlantic relations. He has run a rural development project in Turkey, co-founded a charity committee for a student organization and organized trips and events for up to 120 participants.In his spare time, Lukas frequently cycles or jogs and reads about current political, financial and economic affairs. Lukas wishes to pursue a career in academia or in an international organization which facilitates frequent travelling.
admin-ajax (1)Kevin McLain
Domestic Programs Intern
Kevin is currently a Sociology graduate student at George Mason University. He graduated magna cum laude from the same institution with a B.A in Government and International Politics in 2013. He has a specific interest in race relations within the United States along with public opinion and electoral behavior. After completing his degree in 2016, he hopes to pursue a career as a quantitative researcher, and would love to leave a mark in the policy arena one day.

 Spring 2015

CalebCaleb Johnson
Domestic Initiatives Intern
Caleb is a Global Affairs graduate student at George Mason University with a specialization in Governance and Public Management. He has done a number of event planning projects in the past, most recently one involving a citywide parade in his hometown of Jamestown, NY. Upon completing his degree next December, Caleb hopes to join either the State Department’s Foreign Service or the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).Past internships Caleb has done include work at the U.S. Embassy in La Paz, Bolivia, humanitarian policy and advocacy with Save the Children, and, most recently, a virtual internship with the FAS in Bogota, Colombia.
ConnorConnor Bakker
International Programs Intern – Events and Administration
Connor, a native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a Senior at Calvin College majoring in Organizational Communications with a minor in International Relations. Connor hopes to use his education to get a career in either the Event Planning field as he enjoys it very much. Over the past summer he worked on multiple fundraisers involving Michigan politicians, most notably current Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI). International Relations is another strong interest of Connor’s.In spare time he enjoys reading up on foreign events, most notably those in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

 Fall 2014

lyzzieLyzianah Emakoua, Domestic Initiatives InternLyzie was born in her native country Cameroon. She emigrated with her siblings to the U.S at the age of 14. Lyzianah is currently a senior at Trinity W University, where she majors in Political Science and minors in Criminal Justice. She is also the president and founder of the African Student Union (ASU) at Trinity. Moreover, last semester she was inducted as a full member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society.This past summer she served as a congressional intern in the office of Congresswoman Donna Edwards where she managed events such as the Non Profit Forum, the Job Fair, and the College & Career Fair.During her spare time, she works as a part-time secretary for a full service-multimedia production company called Champion Studio. She also goes on tours and performs at shows as an African and Hip-hop backup dancer.  In addition, Lyzianah also leads the dance ministry at her church.After graduating, Lyzianah hopes to pursue a career in criminal or international law.
rachelRachel Kreisman
International Programs Intern
A Chicago native, Rachel is a sophomore at American University in Washington, DC. She is majoring in International Studies and is working to complete a minor in Arabic Language. Her interests include Middle Eastern affairs, foreign policy, national security, and human rights.
jacquelineJacqueline Litwin
International Programs Intern
Jacqueline Litwin, a sophomore at American University, was born and raised in central New Jersey. She is majoring in international studies. This past summer, she was an intern at the National Museum of American Jewish History. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in the non-profit sector.

 Summer 2014

jesseJesse Langknecht grew up in the small town of Montague, Massachusetts and is majoring in International Relations with minors in Political Science and Sociology at Roger Williams University. Currently he is interested in American foreign policy with Germany, and plans to learn German and study there in the spring of 2015 as a junior.During the summer of 2013 Jesse worked as a canvasser for the Fund for the Public Interest, working on Environment Massachusetts’ Connecticut River Campaign. At Roger Williams University, Jesse serves as a Student Senator, sitting on the Finance and Student Affairs Committees. During his time thus far on Student Senate, Jesse has contributed to the reform of many school policies, including the raising of the school’s Student Activities Fund and reformation of the parking system. After graduating, Jesse wishes to pursue a career in encouraging and fostering U.S.-German cultural, economic, and political relations.
rafaelRafael Eggebrecht was born in Leipzig, Germany and is double-majoring in political science and American studies at Leipzig and Hagen University. His research interests include US domestic politics, international relations, defense and security policy, as well as international health policy.
Before turning to the humanities, Rafael was enrolled in a medical program during which he worked on medical education, health policy and international exchange. He is a member of the Young German Council on Foreign Relations and is currently doing a project on transatlantic issues at Ohio University’s Global Leadership Center, focusing on medical biotechnology commercialization in the United States and Germany. Rafael’s interests also include American popular culture, education policy, as well as the aviation industry. After graduating, he wants to work in a transatlantic context.
charlieA native of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Charlie Nocker graduated with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Charlie studied abroad at the University of Jordan in Amman as a junior. While a student in Washington, Charlie led a team of college students who mentored preschool children through the AmeriCorps program Jumpstart, interned at the Middle East Institute, and completed a full-time internship as a Press Officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.After graduation, Charlie worked at Georgetown University as an immigration advisor for international students. He subsequently spent a year in northern Spain teaching English. In August 2014, Charlie will attend the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He will begin his graduate program in international relations and economics at SAIS’s campus in Bologna, Italy.Some of Charlie’s hobbies include running through DC’s many parks and trails, sampling the myriad global cuisines on offer here in Washington, and volunteering with the Embassy Series in its classical music and cultural diplomacy events.

 Spring 2014

fuadFuad Abdul is the Spring 2014 International Programs on Turkey Intern.A native of Baku, Azerbaijan, Fuad moved to the U.S. in 2009. He is currently a senior Political Science major with a minor in Global Studies at Daemen College. In the summer of 2012, Fuad volunteered at the Azerbaijani Alumni Association, an organization that specializes in linking the US-educated alumni in Azerbaijan. Upon returning to the United States, he served as an English instructor at the Yale Office of International Students and Scholars. His senior thesis focuses on state sponsored terrorism in the Middle East and South Asia.Fuad is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, and English and also proficient in French and Turkish. His interests include diplomacy, conflict resolution and terrorism.
nicoleNicole Atallah is the Spring 2014 International Programs Intern.Nicole was born in Raleigh, NC and is currently a senior studying International Relations at American University. Her studies and interests focus on U.S. foreign policy and East Asia and she will graduate with a French minor.Nicole has had the opportunity to spend a semester studying International Relations and Japanese at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan and is currently working to become proficient in Japanese. Her interests also include East Asian foreign diplomacy, conflict resolution, and communications. After graduating, Nicole plans on participating in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program.
cydneyCydney Washington is the Spring 2014 Domestic Initiatives Intern.A born and bred Texan, Cydney received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin with a double major in Government and History. After graduating college, Cydney accepted a position at the Bastrop Sleep Lab, where she was the chief administrator and head of marketing for over two years. During this time, Cydney also worked as a medical missionary, overseeing week long medical clinics in rural Panama, Peru, and Cambodia.Since moving to Washington, Cydney has served as a Congressional intern, where she was able to receive an in depth look at our nation’s political process. She is now a second year graduate student at the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at the George Washington University pursing a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Philosophy.In addition to her interest in public health, Cydney’s interests also include renewable energy, environmental policy, socioeconomics and civil rights policy.

 Fall 2013

madelineMadeline Fetterly is the Fall 2013 Communications Intern.A native Texan, Madeline Fetterly received a Bachelors of Arts in History from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas with a double minor in Business and Asian Studies.  After graduating college, Madeline moved to Beijing, China and enrolled in a language immersion program at Beijing International Language University for a year.  She is now a first year graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University pursing a Masters Degree in Asian Studies with a regional focus on China and a professional emphasis in International Development.  Madeline is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
jenniferJennifer Hirschorn is the Fall 2013 International Programs Intern.Jennifer is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C. majoring in International Studies with a focus on Western Europe and International Politics. She is also pursuing minors in both Political Science and International Business. She has had the opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark and London, England where her studies focused on transatlantic relations and European politics. Her interests include U.S. foreign policy, European security policy, and international law. Prior to joining FMC, Jennifer served as an intern at the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. House of Representatives.

 Summer 2013

janhviJanhvi Barthwal is the Summer 2013 Domestic Initiatives Intern.She is a junior at Georgetown University studying International Politics with a focus on International Law, Institutions and Ethics. She has a keen interest in public policy, social justice and education. In the past she interned for Maryland Delegate Sam Arora. Janhvi is fluent in Hindi and Spanish. She has been very involved in community service in her home state of Maryland. She has been taking Indian classical singing classes since the age of seven and is also a first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She plans to study law in the future.
marlenaMarlena Papavaritis is the Summer 2013 International Programs Intern on Turkey.A native of Miami, Florida, she received her B.A. in Political Science and Central & East European Studies from Boston College in 2011. She will graduate in May of 2013 with her Master of Arts degree in European & Eurasian Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, concentrating in international organization, diplomacy, and globalization. Prior to joining FMC, Marlena served as a Project Assistant with the Citizen Participation Team at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI). In July of 2012, she participated in an academic seminar with American and Central European students in Slovakia, and discussed post-communist social and economic reconstruction efforts. Marlena has also conducted Hispanic-American voter outreach at the national level and interned with her congressional representative on Capitol Hill since moving to DC in the fall of 2011. Marlena is fluent in Spanish and conversational in Russian. Her interests include civil society studies, international development, and the democratic consolidation process.

 Spring 2013

 patrickPatrick Egenhofer is a senior at American University in Washington, D.C., graduating May 2013 with degrees in International Relations and International Business. His interests include cross-cultural communications and sustainable development. He speaks French as well as his native German. Patrick also has experience in working with international exchange students in his home state of Maine. In 2012, he spent his spring semester in South Africa studying at the University of Cape Town and volunteering at a public primary school.
 alexisAlexis Pearlstein is a recent graduate of American University in Washington, D.C. with degrees in International Relations and Spanish. She has also had the opportunity to study and live in both Rome, Italy and Madrid, Spain. Her interests include human trafficking and contemporary slavery, as well as environmental sustainability and the expansion of green energy sources. Alexis has had the opportunity to intern with both the United States House of Representatives as well as the United States Senate, and is particularly interested in the development of U.S. foreign policy.