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NESA Interns Fall 2017

Intern Biographies below are listed according to the photo above from left to right.

Noah Stern is a senior at The University of New Hampshire majoring in Political Science and Russian.  Noah’s focus has been on international relations and conflict, particularly with how it pertains to Russia.  Noah has studied the Russian language for three years and just finished a two month stay in Russia.  Noah’s interest in human rights and international relations began in high school through his participation in Model United Nations and the Model International Criminal Court.  Noah hopes to use his time at NESA to help him further his professional development in the Washington DC area as well as propel him into his career.  Following graduation, Noah also hopes to pursue either a doctorate or law degree.

Ian Wolf is a junior at Dickinson College, pursuing a dual major in Political Science and Policy Management. He is passionate about matters involving international law and politics, especially involving the Middle East.  As a Political Science and Policy Management dual major, he is particularly interested in policy issues that impact international affairs. In line with this interest, he is vice president of Dickson’s Union Philosophical Society, one of the three oldest literary societies in the United States, where he participates in debates on social, economic and political issues. Ian has interned in a Congressional office and for a national government relations firm where he attended government hearings and wrote position summaries on international and domestic policy issues. His previous work experience and involvement in the Union Philosophical Society has helped him develop leadership, management, and speaking skills. Ian looks forward to using these skills in his internship at the NESA Center and to gain a better understanding of the decision-making process and participant roles in United States Foreign Policy.

Rachel Garretson is a senior at James Madison University pursuing a degree in International Affairs with minors in Anthropology and French. These two fields of study allow her to combine the macro view of geopolitical interactions with the micro perspective on how individual communities and ethnic groups interact. Rachel is a founding member of JMU’s Gender & Work Research Collective, a collaboration between undergraduate students and faculty that addresses the issue of gender equality at work through research, outreach programs, and experiential learning. Through these academic experiences Rachel became particularly interested in conflict and post-conflict societies, as well as gender issues around the world. Rachel is excited to start her internship with the NESA, to expand her knowledge of the region, and to gain the invaluable experience that comes with this opportunity.

Danielle Han is a junior at The College of New Jersey studying Criminology and International Studies with a focus in diplomacy. Her dedication to public service began with her involvement with Back on My Feet, an organization focused on helping the homeless population of Philadelphia regain self-sufficiency. Later, as a municipal court intern, she cultivated an interest in defending victims of social injustice through the judicial system. On campus, Danielle advocates diversity and inclusion by documenting cultural differences in the Asian American community. She is involved with the Barkada Filipino Association, as well as the community service organization, Alpha Phi Omega. At NESA, Danielle hopes to gain an understanding on addressing international crime through diplomatic strategies and human rights advocacy.

Anushka Kapahi is a graduate student at the George Washington University under the International Affairs program. She has cultivated an interest in international security which focuses on American, South Asian (India), and Southeast Asian (The Philippines) politics. Her interest in foreign service started her undergraduate degree in Consular and Diplomatic Affairs at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, Philippines. Her experience in several Model United Nation (MUN) conferences, both locally and internationally, developed her research and policy writing skills as well as her knowledge on diplomacy, international relations. Anushka previously interned at both the Embassies of the Republic of India in Manila, Philippines and Washington D.C., USA. Anushka intends to become a policy advisor on Asian security issues using the experience she would acquire at the NESA center.

“What was different than other internships was being able to develop our own research interests and getting to interact with participants from the region. That was an incredible experience. As someone who also interned on the Hill, the biggest difference was that NESA helped me professionally develop and expand my network in an area in which I’m interested in working.”

-Matt Mueller, James Madison University, Summer 2017 intern

The NESA Center’s internship program is an opportunity for highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students to gain professional skills and subject matter development on foreign policy and national security issues associated with the Near East and South Asia region. NESA interns are encouraged to leverage their internship experience to develop an area of interest, whether it be a certain topic or sub-region in the NESA area, or a professional skill like policy research, outreach and communications, program and event planning, or social media engagement.

NESA interns are expected to employ competent research, writing, and communications skills in support of NESA faculty research and programs. NESA interns receive access to the National Defense University library and research resources to support research work. NESA interns participation in conferences, workshops, and other programs at NDU featuring academics, subject matter experts, military officers, and diplomats. NESA interns also receive development opportunities throughout the Washington DC area, accompanying NESA faculty and participants on site visits to such places as Capitol Hill, the Pentagon and the State Department.

NESA interns are encouraged to pursue publication opportunities under the guidance of, or in partnership with, NESA Faculty. Publication submissions will be subject to faculty review. NESA complies with National Defense University’s Memorandum on Academic Integrity regarding plagiarism and academic dishonesty. That memorandum can be found here.


  • Assist NESA Center faculty and staff with long- and short-term research projects related to the NESA region.
  • NESA programs support: note-taking, course material preparation and logistical support.


  • An interest in International Affairs, Defense and Security Studies, and the NESA Region.
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, and able to work independently or in teams.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Foreign Language skills a plus: particularly Arabic, French, Russian, Farsi, Urdu, Pashto, Dari.