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Please Note: The deadline for Summer 2017 Applications is on Friday, April 21. Send your resume, cover letter, and essay sample for consideration.

NESA Interns Spring 2017

Sabrina Abboud is a junior at Florida State University pursuing a double major in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies. She is an FSU Presidential Scholar, and is also Co-President of the Arabic Language and Culture Association at FSU. For over a year, she has worked at The Children’s Campaign in Tallahassee, and has since developed a passion for leveraging research and advocacy in order to inform the creation of effective and responsible policy. After graduation, Sabrina hopes to work in the field of Middle East policy, and is interested in participating in cultural outreach programs designed to build bridges and create multicultural dialogue. Her specific research interests include the use of sexual violence in asymmetrical warfare, ethnic conflict, democratic consolidation, and the development of post-colonial national identities. In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys reading, traveling, and playing the guitar.

Noor Altawam is a full time student at the University of Central Florida. Her interests are political science/international law and she hopes to get accepted into law schools for this coming fall 2017 semester. Noor was born in the US as a first generation American then moved to Syria when she was 7 years old. Noor spent about 8 years in Syria where she attended school but finished her last two years of high school here in Florida. Noor is fluent in both English and Arabic with some basic proficiency in French and German, but would love to learn more. She also works part time as an Arabic translator/interpreter for the Make-A-Wish foundation. When Noor is not working on school work, she is part of several different organizations such as United Nations Association, Phi Alpha Delta pre law fraternity, and International Relations Club.

Colleen Cosey is a senior at Furman University with a double major in French and Political Science. Colleen has pursued her interest for politics through internships in a congressional district office, as well as with a law firm, while furthering her love for the French language by studying abroad in Versailles, France. These passions have led Colleen to aspire to continue her studies by attaining a graduate degree in international relations. Ultimately, she hopes to have a career in crafting US foreign policy, with a specific focus on Europe and the Middle East. In her spare time, Colleen hopes to continue traveling, as well as learning more languages in order to foster an in depth understanding of other cultures and countries around the world.

Kiersten Stone is a senior at Stockton University studying Criminal Justice. She focused much of her academic coursework on understanding the Middle East. Kiersten loves to travel and learn about cultures different from her own. Last summer Kiersten went on a study service trip to South Africa. For the past four years she has been a member of the Criminal Justice Society on campus and a sister of Zeta Tau Alpha. Kiersten developed leadership and communication skills through her time served as president of her sorority. She hopes to use these skills and her passion for the NESA regions in a career that will allow her to make a difference in our world’s harmony.

Joseph Lacinak is a Florida International University student majoring in International relations with National Security. When Joseph was in high school he spent a year abroad as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Kyrgyzstan to learn Russian, and has been traveling ever since. Joseph has since lived in Tajikistan, Jordan and most recently the Palestinian Territories. He is very excited to intern in our nation’s capital at the NESA Center, and hopes to learn more about American security and foreign policy to the Near East and South Asia.