**The NESA Center is no longer accepting applications for Summer 2018 Internships. The deadline for Fall 2018 Internship Applications is Friday, August 24, 2018.**

To apply, send your resume, cover letter, and writing sample (1-3 pages)to Mr. Sam Marrero at and Mr. William Turner at The NESA Center reviews internship applications on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.

NESA Interns Spring 2018

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

Jake Lewis is a senior at Coastal Carolina University pursuing a major in Intelligence and National Security Studies and a minor in Religious Studies. These two fields allow him to the study practical aspects of intelligence, from human intelligence collection to intelligence analysis, as well as contemporary and extremist interpretations of religion. Jake has also studied the French language for the past two years. His participation with his University’s Chanticleer Intelligence Brief publication has allowed him to learn about Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and other Islamist militant groups in North Africa. Jake has interned with the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office where he aided South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents analyzing white collar crime cases.

Christopher Atmajian is a senior at California State University Northridge majoring in Criminology and Justice Studies. Chris is passionate about matters involving international relations, conflict, and counterterrorism, especially involving the Near East and South Asia region. Christopher’s interest in international relations and conflict began in high school through his participation in debates with classmates and professors. Christopher enthusiastically joins the NESA Center hoping to expand his knowledge of the region and further his professional development in the Washington DC area.

Matt Lawson is a junior at Dickinson College, pursuing a major in Political Science and a certificate in Security Studies. Matt’s focus has primarily centered on transnational issues and human rights, with specific interests in international ethics and policy. Matt has studied both French and Italian and just finished a four month study abroad in Italy. During his study in Italy, Matt’s primarily focused on the role NATO in shaping both North African and the Middle Eastern affairs. Matt’s profound interest in international relations began in high school with courses that valued the pursuit for globalization and the power of leadership. With a diverse background in education, Matt hopes his experience at the NESA Center will provide him with the historical and strategic foundation necessary to educate the next generation of great students and leaders. Matt is excited to begin his internship with the NESA Center, apply his academic studies in a more professional domain, and propel his career ambitions.

Alysha Hodkiewicz is a senior at Salisbury University majoring in International Studies and minoring in Spanish. Her passion for international relations and conflict resolution began in her global diplomacy class in high school. Alysha’s participation in the National Model United Nations Conference in Washington, DC in 2017 allowed her to use develop skills at diplomacy and conflict resolution using real world issues on the professional level. Alysha would like to use her time at NESA to advance her professional career in the Washington, DC area in addition to gaining experience in international security and US Foreign Policy. After graduation, Alysha intends to exercise her skills abroad or pursue a post-graduate degree.

Melanie Hertgen is a sophomore at The College of New Jersey pursuing a major in International studies with a focus in diplomacy, and a minor in French and Political Science. She has cultivated an interest in international affairs while she attended international school in Japan as well as participation in Model United Nations and ‘Youth and Government’ in high school. Melanie is a passionate advocate for human rights, protecting national security, and combating terrorism through diplomatic engagements; and is eager to apply these interests to the NESA region. Melanie hopes to gain further understanding of U.S. foreign policy, and how it pertains to national security decision making in the NESA region. Melanie also wishes to utilize her skills in Japanese and French in her future career, aspiring to work for the Foreign Service.

Nina Melkonyan is a senior at St. Lawrence University double-majoring in Government and Psychology. Originally from Armenia, Nina has a deep interest in conflict resolution, especially in developing countries. Her academic goal is to discern human nature and create effective methods for comprehending and resolving global security concerns. Nina is actively engaged in her University community by representing International Students in the Student government and leading Model UN classes and conferences. Nina’s study abroad experience in Thailand allowed her to engage with ongoing political tensions in regards to minority groups there. Nina is hopes to expand her knowledge in advocacy and international security as well as learn more about the policies and perspectives of the US Government in the NESA region.

“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.
  • Interested applicants must be enrolled in a degree-granting university program (undergraduate or graduate).