**The NESA Center is no longer accepting applications for Fall 2019 internships. The deadline to apply was Friday August 2nd. The NESA Center will begin taking applications for Spring 2020 internships after Labor Day.**

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

NESA Interns Summer 2019

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

Libby Trowbridge is a senior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in Arabic and International Security Studies and minoring in Middle Eastern Studies. She joins the NESA Center after completing her ten month study abroad in Amman, Jordan on behalf of the David L. Boren Scholarship. During her time overseas, Libby interned at the American Center for Oriental Research, and she served as a student volunteer for the Amman Security Colloquium and Nuclear Forum at the University of Jordan. Libby is a member of Silver Wings Society, a civil-military organization focused on connecting citizens to the Air Force mission and the importance of national defense. While at the NESA Center, Libby is excited to gain a deeper understanding of how the defense industry impacts the Middle East and South Asia.

Will Close is a senior at Duke University, majoring in Public Policy and Middle Eastern Studies with a concentration on Arabic language and literature. He has spent his undergraduate career studying the Middle East and North Africa, specifically studying and working with Jordan and Saudi Arabia. He spent two years attending high school in Jordan and was a member of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth in Morocco. Will has focused his studies around national security and foreign policy as it pertains to the MENA region. Will is also passionate about issues concerning forced migration and has studied the forced migration crises apparent in the MENA region in depth. Will is excited about the opportunity to work for the NESA Center and further understand the close regional ties that NESA enjoys in the region.

Meg Atkins is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Political Science and Global Studies. Specializing in Russia has furthered her interest in Russian politics and learning the language. Additionally, she is passionate about US national security and how it relates to global stability. Meg plans on studying at the National University of Singapore in the spring of 2020, as well as hoping to further her Russian abilities by studying in Moscow in the summer of 2020. Meg interned at Duke University’s Research in Primary Care Center where she gained experience working with researchers and learning about health disparities. At UNC, Meg enjoys working as a member of the Campaigns Committee of UNC GlobeMed to raise money for international NGOs. Through the NESA internship, she hopes to learn more about diplomacy and the nuclear policies of Russia and countries in the NESA area of responsibility. 

Renata Wilson is a rising senior at the College of William & Mary, majoring in Government and minoring in Arabic Language and Literature. After spending three years in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her family, she became interested in Middle Eastern culture, policy, and the Arabic language. Renata has continued to pursue learning Arabic for over four years, including an immersive summer at the Middlebury Language Institute.  Having previously interned with the Army Futures Command, Renata hopes to expand her knowledge of the U.S. military and militaries across the NESA region this summer. During her time at the NESA Center, she hopes to continue learning about security in the NESA region, especially regarding intelligence sharing and CT policy. She developed a particular interest in the complexities of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict after visiting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem several times, and hopes to conduct more research during her internship this summer. At William and Mary, she is on her school’s Student Conduct Council, and volunteers with literacy and juvenile justice groups on campus.

Hannah Kuperman is a senior at Muhlenberg College, majoring in International Studies, with concentrations in Peace and Conflict Studies and the Middle East. At Muhlenberg College she has assisted Faculty research into ISIS’ presence in Western media, as well as her own research on CVE and the recruitment of foreign fighters via the Internet. Also at Muhlenberg, she has facilitated a conference on Women and the UN and served as student liaison to the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a non-profit dedicated to tackling difficult global and domestic issues and overcoming humanitarian challenges by establishing innovative and strategic public/private partnerships. In the Spring 2019 semester, at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she studied the origins of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the nuclear challenge and international security, and counter-terrorism. At NESA, she hopes to focus on practical strategies for ensuring security while reducing conflict and promoting sustainable peace. She looks forward to assisting professionals who influence the development and execution of effective policy, as well as to beginning to shape herself into an agent for change who contributes directly to making this world less conflicted and more secure.

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 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 participate in conferences, workshops, and other programs at the National Defense University featuring academics, subject matter experts, military officers, and diplomats. NESA interns also receive development opportunities throughout the Washington, D.C. area, accompanying faculty and participants on site visits to places like Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and the State Department.

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

The NESA Center does not provide or assist interns in finding housing accommodations. If you are without housing accommodation, or your home institution or Washington DC area supporting institution does not provide housing accommodation, then interested applicants are encouraged to search listings on Craigslist or reach out to Washington Intern Student Housing.


  • 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.


  • A demonstrated interest in International Affairs, Defense, 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).