Internships


**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 Samuel.Marrero@ndu.edu and Mr. William Turner at TurnerW@ndu.edu. The NESA Center reviews internship applications on a rolling basis, so interested applicants are encouraged to apply early.


NESA Interns Summer 2018

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

Will Crass is a junior at Dickinson College pursuing a major in International Studies with a Middle East regional concentration and minoring in Arabic.  He has had a lifelong interest in the Near East and has spent the last 8 months in Amman, Jordan to improve his Arabic and understanding of regional politics. He is primarily interested in conflict studies, with a specific focus on the role of non-state actors in the Near East region. He has also completed internships at the US Army War College, a human rights studies think tank in Amman, and with a Massachusetts state senator. At NESA, Will is hoping to deepen his knowledge of the Near East in a professional environment, and to learn about conflict resolution in the Region and ways it can be improved.

Grant Alexander is a junior at Wheaton College majoring in History and International Relations. He is involved in the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Grant is passionate about studying conflicts, terrorism, and political history in the Greater Middle East. For his independent study, Grant focused on how the 2011 Libyan Civil War changed the Tuareg tribe’s military and political status in Mali and Libya. His interest on these topics came from high school and college courses, and leisure reading on various historical and political topics. During Grant’s time at NESA, he is looking forward to gaining a deeper understanding of the Greater Middle East security and political matters, and a deeper knowledge of the D.C. work area for career opportunities after college.

Jonathan Morgan Barth is a rising senior studying International Relations and French at St Andrews University in Scotland. Jonathan Morgan has also studied Russian for two years. Languages, history, and security studies have been lifelong interests which were pursued from at an academical level during his time at the Hotchkiss School, Sciences-Po Paris, and St. Andrews. His areas of interest include the Kurdistan region, the history of counter-insurgency, and transnational volunteers in global conflict.

Jaide Tarwid Jaide Tarwid is a sophomore at George Mason University pursuing a major in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, minoring in Intelligence and Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Engagement. Her study focuses primarily on analyzing global conflict areas and interacting with her professional peers and mentors that also engage in global engagement community interest.  Jaide was chosen to represent as a Conflict Analysis and Resolution Ambassador for George Mason, and with this position she will be organizing and meeting with other ambassadors in SCAR programs across the nation. Throughout her first two years at George Mason she has been taking multiple courses in relation to global affairs, intelligence, counterterrorism, and culture identity which will help her to be successful in the future.

Diana Myers is a senior at the United States Air Force Academy majoring in Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. Originally from Korea, Diana is a native Korean speaker and is interested in international affairs and foreign policy, particularly in Asia. Diana is actively involved in her school’s international programs which has taken her abroad to places such as Taiwan, Tibet, China, and many Balkans states for the purpose of foreign policy research. She is interested in bridging the gap between the military and the civilian world when it comes to foreign policy building as well as becoming well-versed in the Middle East as it is a prevalent issue today. Diana is the Area Commander of Arnold Air Society in the mid-west region and is actively involved in various leadership positions at the Academy. Upon graduation, Diana hopes to attend graduate school and pilot training.

Dominique Reichenbach is a senior at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University double-majoring in Global Studies and Mandarin and minoring in Spanish and French. She has grown up studying foreign languages and is proud to say she has achieved advanced, working proficiency in all three. Her coursework at ASU primarily focuses on human rights, international sustainable development, and the dynamics of religion and conflict. During the school year, she interns at ASU’s Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict which allows her to analyze the role of religion in creating and eliminating international conflict that affects policy. Dominique has spent considerable time in China and is excited to apply the knowledge she has gained from her study abroad experiences as well as coursework to better understand the political, economic and social implications of security cooperation in the NESA region. Dominique aspires to one day use her language and research skills within the Department of Defense.

Grace Strelich is a junior at the University of St Andrews pursuing a double major in International Relations and Modern History. As a remote research intern for the Hudson Institute, Grace has been able to do projects on the Russian and Brazilian nuclear arsenal, and the effects on bordering states, and on the strategic relationships of Russia, China, and North Korea, and how they impact United States foreign policy. Grace’s focus academically has been in national security, war and strategy, and 20th century history. Grace is excited for the opportunity to intern with the NESA Center to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of the NESA region and the United States’ role in those areas.

Emily Przyborowski is a senior at Notre Dame of Maryland University pursuing a degree in Political Science. Through her studies she has concentrated on American government as well as Middle Eastern studies and Arabic language. Through her university she has been afforded the opportunity to visit the United Nations numerous times and meet with ambassadors. In the Fall of 2018 Emily studied Arabic, Arab History, and the Israeli Palestinian conflict abroad at the University of Jordan. During this time she was able to gain a deeper understanding of the language and the culture of the region. Emily has previously interned in three Congressional offices and the Republican National Committee. Emily hopes that during her internship at NESA she can continue to build her knowledge on the NESA region and international security.


“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 offered opportunities to which I’d never imagined I’d have access as a student. Not only was I able to take notes and learn from participant programs, but I engaged with participants and even observe  high level policy meetings. Very few internships could have offered me the same opportunities as the NESA Center.”

-Chris Atmajian, California State University Northridge, Spring 2018 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.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • 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.

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • 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).