Internship Program

About the Program:

Each semester and during the summer, the McCain Institute for International Leadership gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain work experience, research global issues, and explore ideas and policy surrounding national security, human freedom and democracy. We actively promote leadership and decision-making amongst our interns and encourage young leaders to be inquisitive, open to spirited discussion with staff and faculty, and actively involved in the daily operations of a dynamic policy institute.

The contributions of our interns are substantive, and will play an integral role in shaping the work of the McCain Institute. This experience will be a launching point for careers in public and foreign policy, international relations, humanitarian work, development, decision science, and communications, media, and events planning.

As part of the internship program, Institute staff will mentor interns and introduce them to international policymakers in Washington, DC. Additionally, interns will take part in weekly activities in the DC area, including foreign policy debates, Congressional hearings, and the opportunity to use our state-of-the-art Decision Theater for simulations, modeling, war games and independent projects.

Current Interns

Megan Adamson

Megan Adamson is a third year undergraduate at Pepperdine University, working toward a Bachelors degree in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. Originally from Los Angeles, Megan has interned at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the law office of Jon Bryant Artz. Megan plans to attend law school after her graduation, and hopes to become a criminal prosecutor. At the McCain Institute, she will work with the Communications and Events team with a concentration on the Humanitarian Action and Human Freedom and Democracy programs. In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling, reading, writing, and hiking.

Sophie Bi

Chuqiao (Sophie) Bi is a recent graduate of Georgetown University with a masters degree in Applied Economics. She was born and grew up in different cities of China and has a deep understanding about Chinese culture. With a mingled background in Finance and Economics, She is good at numbers, graph and models. Prior to McCain Institute, she gained experience in governmental and entrepreneurial business in China Development Institute and Athgo International. She loves researching on people, playing piano and swimming.

Adam Johnson

Adam served in the U.S. Army for five years as an Infantry Officer prior to joining the McCain Institute for International Leadership.

He initially served in the 82nd Airborne Division as an Infantry Platoon Leader and a Company Executive Officer. He later deployed to Al Anbar Province, Iraq from 2009-2010 to conduct counterinsurgency and advise and assist operations with Iraqi Security Forces.

The majority of his service in the military was with the Army Rangers in the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. During his tenure with the 3rd Ranger Battalion, he conducted special operations during four combat deployments to Afghanistan while serving as a Sniper Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and a Ground Force Commander.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Military Arts and Science: Irregular Warfare, and studied terrorism and counterinsurgency.

He is originally from South Dakota, and enjoys traveling, photography, and SEC college football.

Garrett Schori

Originally from northern California, Garrett Schori is a recent graduate of the University of California at Davis where he majored in both international relations and sociology. Following graduation, Garrett spent several months traveling across Europe, spending a large portion of time studying European immigration policy in Barcelona. His previous travels have also led him to undertake extended volunteer projects in both his local community and abroad. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling.

Kelsey Teske

Kelsey Teske is a third year student at Arizona State University, working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and a minor in Sustainability. Last semester she interned at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe which helped shape her goals and focus in international relations. She enjoys being outside, reading and photography.