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. Through our unpaid internship program, 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.

Intern applications being accepted in our Washington, DC office in the following areas:

Communications & Events Intern

Decision Science Intern

Development & NGL Program Intern

Humanitarian Action Intern

National Security Intern

Email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (two pages max), and two references in a single PDF to:

In the email subject line please indicate which position you are applying for.


FALL 2014:

Application Deadline: August 8th

Internship Start Date: September 2nd

Internship End Date: December 12th

SPRING 2015:

Application Deadline: November 7th

Internship Start Date: January 5th

Internship End Date: April 17th

SUMMER 2015:

Application Deadline: March 6th

Internship Start Date: May 27th

Internship End Date: August 7th

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

Current Interns

Joshua Eggler

Joshua is a rising junior studying Public Policy and Organizational Science at The George Washington University. Joshua will be working as a communication and events intern for the McCain Institute. Prior to the McCain Institute he served as a program assistant for both Future Civic Leaders and Capitol Bells. Outside of school, Joshua is involved in advocacy for the National Alliance on Mental Illness by running the NAMI GW student organization. Additionally, Joshua works as head of operations for Project Valor, which serves wounded veterans in the DC area. In this past year, Project Valor raised $11,000 for a wounded veteran and her family. In his free time Joshua enjoys surfing and playing the drums.

Alexandra Gastelum

Alexandra is a recent graduate of Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University with concurrent degrees in Political Science and Justice Studies. While abroad in Barcelona, Spain, Alexandra immersed herself in global issues studying politics in the developing world and international human rights law. Upon her return, she became passionate about combatting sex trafficking both domestically and abroad.

Prior to McCain Institute, Alexandra gained experience interning at the U.S. District Court and with the Sex Trafficking Intervention and Research Office at ASU where she was trained on how to identify and combat human trafficking within Arizona.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona, she enjoys Latin dancing, trying new cuisines, reading, and traveling.

Shannon Osgood

Shannon is an incoming senior at Arizona State University studying political science and public policy. She attends Barrett, the Honors College, where she is currently working on her honors thesis, which focuses on the influence media has over women and politics. Last summer, Shannon studied abroad in Paris, France and gained an enriching cultural experience. In December, she was accepted into the Capital Scholars Program at ASU; a program that helps students develop leadership skills that will enable them to be successful in their future internships and careers. At ASU, Shannon is very involved on campus, where she serves as the Vice President of the Student Alumni Association and the 2015 cohort leader for the Medallion Scholarship Program, as well as her on campus job as a Programs Assistant for the Alumni Association. Shannon will be interning with the Next Generation Leaders Program for Summer 2014.

Matt Thomas

Matthew Thomas graduated from Duke University in 2012 with a Master’s degree in Political Science, where he studied international relations and quantitative methods of analysis. He also attended Colby College as an undergraduate and studied abroad in King’s College in London. Prior to joining the McCain Institute, he was a research assistant at the National Defense University’s Institute for National Strategic Studies, where he worked on a variety of projects intended to provide strategic guidance to the Department of Defense. Since working at NDU, he has developed an interest in the budgetary challenges currently facing the United States military and the future of the armed forces. Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Matthew previously worked at a law firm in Texas with intent to become a lawyer, before he discovered his interest in foreign policy and national security. He is an avid rock-climber, runner, and reader.

Amy Umaretiya

Amy Umaretiya attends Arizona State University as a civil engineering and political science major. She has experience with mathematical modeling as a student researcher at the Biodesign Institute and as a former science-practice integration intern at the Decision Center for a Desert City. Having grown up in Chandler, Arizona, she is a fan of tumbleweed trees, Ostrich Festivals, and Sonoran Desert color swatches.

Jordan Warlick

Jordan is a third year student at the University of Southern California majoring in International Relations with a minor in Global Health. Prior to the McCain Institute, Jordan has had the opportunity to work as a summer employee for the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne, Australia and the USAID in Belgrade, Serbia. She is also a contributing researcher for the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, working on a project entitled “The Public Diplomacy of Emerging Powers: Insights from Indonesia and Turkey.” Jordan enjoys traveling and has lived throughout the world, which has shaped her interest in international politics.

Casey Zanowicz

Casey Zanowicz is a rising junior at Arizona State University pursuing a concurrent degree in business marketing and business communication from the W.P. Carey School of Business and will be interning in the Communications and Events department this summer. Prior to the McCain Institute, Casey has worked for various public relation and event planning agencies, marketing firms, and the Student and Cultural Engagement office at ASU. A passion for marketing and digital strategy, Casey hopes to obtain a career in the strategic communications and marketing field in Washington D.C. after graduation.