The Streit Council is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit incorporated 501(c)(3) organization working toward closer cooperation among the experienced democracies as a basis for more effective U.S. engagement in world affairs. In an increasingly interdependent world, where solutions to international challenges require the cooperation of many parties, the Streit Council provides a forum where policymakers and scholars explore viable answers focusing in particular on new approaches to better cooperation among democracies.
The Streit Council is seeking applications for intern positions. The ideal applicant is well organized, hard working and dynamic, with a strong interest and background in transatlantic relations and/or international integration.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample, and contact information for two references to email@example.com and Dr. Tiziana Stella at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover letter should include availability.
Positions open until filled.
Current interns include:
Johann Benson is originally from Northfield, Minnesota, where he also attended St. Olaf College. After graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics and Philosophy, he spent several years abroad—in Austria, Norway, and Russia. Johann is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. His primary research interests are global trade and international economic relations, as well as energy and environmental policy. His work at the Streit Council is focused on the current euro zone crisis and economic cooperation between the United States, the European Union, and the larger European community.
Arthur Chan, born in 1990, grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada, and later obtained a B.A. in Political Science from New York University. He has spent time studying abroad in London, traveling throughout Europe, and is currently working toward a master’s in European affairs at Sciences Po Paris in France. In addition to interning at the Streit Council this spring, he will also be interning in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. His research interests include: transatlantic relations, democracy promotion strategies, South Asian security threats, and the U.S. role in the Asia-Pacific region.
Alexandra Coakley is a recent graduate of Occidental College where she majored in history. As an undergraduate, Alex gravitated toward modern foreign policy challenges, especially those which the United States faced during the Cold War era. Her senior thesis examined how Vietnam Veterans Against the War articulated a vision of military intervention that championed participatory citizenship and humanism, rather than the interests of polarizing politics and a rising military-industrial complex. This fall, Alex will pursue a master’s degree in international relations at the University of Cambridge with a focus on the history of U.S.-U.K. defense policy and intelligence cooperation.
A.J. Collins is a recent graduate of the University of Alabama where he earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. Originally from Virginia, A.J. studied abroad in Belgium during the summer of 2011 and interned in American Samoa over the course of his undergraduate career. He is specifically interested in European party systems and European integration, as well as the economic implications of transnational policy matters. For his undergraduate thesis, A.J. focused on the populist radical right in Europe and factors leading to its rise and electoral success. For his future career plans, he intends to pursue a Master’s Degree in European Politics and/or Economics before attending law school.
Kerry Givens is currently a second year master’s student enrolled in the University of Arizona’s distance program with a focus on International Security. He holds a Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice from American Military University. As a researcher and teacher of criminal justice and foreign policy, his professional goal is to aid in the development policy for senior officials in the field of foreign policy analysis. As a researcher and teacher, he focuses on major issues related to international security; specifically, key technologies in nuclear and biological weapons, military platforms, and intelligence gathering, and how these factors directly affect domestic and international determinants influencing the use of force. He has written for inhomelandsecurity.com and examiner.com on international affairs issues. At the Streit Council, he aims to gain hands-on experience working with experts on transatlantic and global security issues.
Klaudiusz Brian Magierowski, originally from Wroclaw, Poland, moved to the U.S. in 2006. He pursued his university education in Europe and the U.S. Brian received an M.A. degree in Archeology from Wroclaw University, and recently graduated with an M.S. in Defense and Strategic Studies from Missouri State University. He is interested in a variety of topics, including transatlantic relations, energy security and sustainability, the rise of China, deterrence theory, and security issues in Central and Eastern Europe. During his internship at the Streit Council, Brian is focusing on transatlantic security and plans to pursue a career in U.S. national security.
Matus Muron is from Bratislava, Slovakia. He is currently a senior at American University’s School of International Service and will be graduating in May 2013. He is pursuing a B.A. in International Studies, focusing on European Area Studies and International Economic Relations, with a minor in International Business. He studied abroad at SKEMA Business School in Sophia-Antipolis, France, as well as in Brussels, Belgium. During his semester in Belgium he studied all aspects of the EU’s functioning and also interned at the European Parliament. Matus’ academic interests include European integration, CFSP, energy security, and NATO enlargement.
Alessia Rossi was born in 1986 in Naples, Italy. She graduated summa cum laude in 2010 with an M.S. in Economics and Finance at the University of Naples Federico II. During her university career, she spent one year studying at Goethe Universität in Frankfurt am Main thanks to an exchange program between European universities, where she had the chance to enroll in a variety of finance and economics courses that cultivated her interest in starting a career in this field. She graduated with a B.S. in 2008, with a final dissertation on macroeconomic policies of the European Union. She is particularly interested in the EU and U.S. economies and their interdependence. In addition to interning at the Streit Council, Alessia is a research economist at a non-profit organization.
Past interns include:
Rebecca Karasik is from New York City. She graduated from New York University in 2010 with a B.A. in Political Science and Middle East Studies, and she received an M.A. from New York University in Political Science in 2012.
Jillian Laux is a recent graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she earned an MSc in International Relations. Originally from Pennsylvania, Jillian received a B.A. in Political Science and French from Dickinson College in 2010. While at Dickinson, Jillian spent a year abroad studying at the Political Science Institute in Toulouse, France. She is particularly interested in European communitarian issues and the development of a European common identity. Throughout her academic career she has spent significant amount of time researching the role the EU’s ERASMUS university exchange program plays in shaping and reinforcing European identity among participants.
Genevieve Shapiro is from Morgantown, West Virginia. She is currently a senior at West Virginia University and is pursuing a B.A. in International Studies and History. She has spent time abroad studying at the Ecole de Management in Strasbourg, France. Some of her interests include transatlantic security, NATO enlargement, U.S.-EU relations, development policy, and international law.
Matthew Stenberg is from Minneapolis and has studied in both the United States and Europe. He majored in history at the University of Tulsa and spent a semester in Freiburg, Germany studying European Union governance. Subsequently, he attended the Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Masters of Public Policy focusing on global issues, and Central European University in Budapest, graduating with a M.A. in International Relations and European Studies. He has been a member of the U.S. State Department’s Young Leaders Dialogue with America since 2010.
James Maloney grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and currently resides in New York City where he is the communications associate for the Foreign Policy Association. He graduated from Lafayette College in May 2012 with a B.A. in Government & Law. In the spring of 2011, he studied public policy at the University College London in the United Kingdom – a formative experience that sparked his passion for international affairs. James’ research interests include transatlantic security, international relations of the Middle East and South East Asia, security studies, and counterterrorism studies.
Annika Schulz was born in Northern Germany and spent some time living and studying in the U.S. Midwest. She is currently enrolled in the European Studies program at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. There she is also active as a member of an international student association with a focus on International affairs and NGO co-operation. Her personal interests lie in International Relations with focus on EU-U.S Relations and International Security Studies, for which she acquires additional knowledge through participation in conferences throughout Europe.
Vriddhi Sujan is of Indian origin, born in Nigeria, and grew up in Budapest, Hungary. She is currently enrolled at the George Washington University where she is majoring in International Affairs with a dual concentration in Conflict and Security, and International Economics, and a minor in History. She will graduate in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Vriddhi is highly interested in transatlantic security relations, and is actively involved in anti-trafficking organizations where she focuses on raising youth awareness. Additionally, she is in the process of researching child trafficking in Burma, which will be the focus of her senior thesis.
Elby Davis is from a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in European Area Studies and German language at American University's School of International Service. In the summer of 2012 he concluded a 7 month period of study at Sweden's University of Gothenburg where he focused on EU policy and Scandinavian sociology. Elby's academic interests include transatlantic security, EU immigration studies, and Scandinavian federalism.
Blake Goodman was born and raised on Long Island, just outside of New York City. He is currently enrolled at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University, where he majors in International Affairs, dual concentrating in European and Eurasian Studies and Security Policy Studies, with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. He will be graduating in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Blake previously interned with 30-year veteran Congressman Gary L. Ackerman, as well as with the Global Bioethics Initiative in New York City. Blake’s academic interests include transatlantic security, comparative political systems of Europe, EU and NATO enlargement, and EU-US relations.
Geoff Atchison joined the Streit Council in May 2012. He will be graduating with a B.A. in International Relations from American University in December 2012 with a degree emphasis in European Politics and Spanish Language. His research interests are diverse and include democracy building in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as EU enlargement and transatlantic security relations. Geoff will be studying abroad in Madrid, Spain in Fall 2012.
Sarah Golden is from Fairfax Virginia. She recently graduated with a B.S. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Sarah has traveled extensively throughout Europe and has lived and studied in Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. She plans to attend the University of Amsterdam's security studies program this coming fall.
Tom Aitchison grew up in Solihull, West Midlands, in the UK. Having completed two years of his B.A. in History and International Relations at the University of Exeter he is now studying at American University in Washington DC. Whilst at Exeter Tom has worked in Parliament for a Cabinet Minister and works for the University in coordinating research into EU relations. He also participates in and organizes Model EU simulations which allow him to utilize his German. During his studies Tom has found a strong interest in comparative electoral politics between nations. This comparative analysis has focused his attention on EU co-operation, elections and enlargement. Tom hopes this experience will further aid his dissertation but also hopes it will assist him in pursuing a career in international electoral institutions.
Uzoma Ekenna was born in Nigeria in 1989 and moved to the U.S. in 1996. She recently received a B.S. degree from Appalachian State University with a degree in International and Comparative Politics and minors in Spanish and Biology. She studied abroad in Spain in 2011, and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa. Her professional interests include European Relations, global governance and African development.
Zachary DesJardins is from upstate New York. He recently graduated summa cum laude from the University at Albany, State University of New York, where he majored in political science. He wrote his honors thesis on the role of Chinese foreign aid in Africa and its impact on the US, recommending that the US attempt to engage China on furthering development on the continent. Following his interests in development, he studied at the University of Ghana in the spring of 2011, where he visited nearby Benin and Togo. Also in Albany, he interned at USAID contractor, SUNY/Center for International Development. He hopes to study diplomacy and development at the graduate level and draw upon his Streit Council experiences to begin a related career.
Andrew Fenzel grew up in Forest Hills, New York and received his B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. He is currently a graduate student at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and is studying International Security. He previously interned at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Policy, where he prepared a strategic plan for the Office of International Affairs. He also analyzed foreign transactions affecting U.S. national security for the Office of Foreign Trade and Investment. At the State Department, he interned in the International Organizations Bureau’s Office of Global Systems (IO/GS) where he worked directly with the foreign affairs officers on their portfolios. Andrew also loves playing tennis, listening to music, hiking, and traveling.
Tanner Huggins was born in Lumberton, North Carolina. He received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in 'Peace, War, and Defense' and German. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Security Policy Studies at the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. Some of Tanner's primary interests include transnational security, conflict and conflict resolution, counterterrorism, and national security policy.
Mariamawit Fekade Seifu was born on October 3, 1985 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She will be graduating with a Master’s in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy in May 2012 with an emphasis in Global Governance and Democracy. Mariamawit received her BA from George Mason University in International Relations (Global Affairs) with a concentration in Global Inequalities and Responses in May 2010. Her interests include global governance and democracy as there are major governance challenges in the country where she is originally from.
Rodrigo Sermeno joined the Streit Council in August 2011. He is currently pursuing an M.P.P. with an emphasis in international commerce and policy at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy. Rodrigo is originally from El Salvador. He was born in Guatemala and lived there until the end of the civil war in El Salvador. After the end of the civil war in 1992, he returned to El Salvador. In 2002, Rodrigo moved to the DC area to attend high school in Arlington, Virginia. He attended George Mason University and received a B.A. in Global Affairs and a minor in German in 2008. As an undergraduate, Rodrigo lived in Berlin, Germany for a year and attended the Freie Universitaet’s German language program. Rodrigo’s interests include: international economics, European political economy, EU-US relations, and economic development in Latin America.
Wesley Uhl is from Michigan, and graduated with a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May of 2011. He majored in Political Science and International Studies, with a minor in Spanish. His studies focused on politics and government across Europe and the European Union, and wrote his honors thesis on the correlation between media coverage of corruption and international ratings of corruption for Western European countries and the US. His interests include EU enlargement, EU-US relations, and global governance.
Tobias Voss was born in New York in 1985, but educated in the UK. He attended Homerton College of Cambridge University for his BA where he majored in History and is in the process of earning his MA from King's College London in the field of 'Terrorism, Security and Society'. He has several filial and social ties to the Middle East and has been learning Arabic on a periodic basis. He hopes to use his experiences with the Streit Council to start a career in the US security field and is considering working for the government in this area.
David Bresnahan-McRae joined the Streit Council in May 2010 as an Intern. Originally from Providence RI, he is a rising junior getting his B.A. in International Affairs and Middle East Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. David has previously interned in the United States House and Senate, and is concurrently interning with the Commercial Attaché of the Embassy of Iraq in Washington, D.C. David will be studying in Cairo, Egypt in Fall 2010.
Kevin Garrahan joined the Streit Council as an Intern in June 2010. He is a rising fourth-year student at the University of Virginia from Alexandria, Virginia. He will earn his B.A. in History and Foreign Affairs. In his studies, Kevin has focused on a wide range of topics, including 20th Century US foreign relations, post-9/11 foreign policy, and Middle East relations. Most recently, he wrote his History thesis on the origins of the Bush era foreign assistance program, the Millennium Challenge Account. Kevin spent the summer of 2009 in the University of Virginia’s Hispanic Studies program in Valencia, Spain. He took classes in Spanish and lived in a home-stay, allowing him to also earn a Minor in Spanish.
Grace Burton joined the Streit Council in January 2010 as an Intern. Grace graduated from Bates College with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Sociology and English. She has extensive knowledge of the European Union having studied and lived in Prague, Czech Republic. Her educational focus has centered around the evolution of the European Union from a common market enterprise to a political entity. Grace has previously worked for Forum 2000, where she helped organize their internationally recognized conference, the Mali Health Organizing Project, and the Center for Southern Literature.
Scott Petiya joined the Streit Council as an Intern in January 2010. A resident of Lakewood, Colorado, he graduated from Colorado College in May 2009 with a degree in Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations. He has researched topics including American foreign policy, human rights, and the structure and role of international institutions. Scott is the grandson of Don Dennis, a member of the Streit Council's Board of Directors and former associate of Clarence Streit.
Alex Ward joined the Streit Council in January 2010 as an Intern. Originally from the Boston area, he is currently a sophomore getting his B.A. in International Studies at American University's School of International Service. He is currently focusing on European relations and the future of the European Union, specifically in regard to security and environmental issues. At American University, he is a teaching assistant and also a co-director of the Admissions Tour Guide program. When not working or at school, Alex tries his hand at stand-up comedy. He is planning on studying in Brussels, Belgium in the fall to work at – and learn about – the European Union.
Elena Vanko joined the Streit Council in September 2009 as an Intern. The previous May, she graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University, where she majored in International Relations with a concentration in Global Conflict, Cooperation, and Justice. During her junior year, she studied the development of the European Union for a semester in Freiburg, Germany. The next semester, she interned at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, in the office of Neena Gill (MEP from the UK). She also spent a summer studying at Tufts' campus in Talloires, France. In addition to her studies at Tufts, Elena worked with preschoolers as a Corps Member for Jumpstart, an AmeriCorps program, and participated in three dance groups on campus. Elena's research interests include the European Union (particularly the prospects for further integration and the development of a European foreign policy), transatlantic relations, international environmental policy, and identity politics and conflicts.
Matej Kenda joined the Streit Council in August 2009 as an Intern. A native of Croatia, but in reality a citizen of the world, Matej graduated from Bates College with a degree in Political Science and Russian Studies. He has extensive international experience, having lived or worked in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Previously this summer, Matej interned with the Hudson Institute's Center for Political-Military Analysis, and assisted in researching Russian military reform, nuclear proliferation, and peacekeeping in the former Soviet Union. In the past, he has worked with the Chevron's Office of Policy, Government, and Public Affairs, as well as the Australian government, where he assisted with research on various relevant security and strategic developments in Eurasia and the Asia-Pacific Rim. This fall, Matej is researching NATO's reform and future of its relationship with Russia.
Cristina Pacella joined the Streit Council in October 2009 as an Intern. Born and raised in Italy, she has lived in Spain, France, and the US. She is currently pursuing her Master Degree in International Studies at the LUISS “Guido Carli” University in Rome. She is currently in Washington, DC conducting research for her Master thesis, which compares the EU and US federal systems. Cristina holds a bachelors degree in Translation and Mediation from University of Rome “La Sapienza.” Her primary interest concerns the EU institution-building and the empowerment of transatlantic relations.
Macey Bos joined the Streit Council in August of 2009 as an Intern. She is currently at Georgetown University getting her Masters in International Affairs. At the Streit Council, Macey is assisting in preparing grant applications and developing transatlantic news briefings. In addition to joining the Streit Council, she works at the World Health Organization/ Pan-American Health Organization compiling health bulletins on the H1N1 outbreak in Latin America. Macey has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature with an emphasis in Pre-law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management with an emphasis in Merchandising Management from Virginia Tech. Macey has completed Russian language and Cultural coursework at Moscow State University for the Humanities. Currently, Macey is researching the role of NATO in Eastern European nations for her thesis.
Michael Cass-Antony joined the Streit Council in June 2009. Originally from New York City, he is a senior Government major at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Michael spent last fall studying at the European Studies program in Freiburg, Germany focusing on political and cultural aspects of the European Union and on transatlantic relations. Michael has previously interned at the congressional office of now Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and has worked on numerous political campaigns including heading the efforts of the Obama campaign in Saratoga Springs. This coming year he will serve as Senior Class President as well as Treasurer of the Skidmore Democrats. His research interests include transatlantic relations, as well as European integration. This summer at the Streit Council he is researching the role of the Atlantic Union Committee in the founding of NATO's parliamentary assembly.
Andrew Saraf joined the Streit Council in May 2009. He is a rising junior at Princeton University, and is pursuing a major at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. His research interests include law and human rights, with a focus on the development and application of international legal norms and the promotion of democratic institutions. Previously, he has interned at the U.S. Council for Puerto Rico Statehood. He was born in Fredericksburg, Virginia and moved around the D.C. metro area before settling in Chevy Chase, Maryland. At the Streit Council, he is working on Web development and layout for Freedom and Union.
Michelle Kulikauskas joined the Streit Council in May 2009. Originally from Connecticut , she is a current senior at the George Washington University , majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Europe and Eurasia and minoring in History. During the fall semester of 2008, Michelle studied international organizations and social justice while abroad in Geneva , Switzerland with the SIT program. Michelle's previous work experience includes a semester-long internship with the Program on International Policy Attitudes, a polling a research organization based in Washington . She is also a current employee at the National Archives. When she is not working or going to classes, Michelle volunteers around Washington as a member of Circle K International; she is also the Vice President of Service for the 2009-2010 academic year. For the past two years, she helped organize a Model UN conference for high school students, sponsored by the International Affairs Society at GWU. Several months ago, Michelle also joined the International Club of DC. This summer at the Streit Council, she is researching the origins of the Atlantic Union and NATO as well as conducting archival preservation of old documents pertaining to these subjects.
Philipp Schroeder joined the Streit Council in May 2009. Born and raised in Germany , Phil has studied in the United States for the past 5 years. He is a current junior at Davidson College where he is pursuing a degree in political science with an interdisciplinary international studies concentration in European affairs. Furthermore he is involved in the international student mentoring program at Davidson College in which he helps new international students to adjust to American culture and college life. He is also an assistant teacher for the German department in Davidson. His work at the Streit Council includes expanding its network by focusing on outreach projects. He will also be researching the history of the NATO Parliamentarians' Assembly. Philipp's professional interests include Human Rights, European Relations, Developmental Policies, and NGO Work.
Daniel Weitz joined the Streit Council in March 2009 after graduating from the University of Georgia in August 2008 with Highest