Juliette Leader is a sophomore at Georgetown, and was excited to be back home in Luxembourg for the summer. Originally half-English and half-American, she had a very international upbringing and has continued to develop this international orientation in the SFS.
SFS Supports Students In Summer Internships and Language Study
Internships are an integral part of the SFS education and prepare students for careers in the international arena. Internships provide students with the opportunity to enhance their academic coursework; gain professional experience and insight into career opportunities; develop contacts in their field of interest; and explore the public, private, and/or non-profit sectors.
SFS students intern around the world for organizations ranging from the U.S. State and Defense Departments to the United Nations, international NGOs and Fortune-500 companies. Some students spend their summer attending intensive language courses to achieve mastery of their chosen foreign language.
Adam Shlomi interned for Aliza Lavie, an MK in the Israeli Knesset. Starting on May 17th, Adam flew to Israel and participated in a Birthright trip, after Birthright he visited neighboring Egypt and Jordan before starting his internship on June 4.
Gina Kim is a senior in the SFS studying International Economics and Spanish. She is from New Jersey and had a great time departing from her beloved East Coast for the great state of Michigan. She was at Skypoint Ventures from May 26th until August 18th working on their co-working space, the Ferris Wheel.
A rising senior in the SFS, Olivia is majoring in International Economics with a focus on sustainable development and a minor in German. She interned with the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation in Kampala, Uganda this June and July, where she worked on a road safety research project called Speak Up.
Josev is a rising Junior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in Science, Technology and International Affairs. Originally from Davao City, Philippines, his interest about international relations started to develop during the time of the Great Recession in ’08 – same year when he emigrated to the United States. He is passionate about issues concerning global health, social justice, the environment, and human rights.
Leonor Morrow is a rising junior majoring in Culture and Politics and minoring in Russian. Some of her hobbies include photography, writing, ballroom dancing, and learning foreign languages. This summer she studied abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Nick Na is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Political Economy with a certificate in International Development. Nick found his passion for international development in Clarkston, Georgia, through a high school refugee tutoring ministry in which he worked with children from Afghanistan, Somalia, Eritrea, Bhutan, and Nepal.
Elisabeth (Libby) Bassini is a rising junior in the School of Foreign Service’s Science, Technology and International Affairs (STIA) program with a concentration in Business, Growth and Development. She has previously completed extensive big data research at Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute in Buffalo, New York (2013).
Kathryn “Kay” Threatt is a rising senior studying International Politics: Security Studies with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. During her time as a student at Georgetown University she has served as a member of the 91st Annual Diplomatic Ball Planning Committee, Secretary & Vice President of the Georgetown University Chapter of the NAACP, and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina as a Gilman International Scholarship Recipient.
Hannah is a rising sophomore in the SFS, intending to major in International Politics with a concentration in International Security and a minor in Arabic. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Hannah took a gap year in Morocco where she intensively studied Arabic, taught English and worked as a communications intern for the High Atlas Foundation.
Joelle is a second-year MSFS student concentrating in global politics and security, covering disarmament issues. She was in Geneva, Switzerland for a graduate placement at the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research from May 22 to August 18. Joelle conducted research in the field of conventional weapons disarmament and assisted the institute in project management tasks.
Tipa comes from Thailand. She has received a full scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand to pursue her degrees abroad. She is an incoming graduate student in Latin American Studies, entering fall 2017. She expects to concentrate in Conflict Resolution and Human Rights, with her own interest in inter-regional relationship between Latin America and Southeast Asia.
Mai Nguyen is a rising second-year graduate student in the Global Human Development program. She focuses on education and youth issues, with interests in M&E, innovation and private sector engagement. This summer, she worked from June 1st to August 11th with Gui2de (Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development and Evaluation) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Pete Giannino (MAGES ’18) is a rising second year in the German & European Studies program who is also pursuing a certificate in Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies. Pete is interested in energy and security and how the intersection of these two disciplines shapes foreign policy, especially with regards to the United States, European Union, and Russia.
Ali Blumenstock graduated from Bucknell University where she was awarded Phi Beta Kappa honors and the university’s prizes in environmental studies and Latin American studies. At Bucknell, she solidified her passion for international development through coursework and her studies in Nicaragua. After working with a public health and human rights NGO in Nicaragua that was investigating the causes of a fatal kidney disease epidemic, Ali recognized the importance of confronting environmental and justice issues from a community-based approach.
Fatima is a second-year MSFS student concentrating in global politics and security, with a special interest in South Asia and conflict resolution. She was in Amman, Jordan working for Mercy Corps Regional Office as a Research Intern from May 20 to August 18. Fatima worked with the Investing in Syrian Humanitarian Action (ISHA) Project, where she created capacity building tools and curriculum, wrote grant proposals, and coached partners on program design.
George Gurrola is a second year student in the Center for Latin American Studies and is also concentrating in security studies. He is interested in US foreign policy, specifically the intersection of development and security policy. This summer he served at the US Embassy in Santiago while concurrently studying International Relations at the Universidad de Alberto Hurtado.
Joseph is a rising second year graduate student in the Global Human Development Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service with a concentration in education and human development. This summer worked with the Education Development Center (EDC) in Kigali, Rwanda on a USAID-funded project called Huguka Dukore, which trains out-of-school youth for private sector jobs and entrepreneurship.
Stephanie Adams is a second-year graduate student in the Asian Studies program at the School of Foreign Service. A recipient of a Huayu Enrichment Scholarship, she spent her summer studying Mandarin at the International Chinese Language Program (ICLP) at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan.
Brian Bumpas is a Boren Fellow and a second-year graduate student in the Asian Studies (MASIA) program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He specializes in the politics and security of Northeast Asia, focusing on nuclear security and cross-Strait relations between China and Taiwan.
Daniella Montemarano is a second year Master of Science in Foreign Service candidate studying international conflict resolution and multitrack diplomacy under the program’s Global Politics and Security concentration. She holds a Huffington Graduate Fellowship at Georgetown’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she researches Disarmament, Demobilization, and Reintegration (DDR) operations in the Horn of Africa and the Lake Chad Basin.
Amanda Thoet just finished her first year in the Master of Arts in German and European Studies Program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She is also pursuing Graduate Certificates in Diplomatic Studies and in Refugees & Humanitarian Emergencies. In addition, Amanda is an ISD Graduate Fellow in Diplomacy and a Georgetown Women in International Affairs (GWIA) Council Member.
Meagan just completed her first year in the M.A. in Global Human Development Program in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, with a focus in refugees and humanitarian response. This summer, she worked in Amman, Jordan from May 21st to August 6th with Mercy Corps on their Syrian refugee response. She helped Mercy Corps create “success story” and “illustrative action” write ups for each of their programs through site visits and focus groups.
Steele is a second-year graduation student in the MSFS program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Over the summer, he worked in Yangon, Myanmar with Koe Koe Tech, a health tech startup developing technologies and apps to expand access to healthcare in rural Myanmar.
Kaylee Steck (MAAS’18) is a rising second year in the Arab Studies program at Georgetown. She concentrates in development and political economy in the Arab World, focusing on North Africa. Kaylee is an alumna of two U.S. State Department programs in Morocco, where she has researched issues related to economic development, gender, and environment.
Jeff Genota is a rising second-year in the M.A. in Asian Studies program, focusing on Business and International Political Economy. Originally from Los Angeles, California, he has lived in Manila, Philippines and in Washington, DC and received his undergraduate degree from James Madison University.
Melodie Ha is a graduate student in the Security Studies Program. She interned at Project Pengyou this summer in Beijing, as well as studied intensive Mandarin at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Melodie is focusing on Chinese military modernization, China’s cybersecurity policy, and broader East Asian security issues.