Erienne Terpak is a junior studying international relations and global studies with a focus on international security and a minor in business. She is a native German speaker and is also fluent in Spanish. She believes her multicultural background has given her an open-minded perspective that will be useful in her future career as a public servant and served as the foundation for her interest in international affairs and security studies. This past summer, Erienne participated in the Clements Center’s Maymester in London, the topic of which was the U.S., the U.K., and World Order, and which also included many elements of World War II history. She is also pursuing the Clements Center Certificate in Security Studies. This semester, she is working as an Applied Geopolitics Fellow at Stratfor Enterprises. She hopes to pursue a career in national security, intelligence or counterterrorism.
Erienne was previously involved with Innovations for Peace and Development, an independent research project sponsored by UT faculty for policy-relevant research on global conflict, foreign aid, and poverty alleviation. Last year, she worked to put together a research paper with the Data4Peace sub-team about the recruitment and utilization of combatants in the Colombian conflict.
Apart from her studies, Erienne is the Programs Director for the International Affairs Society of UT Austin. She also enjoys playing classical and flamenco guitar, traveling and cooking.