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Summer Internship Recipients Announced

Jul 02, 2013

The Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft is pleased to announce that it has funded eight UT graduate students to take part in summer internships across the world.

The 2013 recipients of Clements awards are:

Stephen Bartels will be working at the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany. The internship will provide a substantive experience in the field of foreign affairs, and will tie directly into his coursework, which has focused on the integral U.S.-Europe relationship.  It also relates to his eventual career goal of working as an attorney or policy analyst at the State Department.  

Gustavo Fernandez will be working at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. He will be a research assistant for Kurt Volker, the Institute’s Executive Director Ambassador, on a book that will look at structural trends that emerged before the Cold war ended and continued to grow in importance in the post-Cold War world. The book’s objective will be to show that many of the issues that have dominated the policy-making world since 9/11 can actually be traced to before the end of the Cold War.

Emily Hawthorne will be a research assistant at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, D.C. Emily will work on the Algerian and Tunisian sections of a database that will house information on Middle Eastern security sector corruption, scandal, and possible solutions. Her research will be conducted in French and Arabic.

Daniel Massey will be interning with the Defense Industrial Initiatives Group (DIIG) within the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. His work with DIIG will include research, analysis, and the writing of updated reports on Defense Industrial Base and Acquisition, European Defense Integration, Latin American Defense Spending Trends, Wall Street, and the Pentagon.

Meghan McCaffrey will be spending her summer interning at the Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. Her work will include research with Dr. Mohammad Tabaar, an expert on Iran. Meghan will be looking into the current state of politics and capabilities of Iran, as well as participating in analysis of the Iran-U.S. bilateral relationship.

Kristen Ruhnke will be working at the Bush Center in Dallas, Texas. Kristen’s work with their Human Freedom Program will include support of political dissenters and freedom advocates across the world by helping to plan conferences and forums for the Program. She will also complete research on freedom movements and will document the stories and efforts of freedom advocates.

Sam Spahn will be a Media and Communications intern at the McCain Institute for International Leadership in Washington, D.C. He will use social media sites to spread the McCain Institute’s message, schedule and attend conferences, and create newsletters focused on advancing the idea that America should keep its status as a preeminent nation in the world.

Kiran Sreepada will be interning at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University. Over the course of the summer, Kiran will conduct research to better understand how religious freedom can prove to be an excellent tool whether addressing crises in the Middle East, raising the cache of the United States in Eurasia, or generally developing better national security policy in order to further the interests of the people of the U.S.

For more information about the Clements summer internship funding program, please contact Jacqueline Chandler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..