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DC Bound and Beyond

This month three graduate students and three undergraduate students headed to Washington, DC to begin their summer internships. For some, this is their first time in the nation's capital and for others this is the first time living and working in DC. GPRI also sent it's first student to intern internationally.

Graduate Students

Vivian Alexander

Vivian Alexander

I am Ph.D. student in Purdue's Department of Educational Studies, and I am an intern at the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate of Computer Information Science and Engineering (CISE). I am participating in several projects including but not limited to panel reviews of grant proposals and broadening the participation of Underrepresented Minorities (URMs), women, and persons with disabilities in STEM fields.

Fushcia Hoover

Fushcia Hoover

I am interning for the Public Affairs department at the American Geophysical Union (AGU). AGU is a non-for-profit organization that is aimed at promoting discovery and research in the earth and space sciences for the benefit of humanity. As a science policy intern, my role involves researching and attending briefings/hearings in congress that are relevant to our members and the science community. I also work on science policy outreach and engagement through our social media sites and policy alerts.

Qianwen Luo

Qianwen Luo

I work with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies on water-climate-international security nexus. As a fourth year PhD student in Atmospheric Sciences, I am very passionate about my internship project, because I can not only improve my professional skills and gain new experiences, but also add a policy dimension to my on-going research!

Undergraduate Students

Jill Bosserman

Jill Bosserman

I am a rising junior at Purdue University majoring in English literature and history in the College of Liberal Arts. This summer, I am working at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a prominent, bipartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. At CSIS, I am working in External Relations, the "nerve center" of the organization, focusing primarily on social media, media relations, and communication.

Arden Holderby

Arden Holderby

I am interning with the Center for Advanced Defense Studies and The London Center, both policy research organizations for national security issues. As a political science undergraduate, interning with these groups will give me much insight into the policy process, and teach me different methods for policy analysis. Data driven conclusions are important to these organizations, and it also gives me an idea of what it would be like to pursue a higher degree in a Policy related field.

Nadya Naumaan

Nadya Naumaan

I am working for the Congressional Research Service (CRS) in the Resource, Science, and Industry Division where we do research for members of Congress on any aspects of these fields in terms of perspectives including but not limited to policy, data, and scientific advancement. I am working on research involving cellulosic biofuels and am also working on a database management project.

International Intern

Walter Schostak

Walter Schostak

It is an honor to be the first policy scholar to intern internationally. I am working in Brussels, Belgium in the US Mission to NATO in the Office of the Defense Advisor, Armaments Cooperation Division. I am taking an active role in preparing for the upcoming NATO summit in September. This opportunity will leverage my background and increase my depth of experience in the policy arena.