Three times per year, EPIC welcomes a new cohort of interns – young professionals seeking to add practical experience to their academic backgrounds in humanitarian affairs, international relations, security studies, political science, public relations, and beyond. We are grateful for their contributions to our research, action, and advocacy, and for the opportunity to connect them to Iraq and its people. Please join us in welcoming our Fall 2016 interns: Emily Burchfield, Charles Fidler, and Charlotte Mooney.
Emily Burchfield is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego where she majored in Political Science and International Relations and minored in Middle East Studies. Her studies focused on security issues and the effects of foreign involvement in the developing world. She recently returned from a semester abroad in Amman, Jordan, where she studied Arabic language and culture as well as Middle East policy and volunteered for local causes in her spare time. While in Amman she also conducted research on cultural influences on women’s healthcare and family planning initiatives. Emily previously interned with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, where she assisted with the resettlement of Iraqi refugees. Emily is passionate about seeking solutions to the humanitarian crisis in Iraq and is thrilled to be pursuing that mission through her work with EPIC.
Charles Fidler is a recent graduate of Boston University where he studied political science and economics. During his time at Boston University he focused on the political effects of military operations, especially related to counterinsurgencies and counterterrorism policies in the Middle East. Furthermore, Charles has studies the effects of elicit state policies and their geopolitical and economic effects on a globalized world. Charles has worked for the Hudson Institute as a military-political analyst intern and for the International Volunteer Leadership Program as a program intern. Charles has a deep interest in the political, economic, and humanitarian issues that have plagued the Middle East for generations and is excited to help create viable solutions for the Iraqi people through his work with EPIC.
Charlotte Mooney is a recent graduate of Boston University where she majored in Political Science with a focus on intelligence and security studies. During her time at Boston University, she combined her interests by heavily researching terrorist organizations prevalent in the Middle East and their impacts on the United States’ foreign and national security policy. She worked in London for the Conservative Campaign Headquarters during the 2015 election in order to gain international political experience and most recently interned in a Congressional office. Charlotte hopes to further explore her passion for humanitarian and security issues through EPIC’s mission of promoting peace and providing real solutions for the people of Iraq.