Welcome Our Spring 2017 Interns!

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 Spring 2017 interns: Genevieve, Sharon, and Adam!

Genevieve Boutilier
is a senior undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where she majors in Global Studies, focusing on the Middle East. She recently returned from a semester abroad studying at the University of Jordan in Amman, where she studied the Arabic language, Arab media, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. She has also interned at the International Center for Terrorism Studies in Arlington, VA where she conducted research on terrorist organizations in the Middle East and South Asia. Genevieve is passionate about humanitarian and security issues and is excited to explore those interests through her work at EPIC.


Sharon Bustrak studied the languages and cultures of the MENA region at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an interest sparked during her childhood in the UAE. She has also lived in Oman and Thailand, and worked as a health intern with a refugee resettlement agency in Wisconsin. With a minor in health, Sharon is particularly interested in the interplay of health, politics, and conflict, as well as the practical implementation of health policies and programs. She hopes to learn about the current status of public health systems in Iraq, as well as best practices for medical aid and programs in such turbulent situations.



Adam Goldstein is a senior in the combined BA/MA program in political science at American University where he focuses on democratization, political systems, conflict resolution and political transitions. Adam has a particular interest in the political economy of the Middle East, especially pertaining to the intersection of culture, economics, and politics. Adam studied abroad at Kings College London and currently works as a reviewer for American University’s undergraduate political science journal Clocks and Clouds and as an editor for its policy magazine, Clocks and Clouds: The World Mind. Adam intends to use his passion for political science to further EPIC’s mission of achieving a sustainable peace for the Iraqi people.


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