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 Summer 2017 interns: Yousuf, Tara, and Calvin!
Yousuf Eltagouri is a rising senior at The George Washington University studying International Affairs with a minor in Arabic. Yousuf’s deep passion in Middle East Policy and regional development began as a teenager during his travels throughout the region, witnessing first hand the failed economic and social infrastructure, lack of civil liberties and social freedoms facing the region. Following the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings, he volunteered at aid projects benefiting Libya refugees on the Tunisian and Egyptian border. He later went on to become a Refugee Resettlement intern at the International Institute of Buffalo, helping recently accepted refugees assimilate and resettle into American society. Yousuf is a member of No Lost Generation GW, a refugee advocacy group, the GW International Affairs Society, and is a volunteer at the National Council on US-Libya Relations.
Tara Macdonald is a senior at Tufts University, where she specializes in Peace and Justice Studies. This past spring she completed a semester at the American University in Cairo (AUC), where she focused on conflict studies and society within the MENA region. Previously, she has had professional experience in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she worked for the Cambodian Human Rights Action Coalition (CHRAC) to conduct research and assist with advocacy programs, and edit publications under the Civil Parties sector of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (ECCC). Additionally she has had extensive living and educational experiences in Zambia, Nepal, and the USA. In Boston, she co-runs the volunteer-based Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program (TU-RAP), which fosters relations between students and recently arrived families in the city. Within both her academic and personal experiences, she strives to use illustration and other visualizations of violence to foster a greater understanding of conflict, reconciliation, and humanitarian advocacy.
Calvin Wilder is an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, where he studies Political Science and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. His focus is on contemporary Middle Eastern politics, and he spent last summer studying Arabic in Jordan with a Foreign Language Acquisition Grant from his university. While in Jordan, he worked as a research assistant, exploring the intersection of information and communication technology and gender equality. At UChicago, Calvin has worked to address local issues: working as a preschool teacher and tutor, and ultimately as a peer adviser to student leaders of community-service oriented clubs on campus as they develop programming that incorporates and benefits the South Side community of Chicago.