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 2018 interns: Haley and Ryan!
Haley Huffman received her bachelor’s in History with a minor in Middle Eastern Communities & Migrations from James Madison University. She lived in Nice, France during the summer of 2018 where she studied French history and language, and finished the summer living in Istanbul, Turkey studying Turkish history. During the Fall of 2018 she interned at a gallery with a Middle Eastern artist who made art addressing women’s experiences during the Syrian Civil War and the Iranian Revolution. Haley is passionate about understanding humanitarian issues and is excited to support EPIC’s commitment to securing genuine and lasting peace in Iraq.
Ryan Summers is a graduate of Ursinus College, where he double majored in Political Science and Media and Communication Studies. His interest in the Middle East began after taking a course focusing on American foreign policy in the region with retired Ambassador Fred Hof. He has studied counterterrorism methods, analyzed numerous case studies in diplomatic approaches by the US, and has combined his two majors throughout his college career. In the summer of 2018, Ryan served as a communications intern for the Magnum Foundation, a non-profit which funds artists all across the world. He researched the MENA region to find potential curators and photographers. Ryan hopes to learn extensively about Iraqi current affairs and serve as a crucial component to help EPIC achieve its missions.