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 2020 interns: Hannah and Kara!

From left to Right, Hannah Vagnoni and Kara Kelawan

Hannah Vagnoni plans to receive her BA in International Studies-Political Science with an emphasis on Human Rights. She was raised in Hebron, the West Bank, where she learned Arabic. In 2017, she spent three months as a translator and case work advocate in Moria Refugee Camp, Greece, where she worked primarily with Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers to assess vulnerability and refugee status. At university, she runs her Model United Nations club, training students to research, speak, and write on pressing global issues in a diplomatic format. She is excited to expand her advocacy skills through EPIC’s research-based understanding and monitoring mission.

Kara Kelawan is pursuing a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics with a minor in French and Spanish at Dartmouth College. At school, she is a member of the Dandelion Project which is dedicated to decreasing the education gap in China, a volunteer at the Haven shelter for homeless individuals, and works at the Child Care Center in Norwich. As part of her studies, she spent time in Morocco and Peru where she studied the countries’ politics, culture, and language. These experiences deepened her interest in foreign policy, the field in which she plans to pursue a career.

To learn more about our internship program and available positions, email us at careers @ epic-usa.org

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