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 2021 interns: Katie and Jacob!

Jacob Kopfensteiner: is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a Master’s degree in Arab Studies. His interest in the Middle East first began at his undergraduate alma mater, Saint Louis University, where he studied history and minored in Middle Eastern studies. Since then, he has focused his research on contemporary Iraqi politics, with an emphasis on civil-military relations and sectarianism. Jacob also studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo on a Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship. He hopes to use his time at EPIC to deepen his understanding of Iraq’s politics and contribute to EPIC’s mission of educating the American public on Iraqi affairs.

Katie Ferrarini: is a recent graduate from Gonzaga University, she received her degree in Intentional Relations with a concentration in the Arabic language and the Middle East. During her junior year, she studied in Jordan and worked with a non-profit that focused on social cohesion and empowerment with Jordanian and refugee girls. This experience deepened her passion for the region and inspired her to pursue a career focusing on International Development and Human Rights. She is excited to pursue her interest in Iraq by joining EPIC’s research team, and hopes to grow her knowledge of the cultural, political, and complex security issues facing the country.

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