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 2019 interns: Ali, Katie, May, Rachel and William!

Ali Tinai was born and raised in Eritrea. He moved to Egypt at age 15 to escape Eritrea’s dictatorship. While in Egypt he learned English and had the chance to work as the administrative assistant for the unaccompanied Minors Program he attended for two years before moving to the United States in 2014. Ali attends Western Michigan University where he studies international and comparative politics with a minor in Arabic. He’s a peer mentor for the Seita Scholars Program and a tutor for Arabic language in the world language department. Ali is the president of the Western Michigan University College Democrats as well as a member of the Lee Honors College, and Refugee Outreach Collective. He previously interned on the re-election campaign of Jon Hoadley, a State Representative for Michigan’s 60th District. He is very passionate about refugee issues, international affairs, global peace and cooperation. He aspires to become a career diplomat in the future.

Katie Poteet is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Political Science with a minor in Arabic and a Spanish certificate at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). At school, she is a member of the Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program dedicated to activism and service-learning, an editor for the student newspaper, and volunteered at an immigrant resource center as an English teacher. She plans to study abroad in Jordan and hopes to eventually become fluent in Arabic. She chose to intern with EPIC because of the organization’s dedication to increasing visibility for those in need in Iraq.

May Kadow is originally an Iraqi who grew up in Amman, Jordan, where she often volunteered at several NGO’s; such as Katie’s Readers and Habitat for Humanity. She moved to the United States in January 2018 and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Politics with a concentration in International Relations at George Mason University. At GMU, Mayis going to take part in the ambassador team for the UNICEF starting this coming fall. Being an intern at EPIC is a step forward towards realizing her future and career aspirations, which include enhancing the understanding of Iraq’s policy issues and revealing the true story of Iraq to the world.

Rachel Potter earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs and Foreign Languages in May 2019 from George Mason University, where she served as a college ambassador and chapter president of the Lambda Sigma Honor Society. As part of her studies, she spent a semester in Morocco studying the country’s politics, culture, and language, which deepened her interest in the Middle East and North Africa. She has been accepted to the Master of Arts program in International Security at George Mason University for fall 2020. She is excited to be an EPIC intern this summer, and looks forward to gaining a better understanding of the problems facing Iraq and to contributing to an organization that makes a meaningful impact. She hopes to build her career in advocacy for peace and human rights.

William Mosko is originally from rural Pennsylvania. He is currently working towards a double major in International Studies and Arab World Studies at American University in Washington D.C.. He became interested in the MENA region during the Arab Spring and during his time in college he began to focus his studies toward Iraq and the post-occupation period. His growing interest in learning about how peace could be achieved in Iraq is what led him to EPIC.

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