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 2021 interns: Amna, Jamie, and Shireen!

Amna Haider: is a rising senior studying International Relations (particularly conflict and foreign policy), Philosophy, and Human Rights at the University of Iowa. As an Iraqi-American, Amna has visited her motherland several times in the past decade, which allowed her to witness the humanitarian consequences of multiple wars, tyranny, and violence in Iraq and the Middle East. Her identity as an Iraqi-American thus informed her professional motivation to help promote international peace and security through human rights advocacy. Prior to joining EPIC, Amna has explored this goal through activities like volunteering at her local refugee resettlement agency and creating a peace advocacy student organization on her campus. She is excited to intern at EPIC to gain insight about the crisis in Iraq and how to resolve it through effective policy-making and relief initiatives.

Jamie Schlegel: is a recent graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in International Relations and Arabic. During her time at USC, she wrote about humanitarian and security issues in the Middle East as a fellow for the Global Policy Institute. Her interest in peacebuilding developed during her time as a research assistant in the Human Security and Geospatial Intelligence lab and the Near Crisis Project. She is excited to learn about these dynamics in Iraq and to deepen her knowledge of the political, economic, security, and humanitarian challenges within the country. Jamie plans to pursue graduate studies in the near future and hopes to work in international peacebuilding and conflict resolution.

Shireen Salam: is a junior at Grand Valley State University, studying International Relations and Criminal Justice. She is interested in international law, politics and human rights, and that interest stems from her experience living in Kuwait as an expatriate. She hopes to use her internship with EPIC to learn more about Middle Eastern geopolitics and gain a better understanding of Iraq, its history and some of the issues affecting it. After graduation, she aspires to go to law school.

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