The Potomac Institute Internship Program (for undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated students) hosts interns with a variety of academic backgrounds that relate to the science, technology, and national security missions of the Institute. The Institute strives to provide a versatile experience for each internship participant. Interns are placed in one of four different academic centers, with specific senior fellows, or within program divisions at PIPS. Some unique qualities of the program are policy research, school credits, seminars and conferences, publication acknowledgements, and networking. Please see below our current policy interns.


Anthony Benja-Athon, Tufts University 

Anthony Benja-Athon is a rising junior at Tufts University double majoring in International Relations, concentrating in International Security, and History, concentrating in Sino-Japanese History. Anthony is researching the capabilities and defense apparatuses of the United States' space-based C4ISR and navigation satellite networks. Particularly, examining how the United States' ability to conduct information driven warfare is facing significant threat from the modernizing and rapidly expanding Chinese space program. 

Adam Hart, Georgetown University 

Adam Hart is a rising junior at Georgetown University majoring in International Politics. Adam's research project examines Internet of Things security issues and potential responses to these challenges such as regulatory policies, hardware development, and blockchain. 

Cecilia Herrick - Reynolds, University of Maryland

Cecilia Herrick - Reynolds and is a rising senior at the University of Maryland pursuing a bachelor of arts in economics. She is researching emerging technologies that could increase agricultural production, food security, sustainability, and political stability to ultimately end world hunger and alleviate poverty.

Joseph Kelly, University of Richmond

Joseph Kelly is a rising senior at the University of Richmond majoring in American Studies. Joseph's research project is on recognizing and analyzing the potential national security threats as a result of the development of 3D printing Technology. 

Sabrina Kim, University of Virginia 

Sabrina Kim is a rising 3rd year at the University of Virginia double majoring in Biology and Global Security & Justice. While at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, she has been investigating the use of enhanced human operations as a military strategy. Her project focuses on neuroscience-based research initiatives as well as on ways to improve the Department of Defense's commercial technology acquisition.
Marron McConnell, Vassar College 
Marron McConnel is a rising junior at Vassar College double majoring Mathematics and Statistics. Marron's research project is on the impact of big data analytics on epidemiology, and the potential shift from a culture of predominantly retroactive disease modeling to one of proactive, predictive modeling and prevention.
Shawn Srolovitz, University of Pennsylvania 
Shawn Srolovitz is a rising senior at the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Bioengineering. Shawn's research project is studying the use of artificial intelligence in medicine to understand how it can improve the United States healthcare management system, in order to reduce costs and expand access.
Christopher Winschel, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, Germany)
Christopher Winshcel is a graduate student at Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs earning his Master's in International Relations and, also, earning his Master's in Public Policy at the Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, Germany). Christopher is  researching the United States' response to Russian cyber attacks that are a part Russia's broader hybrid warfare strategy. Specifically, looking at the ability of these attacks to affect all levels of society and the United States' response from both an offensive and defensive perspective.


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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.


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