A Busy Few Weeks at the DoS!

It’s been four weeks now since I started my internship with the Department of State. I really can’t believe the amount that I have experienced and gained since moving to DC for the summer. It feels like I’ve been here for only a week yet at the same time it feels like its been forever too. I didn’t mention in my previous post, but I am an intern with the Office of Conservation and Water within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs or OES/ECW for short. I’ve learnt pretty quickly how much people in DC love their acronyms (I’d recommend keeping an excel sheet handy if you ever plan on working here).

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In The Shadow Of Kilimanjaro: Week 4

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View Of Kilimanjaro From Sidai Sanctuary

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Week 2: Preparing for the Counter Terrorism Senior Executive Seminar

This summer, I am interning at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, or the NESA Center for short. The NESA Center is a Department of Defense regional center geared toward international security cooperation in the Near East and South Asia (NESA). The NESA Center builds international security cooperation through programs grounded open communication in an academic environment. Program participants include defense professionals, diplomats, academics, and government and non-government stakeholders from the NESA region and elsewhere. Currently, the program NESA is hosting is the bi-annual Counter Terrorism Senior Executive Seminar. The specific topic for this seminar is “After ISIS? Major Regional and Non-Regional Actors’ Approach to Countering Violent Extremism.” In essence, the conference is focused on the future, more underground direction that ISIS is likely to take now that the Caliphate has been mainly defeated in Iraq and Syria, and how to counter it. As an intern providing support for the program, I am performing traditional intern tasks, such as making coffee and cleaning the conference rooms. I am also responsible for taking notes and taking photographs during presentations and discussions in order to create a comprehensive executive summary after the conference is over. I also am getting a chance to practice my Arabic language through conversations with the seminar participants, who are from all over the Middle East. The conference has covered all sorts of fascinating topics such as the future direction of ISIS, the issue of returning foreign fighters, the issue of radicalization in prisons, and the difficulties that accompany prosecuting returning foreign fighters in the courtroom.

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Week 1 of Remote Area Medical Clinical Operations

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Summer Internship Week 1

Hi everyone, this post is coming after my first two weeks of my summer internship in Des Moines, IA. This summer I’m interning at in the Attorney General’s office in area prosecutions, and my specific unit is the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) Unit. I’m going to give a little overview of what we as an office do, and then will look further into what I have experienced so far as an intern. Under an Iowa code that is followed by a number I don’t remember, we are able to review a list of already incaracerated sexual predators that are nearing their release dates. If we can prove that they have a strong likelyhood of committing more sexual crimes when they exit prison in court, we are able send them to civil commitment in which they spend a majority of the rest of their life going through treatment to eventually reintegrate back into society when they are much older.

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