SPRING 2020 Interns
James La Pierre Cutts
James is a senior at UCF pursuing a degree in Political Science accompanied by a certificate in Intelligence and National Security. James is a member of International Relations Club and is currently the treasurer of the Club on Security and Intelligence. He is currently writing an undergraduate thesis in the Brunet Honors College. Outside of UCF, James enjoys domestic and international politics, reading and going to the gym.
Valeria Pauneto is a Puerto Rican third-year student at UCF studying a Biomedical Sciences major and hoping to pursue a career in medicine. She is interested in psychology, environmental issues and foreign politics. She enjoys learning about other cultures, traveling, journaling, baking and gardening.
Roxanne Trombetta is a senior at UCF, majoring in International and Global Studies and minoring in National Security and Intelligence. Here at UCF, she aids International Students in their transition into American culture as a Global Ambassador. After she receives her degree, she plans on attending law school. Her interests outside of international relations include cooking, traveling and reading. This is her second semester interning with Middle East and South Asia initiatives.
Avery Reyna is a second year undergraduate student at UCF majoring in International/Global Studies and minoring in Diversity and Social Inequality. His areas of interests include Latin American and Middle Eastern politics, sociology, and the interaction between feminist thought and international relations theory. Post-undergraduate education, he hopes to attain his PhD in International Relations and become a professor at a university, hopefully in the northeast. When not studying or working, Avery likes to read fiction, go thrift shopping, and spend time with friends.
Pauline Kabambi is an international student from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She is in her junior year at the University of Central Florida and pursuing a B.A in International and Global Studies. Her career interest is to become a lawyer, she is planning to attend Law School to further her studies in the legal field. Pauline speaks fluently Tshiluba, French, and Lingala. Her favorite color is yellow because it stands for optimism and loyalty. Outside school, she enjoys volunteer work, spends time with friends and family, and cook.
Fall 2019 Interns
Bryan Cruz is third year undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida and is pursuing a BA in Political Science with a focus on International Relations, as well as a minor in Latin American studies. Bryan is currently the secretary of the International Relations Club, and vice-president of the Philosophy Society Club at UCF. Outside of academics, he has a hobby drawing and enjoys musical theater.
Ranya Eid is a Saudi student at UCF, where she’s pursuing her BA in Political Science International Relations track with a minor in Intelligence and National Security, and Diplomacy certificate. She is a previous student senator at UCF, and she is currently writing her own political thesis in the college of honors. In her free time, she goes to the gym and hangs out with her friends and family.
Roxanne Trombetta is a senior at UCF, majoring in International and Global Studies and minoring in National Security and Intelligence. She is from the Philippines, however has been in the United States for more than five years now. Last Fall, she studied politics in Cape Town, South Africa. Here at UCF, she aids International Students in their transition into American culture as a Global Ambassador. After she receives her degree, she plans on attending law school. Her interests outside of international relations include cooking, traveling and reading.
Anne Hunihan is an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida. She is pursuing a degree in International and Global studies, with a minor in Russian studies. In the future, she hopes to attend graduate school in order to further her studies. In her free time, she likes to read and go to the beach.
Dima Taher is a senior at UCF and is pursuing a BA in Political Science pre-law track with a minor in Intelligence and National Security and a certificate in Diplomacy. Her goal is to study International commercial law in pursuit of becoming a lawyer. Dima is fluent in French, Arabic, and English. Throughout college Dima has been an active member of several student clubs with her recent membership being with the International Relations Club at UCF. Outside school, She likes to hang out with family and friends, play tennis, or travel.
Alexi Sadaka moved from Lebanon 3 years ago and is in his fourth and last year at the University of Central Florida. He is double majoring in Political Science and Economics, and can speak English, Arabic and French. He is looking to pursue a Master’s program that combines both his undergraduate degrees and plans on working in Washington, D.C. once he’s done with his education, either with the government or in a think tank. In his free time, he follows domestic and international politics and likes to watch sports and TV shows.
Rebecca is a transfer student from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. She is currently in her last year in UCF studying Biomedical Sciences, and plans on pursuing a career in medicine. She is part of the Puerto Rico Research Hub. Her interests include politics and environmental issues. In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys doing volunteer work, dancing, photography, and watching series.
Isabella is in her third year at UCF pursuing a degree in International and Global studies accompanied by a double minor in Spanish and Middle Eastern Studies. Her interests are in politics and human rights advocacy. After receiving her bachelors degree she hopes to attain her masters degree in Global Thought at Columbia. In her spare time she likes to collect stamps, listen to podcasts and play with her dog Fenway.
Lee Ajisafe is a senior in high school, and is the treasurer of UNICEF club and University High School’s chorus program. After high school, Ajisafe hopes to pursue a career in government or international economics. Ajisafe’s interests include painting, reading and playing violin.
Maanav Jariwala is currently in his senior year of high school. He is an officer for the Best Buddies club, secretary of the HOSA club, and has bowled for the JV bowling team the past two years. His interests falls in learning more about diverse cultures and current political events. Upon graduation, he hopes to major in Political Science or Human Biology and to pursue in Law or Medicine. In his free time, he loves to read the “New York Times”, read business/fiction/non-fiction books, Bowl, play Basketball, and watch YouTube.
SPRING 2019 Interns & Fellows
David is in his fourth year, final semester at the University of Central Florida, where he is working on his BA in Political Science with a double minor in both Terrorism Studies and Middle Eastern Studies, as well as a Certificate in Intelligence and National Security. His areas of interest include Islam, regional politics, and the overlap between cults and terrorism. Post-graduation, he hopes to work with the US government to develop public policy regarding the Middle East. When not studying or working, David spends his free time watching Big Brother and working on his own board game.
Bryan Cruz is an undergraduate at the University of Central Florida and is pursuing a major in Political Science with a focus on International Relations, as well as a minor in marketing. He hopes to make a career in political research regarding foreign policy. Bryan is an active member of the International Relations Club, United Nations Association, and Philosophy Society Club at UCF. Outside of academics, he has a hobby drawing, occasionally doing political caricatures.
Daniel is in his final semester at UCF, where he’s pursuing his BA in Political Science with a certificate in Intelligence and National Security. His areas of interest are domestic politics and foreign policy, particularly regarding the Middle East. After graduation, he hopes to move to Washington, D.C. to work on the Hill or as a research assistant for some time before returning to school to pursue his Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies, with which he hopes to land a career in the intelligence community or at a think tank specializing in Middle Eastern policy. In his free time, Dan enjoys reading the news voraciously, finding new places to eat food, and going to music events with his friends.
Lia Villar, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is an alumni of Rollins College with a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs. Her interest include intelligence, counterterrorism and national security issues. She hopes to eventually attend graduate school or join the U.S. Navy to pursue a long career in the U.S. government. In her free time, Lia enjoys binge watching Netflix series, reading books and going to the beach.
Jeffery Villegas is currently double majoring at Rollins College in International Affairs and Communication Studies. He is on track to graduate summa cum laude in May of 2019. He is a member of two academic honor societies that span separate fields of study and he serves as a member on the Valencia College Alumni Advisory Board. He is a husband, a father, and co-founder of The Sales Rebellion, a sales training a development company that focuses on leadership principles, community engagement, and storytelling. He plans on attaining his master’s degree in International Relations Conflict Management from John Hopkins University and says that he is a fanatic about freshly prepared corn tortillas.
Fall 2018 Interns & Fellows
Salah Benhammou is a current M.A. student of Political Science at the University of Central Florida, from which he earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science with a track in International Relations and Comparative Government. Of Moroccan descent, Salah’s regional interests focus on the Middle East and its ever-changing political climate, with heavy interest in the Syrian conflict and Turkish politics. Research-wise, his interests vary from developmental issues to regime dynamics and conflict. Ultimately, his goal is to continue into regional analysis and hopes to become an expert in the field.
Aaron Rosenthal is a double major in History and Political Science-International Relations and
Comparative Government track. He is in his fourth year and plans to graduate in May 2019. He hopes to move to Washington after he graduates and work either as a regional analyst in the Intelligence Community or acquire a position related to foreign policy, preferably in a research role. In his free time, Aaron enjoys reading articles about current events and foreign policy analysis.
Ben is now in his senior year at the University of Central Florida studying Political Science, International Relations track pursuing a minor in Diplomacy as well as a certificate in National Security and Intelligence. He is currently examining different areas of the world for his interests. He likes to read, study various languages, regularly attends International Relations Club(IRC) meetings and enjoys staying physically active in his free time.
Phil is now entering his junior year at the University of Central Florida, having spent the previous year studying abroad within Chengdu, China. He is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in International and Global Studies, with minors in Intelligence and National Security and General Computer Science. Outside the PMBF Program, Phil is also a Justice on the Student Government Association Judicial Council and a Global Ambassador within UCF Abroad.
Youri Chang is currently in her senior year of high school. She is the treasurer of the Math National Honor Society (Mu Alpha Theta), secretary of the National Honor Society, and has ran four years of varsity cross-country. Her interests include current events and Middle Eastern culture and politics. Upon graduation, she hopes to major in Political Sciences in hopes of pursuing International Human Rights Law. She enjoys reading, baking, and watching movies in her free time.
Bryan is currently a Junior at the University of Central Florida studying Political Science- International Relations and Comparative Government Track while also pursuing a minor in Terrorism studies. In school Bryan is also the Director of Public Relations with the International Relations Club at UCF, and outside of school he is currently serving with the U.S. Army. He hopes to acquire a position that would allow him to work in the field, preferably in the realm of Counter-Terror or Defense. In his free time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, exercising or sitting back and watching a movie.
Nissrine Benallal is a senior at Rollins College. She is majoring in International Relations, with a minor in Middle East and North African Countries. Prior to attending Rollins College Nissrine who is originally from Morocco, was a student at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. As a Realtor in Florida, Nissrine is making good use of her language skills: Arabic, French, English and Spanish. She is very interested in the Political Psychology research field and its effect on Arab-American relationship.
Spring 2018 Interns
Currently studying Political Science with a pre-law track, Rose is in her second year at the University of Central Florida. Her goal is to study International Business Law in the hopes of becoming a lawyer. Rose is first generation born Persian, speaking various languages including Farsi, Spanish, and Russian. In her free time, she enjoys playing violin, gardening, exercising, and photography.
David is in his third year at the University of Central Florida, where he is working on his BA in Political Science with a double minor in both Terrorism Studies and Middle Eastern Studies. His areas of interest include Islamism, terror, and Middle Eastern politics. He hopes to eventually attend graduate school and work with the US government as an expert in the Middle East. When not studying or reading, David enjoys going to the movies and cooking.
Camryn is in her penultimate semester of her undergraduate degree and will graduate with her Bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in Intelligence and National Security. During her studies, Camryn has focused on Middle Eastern politics and has taken four semesters of Modern Standard Arabic. She will be pursuing a graduate degree at UCF and plans to become a Foreign Service Officer with the US State Department.