Program for Strategic Research and Studies

Meet Our Interns!

Fall 2018 Interns

Philip Balikowski

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 two undergraduate degrees in Political Science and International and Global Studies, with a minor in Intelligence and National Security. Outside the PMBF Program, Phil is also a Justice on the Student Government Association Judicial Council and a Global Ambassador within UCF Abroad.


Jasmin is in her third year here at University of Central Florida. She is studying Political Science and has a minor in Business Administration. She has moved around multiple times in her life. Her family is from Egypt, and she has lived there for around seven years. She is fluent in Arabic and she is very interested in Middle Eastern studies and current events. She is not exactly sure what she would like to do as a career, but maybe work with the US State Department or within an Embassy. Her family and friends are very important to her. She enjoys traveling, writing, and exercising.


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.

Spring 2018 Interns

Rose Mahdavieh

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 Callahan

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 deCurnou

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.