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.