Program for Strategic Research and Studies

Meet Our Interns!

Fall 2018 Interns

Salah Benhammou

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

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 Fahsbender

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.

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 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

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 Castillo

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.

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.