Internship Program

Interns are central to our work. They go on to do cool stuff too!

The Center frequently has internship opportunities, and it greatly values all of the important contributions our interns make – both at CTC and during other stages of their careers.

As a CTC intern, you will be given the opportunity to participate in the premier research that the center conducts, which is regularly briefed to leaders in the counterterrorism community at all levels of the United States Government. In addition to assisting in research projects, you will be invited to:

  • Participate in briefings to top policymakers and practitioners
  • Attend selected CTC courses taught to West Point cadets
  • Support other CTC programs and events

To learn more about our internship offerings and selection process please visit the Opportunities page of our site.

After their time at CTC, our interns also go on to work in cool places where they continue to make meaningful contributions that benefit and help to advance the counterterrorism, terrorism studies, and security studies fields.

A selection of those accomplishments, and a list of CTC interns who have helped the Center after the CTC formally started its Internship Program, are highlighted below.


Former CTC Intern Admitted to Stanford PhD Program

March 30, 2018

CTC is pleased to announce that Ellen Chapin, one of CTC's former interns, was recently admitted to the PhD program at Stanford University's Political Science Department (a program that she will start in 2019). After graduating with a Master's degree from Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs in the...

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CTC Intern Co-Authors Beyond the Caliphate Belgium Report
In February 2018, the CTC published “Beyond the Caliphate: Belgium”, the fourth case study released as part of the Center’s...
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CTC welcomes new intern Mikki Franklin
The Combating Terrorism Center is pleased to welcome Mikki Franklin as its newest intern.¬†Mikki is currently working toward her master’s...
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Former CTC intern awarded Marshall Scholarship
The Combating Terrorism Center is pleased to share that Dakota Foster, a former intern at the Center, has been named...
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Former CTC intern now at U.S. State Department
The Combating Terrorism Center is pleased to congratulate former intern Tyler Zurisko on his new job as the Presidential Management...
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Current & Prior Interns

Mikki Franklin


Current Intern.

Ellen Chapin


Position After CTC Speechwriter for GEN(R) Stanley McChrystal

Meghan Curran


Position After CTC Master’s Degree Student, University of Denver


Justin Dennis


Position After CTC Senior Operations Representative, Merrill Lynch

Dakota Foster


Position After CTC Marshall Scholarship recipient

Jonathan Lewis


Position After CTC Master of Arts in Homeland Security, Rider University

Sam Bollier


Position After CTC Master’s Degree Student, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy – Tufts University

Nicole Magney


Position After CTC Speechwriter, Department of Defense

Brandon Mohr


Position After CTC Analyst, Department of Defense

Zack Schenk


Position After CTC Research Associate, Exiger (Dilligence Division)

Maria Southard


Position After CTC Intelligence Analyst, New York City Police Department (NYPD)

Tyler Zurisko


Position After CTC Presidential Management Fellow, Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), U.S. Department of State.

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