This summer ACDIS intern Nakita Pradhan worked at the United States Department of Energy in the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. Her work for ACDIS on the CAGE project and taking ACDIS Energy Security courses inspired her to continue learning about the energy field. She applied for a summer internship position directly on the Department of Energy website and was accepted later in the spring. Her work involved researching and supporting DOE efforts to include correctional facilities in ENERGY STAR Certification.
The experience gave her insight into how diverse and widespread the scope of DOE is. She developed her research and writing skills over the course of the summer. Summer highlights included visiting different energy events in Washington, D.C. including a talk on European energy security by Finland’s Minister of the Environment, Energy, and Housing, Kimmo Tiilikainen and sitting in on a U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee meeting on Space Traffic Management.
Nakita highly recommends students interested in the security field explore multiple disciplines and take advantage of opportunities on and off campus during college; her experiences have inspired her to continue pursuing opportunities in the public and private sector relating to energy.
This past summer, Paisley Meyer was a Policy and Communications intern for the US Department of State’s International Joint Commission (IJC), a binational treaty organization established to regulate water levels and mitigate trans-boundary water issues between the US and Canada. As an intern, she drafted media releases, edited video content, and researched US and Canadian practices for decommissioning nuclear power plants. She was also able to see diplomacy in action when she travelled to Ottawa for the Executive Meeting and to Northern Maine to speak to various stakeholders about the future of the dams along the St. Croix River.
Following her internship, Paisley will continue to be work with the Department of State as the Campus Coordinator for the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. This position strives to connect the DOS with students on campus. By being at UIUC, she hopes to inform students about various opportunities available to them and increase their understanding about work the DOS does and its importance in shaping global politics.
If students or faculty have interest in potentially holding a State Department event (ie a speaker talk to a class or RSO) or if there are questions regarding the application process for internships, please feel free to reach out to ACDIS, or email the office to get in contact with us!
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“Gabriel Wacks has been offered a $20,000 Boren Scholarship to support his academic year intensive Chinese language studies at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics in China. Wacks, an East Asian languages and cultures major with a minor in history, has conducted research with the campus Program in Arms Control and Domestic and International Security (ACDIS), as well as for the department of East Asian languages and cultures. He previously spent a semester studying abroad in China.
On campus, Wacks has served as the vice president of the registered student organization ACDIS Security Studies Group and as the senior editor of the Illini Journal of International Security, a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal. He also has received recognition for his contributions in Model United Nations. Wacks’ long-term goal is to work as a political analyst or foreign service officer focused on East Asia.”
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The Arms Control Collection consists of indexes, yearbooks, handbooks, bibliographies, monographs and serials dealing with arms control, disarmament, and international security. The collection does not represent all of the library’s holdings on these subjects; additional materials on these subjects are available throughout libraries on campus, and the call numbers listed below will help you find materials on the shelves. In addition, the Library has a large number of electronic (e-) books and journals. E-books can be found in the Online Library Catalog and e-journals can be found in the Online Journals & Databases.