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Alumni Updates

Amy Austin

Amy Austin (Federal Fellow '09, Homeland Security Policy) joined Teach for America after graduating from UMD and held a Fulbright grant in Berlin, Germany. She stayed in Berlin to complete her masters studies, and starting in April she will return to the Fulbright program as Director of Development and Alumni for the US-UK Fulbright Commission, based in London.


Emily and Nathan Hurwitz

Emily Hurwitz (Federal Fellow '12, Public Health Policy) has been named a 2016 Presidential Management Fellow finalist. Emily is currently serving as a HRSA Scholar at the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Emily's husband, also a Federal Semester Fellow alumnus, Nathan Hurwitz (Federal Fellow '11, Energy and Environmental Policy) is a Presidential Management Fellow at the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Mohammad Zia

Mohammad Zia (Federal Fellow '12, U.S. Diplomacy) has been named a Luce Scholar for 2016-17. Zia, who is currently completing a Masters degree in Energy Resources & Economic Policy at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, plans to pursue an internship placement in an organization focused on energy policy and economic development in Indonesia or Malaysia, where he would also have the opportunity to learn more about Islam and religious diversity in Southeast Asia. For the rest of his story, please click here.

Megan Druss

Megan Druss (Federal Fellow '16, Homeland Security) received a Boren scholarship for her capstone year in Morocco with the Arabic Flagship Program. Druss is a Criminology and Criminal Justice major and minor in French Studies and Arabic. In 2015, she studied Middle Eastern politics, Arabic, Mocroccan dialect and French at the prestigious Sciences Po institution in Paris.

Rachel Belkin

Rachel Belkin (Federal Fellow '12, Energy & Environmental Policy) is a Peace Corps Volunteer working with other volunteers across Uganda to develop a Conservation Think Tank to engage local leaders and youth in environmental education and conservation. To read the rest of this story, please click here. Belkin received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Politics and Policy.

Sam Bingaman

Samantha Bingaman (Federal Fellow '16, Energy and Environmental Policy) is interning at the Ocean Conservancy in the Office of Government Affairs. She recently had the wonderful opportunity to listen to California Representative Sam Farr talk about his ocean conservation efforts. She wrote a guest blog about Farr’s visit. Please click here to access the blog. Samantha is majoring in Environmental Science and Policy: Marine & Coastal Management.

2012-2013 Class

Allison with Representative Van HollenAllison Wynant
Majors: Government & Politics and Accounting
Program Concentration: Homeland Security Policy
Allison with Representative Van Hollen

Allison Wynant '14 interned in the Office of Representative Chris Van Hollen. She works for Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Office where she audits financial institutions.

2011-2012 Class

Rachel comissioned as Air Force officerRachel
Major: Biological Anthropology
Program Concentration: Homeland Security Policy
Rachel comissioned as Air Force officer

Rachel '12 interned with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Upon graduation she converted her internship into a full-time position where she helped to lead safety and readiness campaigns in the Emergency Management Services division.

Mohammad ZiaMohammad Zia
Major: Global Diplomacy & Development
Program Concentration: Foreign Policy
Mohammad Zia

Mohammad Zia '15 designed his own major through the Individual Studies Program at UMD, and he interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, International Unit, Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundry Section. He is a 2013 Truman Scholar, Rangel Scholar, and Princeton University Public Policy and Interntional Affairs Fellow. He was awarded a Boren Scholarship for 2014-2015 to study Arabic in Morocco.

Odunola Ojewumi in front of White HouseOdunola Ojewumi
Major: Government & Politics; Criminology & Criminal Justice
Program Concentration: Foreign Policy
Odunola Ojewumi in front of White House

Odunola Ojewumi '12 interned with House Minority Leader, Representative Nancy Pelosi. In 2012, she was named among Glamour Magazine's top 10 college women in the U.S. She works as a contract specialist for the U.S. General Services Administration. In March 2014, she was named by the Clinton Global Initiative as one of the top five black student leaders to watch in 2014.

Shimljash at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, EthiopiaShimljash Braha
Major: Government & Politics
Program Concentration: Foreign Policy
Shimljash at African Union headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Shimljash Braha '13 interned with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs. She is a joint Bachelor of Arts/Masters of Public Policy student at UMD.

Sitara Weerasuriya
Major: Physiology & Neurobiology
Program Concentration: Homeland Security Policy

Sitara Weerasuriya '12 interned with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) and the Office of Representative Steny Hoyer. She worked as a researcher with START upon graduation and is currently purusing her Masters of Science in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases at Georgetown University.

2010-2011 Class

Emily HyltonErin Hylton
Major: Civil Engineering
Program Concentration: Energy and Environmental Policy
Emily Hylton

Emily Hylton '13 interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Antimicrobials Division. She was a 2012 Udall Scholar where she studied in Copenhagan, Denmark and 2013-2014 Boren Scholar where she studied Portuguese in Brazil. She is a 2014 recipient of the Marshal Scholarship for graduate studies in the United Kingdom where she will pursue a masters degree in hydrology and sustainable development at Imperial College London and masters in water science, policy, and management at the Univeristy of Oxford.

Nathan HurwitzNathan Hurwitz
Major: Environmental Science and Policy
Program Concentration: Energy and Environmental Policy
Nathan Hurwitz

Nathan Hurwitz '12 interned with the U.S. Department of Energy, Enterprise Training Services. He continued at UMD to earn a Masters in Public Policy. He was chosen among 609 recipients as a 2014 Presidential Management Fellow by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, a leadership development program designed for advanced degree candidates to develop potential government leaders and encourage leadership capabilities. Nathan is currently working as a Social Science Analyst with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previous government positions include a Step appointment with the U.S. Department of Energy, a Legislative Assistant internship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and a Pathways internship with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Jessica PreuschJessica Preusch
Major: Psychology
Program Concentration: Public Health Policy
Jessica Preusch

Jessica Preusch '11 interned with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office of Planning, Analysis and Evaluation. Upon graduation she converted her internship into a full-time position. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at UMD and serves on the Federal and Global Semester Alumni Board.

2007-2008 Class

Manal AzerManal Azer
Major: Communications
Program Concentration: Public Health Policy

Manal Azer '08 interned with the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. She works as a registered nurse and consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Alumni Board with Paul Monteiro
  • Lauren Greely, Federal Semester '12, Board President; SRA International
  • Dan DeSantis, Federal Semester '10; PotomacWave Consulting
  • Joel Cohen, Federal Semester '09; Facebook
  • Jessice Preusch, Federal Semester '11; Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA
  • Mae McIver, Federal Semester '10; NASA Contractor
  • Nikita Kandpal, Federal Semester '10; Obsidian Analysis, Inc.
  • Scott Schill, Federal Semester '12; Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Amy D'Avella, Federal Semester '10; World Resources Institute
  • Jennifer Kulp; Federal Semester '12; ICF International
  • Joanna Luu, Federal Semester '12; BAE Systems