2016 Intern Spotlight: Hannah Rifkin

Hannah Rifkin Home Institution: Bryn Mawr College Major: Russian Area Studies

Hannah Rifkin

Home Institution: Bryn Mawr College

Major: Russian Area Studies

“It was great to be in a place that really values its interns. At CNS we were lucky to attend lectures given by top experts, and work alongside then as well. CNS gives you the freedom to focus on areas of nonproliferation that you are interested in. The workplace is collaborative and welcomes young people. The kindness that the CNS staff and faculty showed us, and learning a lot about international relations and nonproliferation, was truly a wonderful experience. It allowed me to work on multiple projects and even begin thinking about what I would like to research and write my senior thesis on.”

Hanna Rifkin was awarded an honorable mention in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 Essay Contest. This prestigious award is given by the Stimson Center and is awarded for the essay that best gives new ideas for countering nuclear proliferation. More information can be found here: https://www.brynmawr.edu/news/hannah-rifkin-17-awarded-honorable-mention-un-essay-contest. Her essay can be found on this webpage: https://www.stimson.org/sites/default/files/file-attachments/1540-Contest-Essays.pdf. In addition to her award winning essay, a modified version, titled “Modest but meaningful steps to prevent proliferation in Turkmenistan” was published in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and can be viewed here: http://thebulletin.org/modest-meaningful-steps-prevent-proliferation-turkmenistan9972