Ava Kalinauskas is a research intern a the United States Studies Centre.
What is your educational background?
I am a student in the Sciences Po Paris and University of Sydney Bachelor of Arts Dual Degree. I spent two years in France studying a broad social sciences curriculum, specialising in transatlantic relations between North America and Europe, and majoring in Political Humanities. I am currently completing the final year of the program, studying as a Dalyell Scholar at the University of Sydney, and majoring in Politics and American Studies.
In addition, I am a Gender & Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS Global), a member of the US Consulate’s Youth Advisory Council, and an Advocacy Officer assisting Red Cross Migration Support Programs.
What do you hope to do with your experience from the USSC?
I enjoy assisting with diverse briefings, communications, and research related to US politics, society and culture, and the implications for US-Australia relations. I am excited to gain insight into the inner workings of a think tank and enhance my understanding of critical challenges in the global policy landscape. I am interested in values-based foreign policy, social impact and public policy, and the gender-security nexus, and hope to use my experience at the USSC to delve further into the areas of research and policy analysis in the future.