Molly Opinsky

Research Intern

Molly Opinsky

Molly Opinsky

    What is your educational background?

    I am a junior at Tulane University pursuing a degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Economics. Growing up in Washington, DC, I developed an interest in politics and was excited to expand my knowledge of it at Tulane. As I began to learn about political systems and issues around the world, it sparked my interest in International Relations and Economics. My studies have also made me increasingly interested in the law and I plan on attending law school in the future.

    What have you been working on in your time at USSC?

    In my time at the USSC, I have mostly been working on the 2020 Election Megaproject, which follows the Democratic candidates in the 2020 US presidential election. In particular, I have been tracking Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Julian Castro, and Cory Booker. It has been interesting to pay close attention to some candidates that I would not necessarily follow on my own and to learn more about their policies and how they compare to each other. I also have done a number of small projects relating to current events in Australia. These projects have allowed me to learn about areas such as Australia’s level of innovation in comparison to the rest of the world and Australian states’ abortion policies. Working here has broadened my knowledge not only about US and Australian politics, but also how both nations fit in with the rest of the world.

    What has been your favourite part about living in Sydney?

    My favorite part about living in Sydney is the large amount of experiences available in one city. There are so many unique cultures, landscapes, activities, and atmospheres to take in and I have loved getting the opportunity to be exposed to so many new things. It feels like there is an endless amount of foods to try and people to meet without even leaving the city limits. I feel so lucky to be in a city where the people are so kind and welcoming. In my short time here, I feel I have only had a glimpse of what this city has to offer and I can’t wait to continue my adventures over the next few months.

    What do you hope to do with your internship experience?

    My internship at the USSC has helped me broaden my knowledge of politics to an international scale and helped me to become more well-rounded and open-minded. Living in the US, it is easy to get wrapped up exclusively in domestic politics and to forget that the US is just one actor in a whole world of political issues. Working here and becoming more aware of politics globally will influence what I study going forward and I plan on making an effort to focus my studies even more on global politics and what role the US plays internationally once I return to Tulane. This experience has also been an extremely eye-opening opportunity to work with people from different parts of the world and to hear their different world views. Hearing these different perspectives makes me inclined to seek opportunities that have a global dimension and opportunities to work and travel outside of the US again. I would also like to maintain a global awareness and bring this perspective to my studies and future work in the US. I am very grateful for the opportunity to intern at the USSC and I will always value my time here as my first chance to work outside of the US.