Advancement Opportunities

Hertog War Studies Advanced Sessions

The alumni of the Hertog War Studies Summer Program have the opportunity to participate in one-week advanced sessions. These sessions focus either on a particular national security challenge or on a historical conflict and examine lessons learned. Previous advanced seminars have focused on humanitarian intervention in the Former Yugoslavia and on the Eastern Front of World War II.  These sessions are only available to alumni of the foundational two-week program.

The Evans Hanson Fellowship

The Evans Hanson Fellowship is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding alumni of the Hertog War Studies Program to work as a research analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. This Fellowship seeks to help build the next generation of national security leaders.

Current Fellow:  Jennifer Cafarella

Alexandra Gutowski

Alexandra Gutowski is a Counterterrorism Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War where she focuses on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in its core terrain of Iraq and Syria. She recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship in the United Kingdom where she obtained a Master’s in Defense, Development, and Diplomacy at Durham University and conducted research on Shi’a insurgent groups. While in the UK, she advised companies on Middle East market entry for KPMG’s London advisory practice and taught the firm’s open source intelligence course. She is a 2013 graduate of Pomona College, where she studied International Relations and Arabic. She has advanced proficiency in Arabic and basic proficiency in Persian and has studied and worked in Muscat, Amman, and Doha. She has previously interned with Human Rights Watch, the State Department, and the Brookings Institution.


Internships & Employment Opportunities at ISW

Alumni of the Hertog War Studies Program are also able to take advantage of internship and employment opportunities at ISW. We offer interns a chance to train on work with cutting-edge technologies employed in business and the intelligence community. Interns at ISW have an unparalleled opportunity to conduct research that directly informs policy-makers on some of the most pressing issues facing American national security. Our interns work directly with analysts and have many opportunities to engage with Institute leadership on the subjects of their research. ISW offers its interns to be at the front lines of military research and policy, tackling the issues that are in the headlines. ISW has published the work of its interns and hired many onto its staff. – See more at:

Counterterrorism Analyst:  Harleen Gambhir


Harleen Gambhir is a Counterterrorism Analyst at the Institute for the Study of War. She focuses on the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham’s global strategy and operations, as well as on U.S. national security interests in countering ISIS’s “Caliphate.” At ISW, Ms. Gambhir has researched ISIS’s resurgence and capabilities. Ms. Gambhir served as a co-author on ISW’s new report series: U.S. Grand Strategy to defeat ISIS and Al Qaeda including, Al Qaeda and ISIS: Existential Threats to the U.S. and Europe, Competing Visions for Iraq and Syria: The Myth of an Anti-ISIS Grand Coalition, and Jabhat al Nusra and ISIS: Sources of Strength. She has authored ISIS Global Strategy: A Wargame, The ISIS Regional Strategy for Yemen and Saudi Arabia the ISIS Global Intelligence Summary and Dabiq: The Strategic Messaging of the Islamic State. She is also the lead on several of ISW’s technology partnerships.

Ms. Gambhir is a graduate of ISW’s Hertog War Studies Program and has written for The Wall Street Journal (“Islamic State’s Global Ambitions“), The Washington Post (“The Islamic State’s Trap for Europe“) and Politico (“Meet ISIL’s Most Dangerous Affiliates“). She has briefed members of Congress and their staff, and members of the defense and intelligence communities on the threat of ISIS’s global expansion. She has also been quoted by The New York Times, Reuters, and Foreign Policy, and has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and BBC, among others. Ms. Gambhir received her B.A. with honors from Harvard University in Social Studies, with a focus on Democracy and Technology in the 21st Century.