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 is the Director of Intelligence Planning at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), where she is responsible for leading the development of ISW’s detailed plans and recommendations on how to achieve U.S. objectives abroad. Ms Cafarella also leads ISW’s simulation exercises and has conducted such exercises for various U.S. military units deploying overseas. In 2015, she participated in a multi-week assessment mission in the Middle East focused on the conflicts in Iraq and Syria at the invitation of senior U.S. Army commanders. Ms. Cafarella has written extensively on the Syrian war, including detailed analysis of al Qaeda and ISIS. Her essays have been published by Foreign Affairs, The Hill, and Fox News, among other outlets. She has appeared extensively in the media. Her analysis has been cited by The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, CNN, NPR, Voice of America, the BBC, and USA Today.
She is a graduate of ISW’s Hertog War Studies Program and was ISW’s first Evans Hanson Fellow. The Evans Hanson Fellowship draws from the outstanding alumni of the ISW Hertog War Studies Program and helps develop the next generation of national security leaders. Ms. Cafarella received her B.A. from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in Global Studies with a focus on the Middle East. She is proficient in Arabic.

Hertog Fellowship:

Hertog Fellowships give fellows the chance to study classic texts in conversation with contemporary issues including partisanship in American politics, the rise of nationalism, and the dynamics of our political institutions. There are also weekend seminars available for undergraduates and recent graduates that explore different topics throughout the year.

Current Fellow:

Catherine Harris is the Russia Team Lead and a Hertog War Study Fellow at ISW.  Her work focuses on the Kremlin’s global objectives, military structures, and ongoing campaigns. She co-authored and published the Russian ground forces order of battle Russia’s Military Posture: Ground Forces Order of Battle in March 2018. Catherine also leads ISW’s weekly intelligence summary Russia in Review. Catherine holds a B.A. in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin where she also studied the Russian language.


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: