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Emerging Practitioners in International
Security Program

Coalescion believes the path toward building passion, focus, and aptitude within the field of international security requires early, frequent, and immersive engagement with master security practitioners representing sectors and countries around the world.


More than a traditional internship, EPIS has characteristics of a classic apprenticeship model, whereby learning is immersive and hands-on, but is unique in that EPIS members and the master practitioners with whom they engage are “learning” from each other. This professional development approach enables members to assist and shadow our international security “Community of Practice” while offering master practitioners the fresh insights and perspectives of up-and-coming practitioners.


EPIS is a volunteer program designed for students and young or early practitioners aspiring to or already working in international security, diplomacy, or international development careers. It is also appropriate for those making mid-career transitions.

2023 cohort
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Lauren Ellison
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Thuan Tran

Anna Festersen

"Last October, I sought to bridge the gap between my passion for international security and my
desire for real-world experience. Just two months later, I was serving as a rapporteur for the
Government of Iraq’s 7th International CBRN Safety and Security Conference. I owe this
transition to the EPIS Program. Becoming an EPIS member has granted me the opportunity to
work alongside emerging and leading security practitioners from around the world towards a
more safe and secure global environment, simultaneously shaping my understanding of what it
takes to address real-world security problems."
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