Student Spotlight: Graduate Student Ryan Williams Interns in DC

Aug 07, 2017
The Clements Center's Student Professional Development Fund enables UT undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to intern at some of the top governmental and non-governmental organizations across the world by providing monetary support for unpaid positions. 

This summer, we funded seven students: four graduate students and three undergraduate students.

Here's Ryan William's story:

"This summer I have had the privilege to work with a highly effective interdisciplinary group of advanced research interns on the Unconventional Weapons and Technology team at the Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). In that capacity, I have been pursuing original research on terrorist activities related to unconventional weapons, developing briefs on the potential hazards of emerging technologies, red-teaming, expanding and improving datasets, and exploring how machine learning models can address some of the most intractable problems in the study of terrorism. I've learned several analytic frameworks that allow the researcher to reason about the improbable and assess the risk of the unforeseen. 
 
"The work is both satisfying and engaging. The internship affords me the added privilege of contributing, in some small measure, to a research organization dedicated to equipping policymakers and unraveling the wicked problems that give rise to terrorism. All of this is made possible through the generosity and leadership of the Clements Center, for which I am very grateful." 
 
Ryan Williams is a graduate student at UT, completing two masters degrees: one at the LBJ School in Global Policy Studies, and another in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.