The 2005-06 program year marks the fifteenth year of the Kennan Institute's Robert H. Baraz Memorial Research Internship Program. This program was established in 1991 in honor of the late Robert H. Baraz, longtime Director of the Office of Research and Analysis for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research of the U.S. Department of State. Each year, the Kennan Institute recognizes the Research Assistant who has provided the most outstanding level of service for the year.

Maria Vassilieva has been selected as the Robert H. Baraz Memorial Intern for the 2005-06 program year. Ms. Vassilieva received a Bachelors degree in political science and economics from the University of Washington in June 2004. While at the Kennan Institute, Ms. Vassilieva served as Research Assistant to Fulbright-Kennan Institute Research Scholar Alexei Stukanov. His research focused on the political lobbying done in the U.S. at the federal level by local actors, such as states and cities. This fall, Ms. Vassilieva will enter Georgetown University's doctoral program in government.

If you are interested in making a donation to the Robert H. Baraz Memorial Internship Program, please contact Summer Brown at 202-691-4274 or for more information.

Past Robert H. Baraz Memorial Interns:

Gina Ottoboni, 1991–92
Thomas Mahalek, 1992-93
Susanna Bolle, 1993–94
David Russell, 1994-95
Shana Hansell, 1995–96
Mark Webber, 1996–97
Kimberly Righter, 1997–98
Paul du Quenoy, 1998-99
Cynthia Neil, 1999-2000
Jon Kakasenko, 2000-2001
Olena Nikolayenko, 2001-02
Jane Buchanan, 2002-03
Adam Fuss, 2003-04
Sofia Plagakis, 2004-05