Area of study: Political Science with a focus on South and Southeast Asian politics in relation to post-colonialism, water security, Islam, and indentured labor from India to Fiji.
Hometown/Where you are from: Honolulu, Hawaii
Professional writing or activity of note: President of Islamic Society at University of Hawaii at Manoa
Why did you choose APCSS for your internship?
After graduating in December of last year, I decided to take a gap year to explore the many directions political science, being a vast field, could take. Choosing to intern at APCSS was my latest venture in that exploration. I was looking for an environment where I could not only contribute physical work, but also develop my own ideas and insight.
What is the most interesting part of being an intern at APCSS?
From my first day, I was taken aback by the internship dynamics at APCSS. There is a strong sense of comradery and warmth between interns that I have genuinely not felt in other internships. All the interns uplift one another, celebrate one another's' accomplishments, and openly share original ideas for everyone to use in their seminars. In a similar vein, interns are considered to be an integral part of the APCSS program rather than just a convenient addition. This was proven to me through our equal status as seminar leaders during courses, interest in our thoughts during meetings with faculty members, and the mutual respect that is often had between interns and people at the center.
How do you plan to use what you learned at APCSS in your future career?
I can definitely see how the skills I've had the opportunity to nurture and hone during my term here could be used tangibly in a potential career as an intelligence analyst. The critical thinking and analysis tools the center has helped me to foster can be translated into a multitude of circumstances where their use can be vital.
NOTE: The Daniel K. Inouye Institute Fund, a program of the Hawaii Community Program, recently selected Khan as the recipient of its Inouye Fellowship for the summer of 2016. The fellowship is awarded to a Hawaii resident who is a student or recent graduate of an academic program related to public service and/or international relations and who exemplifies the legacy of Senator Inouye. Nazeehah is participating in the Regional Security Studies Intern Program at DKI APCSS. A selection committee member noted Khan’s work with the homeless, Girl Scouts and the Muslim community as well as former internships with the U.S. State Department and Pacific Asian Affairs Council.