Meet Our Policy Intern, Matthew Teitelbaum

October 19, 2017

My name is Matthew Teitelbaum, and I am from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am currently a sophomore at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs where I am pursuing a double-major in geography and international affairs with concentrations in international development and African regional studies and a minor in Arabic studies.

Throughout my childhood, I had an interest in other places in the world. As I grew older, it blossomed into a strong desire to learn more about their respective cultures, histories, and current issues. Ultimately, I would like to work in some aspect of international development that works with helping grassroots-level non-profits and small businesses work with larger corporate and government entities to maximize efficiency and impact. Primarily, I hope to focus on human-rights oriented service provision.

I have had the opportunity to work with Shining Hope for Communities, a locally-based non-profit in Nairobi, Kenya, and Imani Academy, a non-profit Pre K-12 school in Pittsburgh, enabling me to learn about sustainable community efforts to provide quality educational services to children in vulnerable circumstances. Additionally, I have worked with both Lawyers Without Borders and the International Law Institute-African Center for Legal Excellence, both of which taught me about the importance of working with policy in order to facilitate effective development efforts. On campus, I am involved with various student organizations including OneVoice GW, GW Residence Hall Association, and the Muslim Students Association.

I am excited to join MPAC because of the incredible work the organization has done and is doing to advocate for Muslim-American interests. In today’s society, underrepresentation of minorities in high-level policy fora is a major problem, and I am honored to work for an organization that is working to combat this issue. I am excited to serve a group that is utilizing constructive dialogue and political engagement to combat one of today’s most pressing issues.

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