Welcome to the Spring 2016 NCSP Internship Cohort!

March 1, 2016

The National Center for Security & Preparedness is proud to announce our Spring 2016 Intern cohort. These individuals are highly motivated, skilled, and selected from an extremely competitive job market. These undergraduate students have varying academic backgrounds, unique experiences, and challenging career goals.


Ian Faria is currently a junior at the University at Albany pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance Management and a minor in the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity.

Ian became interested in the NCSP when he took a class with Rick Mathews and was shown footage of an Advanced Active Shooters Scenario course. Ian is interested in Homeland Security because it is an expanding field with many possible opportunities in the future. Ian aspires to work for a security consulting firm. He plans to start in the government to obtain in depth knowledge of the field then ultimately transition to the private sector.


Marissa Edelstein transferred to the University at Albany and is in her final semester of her senior year. She is a political science major concentrating in global politics with a minor in history. In the fall of 2015, Marissa studied counter-terrorism in Copenhagen, Denmark. She learned the aims and causes of terrorism, counter-terrorism measures, and how the international community handles these operations in conjunction with individual nation states.

Upon graduation Marissa plans on attending law school and then pursuing a career in the Homeland Security enterprise, specifically in the counter-terrorism sector. Marissa believes that organizations like the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) and the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC); will provide her will the correct skills and mindset required to tackle the future problems facing our nation from terrorism.


Ryan Mullane is an intern for the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) where he researches and analyzes open source information in order to produce comprehensive case studies of current national and international events with implications for Homeland Security.

Ryan is currently a junior at the University at Albany in the school of Criminal Justice with a major in Criminal Justice and minors in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity; and Psychology. With the experience and skills gained from the NCSP, Ryan plans to pursue a career in information security. In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing the drums and playing baseball.


Sharif Koonce is an intern for the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) who researches and analyzes national and international events in order to produce case studies and supporting course materials for training.

Sharif is currently a second semester junior with an expected graduation of May 2017 with a double major in Economics and Political Science, with an emphasis in Globalization. From the experience and training he receives with the NCSP, Sharif plans to follow a career in intelligence. With his spare time, Sharif enjoys rugby and playing strategy-based games.