Madison Ianniello

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Madison is an advocate first, and a student always. She prides herself on being a strong public speaker, but recognizes the importance of listening and reflecting. As a current undergraduate student, she prioritizes opportunities which push her out of her comfort zone and broaden her professional and academic portfolios. 



American University, School of International Service                 Washington, DC

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies                       Expected May 2023

  • Thematic Concentrations: Foreign Policy and Global Governance
  • Regional Concentration: Europe/Eurasia

South Brunswick High School (SBHS)                 Monmouth Junction, NJ

High School Diploma (4.02/4.00)                          June 2019



  • All-National Attorney at the Opening Round Championship Series (AMTA)
  • Merit Based: Presidential Scholarship, CBRS, SPA Leadership
  • School of International Service Dean’s List: Cumulative GPA: 3.95/4.0
  • American Legion Oratorical Competition Second Runner Up at States; Post, County, Regional Champion



National Commission on Military Aviation Safety Report To Congress, Staffer/Research Assistant

A Perfect Match, Or Convenient Friend: Sino-Russian Energy Partnerships, Sycamore Institute Fellow

USA Bureau on International Narcotics Background Guide, AMERIMUNC



Office of Congressman Swalwell   Washington, DC

Congressional Intern         January 2021-Present

  • Researches and formats daily press clippings on the Congressman and his district using open source search skills.
  • Answers phones and sorts constituent mail into relevant categories for supervisor and colleague usage.
  • Attends virtual briefings/events on national security and international affairs topics with the goal of bringing new ideas back to the office.
  • Networks with senior colleagues and navigates Hill culture through email outreach and professional conduct.

National Commission on Military Aviation Safety                 Crystal City, VA

Paid Research Assistant                     May-December 2020

  • Wrote literature reviews on supply chain management and submitted weekly virtual briefs to supervisors.
  • Drafted a white paper contrasting aviation training across airframes and branches of the military.
  • Researched for and wrote executive summaries and definitions for the final report.
  • Researched and coded contemporary and historical documents using research Dedoose.
  • Provided editorial support through proofreading and formatting elements of the final report. 

Volunteer Research Assistant             January-May 2020

  • Researched topics such as contract maintenance and generational leadership structures using open source searches.
  • Wrote and formatted literature reviews with 10-12 relevant documents to fit a given research brief.
  • Synthesized 50-60 pages of supervisors’ notes in manuscript format following 8-10 hours of meetings on a monthly basis.



  • Microsoft Office Suite- Proficient
  • RAND, CNA, and DTIC- Familiarity
  • Research Software Dedoose and Zotero



School of Public Affairs Leadership Program   Washington, DC

Leadership Scholar         August 2019-Present

  • Researched the question “How do DC-level climate change effects impact national security through the destruction of federal policy and the creation of factors leading to social unrest?” independently during a semester-long research period.
  • Researched the question“How do legal classifications of refugees impact an individual’s ability to integrate into local communities?” on a team over a semester-long research period.
  • Prepared a multi-media campaign to fundraise $500 to create a scholarship for the children of local immigrants.

Sycamore Institute   Washington, DC

Energy Security Fellow         January 2021-Present

  • Wrote and edited op-eds on a bi-weekly basis on energy security topics.
  • Researched Sino-Russian energy relations and outlined a policy proposal for publication in a national journal.

Community Based Research Scholar Program Washington, DC

Research Scholar                 August 2019-May 2020

  • Researched and presented a poster on “overachiever culture” at American University.
  • Created, distributed, and analyzed a survey studying the impact of socio-economic classifications impact social networks.
  • Facilitated work with DC Ethics Bowl to prepare for a semester-long research initiative and planned an “ethics bowl” for local high school students.
  • Applied the nuances of community engagement and relationship building to diverse community interactions.



American University Mock Trial Team   Washington, DC

Captain         August 2020-Present

  • Leads a team of 10 individuals to receive the following honors: AUMT Internal Scrimmage Champion, Honorable Mention at Colonial Classic Invitational, 2nd Place at Regionals, and an invitation to the Open Round Championship Series.
  • Leads practices and workshops surrounding cross examinations, objection arguments, and trial decorum.

Treasurer               May 2020-Present

  • Prepares and formats a budget of  $50,000 and advises on all team purchases.
  • Creates and petitions for “virtual contingency fund” for teammates struggling financially due to online competition.

School of Public Affairs Leadership Steering Committee   Washington, DC

Co-Director of Alumni Relations and Networking             May 2020-Present

  • Plans two panel events for students in the program focused on exploring government occupations.
  • Creates a “coffee-chat” series for students to network with alumni and gain career insights and connections.
  • Manages a network of more than 100 alumni through newsletters, email updates, and social events.

Sigma Kappa Lambda Eta   Washington, DC

Vice President of Standards and Values         January 2021-Present

  • Initiates Code of Conduct revisions regarding social media policies and offensive language.
  • Leads bi-weekly standards council meetings during which chapter policies are discussed.
  • Evaluates violations/conflicts and assigns appropriate sanctions as needed.
  • Advises the President on chapter matters and enforces Parliamentary Procedure during chapter meetings.

Sycamore Institute   Washington, DC

Secretary         January 2021-Present

  • Initiates a meeting schedule and facilitates general body meetings and executive board meetings.
  • Leads topical discussions based on agenda and ensures meetings follow outlined goals.
  • Enforces action items and deadlines and outlines goals in club meeting minutes on a bi-monthly basis.



Latino Student Fund   Washington, DC

Tutor                   February 2020-Present

  • Instructs a student in math, social studies, science, and language skills on a twice per week basis.
  • Evaluates academic goals and tracks progress throughout a semester.
  • Implements action plans to foster academic success and reflects with students on a monthly basis.