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US Department of State Internship-Edinburgh
Employer: US Department of State
Description of the Organization
This organization serves as the face of the United States in Scotland and the United Kingdom. It provides consular services to Americans living in Scotland and is a diplomatic organization which aims to maintain and strengthen relations between Scotland and the United States.
Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed
As an intern for a very small mission, I was involved in every area of the Consulate's activities. This included administrative duties such as creating news cables to send to the London Embassy, drafting letters, making phone calls and creating appointments, and running errands. I also helped in planning future events such as receptions being held by the consulate. I was also the control officer on several different things, including an outreach visit with an officer from London where we set up and conducted visits to Universities and primary schools in Scotland, and I also headed the gratuities project to be sent out to those who had helped the consulate in the past year.
Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience
During this experience, I gained a wide range of skills and knowledge. I was introduced to the world of the Department of State and diplomacy and how important each are to the interests of the United States in a real world atmosphere. I learned that words are often the most valuable currency when it comes to international relations. I also gained a lot of administrative experience in drafting letters, doing research, creating databases, and creating daily news cables. I also gained speaking skills through giving speeches and attending meetings with people from other organizations.
Favorite Part of the Experience
My favorite part of this internship was all of the different people I had the pleasure of meeting and hearing all of their experiences. I met Foreign Service Officers, all of whom had completely different jobs and reasons for joining. I also met people from many other organizations that were beneficial to speak to and have as a contact.
How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals
This gave me experience similar to that of a Foreign Service Officer and helped show me what pursuing such a career would be like. It strengthened the skills I will need to be an FSO working for the US Department of State and showed me how important such organizations are for the United States and for Americans abroad.
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