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Working at the U.S. Embassy Vienna


Experience Information

Employer: U.S. Department of State
Job Title: Econ/Pol Intern
Major: International Relations
Received Credit?: Yes
Paid?: No

Description of the Organization

The U.S. State Department fosters relations with the governments of foreign nations and offers protection and assistance to American citizens abroad.

Description of the Tasks/Projects Completed

Created and maintained contacts with political party contacts; managed the section's biographic files; assisted in the preparation of demarches and non-papers; served as control officer for visitors; assisted office staff by researching information, answering the telephone, translating documents, copying/shredding documents, etc.

Skills/Knowledge Gained Through The Experience

Expanding my Business German vocabulary; understanding the means in which the Department of State works with foreign governments; improving my multitasking skills.

Favorite Part of the Experience

Having the freedom to work on extremely diverse tasks, which allowed me to explore many different topics and get a wide idea of what positions are available in the Foreign Service.

How the Experience Influenced Future Career Goals

This experience confirmed my previous belief that a future with the Foreign Service is a definite possibility for me but also has encouraged me to explore further options with the other departments of the U.S. Government.

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