206 Student Services Building
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Working at the U.S. Embassy Vienna
Employer: U.S. Department of State
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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