How will this experience help you in your job search and career?
This is my first experience working for the federal government. I was very excited to learn I would be spending my summer with the State Department, but I had no idea how vast this organization was until I started working in Diplomatic Security. This experience has given me a stronger understanding of how I would like to utilize my Master’s degree in Security Studies, and whether the State Department is the right fit. I have enjoyed my time here thus far, and am very fortunate to have this opportunity.
How does your internship sponsor or agency contribute to the mission of national security?
The State Department contributes to the mission of national security through use of soft power – specifically, diplomacy. OSAC’s specific role is unique, because it gives notification of security climates in other countries to American businesses, which can either encourage or discourage certain investments. Increased globalization can complicate international relations, but it can also foster relationships. The operation of American businesses in other countries is, in itself, a form of diplomacy and can be seen as an investment in that country and its economy.
Why did you choose this particular country/internship?
I chose this particular internship because I had always dreamed of working for the State Department. Before coming to Georgetown, the State Department seemed to be an unattainable goal, and when I received an acceptance for this role, I was extremely excited. As one of the program’s resident “doves,” I find the State Department’s mission closely aligns with my values, and I am proud to be contributing to its cause this summer.