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My internship was a great experience

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at US Department of State

Pros

I interned at FSI (Foreign Service Institute) in an area that was exactly aligned with what I was studying undergrad. I really enjoyed what I learned and the people I met.

Cons

It would have been helpful if it were paid.

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    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fascinating work; you get to be involved in up-to-the-minute breaking news around the world and learn a lot about trade, diplomacy, human rights, conflict, the environment - you name it. Ease of moving around and taking on new projects. Very friendly people. The DOS does invest in its people and encourages mentorship relationships.

    Cons

    The massive bureaucracy makes anything very slow and limits your ability to create innovative work or papers. This makes it more frustrating than doing similar work in NGOs which have a lot more freedom to say and do as they please.

    Advice to Management

    Expand flexible work opportunities

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    Great way to see the world while serving your country

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    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travel, unique cultural experiences, language training, fulfilling work, service to country, collegiality and camaraderie, good benefits, interesting work, diplomatic privileges, life-long friendships.

    Cons

    Frequent moves, separation from family, long hours, sometimes personal risk, bureaucratic structure, spouses having to give up careers, kids saying goodbye to friends, missing America.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees' families with more respect.

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