US Department of State

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at US Department of State as an intern

Pros

Internship coordinators are very helpful and ensure that you get a well rounded experience in your consulate or embassy through rotating in different sections. Work is very hands on interesting--you're actually influencing foreign policy not matter how small your task may be.

Cons

Depending on which embassy or consulate you are at, housing may not be provided and you are left with having to find housing in a foreign country with obstetrical such as language barriers and so on. It challenges you in a good way but is very stressful and expensive depending on your country.

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Try to provide housing to interns! I understand budgets make it hard but we are providing free labor...the least you could do is find us a safe place to stay.

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

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

    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.

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    Expand flexible work opportunities

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