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Helpful (1)

Invaluable opportunity in public service and foreign policy

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Senior Management
Former Intern - Intern in Brussels (Belgium)
Former Intern - Intern in Brussels (Belgium)

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Incredible access to foreign policy decision-making and international economic and political issues. Flexible internship that rewards (and even recognizes) ambition and hard work.

Cons

Unpaid internship without sufficient resources to help interns adjust to living in a foreign country (foreign embassy post). Opportunities depend on mentor as well as posting.

Advice to Management

This internship requires an active and committed mentor

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Above average government agency.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great training, liberal leave policy, excellent overseas exposure.

    Cons

    Majority of career will be spent overseas, moving every 2-3 years. Incredibly bloated with no incentive to do a good job. Broken, biased promotion system.

    Advice to Management

    Lead from the front. Promote based on merit, not EEO quotas, and be willing to question authority.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Strict adherence to the rules.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Program Specialist in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When you know the rules, you can know what to expect and can be very successful. There is a timeline for reviews and promotions, regular raises, channels for communications with upper management. It's unusual to get fired.

    Cons

    People can homestead and viciously defend their privileges. The undercurrent of favors and favoritism is discouraging and many managers simply wait and pass existing problems on to their replacements.

    Advice to Management

    Use information gained outside of official channels.


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