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Internship

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

I worked at US Department of State as an intern for less than a year

Pros

Overall experience working as an intern in political affairs was excellent. The chance to interact with major figures in foreign affairs, as well as to acquire experience in the diplomatic channels of the U.S. government was second to none.

Cons

The experience that interns have at State is heavily dependent on which office or post they are assigned.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The application system for interns should be separated by the education level. Currently, all applications are pooled into one, meaning that more experienced/educated applicants are competing against those in college or even younger. Given the rise in applications by older and more educated applicants, the system is becoming increasingly unfair. Also, management should make greater efforts to create a uniform intern experience throughout State instead of leaving it up to the willingness of individual offices to give interns meaningful work to complete.

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    HR Specialist

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist  in  Rosslyn, VA
    Current Employee - Human Resources Specialist in Rosslyn, VA

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good.
    Relatively easy work

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic
    Your experience depends largely on the nature of the office management
    Uneven workload distribution - the deadweight employees can skate by very easily

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the promote at all costs mentality
    Encourage efficiency in the workplace

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Great Place to Work if looking for a job with good security

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    Current Employee - Passport Specialist  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Passport Specialist in Boston, MA

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    No weekends, work with true professionals. Set working hours.

    Cons

    You really do not get a chance to get to know com workers. Everyone is expected to do their job without interruption. You must have exceptional attention do detail to do this job and the ability to apply applicable laws in approving passport applications.

    Positive Outlook
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