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"Great learning experience as an intern"

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Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
Current Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
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I have been working at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a year)

Pros

Very friendly environment, the staff really makes good use of the interns (i.e. you'll never be fetching coffee or making photocopies), chance to work on projects with real-world impact and feel like you're a part (albeit small) of the U.S. foreign policy machinery

Cons

Schedule can be a bit inflexible if you're attending school part-time (sometimes stayed late to work on a briefing with other staffers), not easy to leverage internship into a full-time position on graduation

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. "Good but could be better"

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    Current Employee - Seecurity Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Seecurity Specialist in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at US Department of State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The prestige that comes from working at State. meaningful work.

    Cons

    The disconnect between foregin service, civil service, PSC, and contractor. Too much nepotism. Seems like you need to be related to get some positions especially the intern program.

    Advice to Management

    Overall State is great but there are some areas for improvement. PSC healthcare reimbursment is one. Why not reimburse employees on a monthly basis?


  2. "Excellent practical experience"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relevant, exciting, important work. Co-workers were bright, hard-working, and (surprisingly) young. Teamwork encouraged. Lots of professional opportunities. My office's Director was very active with the employees and interns and always knew what was going on and what needed to be done.

    Cons

    Can be slow-moving and bureaucratic. Internship was unpaid. Different bureaus feel like completely different companies--mine was excellent, but have heard horror stories from others.

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