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"Summer Intern"

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Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
Former Intern - Intern in Washington, DC
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I worked at US Department of State as an intern (Less than a 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.

Advice to Management

Expand flexible work opportunities

Other Employee Reviews for US Department of State

  1. Helpful (1)

    "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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at US Department of State (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    World travel, sometimes interesting issues

    Cons

    Stifling bureaucracy, broken promotion system, expectation of serving in Af/Pak/Iraq, a collection of massive egos. This place i great for people who really get off on being near powerful folks, but don't confuse that with making policy. You won't do anything more important than draft briefing memos or talking points until you've been there 20 years. Moving every 2-3 years is great when you're single, but when you've got a spouse and family it begins to get old after a decade or so. My kids don't know their grandparents.

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