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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 (2)

    "You don't control your life, but other than that it's great!"

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    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Foreign Service Officer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at US Department of State full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High salary, best benefits in the world (what other jobs give you the same type of passport as the president of the U.S.?), opportunities to travel, lots of opportunities to make a difference (although whether that is a positive or negative difference depends on you)

    Cons

    You can tell the HR bureau what you want to do, they will then tell you what you have to do. There may or may not be a correlation between the two. Spouse, kids, career choices all have to be put to the side, and expect to do consular work in Juarez or a similar posting for at least two years. If you're willing to make that sacrifice, then the job is pretty awesome.

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