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  • Wyatt 3:07 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: abroad, boren, cls, , federal government, fellowship, , fulbright, , , , , nsep, , overseas, , ,   

    Opportunity Leads to Opportunity 

    An internship with the State Department does not have to end once your 10 weeks are up.  There are so many ways to stay involved with State from internships to jobs to scholarship programs.  After you get your foot in the door, throw it wide open.

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    • John Charles 6:34 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the good info, Wyatt!

    • mirandan78 5:01 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      This post is a great resource for all students interested in interning at the State Department because sometimes it can get very confusing since there are so many programs and opportunities. I really enjoyed reading it!

  • Wyatt 2:30 pm on December 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: apply, federal government, , , , , ,   

    Don’t Quit While You’re Ahead 

    What I mean with the title of this entry is not that you should keep working at your internship till you’re miserable or everyone there wants you gone (in that case there are obviously some other problems afoot).  My point is that if you like your internship and want to keep working there, ask them if you can. (More …)

  • Wyatt 3:22 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , federal government, , , , new job, paid, , transfer   

    Never Say No 

    My boss strolled over to my desk one afternoon and congratulated me on a big project that I had just completed.  He then mentioned that there was an opening at a different building to do something new.  “Would you be interested?” he asked.  After 10 weeks of working downtown in the Harry S. Truman building of the State Department, I was moving.

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  • Wyatt 2:48 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bureau, , federal government, , , , , , ,   

    Training Time 

    Many offices, especially the non-Congressional Federal government ones like State, offer free training classes in a bunch of different office related topics.  Some of them are helpful, some of them are boring, but all of them look good on your resumé.

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  • Wyatt 4:09 pm on October 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , federal government, , , , , memorial, pentagon, , tour   

    Perusing the Pentagon 

    Although the State Department doesn’t wow you with their orientation, they do an amazing job of planning events for interns to help integrate interns into the wider DC, federal government, and State Department community.  To make the most of my time I have been going on as many events as possible.  First stop: the Pentagon. (More …)

  • Wyatt 3:20 pm on October 5, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Applying for Failure 

    Hey all,

    I applied to the State Department my very first semester at AU, made it through the first round but eventually got rejected.  I had expected that, but the process of just applying proved worthwhile.  It forced me to sit down and think about what sort of skills I had to offer to potential employers (and as a Freshman I didn’t have many), and then it focused me to take steps to try to get some valuable skills. (More …)

  • Stephanie Quinton 7:08 am on March 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , congressional hearing, federal government   

    Congress loves us! 

    Hey all!

    I am sorry I have not been posting for a while. The perks about interning for a federal agency is that you can make an impact on the federal government, but the worst part is ….. congress reviews your office.

    Allegations of harsh enforcement on fisherman has been brought to the U.S. Congress’ attention. With that said, my office has been working long hours to compile numbers, statistics, names, and actions. Late nights, early mornings, and everything in between has been happening.

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    • fblume 4:27 pm on March 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      You are so right! One person, it doesn’t matter which party, can say, “We need to know about ____!” or “____ is an outrage!” and the staffers have 10 minutes to pull together all the facts about a particular topic. It takes a certain kind of stamina and dedication to deal with that element of the unanticipated!

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