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  • Wyatt 3:22 pm on November 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , international relations, , 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
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    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: , , , , international relations, , 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 7:20 pm on October 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , foreign affairs, , international relations, , , , ,   

    First Day 

    Stoked for my first day of work at the State Department, I went a little overboard getting ready.  It felt like the first day of kindergarten or something–I even laid out what I was going to wear the night before.  Maybe it was more like Christmas; I had a hard time getting to sleep I was in such a state of excitement and nervousness.  Then I woke up the next morning at 8:18.  I was supposed to be there at 8:30. (More …)

    • ro5enrot 12:03 pm on October 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Same problem here. The State Department really needs to amp up how they take in interns. My sponser was WONDERFUL but he had hardly any help. And the place that I work in really i is a labyrinth. But if anything, getting lost is the best thing because then you really know how to find your way.

      But yeah, totally feeling you about the lack of organization. You figure out things pretty quickly though when you’re the one showing yourself around.

    • xinthehouse 6:27 pm on November 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds a little like my first day. LOL!
      What color is your badge?

  • 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 …)

  • Wyatt 10:42 pm on September 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Just for Starters… 

    Hey everyone,

    I’m Wyatt Gordon.  I’m a Junior here at American, but I’m one of those kids who brought in enough credit to be a sophomore, so this is actually only my second year here at AU.  I got an internship at the State Department this semester with DS/OFM.  (More …)

    • ro5enrot 6:46 am on October 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh sweet! You work with OFM? A lot of the people I work with here contact them on a regular basis (for obvious reasons). It’s nice to know that I know someone over there now, I hope that this internship works out for you! As I’m learning over here, State Department Internships are always interesting no matter what you’re doing…

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